Franck Ribery Enjoying Soccer Again

August 25, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

By Parvez Fatteh, TMO, Founder of http://sportingummah.com, sports@muslimobserver.com

Franck-Ribery-006Bayern Munich star midfielder Franck Ribery  is having fun plying his trade out on the pitch after a long time. He praises new head coach Jupp Heynckes for the faith he has shown in him, and added that he is full of confidence again. Ribery has been active and impressive in both of Bayern’s wins thus far in the German Bundesliga season. The French Muslim midfielder international stated that he is enjoying his football again, for the first time in a long while.

He spoke to Kicker, “I really had a lot of fun in today’s game [against Hamburg]. I’m brimming with confidence again. The coach has a lot of faith in me and I really like the way he treats the players,” Ribery was quoted as saying. “I haven’t had fun on the pitch for two years. I had had more than enough of it. I can’t play the way I want to play when I’m not having fun out there. I need to enjoy myself to be at my best.”

Ribery has endured a difficult time on and off the pitch over the past two years. He was involved in a personal scandal that tested the resolve of his marriage. He was also struck by a number of injuries. And, he was also a part of the controversial French World Cup team last season that dealt with poor play and divisiveness in the locker-room. Bayern currently is tied for third place in the Bundesliga standings with six points from three games. The club has scored six goals and given up only one so far.

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Goalkeeper Al Habsi Stays on at Wigan

July 7, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

By Parvez Fatteh, TMO, Founder of http://sportingummah.com, sports@muslimobserver.com

playerArguably the finest Muslim goalkeeper in soccer has changed teams, as Wigan Athletic of the English Premier League has signed Ali Al Habsi from the Bolton Wanderers.

It was in particular the play of the 29-year-old that helped keep the Latics’ in the Premier League after having come over on loan from Bolton. Al Habsi made 34 appearances for Wigan and broke a club record for the least losses in a Premier League season, 14, while registering eight shutouts.

Manager Roberto Martinez told the club’s official website, “We are delighted to announce the best possible news for Wigan Athletic in securing Ali permanently. During his loan at our football club last season, Ali brought a great degree of professionalism in his daily work and put in many outstanding performances in the Premier League. Being voted player of the season reflects [not only] the huge impression that Ali had on the pitch but also the feeling of the supporters towards him. After making it really clear that he wanted to play for Wigan Athletic, moving forwards we’ve done everything possible to make this happen. The chairman and everyone at the football club are delighted that Ali will be staying and I’m sure every single Latics fan will feel extremely proud and be able to enjoy a great day after hearing this news.”

This is great news for Al Habsi, as well as for his home country of Oman, and for Muslim sports fans everywhere.

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Goalkeeper Al Habsi Stays on at Wigan

July 7, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

By Parvez Fatteh, TMO, Founder of http://sportingummah.com, sports@muslimobserver.com

playerArguably the finest Muslim goalkeeper in soccer has changed teams, as Wigan Athletic of the English Premier League has signed Ali Al Habsi from the Bolton Wanderers.

It was in particular the play of the 29-year-old that helped keep the Latics’ in the Premier League after having come over on loan from Bolton. Al Habsi made 34 appearances for Wigan and broke a club record for the least losses in a Premier League season, 14, while registering eight shutouts.

Manager Roberto Martinez told the club’s official website, “We are delighted to announce the best possible news for Wigan Athletic in securing Ali permanently. During his loan at our football club last season, Ali brought a great degree of professionalism in his daily work and put in many outstanding performances in the Premier League. Being voted player of the season reflects [not only] the huge impression that Ali had on the pitch but also the feeling of the supporters towards him. After making it really clear that he wanted to play for Wigan Athletic, moving forwards we’ve done everything possible to make this happen. The chairman and everyone at the football club are delighted that Ali will be staying and I’m sure every single Latics fan will feel extremely proud and be able to enjoy a great day after hearing this news.”

This is great news for Al Habsi, as well as for his home country of Oman, and for Muslim sports fans everywhere.

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