Friday, June 23, 2006

Muslim Football Figures Muslim Footballers

THIS SECTION HAS BEEN ENHANCED DUE TO MISUNDERSTANDINGS

As I heard many Muslims are actually involved in football, I browsed around to look for more Muslims in football. The findings were quite shocking. Note that the list excluded known Muslim footballers like Ali Daie (Iran) and Ahmed Hossam Mido (known by name and nationality)

Source: Various

Gai Yigaal Assulin - Young exciting midfielder. Formerly of Barcelona FC and Manchester City. He is indeed an Israeli national but his father is Libyan.
Nicloas "Bilal" Anelka - French striker. Once called Le Sulk, now a very settled player. Formerly of Fenerbahce, Turkey and Chelsea. Pics of him visiting a Manchester mosque is easily available.
Zinedine Yazid Zidane - A non-practiced Muslim. Three-time FIFA World Player of the Year.
Bruno Metsu - Former Senegalese National Team Coach. Converted when he was at Senegal. Now coach of Al-Ittihad.
Franck Ribery - Converted in 2002. Read the Du'a before taking a free kick against Korea recently. Married to long time Moroccan girlfriend.
Phillipe Troussier - former famous French player. Famously coached Japanese National Team. Lives in Morocco. Changes his name to Omar. Wife Dominique now Amina. Adopted 2 local Moroccan children.
George Weah - Liberian football great. Unsuccesful candidate for 2005 Liberian presidency. Born a Muslim. Went to Muslim children school. Converted to Christianity in the name of his grandmother who raised him. Later reconverted to follow the faith of his Grandmother.
Robin van Persie - Holland super striker. Married a Morroccan but never talk about his religious position in public. Denied he is a Muslim as he was brought up liberal.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic - Has tatoos on both arms but Papa Sefik is a Bosnian-Muslim immigrant and his Mom is of Catholic Croat. Swedish star striker but dubbed 'overrated' by Martin O'neill. However, some reports has said that he is following his mother's religious belief.
Kolo, Yaya and Ibrahim Toure - Ivorian footballers. Devout muslims.
Rami Shaaban - Former Arsenal Swedish keeper who is of Egyptian descent. Mom is English.
Frederick Kanoute - Malian striker. No wonder he celebrates by reciting the du'a after scoring goals. Bought a mosque in Seville. Devoted Muslim.
Mehmet Scholl - German veteran Bayern Munich star midfielder who was denied call-up to the 2006 Fifa World Cup Germany National Team although being recommended by Karl-Heinz Rummenigge after coming back superbly from a long-standing injury. Born Muslim however as his parents' divorce when he was young, he turned aethist and now Buddhist.
Khalid Boulahrouz - Dutch national defender. Born in Nederlands but of Moroccan descent. Nicknamed Khalid der Kannibale (The Cannibal because of his ability to 'eat up' oppositions). Trying to emulate Mohammed Allach (Muslim-Dutch football great).
Armand Traore - Arsenal young left full back was seen many times praying before the start of the game.
Nacer Barazite - another Arsenal rising Dutch star of Moroccan descent. Pays tribute to Allah each time he scores a goal.
Pascal Cygan - clarifications needed!
Lassana and Mahamadou Diarra - Real Madrid midfield gems.
Christian Negouai - It is so ironic that his first name is Christian but he is a practising Muslim, was forced to break his fast during ramadhan for drug test by the FA.
Karim Benzema - Real Madrid striker. Struggling to find his form.
Samir Nasri - Manchester City cheeky elusive winger. Spotted reciting the du'a every time before the game.
Mamadou Sakho - PSG youngest ever captain. Highly rated center back.
Nuri Sahin - Dortmund's creative midfielder. Turkish.
Nordin Amrabat - PSV right midfielder.
Ismail Aissati - Ajax young midfielder.
Hatem Ben Arfa - Newcastle exciting winger.
Zesh Rehman - Pakistani British
Bacary Sagna -  Arsenal
Ibrahima Sonko - cousins with Bakari
Sulleyman Ali Muntari
Didier Domi - friends of Kanoute and Anelka
Phillipe Christanval - according to Thierry Henry in an interview with Aljazeera
Peter Luccin - as above
Eric Abidal - as above
Mesut Ozil - Turkish creative midfielder.
Solomon Kalou - Chelsea forward.
Nathan Ellington - former WBA and Watford striker.
Lee Hughes - converted to Islam during his prison sentence after he was found guilty dor knocking down a boy to his death in a car accident.
Mesut Oezil - talented young German playmaker.
Samir Khedira - powerful German defensive midfielder.
Serdar Tasci - German centerback.
Demba Ba - Newcastle striker. On form currently.
Aron Mohamed Winter - has Indian mom, Surinamese dad, Chinese grandpa
Ayew brothers (Andre, Abdul Rahim, Imani and Jordan) and father Abedi Pele. Also Kwame and Sola - Ghanaian footballers.
Moussa Dembele - Fulham creative forward
Ali Al-Habsi - Wigan keeper
Asmir Begovic - Young EPL keeper
Younes Kaboul - Spurs defender
Leon Osman - Everton midfielder
Maroune Chamakh - Morrocan striker
Marrouane Fellaini - Midfielder
Adel Tarrabt - of QPR
Lorik Cana - of Lazio
Youssof Mulumbu - WBA
Cheik Tiote - Newcastle
Samba Diakite - QPR
Abou Diaby - Lanky Arsenal midfielder
Demba Ba - Newcastle
Papiss Demba Cisse - Powerful striker from Newcastle
Nikica Jelavic - Bosnian born Croatian powerful striker
Phillipe Senderos - former Arsenal man converted to Islam after learning theology for his degree.

