Football in the Arab World; Top players, Rivalries, Top football clubs in 2021

Football is the most played sport in the world, the matches, the leagues, everything about it is so dynamic and exaggerating that it is played in all parts of the world, and the Arab world is no exception too. The most amazing thing about football is that it is common in all Arab and anyone can play it without holding any differences between one and the other mainly due to the reason that it doesn’t require any fancy equipment, anyone can play. About Arab champion leagues, there are various leagues operating and playing in the Arab world, but mostly the players join international leagues and remain there.

Arab Football (Top Players, Clubs, Rivalries)

But to give you a clear idea following are some of the most iconic Arab football league;

  • Al Ahly SC—Cairo, Egypt
  • Al Hilal Saudi Club—Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • Espérance Sportive de Tunis—Tunis, Tunisia
  • Étoile Sportive du Sahel—Tunis, Tunisia
  • Al-Ahli Saudi FC—Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
  • Zamalek SC—Cairo, Egypt
  • Club Africain—Tunis, Tunisia

#1. Famous Arab Player

As discussed earlier, most Football Arab players do join the international leagues; it is not like there are no matches taking place by the Arab football league, but the money is good, and the position is consistent with those international leagues, but these players get trained with the Arab football leagues. Anyway following is a list of Arab players that are famous; 

  • Mohamed Salah
  • Riyad Mahrez
  • Islam Slimani
  • Yacine Brahimi
  • Mahdi Benatia
  • Faouzi Ghoulam
  • Faouzi Ghoulam
  • Hakim Ziyech

#2. International representation

When it comes to football in the Arabic world, it is kind of a done deal, the players get their training in their representative clubs, then these are hooked up with various leagues where they play matches and strengthen their game, and then the international jump is made available. But that only covers how the Arab players get acquainted by various international leagues and clubs but did you know that Arab countries as a whole also join the international events. In the 2018 World Cup, four Arab countries got qualified into it, and these were Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Morocco, and Tunisia. In the past, all of these and UAE, Iraq, Kuwait, and Algeria have made frequent appearances. 

Fans of the game love to take sides even if their representative country has not made it into the World cup and the reason is the attachment and ecstatic nature of the people with football. Most of the Moroccans, when Morocco didn’t make it to the World cup, did cheer Algeria and the same is true for others cheering those who are on the screen playing the game. 

#3. Rivalries are part of the game just as comradery is 

Apart from the loving support and harmonious comradery going about fans and the teams, supporting rivalry is a flip side of the coin that is as real as air and exists. For instance, there have always been tensions between Egypt and Algeria in the past, and violent clashes did erupt between both in the World cup and Olympics as well. 

Taking everything into account, Arab Football teams and players are as ecstatic about the game as European or Middle Eastern players are. But given the tension that this game exerts on them, lash-outs happen, even fights break out, but when that ball is in the air, everyone is willing to set aside their personal disputes and engage in it for the game’s sake.    

Reference

https://industryarabic.com/arab-football/

 

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