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Bayern down Leverkusen 3-1 as Bundesliga restarts

Saturday, 13 January 2018

Champions Bayern Munich survived some late pressure to win 3-1 and end Bayer Leverkusen’s 12-game unbeaten league run as they stretched their lead at the top to 14 points on Friday when the Bundesliga resumed after the winter break.Javi Martinez and Franck Ribery scored either side of the break for Bayern before Kevin Volland pulled one back for the hosts to set up a frantic finale.The visitors, without top scorer Robert Lewandowski and central defender Mats Hummels, made sure of the ...

WATCH: Saudi women enter stadium for first time to attend soccer match

Friday, 12 January 2018

In yet another historic day in Saudi Arabia, on Friday families began to enter the sports stadiums for the first time with the start of round 17 of the Saudi league. The King Abdullah Sport City stadium in Jeddah  opened its doors for Saudi women to attend the Saudi professional League game scheduled between Al Ahli club of Jeddah and al-Batin. In the run-up to the event, social media had been abuzz with images showing preparations ahead of the game. Signage have been placed showing the ...

One-legged Egyptian soccer players aim for a league of their own

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

A group of Egyptian soccer players have formed a team for one-legged players, hoping to start league for disabled players in the country. “The Miracle Team,” consists of twenty-five players from across Egypt who meet twice a week to train on a pitch in Cairo. While the team began training in freestyle soccer - a non-competitive art where players perform tricks with a ball - they soon decided to aim higher. “I started bringing the people in and coach Yousry, the team coach, ...

Celebrations begin as soccer star George Weah set to be Liberia’s leader

Friday, 29 December 2017

Celebrations have begun in Liberia as former FIFA World Player of the Year George Weah is set to be declared the winner of the West African nation’s presidential election.With more than 98 percent of votes counted late Thursday from this week’s runoff, Weah received 61.5 percent of ballots while Vice President Joseph Boakai received 38.5 percent.Liberia, a nation founded by freed American slaves, is seeing its first democratic transfer of power in more than 70 years as Africa’s ...

Cheer for Egypt’s Soccer team in Russia and pay in installments

Saturday, 16 December 2017

Under the slogan "Cheer for Egypt’s Soccer Team," many Egyptian banks announced new loans and plans, to help Egyptians support their team in the World Cup 2018 in Russia. Banque Misr has announced plans to support Egypt’s national team and added it to other offers which facilitate domestic and foreign tourism, holy Hajj and Umrah programs for up to 6 years, under an instalment scheme. The program covers employees in ministries, government agencies, the public sector, the ...

Peru overcome New Zealand in Lima to reach World Cup finals

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Peru became the last side to clinch their place at next year’s World Cup finals when goals from Jefferson Farfan and Christian Ramos gave them a 2-0 win over New Zealand in the second leg of their inter-confederation playoff on Wednesday.The South Americans advanced to Russia 2-0 on aggregate after the sides ground out a goalless draw in Wellington on Saturday and will take part in their first finals since 1982. 

All you need to know about the planned biennial global football tournament

Saturday, 4 November 2017

The biggest-ever soccer competition for 223 national teams, peaking with a series of eight-team knockout tournaments in June of every odd-numbered year. It is a vision of the UEFA-led Global Nations League project, which was disclosed on Friday. The headline attraction of a complex format — involving regional qualifying groups with promotion and relegation and intercontinental finals brackets in seven divisions — is the top-tier finals that could first be played in June 2021. It ...

Palestine soccer chief challenges ‘foul’ by FIFA

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

The president of the Palestinian Football Federation, Jibril Rajoub, said that FIFA’s decision to take a neutral position on the settlement clubs, violates the laws of FIFA itself as well as international law. Rajoub pointed out the intention of the Palestinian Federation to refer to the Court of Arbitration of Sports (CAS), benefiting from the non-subordination of this body to any guardianship. He stressed that CAS will not be affected by any party in determining its position on the issue ...

Neymar’s dubious deal

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

During this time every year, the world returns to buy-and-sell deals among international football clubs. This is the so-called transfer season. However, this year the transfer of the Brazilian player Neymar from Barcelona club to Paris Saint-Germain club, was in the spotlight.It made headlines not merely as sports news but as a political issue as well. The deal was exaggerated and unprecedented, prompting surprise and opening questions about the motives of this dubious deal across the world.The ...

Hussein Shobokshi

Spanish soccer federation’s Villar arrested in graft investigation

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

The head of Spain’s soccer federation (RFEF) Angel Maria Villar was arrested on Tuesday after a raid on several offices in Madrid linked to the group as part of an anti-corruption investigation, police said. Villar’s son, named by Spanish media as Gorka, as well as several other soccer executives were arrested on allegations of collusion, fraud and embezzlement, the police said in a statement. Spain’s High Court also confirmed that one of its investigating magistrates and anti ...

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