Jeg van Hooij

171 comments:

NURA ABDULNASIR said...

i cant agree all this players that mention is muslim, i dout much and i dont think is true but plz check the fact again.

abbaromario said...

Sure for Zizou,ribery,Analka
zlatan,kolo&Yaya toure,kanoute
they are all Muslims.But,i really doubt on owen hargreaves,and for Kanu Nwanko is not,is a christian
from Abia,Nigeria.Let me add some
muslim footballers for you..Abedi
Pele,Yekini,Adefujo,abdul toure.

Jeg said...

ya ya.. i cannot confirm all..

Anonymous said...

jolean lecot is a muslim his middle name is mohamed

Anonymous said...

Joleon Lescott is a Christian, so too is Jermanin defoe and Owen Hargreaves. Zlatan Ibrahimovic is not a muslim by the way. Robin Van Persie is not either, he's just married to one - not yet converted to one.

Jeg said...

thanks for ur inputs,

as i said before, those are just some funny facts ive got from the internet.

not each and everyone of them are muslim footballers.

cheers.

Anonymous said...

Robin van persie did the sahada

we can call him a muslim :) he also married one

Anonymous said...

habib beye in prem. sanli tuncay, mohammed shawky.

Enra said...

Kanoute, Yaya Toure, Eric Abidal, Mahamadou Diarra, Lilian Thuram and Henry ( is a muslim footbaler too)

Anonymous said...

younes kaboul, adel taarabt. There are also hundreds playing in the french, dutch leagues mainly from moroccan descent.

Anonymous said...

Do you want more? Be sure: Samir Nasri, Hatem Ben Arfa, Karim Benzema, Ibrahim Afellay, Otman Bakkal, Mohammed Sissoko, Philippe Troussier, Lassana Diarra, Abou Diaby, Bacary Sagna, Pascal Cygan, Hasan Salihamidzic, Lee Won-jae, Joseph Desire-Job, Hamit Altintop, Halil Altintop, Diomansy Kamara, Djimi Traore, Radhi Jaidi, Salif Diao, Amdy Faye, Hameur Bouazza, Abdoulaye Meite, Seydou Keita, Lorik Cana ARE ALL MUSLIMS
-Rizal from Indonesia-

Anonymous said...

