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5.5: Culture

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    Learning Objectives

    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

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    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.
    • 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

    Watch this video and pick up some expressions that game reporters frequently use.

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    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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