Arabs in the World Cup: A mixed track record of disappointments and triumphs
So it's official. Algeria will represent Middle East in the World Cup. The Algerians went through by the narrowest of margins after a 49th minute scramble by skipper Madjid Bougherra helped them beat Burkina Faso 1-0. Continue reading below »
There were other teams that glittered in the qualifying rounds. Jordan put in a series of stirring performances and came back strongly before bowing out to Uruguay. Don't despair - there's no shame in losing to this South American powerhouse. You only get better by playing the best, and Jordan did well enough to progress this far and meet some of the best teams in the world. Tunisia too kept their march to Brazil alive till they ran into indomitable Cameroonians.
Now that we know just which countries have qualified for the Cup, it's time to take a look back at the Arab teams that shone once they were actually on the world stage. There's so much to choose from -- since 1934, many a team from the Middle East has dazzled during the world's most popular tournament beating more powerful rivals with their discipline and flair.
Let's take a look at 9 of the greatest moments in Arab World Cup history. Let's relive the times when crowds round the world went "Mashallah!". Do agree with our selection? If not, let us know in the comments section below.
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