Owen Hargreves, defoe, henry are defo not muslims. However rumours say that van persie converted to islam before he married a morrocan. He was taught islam by his friend and caretaker in his school.
Armand Traore (Arsenal youngster), hes been seen doing the prayer with both hands together before games, and apparently Bakary sagna is muslim too.
There are a lot of Muslim footballers mostly of african decent.
Oh and Zizou has said that he is a non-practising Muslim. The three toure bro's are practising. Match commentary in an arsenal game had mentioned that Kolo Toure likes to bring his prayer mats to training sessions.

Anonymous said...

if ronaldo converts to Islam Allah will surely make him a better footballer

Anonymous said...

david bentley has converted too. nura is a punk, there ae many footballers from africa and many muslims there too. you forgot mohamed sissoko

Plus Size Shopping said...

Add the Algerian Rabah Madjer. He used to play for FC Porto. They used to call him the Magician (well known by his goal against Bayern Munich scoring with the heel). Look him up in youtube.

Zidane is also from an Algerian origin.

Ibrahimovich has a Muslim name, like most of the Bosnians. I just don't think he is practicing...

Plus Size Shopping said...

Add the Algerian Rabah Madjer. He used to play for FC Porto. They used to call him the Magician (well known by his goal against Bayern Munich scoring with the heel). Look him up in youtube.

Zidane is also from an Algerian origin.

Ibrahimovich has a Muslim name, like most of the Bosnians. I just don't think he is practicing...

Anonymous said...

check this website.it has a lot of other muslims and which euro clubs they are in:
http://www.vocalsports.com/showthread.php?t=1010

Anonymous said...

I THINK U ARE MUSLIM

Anonymous said...

i think eveyvone are muslims and it have more muslim soccer popular players who there are muslims th best players of soccer where muslims like pele , zidane , ibrahimovic , henry , van persie and a lot off others byeee

Anonymous said...

Half or more than half of current French national team is Muslim! Ribery, Anelka, Benzama, Ben-arfa, all the Diarras, Abidal. Anyway stop referring Zidane as a muslim. His family converted 2 Christianity when he was an infant.

Jeg said...

About Zidane, no I don't think so. He said before that he is a Muslim but he doesnt practice it. Like all the ibadahs I think. Only God knows if he can be said as a Muslim.

Same goes to Shah Rukh Khan, a Bollywood star. He is a Muslim but doesnt practice it. However, when his mom died, he went for prayers.

TJ said...

Momo Sissoko was seen drinking during Liverpool's afternoon game in one Ramadan.

Jawad said...

Samir Nasri is currently practicing Islam

I found this information on wikipedia

but for some reason they have taken this information off

Anonymous said...

ZLATAN is a Muslim. I am 100% sure that until the age of 18 he was. as I have known him since the age of 10. His parents are from Bosnia and Croatia. He is like many other muslims who are not devout and do whatevere they want

Anonymous said...

that henry thing was rubbish but i agree that zizu is a non practising muslim but how did you find out.

Anonymous said...

TJ
its because some footballers dont do Ramadan when they play matches

Anonymous said...

i know nacer for a long time and he is a great guy .. His father is Moroccan and his mother is from The Netherlandss ..

Anonymous said...

100% muslim footballers..
Mohd Helmi Eliza Elias
Muhammad Nazmi Baharom
Mohd Afif Amiruddin
Shafizan Hashim
Shahrulnizam Mustapa
Mohd Azrul Ahmad
Mohd Farizal Rozali
Ahmad Fauzi Saari
Mohamad Rozaidi Abdul Rahim
Muhammad Shafiq Jamal
Mohd Fadly Baharum
Mohd Fazliata Taib
Mohd Khyril Muhymeen Zambri
Rafiz Abu Bakar
Khairul Helmi Johari
Mohd Sabre Mat Abu
Muhammad Al-Hafiz Hamzah
Baddrol Bakhtiar
Mohd Faizal Abu Bakar
Abdul Hadi Abdul Hamid

the list is from KEDAH F.A
:) have a nice day

Anonymous said...

