30 Muslim Footballers in the Premier League 2012

30 Muslim Footballers in the Premier League 2012

The Barclays Premier League is filled with top footballers from all over the World. And Muslim footballers are not short in number either! Nearly every team in the league has had a Muslim player in amidst their ranks.

Currently out of the big teams in the English Premier League Liverpool, Arsenal, Manchester City have Muslim footballers. Of course there are more in the other teams. Muslim footballers have made an exceptional impact on their teams that they are always picked for the first team and if they are absent then it is obvious that they are missing their Muslim team-mate.

Previously I wrote about Top 5 Muslim Football Players in Europe, this time I will list all the teams alphabetically and then list the Muslim footballers in that particular team. They play in positions in their teams from top strikers to midfielders to goal keepers.

If I have missed any please let me know and if you would like to see any other players then do let me know!

So here are all 29 of the Muslim footballers in England, playing in the Barclays Premier League 2012-13 season.

Muslim Footballers in Arsenal

  1. Bacary Sagna – Defender – French
  2. Vassiriki (Abou) Diaby – Midfielder – French
  3. Marouane Chamakh – Striker – Moroccan

Aston Villa

  1. Karim El Ahmadi – Midfielder – Moroccan


  1. Mahamadou Diarra – Midfielder – Malian
  2. Kerim Frei – Midfielder – Austrian


  1. Nuri Sahin – Midfielder – Turkish
  2. Oussama Assaidi – Striker – Moroccan
  3. Samed Yesil – Striker – German

Muslim Footballers in Manchester City

  1. Kolo Toure – Defender – Ivorian
  2. Samir Nasri – Midfielder – French
  3. Yaya Toure – Midfielder – Ivorian
  4. Edin Dzeko – Striker – Bosnian

Newcastle Utd

  1. Hatem Ben Arfa – Midfielder – French
  2. Cheick Tiote – Midfielder – Ivorian
  3. Mehdi Abeid – Midfielder – French
  4. Papiss Cisse – Striker – Senegalese
  5. Demba Ba – Striker – Senagalese

Queens Park Rangers

  1. Armand Traore – Defender – French
  2. Samba Diakite – Midfielder – French
  3. Adel Taarabt – Midfielder – Moroccan

Muslim Football Players in Stoke City

  1. Mamady Sidibe – Striker – Malian

Tottenham Hotspur

  1. Younes Kaboul – Defender – French
  2. Moussa Dembele – Striker – Belgian

West Bromwich Albion

  1. Youssouf Mulumbu – Midfielder – Congolese
  2. Yassine El Ghanassy – Midfielder – Belgian

West Ham United

  1. Mohamed Diame – Midfielder – French
  2. Alou Diarra – Midfielder – French
  3. Modibo Maiga – Striker – Malian

Wigan Athletic

  1. Ali Al Habsi – Goalkeeper – Omani

Check out the updated list after for the year 2012-13

By |October 26th, 2012|Football, Sports|24 Comments

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  1. Salah Ahmed 29/10/2012 at 7:37 pm - Reply

    A very good list, never imagined that many muslim footballers would get in! Theres a few with muslim names you have missed but not sure if they are muslim.
    But thanks

  2. Ken 24/12/2012 at 6:27 pm - Reply

    Newcastle ….Haris Vuckic – Bosnian/Slovenian
    Stoke City….Asmir Begovic-Bosnian/Canadian

    • Abu Zainab 25/12/2012 at 4:52 pm - Reply

      Thanks Ken, I wasn’t sure if they were Muslim couldn’t find anywhere credible to say they were but thanks.

  3. ZUNAIR 29/12/2012 at 6:46 pm - Reply


    • Abu Zainab 29/12/2012 at 7:20 pm - Reply

      Thanks Zunair I know he is married to a Morrocan lady but couldn’t confirm if he is Muslim.

  4. Supamansaq 29/12/2012 at 10:48 pm - Reply

    Demba Ba – Newcastle

    • Abu Zainab 30/12/2012 at 1:34 am - Reply

      Can’t believe I missed him, I’ve added him now, thanks

  5. Kichelle 30/12/2012 at 2:02 pm - Reply

    Shouldn’t be allowed to play in England. None of them. Also you have non Islams listed.

    • Abu Zainab 30/12/2012 at 5:02 pm - Reply

      Thanks for your comment, why do you say they shouldn’t play in england?

    • Zohaib Hassan Shah 17/03/2013 at 6:32 am - Reply

      you may be a bad player thus why u r saying contact me i will teach u

  6. Bilyaminu Ibrahim Fagge 31/12/2012 at 9:25 pm - Reply

    Alhamdulillah, we need those that are playing in spain

  7. aamer 01/01/2013 at 6:21 pm - Reply

    raheem sterling …isn’t he a muslim brother.??

    • Salah Ad Deen 01/01/2013 at 8:45 pm - Reply

      No I don’t think he is, I think he just has a muslim name like a lot of other Jamaicans with names like Jamal etc but are not muslim.

  8. nafist 19/01/2013 at 4:04 pm - Reply


  9. Ahmed Ali Abuamer 13/02/2013 at 5:55 pm - Reply

    ashkan dejagah muslim club fulahm
    filipe luis senderos club:fulham
    senderos with shikh

  10. Ali Mustafa 18/03/2013 at 6:32 pm - Reply

    Masha Allah very good think……Islam is increasing religion………..

  11. Kemas Khaidar Ali 20/05/2013 at 2:21 pm - Reply

    Maybe Yanga Mbiwa and Yohan Gouffran in Newcastle

    • Abu Zainab 22/05/2013 at 10:53 pm - Reply

      Thanks for the suggestion, I’ll check it out and have an updated list of muslim footballers after the summer transfer window. 🙂

  12. Atta UR Rehman 03/01/2014 at 5:07 pm - Reply

    GR8 Work SIR (Y) …. 🙂

  13. tausf khan 15/05/2014 at 6:48 pm - Reply

    Assalamu alaikum brothers i am from india i have website islamtelegraph.com
    i would like to have authors like you please visite site and be one

    jazzak Allah

  14. mukisaki 10/02/2015 at 2:13 pm - Reply

    Asmir Begovic -stoke city -bosnian

  15. Zohaib hassan shah 13/02/2015 at 9:46 am - Reply

    i would like to say that in sports there is no religion indeed anyone can play football i myself am in gcu lahore football team and had never face any problem with religio

  16. Abdiweli 12/07/2015 at 7:19 am - Reply

    it shows how islam is expanding to Europe I am sure sooner the likes of Deco Costa,Fabricas,Drogba and Falcua will be converted to islam because I donot want them to Drown to hill. Brothers learn something from this religion I am sure those brilliant thinking will notice it as a true one.

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