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Manchester United to aid football development in Saudi Arabia

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London (AFP) – Manchester United have agreed a deal with the General Sports Authority of Saudi Arabia to help develop football in the country.

United will lend business and sporting expertise to clubs and sporting organisations in Saudi Arabia to boost the game’s growth.

The partnership forms part of Saudi Vision 2030 - the plan to diversify the Saudi economy and to develop its public sectors, announced last year by Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman.

Fans jubilant as Saudi Arabia reach World Cup

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Riyadh (AFP) – Jubilant soccer fans celebrated after Saudi Arabia qualified for next year’s World Cup, with many rallying behind Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s reform program that promotes sports in the ultra-conservative kingdom.

Saudi Arabia stunned Japan on Tuesday to reach their first World Cup since 2006, with a 1-0 victory in Jeddah that consigned Australia to the play-offs.

Fans jubilant as Saudi Arabia reach World Cup

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Riyadh (AFP) – Jubilant soccer fans celebrated after Saudi Arabia qualified for next year’s World Cup, with many rallying behind Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s reform program that promotes sports in the ultra-conservative kingdom.

Saudi Arabia stunned Japan on Tuesday to reach their first World Cup since 2006, with a 1-0 victory in Jeddah that consigned Australia to the play-offs.

Korea, Saudi reach World Cup, Syria into play-offs

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Tehran (AFP) – Omar Al Soma’s stoppage-time equaliser took war-torn Syria into Asia’s World Cup play-offs on Tuesday, as South Korea and Saudi Arabia both booked their spots at next year’s tournament.

Syria were 2-1 down against Iran and heading out when Al Soma threaded his shot through goalkeeper Alireza Salimi’s legs in the third added minute, sparking wild celebrations.

Korea, Saudi reach World Cup, Syria into play-offs

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Tehran (AFP) – Omar Al Soma’s stoppage-time equaliser took war-torn Syria into Asia’s World Cup play-offs on Tuesday, as South Korea and Saudi Arabia both booked their spots at next year’s tournament.

Syria were 2-1 down against Iran and heading out when Al Soma threaded his shot through goalkeeper Alireza Salimi’s legs in the third added minute, sparking wild celebrations.

Australia scramble vital win over Thailand

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Melbourne (AFP) – Australia beat Thailand 2-1 in their final World Cup qualifying group game on Tuesday, but they faced a nervy wait to see if it will be enough to book their ticket to Russia 2018.

The Socceroos were searching for a big win to put pressure on their Group B rivals Saudi Arabia, who started the evening level on points and who host already qualified Japan later.

Australia scramble vital win over Thailand

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Melbourne (AFP) – Australia beat Thailand 2-1 in their final World Cup qualifying group game on Tuesday, but they faced a nervy wait to see if it will be enough to book their ticket to Russia 2018.

The Socceroos were searching for a big win to put pressure on their Group B rivals Saudi Arabia, who started the evening level on points and who host already qualified Japan later.

Saudis apologise over ‘disgraceful’ snub of minute’s silence

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Sydney (AFP) – Saudi Arabia football chiefs apologised Friday after the national team was accused of “a disgraceful lack of respect” for failing to observe a minute’s silence in Australia in honour of victims of the London terror attack.

When the stadium announcer in Adelaide called for silence before their World Cup qualifier against the Socceroos on Thursday evening, the Australian team lined up at the centre circle with arms on their team-mates’ shoulders.

Saudis apologise over ‘disgraceful’ snub of minute’s silence

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Sydney (AFP) – Saudi Arabia football chiefs apologised Friday after the national team was accused of “a disgraceful lack of respect” for failing to observe a minute’s silence in Australia in honour of victims of the London terror attack.

When the stadium announcer in Adelaide called for silence before their World Cup qualifier against the Socceroos on Thursday evening, the Australian team lined up at the centre circle with arms on their team-mates’ shoulders.