Vedad Ibisevic and Sejad Salihovic, from HOfenhajm are bosnian muslims ;)

Hassan said...

i think zlatan is islam and that is why he is great but how about qalbi bayen lever player from somali

Anonymous said...

and Edin džeko is also practising

Anonymous said...

Many of you guys say that a few of the fotballers are not muslims, well let me tell you something if you are not 100% dont assume! So until your 100% dont judge any body in regards to their beliefs. What you should go by are the true facts which can be statements made by the individuals themselves, witness of them praying dua etc. My point is that its wrong to assume about someone's religion as it is something very personal. You missed out on Franck Bilal Ribery buddy. I know this first of all as he married a muslim lady from a algerian descent and at a later stage he converted. If you watch him closely before he plays football match you will most likely see praying dua, which is something really great to see.

Jeg said...

i dunno wats ur beef but I expect you to see clearly when I have mentioned Ribery in the list. and I'm sure this list is 95% accurate.

noor said...

Mehmet Scholl is Buddhist check out Wikipedia ,Zlatan is not a muslim, father is.Djibril Ciss'e born a muslim became a Christian.Emmanuel Ebou'e a Christian,saw him do the CROSS SIGN so many times before a game.

Jeg said...

i agree on Noors comments except that EBOUE is a not MUSLIM. Contradictally, he was caught reciting the du'a each time before he starts in a game.

Anonymous said...

What About Samir Nasri He is also A muslim Player and it is gr8 to see so many muslim players in football and have big names Like Ribery And Nasri
INSHALLAH MUSLIMS WILL BE EVERYWHERE AND WE ARE THE BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Lorik Cana is Muslim..
Olimpic Marsei

Jeg said...

Lorik cana could be an aethist

Redz da Tsar said...

Thankz for the info... I've looking for the list lately...

Anonymous said...

zlatan,hargreaves,van persie are not i'm sure...
you forgot a lot of players :)
algerian players like:
karim ziani ( o.marseille, france)
antar yahia (bochum,germany)
madjid bougherra (rangers, scotland)
nadir belhadj (porsmouth, Uk)
yebda(benefica lisbonne, portugal)
megheni( lazio de roma, italy)
and many others...
the most important that they are proud of their roots not that they are muslims or not...for exemple zidane doesnt practice but he is prood to be from algeria and he visits algeria a lot and he helps algeria alot ;)
just to add hatem ben harfa is tunisian and he plays in O.marseille (france)

thanks for the article

Anonymous said...

ribery is for sure a muslim his wife is algerian and he went to mecca and his name is billel
he changed it when he was in Marseille (france)

But KANOUTE IS THE BEST ;) cause he is proud and he shows it to everyone ;)
masha'a allah aalih

Anonymous said...

Edin dzeko from wolsburg is bosnian muslim vedad ibisevic and sejad salihovic are muslims and diarra from real madrid he fasten all ramadan and played games during ramadan all 30 days that is very nice from him and allah helpd him

Anonymous said...

you all forgot AMR ZAKI of wigen . ABD EL KADER KEITA of lyon, seido keita OF BARCELONA and sure ABO TREKA of al ahly

george said...

frank ribbery is a very good muslim.
anelka was okay but recently he played a commercial has very non islam figures in it.zidane is not even talk abouit it.living with dancer girlfrend..anyway Allah knows the best and help us all...

Anonymous said...

robin van persie is a muslim. i am malaysians. rvp is fasting during lst year ramadhan. it is in paper la!

