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 , oh Arab enthusiasts – 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 advance 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 had their moment in the sun, on the world stage. There's much to choose from -- since 1934, many a team from the Middle East has found their feat when it counted. Arab teams have got it together during the world popular tournament to beat rivals out of their leagues with their brow-raising discipline and flair.
Kick back and take a look at 9 of the greatest moments in Arab World Cup history. Yalla, 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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