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WATCH: Egyptian Salah named BBC African player of the year

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Egypt star Mohamed Salah won the prestigious BBC African Player of the Year award on Monday, rewarded for a 2017 packed with sparkling displays for Liverpool, Roma and his national team. The 25-year-old topped a poll that saw a record number of votes cast after firing Egypt to the final of the Africa Cup of Nations and almost single-handedly taking Egypt to their first World Cup finals since 1990, scoring five and setting up their other two goals in qualifying. Salah, the Premier League's top ...

After visas were issued, Japan beats North Korea amid tense backdrop

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Japan beat North Korea 1-0 Saturday in the East Asian Championship amid serious tensions between the two nations. There were doubts the game could even go ahead against such a backdrop, with North Korean nationals currently banned from entering Japan as part of the sanctions against Pyongyang. Special visas were issued at the Japanese embassy in Beijing earlier in the week. Yosuke Ideguchi scored in injury time to deliver hosts Japan victory in front of more than 20,000 fans, including ...

REPORT: One of 2026 bidders to replace Qatar for World Cup 2022

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Owing to geopolitical problems and suspicions of corruption, Qatar could lose the organization of its World Cup due in five years, a report in the Mexican press has revealed. If that were to happen, candidates for the World Cup 2026 -  the United States, Canada or Mexico, could then be favored by FIFA. In its December 4 edition, Mexican sports daily Record argues that FIFA is very concerned about the geopolitical situation in Qatar and is already thinking about a plan B for the organization ...

North Korean football soccer teams in Japan for tournament

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

North Korea’s national soccer teams arrived in Tokyo on Tuesday as an exception to Japanese sanctions against Pyongyang’s missile and nuclear development.North Korea is competing against Japan, China and South Korea in the E-1 Football Championship, which starts Friday.After a lengthy immigration process at Haneda international airport, the women’s team members, each wearing a matching red coat, were the first ones to be warmly welcomed by pro-Pyongyang ethnic Koreans living in ...

Six World Cup games to watch out for that mix geopolitics with football

Monday, 4 December 2017

The official World Cup draw on Friday saw many national teams with geopolitical history come together in the same groups. Here are the games that will be played in the tournament between countries that share an eventful past. Egypt vs. Saudi Arabia The derby match will see both countries share a long history of shared mutual interest come together. Most recently, the neighbors are cooperating militarily in Yemen and politically in their joint actions against Qatar. And when it comes to football, ...

WATCH: Fan storms football field in his car during match in UAE

Monday, 4 December 2017

A fan stormed a football field in his car while the Emirati Al-Ahli and Al-Jazira teams Under-18s were playing. A video of the incident was widely shared on social media and it clearly showed the reckless fan as he drove in the field, much to the players’ and referees’ shock.The unidentified man drove around the players who tried to keep out of his way out of fear he’d run them over and then left. People had mixed reactions to the video as some thought it was funny while others ...

Milan, Villarreal and Nice reach Europa League knockout round

Friday, 24 November 2017

AC Milan, Villarreal and Nice reached the knockout stage of the Europa League after posting wins on Thursday in the penultimate round of the group stage. Arsenal lost to Cologne 1-0 in Germany but still finish top of Group H while Hertha Berlin crashed out of the competition after a 3-2 loss to Athletic Bilbao. Everton, already eliminated, suffered a humiliating 5-1 defeat at home to the Italian side Atalanta with Danish forward Andreas Cornelius and midfielder Bryan Cristante each claiming a ...

Saudi Arabia target return to past glories in Russia

Thursday, 23 November 2017

Saudi Arabia make their return to the World Cup finals for the first time since 2006 aiming to recapture the country’s glory days. The Saudis reached the knockout phase in their first appearance at the tournament in the United States in 1994 when Saeed Owairan’s 80-yard run culminated in a remarkable goal against Belgium that helped take the country into the last 16. Saudi Arabia’s fortunes at the World Cup have been diminishing ever since, however, with none of their ...

UAE’s Omar Abdulrahman makes shortlist for Asian player award

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Reigning Asian Player of the Year Omar Abdulrahman has been named among the nominees for this year’s award, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) announced on Saturday. The United Arab Emirates midfielder, who plays his club football for Al Ain, features on a three-man shortlist alongside China and Shanghai SIPG winger Wu Lei and Syrian striker Omar Khribin. Australia’s Samantha Kerr, meanwhile, is among the three nominees for the women’s award, along with Sung Hyang-sim of ...

FIFA picks Lineker to host World Cup draw in Moscow

Friday, 17 November 2017

FIFA says former England forward Gary Lineker and Russian sports journalist Maria Komandnaya will present the World Cup draw in Moscow on Dec. 1.Lineker, a respected broadcaster for British networks, has been chosen for the State Kremlin Palace event despite often criticizing FIFA to his 6.7 million followers on Twitter.FIFA deputy secretary general Zvonimir Boban says Lineker’s “honest and open views together with his in-depth knowledge of the game greatly enrich the world of ...

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