Anonymous said...

countries like egypt, turkey, algeria and many other islamic states would have a majority of muslim players. and alot of North african teams have a good mixture of muslim and not muslim. France is predicted to be a muslim state by 2025... this can be seen in their football nationalities and roots.

Nadeem khan, south Africa

Anonymous said...

I am a Muslim. However, I respect all the football players, regardless of religion. Because God has ordered us to respect all other religions, and certainly I am proud to any player belonging to the same religious and possession of fame and admiration of the world and this is perfectly normal for any human being.
I hope that the whole world looks to the Muslims do not look good Itbao media that seek to distort the image of Islam because Islam is a religion of peace not the Qur'an urges us never to terrorism but who has vowed to faulting in the human right to punish God.
On the other hand I hope that the world can live in peace and not of intolerance to religion because it is a relationship between man and God As called the Koran. Apologized to the stretching, but I wanted to clarify some points only, and Peace be upon you

Tamer said...

eboue is def. not a Muslim... he has done the cross sign on multiple occasions, including recently against portsmouth (or was it rangers?)

Anonymous said...

Abedi pele three time African footballer of the year and winner of France's only champs league trophy with Olympique Marseille is a practising muslim

Anonymous said...

Vedad Ibišević (Hoffenheim), Sejad Salihovič (Hoffenheim), Edin Džeko (Wolfsburg), Vahid Halilhodžić (I.Coast), Safet Sušić (ex PSG), Faruk Hadžibegić (ex Sochaux-Betis),Admir Vladavić (Salzburg).Emir Spahić (Montpellier) , Zlatan Muslimović (PAOK)are all bosnian muslims

Emilio said...

What does religion have to do with football ???
Does being a muslim make you a better player ??
If you think so, then may God really help you

Anonymous said...

zaaaaaaalaaaaatan ibrahimovic is th
best

MUKTAR AWAL(Gh) said...

Richard kinson, Ghana's goal keeper is a muslim. Tony Baffour use to be b4 he divorce Kalsulm sinare. i dont know for now. Kwasi Nyantekyi(Ghana FA prez) is a muslim.

Anonymous said...

zlatan is moslem, i've read an indonesian soccer tabloid interview with him, when his still 18th, and newcomer in ajax.
he says holy qoran is the source of his spirit, his father gave him name zlatan mean he become sulthan the conquest.
u may trace him from ajax

Anonymous said...

Edin Dzeko, Sejad Salihovic, Vedad Ibisevic, Emir Spahic, Zlatan Muslimovic. All bosnian national soccer team players.

Anonymous said...

Hasan Salihamidzic, Mohammed Sissoko...

Anonymous said...

Thierry Henry did convert.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sGSx2PuYxOk&NR=1
Check that.

To quote Henry ". I always say that if a person truly believes
in Allah that he'll believe in Quran and the last messenger"

Anonymous said...

abou diaby - the gunners
Eddie Newton - (Muslim name Bilal) ex Chelsea Midfielder
most of them are african..
they are great.. like Frédéric Kanouté has splashed out more than US$700,000 to buy his own Masjid in Spain. great rite?
Johan Djorou from arsenal also a muslim..
proud to be a Muslim..
alhamdulillah..

Anonymous said...

i cant agree at all zlatan ibra it's not muslim because he christian..by the way analka,ben arfa , samir nasri, henry , seydou keita muslim 50%

nu_Ox3r said...

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/2336868/Eboue-provides-for-club-and-family.html

"As well as charity, the pair dispense faith and hope to all their fellow Ivory Coast citizens with their displays for club and country. Toure, a devout Muslim who prays every day, says: "The only thing we can do for the country as football players is to play very well every game."

Anonymous said...

younes kaboul is not a muslim. i saw him do the cross sign yesterday live on TV.

Jeg said...

yes, me too.

Anonymous said...

Don't forget Arsenal's Abou Diaby he was praying with us in London's Regents Park Masjid

volim BIH said...

is Edin Dzeko muslim? i heard from a bosnian friend that he is

Anonymous said...