Saudi snub to minute’s silence ‘a disgrace’

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Sydney (AFP) – The Saudi Arabia football team was accused of “a disgraceful lack of respect” Friday for failing to observe a minute’s silence in honour of victims of the London terror attack ahead of a game in Australia.

When the stadium announcer in Adelaide called for a pause before the World Cup qualifier kicked off Thursday evening, the Australian team lined up at the centre circle with arms on their teammates’ shoulders.

Rogic stunner reignites Australia’s World Cup bid

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Adelaide (Australia) (AFP) – A spectacular long-range strike from Tom Rogic delivered Australia a crucial 3-2 win over Saudi Arabia on Thursday to stay on track for next year’s World Cup finals in Russia.

The stylish midfielder reprised his match-winning exploits for Celtic in last month’s Scottish Cup final when he scored the Socceroos’ winner in the 64th minute.

Rogic stunner reignites Australia’s World Cup bid

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Adelaide (Australia) (AFP) – A spectacular long-range strike from Tom Rogic delivered Australia a crucial 3-2 win over Saudi Arabia on Thursday to stay on track for next year’s World Cup finals in Russia.

The stylish midfielder reprised his match-winning exploits for Celtic in last month’s Scottish Cup final when he scored the Socceroos’ winner in the 64th minute.

Australia face Saudis in must-win World Cup qualifier

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Adelaide (Australia) (AFP) – Australia face a must-win qualifier against Saudi Arabia in Adelaide on Thursday if they are to keep alive their direct qualification hopes for next year’s World Cup finals.

The Socceroos, who have qualified for last three editions, trail the Saudis and group leaders Japan by three points with three games left in Asia Group B.

Hrustic makes Australia squad for football World Cup qualifier

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Sydney (AFP) – Dutch-based youngster Ajdin Hrustic was a surprise pick in Ange Postecoglou’s 30-man squad named Monday for Australia’s crucial World Cup qualifier against Saudi Arabia followed by the Confederations Cup.

The 20-year-old Melbourne-born Groningen winger could make his debut in a squad that contains 24 overseas-based players and just six from the domestic A-League for the match at Adelaide Oval on June 8.

Hrustic makes Australia squad for football World Cup qualifier

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Sydney (AFP) – Dutch-based youngster Ajdin Hrustic was a surprise pick in Ange Postecoglou’s 30-man squad named Monday for Australia’s crucial World Cup qualifier against Saudi Arabia followed by the Confederations Cup.

The 20-year-old Melbourne-born Groningen winger could make his debut in a squad that contains 24 overseas-based players and just six from the domestic A-League for the match at Adelaide Oval on June 8.

Saudi-bound Clattenburg remains on ref duty

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London (AFP) – Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg will continue to officiate in the English top-flight before taking up his new post in Saudi Arabia.

Clattenburg announced his decision last week to become head of referees in Saudi Arabia.

It had been expected Clattenburg would leave the Premier League immediately following his decision to quit.

Saudi-bound Clattenburg remains on ref duty

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London (AFP) – Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg will continue to officiate in the English top-flight before taking up his new post in Saudi Arabia.

Clattenburg announced his decision last week to become head of referees in Saudi Arabia.

It had been expected Clattenburg would leave the Premier League immediately following his decision to quit.

Referee Clattenburg quits Premier League for Saudi role

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London (AFP) – Leading referee Mark Clattenburg is quitting the Premier League after 12 years to work in Saudi Arabia, it was announced on Thursday.

The decision of the 41-year-old Englishman, who has also officiated in a Champions League final and the Euro 2016 final, was made public by Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL), the organisation which provides and trains officials for the senior levels of the English game.

Saudis deny Australia with late equaliser

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Jeddah (Saudi Arabia) (AFP) Saudi Arabia's Nassir Al Shamrani scored late to deny Australia a crucial victory in Thursday's World Cup 2018 qualifier between the top two sides in Asian zone Group A.

