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Politics mars Syria vs Jordan football match
Tuesday, 18 December 2012

The Syrian national football team defeated Jordan 2 – 1 on Monday marking their spot in the semi-final of the 2012 West Asian Football Federation Championship. Despite being away from their homeland, the Syrian team wasn’t able to escape their country’s civil war. The match, played in Kuwait, was briefly halted when a man ... Read More
FIFA bans Bin Hammam from all football-related positions
Monday, 17 December 2012

Former FIFA presidential candidate Mohamed bin Hammam resigned from all football-related positions and was banned for life by world football’s governing body following “repeated violations” of its code of ethics while head of the Asian Football Confederation. Bin Hammam, who is an executive committee ... Read More
Egypt Premier League to resume play at month-end
Monday, 17 December 2012
The Egyptian Premier League will resume play on Dec. 30, the country’s FA announced, after the initial postponement of matches during the recent vote on the constitution. “The association has obtained written approval from the Defense Ministry to hold games in Armed Forces stadiums without an audience,” Hassan Farid, vice ... Read More
First stadium for Brazil’s 2014 World Cup opens
Monday, 17 December 2012
The Castelao Arena in the northeastern Brazilian city of Fortaleza became the first stadium to be inaugurated for the 2014 World Cup finals on Sunday. Along with the Mineirao in Belo Horizonte, to be opened on Dec. 21, they are the only stadiums to meet the December 2012 deadline set originally for next year's ... Read More
Monterrey takes third place after beating Al-Ahly 2-0 at Club World Cup
Sunday, 16 December 2012
Mexican side Monterrey took third place at the Club World Cup in Japan on Sunday, defeating African champions Al Ahly 2-0. Goals from Jesus Corona and Cesar Delgado were enough to see the CONCACAF champions win. It wasn’t an easy win though; the Egyptians did see plenty of the ball and managed to create numerous ... Read More
All-Egyptian final for world squash championship
Saturday, 15 December 2012
The English favorites were knocked out by Ramy Ashour and Mohamed El Shorbagy to set up an all-Egyptian final at the world squash championship on Friday. Top-ranked James Willstrop, bidding for his first world crown, was undone by El Shorbagy 11-9, 9-11, 14-12, 4-11, 11-8, and defending champion Nick ... Read More
Abu Dhabi-owned Man City announces losses of more than $150 mln
Friday, 14 December 2012
Manchester City lost more than $150 million last season as the club maintained its heavy spending on players before winning its first English title in 44 years. Another 90 million pounds ($145 million) was spent bolstering the squad in the last financial year as transfer spending since the club entered Abu ... Read More
Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy to compete in Abu Dhabi golf championship
Friday, 14 December 2012
Golf giants Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy are set for a faceoff duel in the eighth Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship 2013, a news website reported Thursday. The three-day championship is the first major event in the global golf calendar will start on January 17, the official Abu Dhabi Golf Championship news website ... Read More
Qatar vows to hold 2022 World Cup in summer, promises to keep fans cool
Thursday, 13 December 2012
The Organizers of Qatar’s 2022 World Cup vowed to hold the competition in summer despite calls that it should be moved to winter. UEFA president Michel Platini has campaigned for the tournament to be held in winter instead of the scorching summer heat. Hassan al-Thawadi, the secretary general of the Qatar 2022 supreme ... Read More
Brazil's Corinthians beats Egypt's Al-Ahly in Club World Cup semifinals
Wednesday, 12 December 2012
Corinthians beat African champions Al-Ahly 1-0 on Wednesday to reach the final of the Club World Cup but the Brazilian side failed to impress as they set up a potential showdown with Chelsea. Peru striker Paolo Guerrero twisted superbly to head the winner for the Libertadores Cup holders on the half-hour mark to the delight ... Read More
Saudi striker, Qahtani, announces his return, participation in Gulf Cup
Tuesday, 11 December 2012
Saudi striker, Yasir Al-Qahtani, announced on Tuesday that he has scrapped his previous decision to stop playing football. In April, after Saudi Arabia losing in the Asian world qualifiers for 2014, Qahtani vowed not to play again. But on his blog and his official Twitter account, Qahtani wrote on Tuesday that he was ... Read More
Abu Rida maintains his membership at the FIFA’s executive committee
Tuesday, 11 December 2012
Former vice president of Egypt’s football association, Hany Abou Rida, won the FIFA’s executive committee membership until 2017, Al-Masry Al-Youm reported on Monday. Abou Rida, 59, is a member at FIFA’s executive committee since 2009. This year, he was re-elected for a second time and he will be representing Africa in the ... Read More
Messi breaks record with 86th goal of year
Monday, 10 December 2012
Barcelona forward Lionel Messi set a record for goals scored in a calendar year of 86 when he netted his second in a La Liga game at Real Betis on Sunday, beating Gerd Mueller’s 40-year-old record of 85. The 25-year-old World Player of the Year earlier equaled Mueller’s mark when he picked up the ball in a central position ... Read More
Egypt’s al-Ahly face Corinthians in semi-finals
Sunday, 09 December 2012
African champions Al-Ahly beat Japan’s Sanfrecce Hiroshima 2-1 in blizzard-like conditions in the second quarter-final and will face Brazil’s Corinthians in the last four. Argentine forward Cesar Delgado scored twice for Mexico’s Monterrey in a 3-1 win over South Koreans Ulsan Hyundai on Sunday to set up a Club World Cup ... Read More
Messi recovers from knee injury, makes Barca squad
Saturday, 08 December 2012
Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova says Lionel Messi has recovered from a bruise to his left knee and has included the forward in his squad for the Spanish league game at Real Betis. Messi had to be carried off the pitch after a late collision with the opposing goalkeeper in Barcelona's 0-0 draw against ... Read More
Soccer-Euro 2020 organization torches thirst of major sponsors
Saturday, 08 December 2012
European soccer sponsors Adidas and Carlsberg have applauded UEFA’s decision to spread Euro 2020 across the continent and the format is likely to appeal to other major international brands. The change from having one or two host nations risked reducing the buzz that distinguishes events such as World Cups and Olympics, but ... Read More
Bahraini girls’ football team qualifies for junior Asia Cup
Wednesday, 05 December 2012
Football is no longer dominated by men in the Gulf region. Now a lot of girls are keen to join the sport. The Bahraini junior football team for girls offers a live example of how popular this sport has become among females. “Compared to other sports, football is considered relatively new both for Bahrain and the Gulf ... Read More
World’s snooker champ says Israel offered him to abandon match
Wednesday, 05 December 2012
Pakistan’s Muahmmad Asif, winner of the IBSF World Snooker Championship, said Israel approached him with an offer to abandon a match, a local TV station reported Tuesday. Asif, who became the second Pakistani to win the world’s snooker championship Sunday in Bulgaria, told ARY News TV’s website that “Israel had approached ... Read More
Iraqi Football Association gives Zico 72-hour ultimatum
Tuesday, 04 December 2012
Iraqi Football Association gave the Brazilian coach, Zico, 72-hour ultimatum to resume back to his position as the Iraqi national team’s coach, AFP reported. Zico quit as coach of the Iraqi national team last week after little more than a year in the post, saying the country’s soccer association had failed to fulfill the ... Read More
El Ahly to stay on Egyptian time-zone in Japan
Monday, 03 December 2012
El Ahly football players are requested not to change their sleeping pattern while in Japan, according to a statement on the club's official website, first reported on Ahram Read More
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