Muslim football players are now in nearly all leagues in Europe and in the best teams, football or Soccer as it’s known in the USA is one of the biggest sports in the World.
As colonialists took their ideologies to the foreign lands especially the Muslim lands they also took their sports with them and Muslims started to play these sports. Football has been a ‘hit’ in those lands and over the years many Muslim footballers started to show up on the biggest football leagues in the World, such as the English Premier League, Spanish Primera Division, French Ligue 1 and more. There have been many Muslim footballers who have not only played in the best leagues but have played in the biggest teams in those leagues. I am going to list the Five of the best Muslim players currently in the best leagues in Europe in no particular order.
The French International currently playing in the German Bundesliga with FC. Bayern Munich. Ribery helped Bayern Munich reach the UEFA Champions League Final in 2011/2012 season which was played at their home ground at the Alliance arena in Munich, Germany. They lost in penalties to Chelsea FC.
The Bosnia and Herzegovina International who currently plays for Manchester City FC, he transferred from FC Wolfburg in January 2011 to his current club. He helped his club win the Barclays Premier league (2011/2012) and the F.A Cup in the 2010/2011 season. He now plays with Sergio Aguero and Carlos Tevez.
Nuri is of Turkish International born in Germany. He is now on loan to Liverpool F.C of the English Premier League from Real Madrid his parent club. He helped Real Madrid to win the Spanish League in the 2011/2012 season.
The dutch International of Morrocan descent, on loan to FC Schalke from FC Barcelona. he moved to Barcelona from PSV Eindhoven in the 2010-2011 season. Ibrahim Afellay helped Barcelona win 5 major honours in the 2011 season including the La Liga, Uefa Champions League, Supercopa de España, Uefa Super cup and the FIFA Club World Cup.
The Ivorian International who currently plays at Manchester City FC of the EPL alongside his brother Kolo. Like Dzeko Yaya was also part of the team that won the Barclays Premier League (2011/2012 season). He turned downed the Barclays man of the Match champagne after being nominated following the 2-0 win over Newcastle FC.
Of course there are a lot more but I’m not listing all of them, I may decide to create another list.
Who are your top Muslim Footballers
A massive fan of history and design, by profession Salah Deen is a Key Stage 2 Teacher. He frequently writes for Top Islamic Blog and also runs other websites. Follow on tumblr.