The entertaining 2-2 draw ensured both sides maintained their unbeaten start after three matches in the final round of qualifying for Russia.

Saudis deny Australia with late equaliser

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Jeddah (Saudi Arabia) (AFP) Saudi Arabia's Nassir Al Shamrani scored late to deny Australia a crucial victory in Thursday's World Cup 2018 qualifier between the top two sides in Asian zone Group A.

The entertaining 2-2 draw ensured both sides maintained their unbeaten start after three matches in the final round of qualifying for Russia.

Australia call up young guns for Saudi, Japan games

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Sydney (AFP) Austrian-based midfielder James Jeggo could earn his first cap for the Socceroos after being named on Tuesday in Australia's squad for World Cup qualifiers against Saudi Arabia and Japan next month.

Coach Ange Postecoglou has made three changes to the squad, calling up the uncapped Jeggo and Netherlands-basedCraig Goodwin, while defender Bailey Wright returns after missing the first two qualifiers through injury.

Japan

World Cup 2018 qualifiers: Updated Standings, Results and Talking Points

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The calendar year 2016’s last international break provided the setting for the latest stop in the long road to qualification for the 2018 World Cup. 63 matches were played across six continents, as the qualification picture for the finals in Russia became clearer after the latest round of matches.

Where to find Japan vs. Saudi Arabia on US TV and streaming

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If you're trying to find out how you can watch Japan vs. Saudi Arabia, you've come to the right place.

In this important World Cup qualifier, Japan can go level on points in Group B with leaders Saudi Arabia if Japan can win the match. However, if Japan lose, the Japanese team will be six points behind Saudi Arabia, which could mean that Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic will lose his job.

Where to find Japan vs. Saudi Arabia on US TV and streaming

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If you're trying to find out how you can watch Japan vs. Saudi Arabia, you've come to the right place.

In this important World Cup qualifier, Japan can go level on points in Group B with leaders Saudi Arabia if Japan can win the match. However, if Japan lose, the Japanese team will be six points behind Saudi Arabia, which could mean that Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic will lose his job.

Japan on high alert for Saudi ‘provocateurs’

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Tokyo (AFP) Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic on Friday warned his players against Saudi Arabia's "specialists in provocation" in a home World Cup qualifier this month that could potentially decide his own future.

The Franco-Bosnian, whose position as head coach has been plunged into doubt after a disappointing 2018 qualifying campaign, has named a full-strength side for the November 15 clash in Saitama.

Japan on high alert for Saudi ‘provocateurs’

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Tokyo (AFP) Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic on Friday warned his players against Saudi Arabia's "specialists in provocation" in a home World Cup qualifier this month that could potentially decide his own future.

The Franco-Bosnian, whose position as head coach has been plunged into doubt after a disappointing 2018 qualifying campaign, has named a full-strength side for the November 15 clash in Saitama.

The Progress of Asian Nations in World Football

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The Progress of Asian Nations in World Football - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

There is little doubt that football in Asia was given a massive boost by World Cup 2002 which was jointly hosted by Japan and South Korea. It was doubly advantageous that the two hosts put on a good show on the field.

Videos

World Cup: Fahad Al-Muwallad Nets Wonder-Volley For Saudi Arabia v UAE (Video)

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Saudi Arabia went top of the Asian World Cup qualifying Group D on Tuesday, leapfrogging Australia after a 3-0 home win against United Arab Emirates. The game atJeddah's King Abdullah Sports Citywas lit up byFahad Al-Muwallad's stunning volley, which is surely a contender for goal of the season.

Something For The Weekend: Saudi Arabian Match Temporarily Halted While Goalkeeper Receives Emergency Haircut (Video)

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There were confusing scenes over in the Saudi Arabian league this weekend when a match had to be temporarily suspended while the goalkeeper received an emergency hair cut.