Franck Ribéry Hamit Altintop Inside saudi arabia 2009 (open the link bellow)

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3388/3236680811_5daf05db74.jpg

F$%& the politics said...

ok what is the point of all this.islam excists well over 1431 years.is this something new to you all,that every 5th person on this planet is muslim and therefore many pro athletes just might be one of them.this is sports, so please let us keep it clean from dirty religious politics that suround us all over the world.are you going to be a fan of a pro athlete based on his abilities on the feeld or his private life(confession).did they become pros because of their effort or cofession???????

Jeg said...

why so defensive?

it's just an analysis of footballers who happen to be Muslims. what is wrong with that?

you can make your own Hindu footballers nobody's gonna judge you.

Anonymous said...

these are 100 persent muslim soccer player the toure brothers. samir nasri.armad traore.freddy kanoute.Marouane Fellaini.El Hadji Diouf.Nicolas Anelka.Salomon Kalou.karim benzema.hatem ben arfa.Ibrahim Afellay.Mohammed Sissoko.Philippe Troussier.Pascal Cygan.Hamit Altintop.Halil Altintop.Diomansy Kamara.Djimi Traore.Amdy Faye.seydou Keita.Lorik Cana.Nacer Barazite.Mamadou Sakho.Nuri Sahin.Ibrahima Sonko.eric abidal.Ismail Aissati.Mesut Ozil.Mahamadou Diarra.Sulley Muntari.marouane chamkh.tuncay sali.serdar tasci.Nihat Kahveci.Ali Al-Habsi.mido.amr zaki.Younes Kaboul.nadir belhadj.hassan yebda.Kamel Ghilas.Papa Bouba Diop.Mohamed Zidan.edin hazard.edin dzeko.arda turan.Servet Çetin.hasan salihamidzic.mamadou niang.Nabil El Zahr.mahamdou diarra.Khalid Boulahrouz. these are some player's i think are muslim there are so many these few are said to be muslim thierry henry.robin van persie.bacary sagna.zlatan ibrahimovic.ryan babel.

Anonymous said...

MUHAMMAD SANI JUME
I dont think is true but plz check the fact again about this pepoel that you name tham.

Anonymous said...

ZLATAN Ibrahimovic isnt muslim, you can see it at his matches. He usualy cross himself when startin match.

Edin Dzeko from Wolfsburg, Vedad Ibisevic from Hoffenheim, Miralem Pjanic from Lyon
There are also Zlatan Muslimovic (PAOK), Zlatan Bajramovic (Eintracht Frankfurt)
Emir Spahic (Montpellier HSC), safet nadarevic (Eskişehirspor), Sejad Salihovic (Hoffenheim) etc.

Football fan from Bosnia

Anonymous said...

i don't think everyone of these european players coukd say that they are muslims. i'm from india,there are lot people of people in india as mislims. but now a days only a small percentage is only practising real islam. here, most of the muslims are now drinking. from a large muslim community,the situation is like. now a days there are lots of muslim players in europe, bt only a smal people like kanoute , toure and diarra etc are only practising with respect. i,m saying respect the muslim players by their good belief nt by name. zidane,benz,sissoko,kaboul etc. are good players nt good muslim.

Ashfaq said...

We r no 1 to tell about some 1 whether he is a practising muslim or not .... remember that islam is between him and god ..... and i can say myself as a non practising muslim if i try to pray 5 times but can do 4 tyms

istany said...

ok good list. for ibrahimovic I think he is muslim by birth because of his father but I doubt that he practices at all also when you mention some player from muslim country you have to be sure that he is practicing or not for instance many turkish players are not practicing muslims they were just born that way also many bosnian players in that way too.

Anonymous said...

omg ahahahahahhahahahahahahahahahahah

Anonymous said...

