Muslim Stars of the World Cup

Elan, a great Muslim magazine came out with a timely article, while not nearly as comprehensive or complete– it’s a stab at an interesting subject:

The 2010 FIFA World Cup is now underway, and while there are a number of majority-Muslim countries in this year’s tournament, many of the best Muslim players don’t in fact play for these countries. Here’s a break down of some key players who are openly Muslim:

Nicolas Anelka: One player is Nicolas Anelka, a starter for the French national team.  Anelka, who plays for one of the top British teams in Club play, Chelsea, would be considered by some as the top Muslim player in the world. He converted in 2004, while he was playing for one of Britain’s other top Club teams, Manchester. Anelka told The Independent: “My religion offers stability and keeps my feet on the ground. It helps me to know who and where I am.”

You can read more here.


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