From what we've been able to glean from this decidedly vague Belgianreport, the Saudi sporting authorities took issue with the keeper's "un-Islamic" hairstyle and ordered him to sort it out there and then.

Asian Cup

Analyzing The Story so far From AFC Asian Cup Group B

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The last round of Group B fixtures have thrown up a tasty clash between Saudi Arabia and Uzbekistan. Both sides have been beaten by Alain Perrin's resilient China, who in the process have overcome their own mini-hoodoo by securing qualification into the knockout phase after failures in the previous two tournaments.

Analyzing The Story so far From AFC Asian Cup Group B

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The last round of Group B fixtures have thrown up a tasty clash between Saudi Arabia and Uzbekistan. Both sides have been beaten by Alain Perrin's resilient China, who in the process have overcome their own mini-hoodoo by securing qualification into the knockout phase after failures in the previous two tournaments.

Highlights of Weekend AFC Asian Cup Games [VIDEO]

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The AFC Asian Cup got into its groove with five matches played over the weekend.

One of the pre-tournament favorites, Iran, eased their way to victory. The United Arab Emirates enjoyed a comfortable start, Uzbekistan notched up a win whilst China provided the tournament's first real surprise downing Saudi Arabia.

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Saudi Arabia ‘Unreservedly Apologise’ After Players Fail To Observe Minute’s Silence For Victims Of London Terror Attack

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The Saudi Arabian footballfederation have apologised after their playerselected not to observe a minute's silence for the victims of the London Bridge terror attack before theirgame against Australia on Tursday evening.

The two sides met in Adelaide to contest a World Cup qualifier, but only the Australian team lined up to pay tribute before kick-off asthe Saudi players loosely took their positions while milling about on the pitch.

U-20 WC Rewind: Zambia upsets Germany, England tops Costa Rica and more

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With Wednesday's matches in the books, five of the eight FIFA U-20 World Cup quarterfinals teams are set, including one surprise party-crasher.

Zambia continued its run through the tournament by taking down Germany, while Uruguay topped Saudi Arabia to book a spot in the quarterfinal round.

U-20 World Cup: USMNT 1 – Saudi Arabia 1

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The USMNT won Group F at the U-20 World Cup, finishing off group play with a 1-1 draw with Saudi Arabia. The USMNT advances to play New Zealand in the round of 16 on June 1 (7am ET - FS1). In the other Group F finale, Senegal and Ecuador drew 0-0.

Brooks Lennon put the USMNT up in the 40th minute.

NASL Week 9: A Look Ahead

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It's been a busy week in the NASL as a clubparted ways with their coach, a new club announced their president and yet another club traveled over 6,000 miles to play in a friendly in Saudi Arabia.

Puerto Rico FC announced last Friday that it parted ways with coach Adrian Whitbread as well as their Technical Director Neil Sillett.

Saudi Arabia 2017 Nike Home Jersey

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In the hunt for their first FIFA World Cup appearance since 2006, Saudi Arabia return to Russia 2018 qualifying with matches against Thailand and Iraq at the end of March. The Green Falcons are expected to debut their 2017 Nike home kit for both matches. Available now at UK Soccer Shop and Subside Sports, the [.

Arab Women’s Sporting Events

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Arab Women's Sporting Events - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

To the uninitiated 'women's sporting events' and 'the Arab world' are phrases that would not normally appear in the same sentence. But, dig a little deeper than uninformed cultural, or gender, bias and there is a whole new world of international competition for Middle Eastern women that is slowly but surely eroding years of suppression.

High Risk Malaysia Cup Ties Highlighted

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PETALING JAYA: Three days ago, chaos reigned at the Shah Alam Stadium. No thanks to the irresponsible action of a group of unruly fans.

No one talked about the game – Malaysia's World Cup qualifying Asian Zone Group A match against Saudi Arabia, which was abandoned in the 88th minute with the visitors leading 2-1.

Asian Champions League 2015: Eight players to watch as quarter finals kick off

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