So another season of Football has started and some pretty excellent Muslim Footballers have joined too. I previously wrote about some of the players that I would like to see arrive in the Barclays Premier League in 2013.
Well one of my wishes has come true with the arrival of Mesut Özil to Arsenal.
There have also been a few muslims players returning to the league after having played in other leagues around the world.
Now that the football transfer window has closed we can safely say that they will stay here for at least a season or two and show the world their exceptional skills.
Muslim Footballers in the English Premier League 2013 – 2014
With the relegation of Wigan F.C to the Championship, Ali al-Habsi also left the Premier with his team. This means that there are no Muslim Goal keepers in the Premier League this year, we’ll see if anyone arrives in January 2014.
There some other surprises as Manchester UTD have added their first ever Muslim Player and with the loan move of Oussama Assaidi to Stoke from Liverpool and Sidibe leaving. Stoke City make sure they still have a Muslim among them. Newcastle F.C still remain the only club to have 5 muslim players in one team.
Here are all the Muslim Footballers in the English Premier league for the year 2013 – 2014, yes it includes Mesut Özil and no I don’t support Arsenal
- Bacary Sagna – Defender – French
- Vassiriki (Abou) Diaby - Midfielder – French
- Mesut Özil – Midfielder – Germany
- Yaya Sanogo – Forward – French
Aston Villa F.C
- Karim El Ahmadi – Midfielder – Moroccan
- Yacouba Sylla – Midfielder – French
- Demba Ba – Striker – Senegalese
Crystal Palace F.C
- Marouane Chamakh – Striker – French
- Ibrahim Sekajja – Forward – Uganda
- Arouna Kone – Striker – Ivorian
- Ashkan Dejagah – Midfielder – Iranian-German
- Pajtim Kasami – Midfielder – Swiss
- Adel Taarabt – Midfielder – Moroccan
Hull City F.C
- Abdoulaye Faye – Defender – Senegal
- Ahmed Elmohamady – Midfield – Egypt
- Aly Cissokho – Defender – France
- Mamadou Sakho – Defender – France
- Kolo Toure – Defender – Ivory Coast
- Samed Yesil – Striker – German
Manchester City F.C
- Samir Nasri – Midfielder – French
- Yaya Toure – Midfielder – Ivorian.
- Edin Dzeko – Striker – Bosnian.
Manchester United F.C
- Adnan Januzaj – Midfield – Belgium.
- Marouane Fellaini – Midfielder – Belgian
Newcastle United F.C
- Massadio Haidara – Defender – Senegalese.
- Hatem Ben Arfa – Midfielder – French.
- Ismael Cheik Tioté – Midfielder – Ivory Coast.
- Moussa Sissoko – Midfielder – French.
- Papiss Cisse – Striker - Senegalese.
Stoke City F.C
- Oussama Assaidi – Striker – Moroccan.
- Modibo Diakité – Defender – French-Senegalise.
- El-Hadji Ba – Midfield - French-Senegalise.
Tottenham Hotspur F.C
- Younes Kaboul – Defender – French.
- Moussa Dembele – Striker – Belgian.
- Nacer Chadli – Midfield – Belgian.
West Bromwich Albion
- Youssouf Mulumbu – Midfielder - Congolese.
- Nicolas Anelka – Forward – France.
- Adil Nabi – Forward – England.
West Ham United
- Mohamed Diame – Midfielder - French
- Alou Diarra – Midfielder – French
- Modibo Maiga – Striker - Malian
So there it is, all the Muslim Footballers of the Premier League for this year.
There are a few unconfirmed players which I did not or could not find out if they are Muslim or Not.
Harris Vukic and Asmir Begovic. If anyone can confirm if they are muslim or not then I can add it to the list.