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  • Germany to play Saudi Arabia in football World Cup dress rehearsal

    BERLIN:World champions Germany will play Saudi Arabia in their final test before they defend their World Cup title in Russia in June, the German football association (DFB) said on Friday...

    Joachim Loew’s side will host Saudi Arabia, who will also take part in the tournament, in Leverkusen on June 8, six days after they face Austria away in Klagenfurt...

  • Player injured in blasts near football team bus in Germany before Champions League match

    Local police say a player for German soccer team Borussia Dortmund was injured on Tuesday following explosions near the team bus ahead of the Champions League quarterfinal match against Monaco...

    ” North Rhine-Westphalia police spokesman Gunnar Wortmann told The Associated Press that there were “three explosions near the (Borussia Dortmund) team bus as they left the hotel to go to the stadium” and that “there was one player injured...

  • Leicester's Mahrez named English football's Player of the Year

    LONDON: Leicester City's Algerian winger Riyad Mahrez on Sunday became the first African player to be named English football's Player of the Year, as voted for by his fellow professionals...

    Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dele Alli was named Young Player of the Year at the Professional Footballers' Association (PFA) awards...

  • Saudi embassy confirms UK attacker had been in Saudi Arabia

    The Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia in London says that the Westminster attacker was in the country three times and taught English there...

    A statement released late Friday says Khalid Masood taught English in Saudi Arabia from November 2005 to November 2006 and again from April 2008 to April 2009...

  • Saudi women set to watch football matches in stadia for first time

    Sports stadiums in Saudi Arabia will open their doors to women to attend football matches for the first time ever on Friday, the government has announced...

    Under Saudi Arabia's existing guardianship system, a male family member — normally the father, husband or brother — must grant permission for a woman's study, travel and a host of other activities...

  • Saudi Football Federation bans referee for taking bribe

    The Saudi Football Federation have banned referee Fahad al-Mirdasi for life over bribery and urged FIFA to remove him from the pool of referees for the 2018 World Cup in Russia...

    The 32-year-old is one of Saudi Arabia's most prominent referees, having earned a FIFA badge in 2011 and officiating at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016 and the Confederations Cup in Russia in 2017...

  • Football diplomacy with Qatar hints at Saudi 'peace' effort

    A Saudi-led bloc's decision to play a football tournament in rival Qatar could herald a rapprochement after a two-year stand-off, and signal Riyadh is tempering its muscular approach that stoked regional crises...

    Gulf powerhouse Saudi Arabia has adopted an aggressive policy under de facto leader Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman — from a ruinous bombing campaign in Yemen to a boycott of Qatar and confrontation with rival Iran...

  • Yemen crisis: Pakistan reiterates support to Saudi Arabia, says FO

    ISLAMABAD: During their visit to Saudi Arabia on Thursday, the Pakistani leadership once again assured Riyadh of its support in the prevailing crisis in Yemen...

    Pakistan also expressed its deep concerns regarding increasing threats to regional peace and stability in the Middle East and emphasised that there was a dire need to ensure that the region did not get affected by further destabilisation by terrorist groups and other...

  • Modi’s visit to Saudi Arabia part of effort to improve ties with Pakistan’s close allies

    NEW DELHI: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Saudi Arabia on Sunday is part of a broader diplomatic offensive to put pressure on Pakistan by forging ties with some of Islamabad’s closest allies, Indian ruling party and government officials said...

    The visit comes just months after he travelled to another Pakistan ally, the United Arab Emirates, and signed a security cooperation agreement that includes regular meetings...

  • Pakistan joins 'Thunder of the North' military exercise in Saudi Arabia

    RIYADH: Armed forces from around 20 countries including Pakistan and Malaysia are gathering in northern Saudi Arabia Sunday for "the largest, most important military manoeuvres" ever staged in the region, the official news agency SPA reported...

    Saudi Arabia is currently leading a military campaign against Houthi rebels in its southern neighbour Yemen...

  • Saudi Arabia encouraging investment in Pakistan, says envoy

    ISLAMABAD: The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) is encouraging its businessmen to take advantage of investment opportunities in Pakistan, a report on the Radio Pakistan website quoted the Saudi ambassador-designate to Pakistan Abdullah Zahrani...

    In a message released on the eve of Saudi Arabia's national day, the envoy said that prospects for an economic relationship between the two countries are wide-ranging...

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