Whether they r practising or non practising Muslims is contentious But onething is sure that they all have Muslim genes which none of them
can refute n they show up frm
time to time. ...... Lolz

Anonymous said...

I am not really sure for Zlatan Ibrahimovic,even if his father was muslim,i doubt he had turned to Islam, I would say an atheist. Did u know that RvP was convicted for raping in 2008 i think? I think many of those on list are muslims, but very few of them practice five time-day prayers or sustains of alchol or woman pleasures.I belive only for Diarra and Kanoute couz they have been seen doing praying in mosques,as for all the others,maybe they "converted" to Islam couz of popularity?

God Bless us all

fatz16 said...

u know what?we should just be happy that their are so many muslim players.they help propagate islam,and save many non-muslim from the fire of hell.we might not know if they are practising but who are we to judge?allah is the final judge.on the day of judgement we'll find out who are the real muslims.i end of by saying 'save yourself from hell,your relegion isnt taking you anywhere'.this is the truth youll only find out that i was right on the day of reckoning,i hope all the practising true muslims carry on doing good and help propagate our beautiful relegion.Ramadaan Mubarak 2 all the muslims out there!pray 4 me! shukran

Anonymous said...

http://www.footbo.com/Players/Adel_Taarabat/Biography

kaboul is muslim and a lot of dumb ignorant people here im surprised people aint claiming MOHAMMAD sissoko is christian

Anonymous said...

maybe eboue is chrislam.
there's also baha'i faith

Anonymous said...

When you generalise about Bosnians, please refer and don't say that most bosnians are not practicing or they are muslim by name. Thats simply not true, just come and visit Bosnia, Sarajevo and you will se that it is not true to generalise. I'am bosnian and practicing muslim, and I know a lot devouted BOSNIAN muslims.

Aamir said...

Why do you all speculate whether someone is 100% muslim or not , are you a 100% .. I'm not and I feel you all should support all good footballers because Allah created them all, but take inspiration from practicing ones .. I guess Mesut Ozil is practicing and exceptional player in his position .. but my best is Messi although he is not Muslim , but Allah created this Mater piece, so appreciate the one you like coz of his game n not in the name of religion coz football doesnt teach you Islam, it is just a sport to be played or enjoyed :D

Anonymous said...

yeah... feel greet that most of the famous football are muslim... but the thing is.... they are still wearing a short pants n still exposed their aurat..

peace!!!!

Anonymous said...

I checked coz I saw Younes kaboul cross himself before the match versus Werder Bremen. Very Surprising since he is of Moroccan decent. I dount Cana is a Muslim. He might be by birth but Albania is one of the least practising Muslim country in the world. Kanu is definitely not a Muslim and neither is Eboue. RVP has denied any religious affiliation in an interview on skysports.

serdar said...

cana is muslim he is coming to mosque every friday he is from kosovo. Kosovars are more religious then Albanians of albania.

Anonymous said...

Most religious muslim players were Galatasarays players they all were praying 5 times. then they become succesful. Mamadou Niang and Issiar Dia are muslims

madd said...

Zlatan Ibrahimovich following his mother religion? oohh ..thank you

Anonymous said...

what about Karim Ziani? algerian international and plays for wolfsburg. and also m.chamakh? Moroccan internation, plays for arsenal

Anonymous said...

Lorik Cana is Roman Catholic.

Anonymous said...

I hope we grow up and realize that religion is something personal and that we can learn from it not brag about it . It makes no difference to me what is your religion . what is important is that
do you respect others' religions????
that is the question that others should come to understand and answer .....

Anonymous said...

Oh btw Edin Dzeko is a Muslim aswell, he only prays once per day for some reason, I read that some where.
Ibrahimovic IS a Muslim.

Anonymous said...

I think that Javier Hernandez (Chicharito) young mexican manchester united player is a muslim as before a game he bends down and suplicates at the center circle, i saw it in a away games at fulham 2010/2011 season.

