Culture

In this section

  • You will learn about the significance of soccer in the Arab world.
  • You will learn some expressions that you can hear while watching soccer.

Warm-up: Watch this video featuring a song by Nancy Ajram.

Keywords : شجع بعلمك support with your flag

 

Culture notes

  • Soccer is considered the first popular sport in the Arab world.
  • Many channels and networks specialize in broadcasting and analyzing soccer games.
  • Each Arab country has its national teams that compete locally and attract wide audience.
  • Many children in the Middle East and North Africa grow up playing it, as well as obsessing over it and its famous sports teams, clubs, and players.
  • Top 10 Arab Football Clubs: The following is a list of the most successful Arab football clubs according to Forbes Magazine’s ranking system.

1. Al Ahly SC

City: Cairo, Egypt

Rival: Zamalek SC (Cairo)

2. Al Hilal Saudi Club

City: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Rival: Al-Nassr (Riyadh)

3. Espérance Sportive de Tunis

City: Tunis, Tunisia

Rival: Club Africain (Tunis), Étoile Sportive du Sahel (Tunis)

4. Étoile Sportive du Sahel

City: Tunis, Tunisia

Rival: Espérance Sportive de Tunis (Tunis), Club Africain (Tunis)

5. Al-Ahli Saudi FC

City: Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Rival: Al-Ittihad (Jeddah)

6. Zamalek SC

City: Cairo, Egypt

Rival: Al-Ahly SC (Cairo)

7. Club Africain

City: Tunis, Tunisia

Rival: Espérance Sportive de Tunis (Tunis), Étoile Sportive du Sahel (Tunis)

8. Wydad Athletic Club

City: Casablanca, Morocco

Rival: Raja FC (Casablanca)

9. Al-Hilal Omdurman FC

City: Khartoum, Sudan

Rival: Al-Merrikh (Khartoum)

10. Al-Merrikh Sporting Club

City: Khartoum, Sudan

Rival: Al-Hilal Omdurman FC

  • Famous Arab Players: The following is a list of the most famous Arab soccer players currently playing.

Mohamed Salah

Country: Egypt

Club: Liverpool

Riyad Mahrez

Country: Algeria

Club: Leicester City

Islam Slimani

Country: Algeria

Club: Leicester City

Yacine Brahimi

Country: Algeria

Club: FC Porto

Mahdi Benatia

Country: Morocco

Club: Juventus

Faouzi Ghoulam

Country: Algeria

Club: SSC Napoli

Mohamed Elneny

Country: Egypt

Club: Arsenal

Hakim Ziyech

Country: Morocco

Club: AFC AJAX

Soufiane Hanni

Country: Algeria

Club: Leicester City

El Arbi Hillel Soudani

Country: Algeria

Club: GNK Dinamo Zagreb

Activity (13): Watch this  video and pick up some expressions that game reporters frequently use. 

 

This is a list you can hear frequently in football games. Can you guess their meanings?

 

حلوة الله
خطيرة يا الله
هدف = جول يا سلام
شوط يلّا

Key Takeaways

  • Select an Arab country and research its soccer activity, teams, famous players, and achievements internationally and locally.

 

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Elementary Arabic by Ayman Mohamed and Sadam Issa is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.

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