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British Muslims Celebrate England Quarter-finals Win

World Cup: British Muslims Celebrate England Quarter-Finals Win

As England beat Sweden in the FIFA World Cup 2018 quarter-finals, thus reaching first World Cup semis since 1990, British Muslims have shared in the euphoria. Most of the current England team weren’t born the last time England reached the semifinals in Italia 90, 28 years ago. All Brits, euphoric, sang, wrote and spoke to …

World Cup 2018: Promising Belgian & Russian Muslim Players

World Cup 2018: Promising Belgian Muslim Players

Statistically, the football World Cup draws more viewers than Summer Olympic Games, which is regarded as the globe’s biggest sports event According to the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), about 9th of Planet Earth’s population watched the matches of 2006 World Cup, for example. The current Belgian national team is seen by several football …

Xherdan Shaqiri

World Cup 2018: Goal Celebrations Spread Joy and Controversy

KALININGRAD – Cross your palms to represent the feathers of the Albanian eagle. That’s how the Swiss duo, Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri, celebrated after scoring 2-1 winning goals against Serbia on June 22, symbolising the Albanian flag. This loss has put Serbia at the risk of an early exit from the tournament, given its …

2018 World Cup: Muslim Players Shine In Group Stage

MOSCOW – The first round of the group stage of the World Cup 2018 ended on June 19 with four Muslim players named by FIFA as the ‘Man of the Match’ and two winning Muslim teams. Sixteen matches have been played so far in the first round that featured seven Muslim teams participating in six …

Will Month-Long Ramadan Fasting Affect World Cup Stars?

MOSCOW – Despite being unable to eat or drink during daylight hours throughout Ramadan, Muslim footballers ready to compete in the 2018 World Cup confirmed that training sessions initially weren’t an issue in that international window. Commenting on this issue, Roel Coumans, former conditioning coach to then-Saudi Arabia manager Bert van Marwijk in 2017, believes …

Muslim Teams Between Ramadan and World Cup

MOSCOW – The Egyptian ambassador to Russia, Ihab Nasr, said on Sunday, June 10, that Ramadan doesn’t disrupt the physical preparations of the Egyptian squad for the FIFA World Cup, as the players are fasting during daylight hours. “All the Egyptian players are observing Ramadan in spite of the fatwa that allows them to postpone …

First Hijabi Referee Makes History in the UK

LONDON – As the football season draws to a close, Jawahir Roble has made history, becoming the first female Muslim referee in the UK, and she also wears hijab. “When I first turned up to the match you could hear some boys just giggling, “No way she is the ref?! no!”,” Roble, who is commonly …

Staffordshire Charity Launches Ramadan Football League

BURTON – A local charity in Burton city, East Staffordshire, England announced on May 1 the launch of its first Ramadan football league, to extend bridges with all groups in the community and add fun to the day of their fasting Muslim neighbors. “We’re pleased that through the Premier League charitable fund grant we were …

British Referee Stops Match for Adhan

A British referee has won huge praise from Muslim football fans after he stopped a Saudi Arabia cup match out of respect for the Adhan, the Muslim call to prayers.



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