Anonymous said...

Egyptian zaki, abou tirike and mehtab too.

Anonymous said...

Marouane chamakh is a muslim too as he is from morocco and his name and nationality give him the muslim identity.

Anonymous said...

why u all must judge someone is 100% muslim or not.i want to ask u all, r u 100% muslim.just know to say shahadah doesn't mean u r 100%. do u do a pray 5times a day?do u fasting during ramadhan?many malaysian muslim is not 100% muslim today...so what a different between malaysia muslim n the footballer muslim player???nothing right?

Anonymous said...

Guys, I saw a tatoo on Ibrahimovic while playing for Barca. It was in arabic and it was the qalimah. I was surprised since when in Italy he used Zlatan on his jersey -- was he avoiding using Ibrahimovic?

Jeg Hui said...

Zlatan is his name. Ibrahimovic means son of Ibrahim. More like a surname.

Anonymous said...

Ibrahim Afellay is also muslim and Mesut ozil

Anonymous said...

For all you asking, yes Edin Dzeko is 100% Muslim. Zlatan Ibrahimovic's father is Muslim, but his mother is Croation. therefore, he is not fully Muslim.

Anonymous said...

look mate most of them are wrong henry, abidal are wrong gai assaulin is acctually jewish lee hughes is english prosedent (dont know how to spell it sorry) van persei is not hes christian (most of the dutch ones who arent of african or asian decent are acctually catholic or christian) armand toure is one ill give you that one i am a kind of expert in this kind of thing ask me any player and ill give you their religion i am a expert in most football players i know which ones are gay straight bisexual muslim jewish catholic christian sickism trust me most of them are wrong ... :(

Anonymous said...

YOU FORGOT THE BIGGEST PLAYERS:RONALDINHO - MESSI AND THIERRE HENRY

Anonymous said...

Gai Assulin is jewish not muslim....

Anonymous said...

Ali 4rm Nigeria.
I'm not sure about all the players, but what about Taye Ismaila Taiwo of nigeria, sani kaita, haruna lukman, yusuf ayila are they not muslim players?

Anonymous said...

Ali 4rm Nigeria.
I'm not sure about all the players, but what about Taye Ismaila Taiwo of nigeria, sani kaita, haruna lukman, yusuf ayila are they not muslim players?

Anonymous said...

Mohammed Sisoko..used to play for Liverpool few years back.

Anonymous said...

Christian footballers, Muslim footballers and Jewish footballers. hmmm
I thought these are all professional footballers. ;)

Anonymous said...

as well Gipps and Dinelson,Abo diabi,Shamakh, Arsenal players
Yaya and Salman Toura Man C
Mohamed Zidan,Haji Duiff and a lot of Duiffs
and the King for ever Zain Aldin Zidan zizo

Anonymous said...

Frank Ribery is nmarried to an Algerian woman and not to a Moroccan woman. Why do they keep on making this mistake?

Mohsin said...

Muslims remain great every Time

Anonymous said...

I can tell you with certain that van persie is not a muslim. the maroccan girl he married with is a family of mine, so i know this for a fact.

Anonymous said...

may I add another oslem player?
Christian "El Loco" Gonzales
who was born in Chile. Now he is Indonesian. He built a mosque in Gresik City

sometime he celebrates his goal with praying-hand-position

Anonymous said...

where is edin dzeko, he is muslim

Anonymous said...

Thierry Henry Is a Muslim so is Ibrahimovic and david trezaguet and so is Eric abidal

rawr said...

Wat about Ibrahim Affelay?

Anonymous said...

didier domi is muslim spent alot of time with both his younger brothers wen they came to newcastle to study, mashallah very practising

Anonymous said...

henry is not a muslim nor is robin van persie...
and ya people please love a player for his game not due to his religion...

Anonymous said...

if zidane is not practicing muslim then he is not interested in it... stop botherinng him...
and henry video in youtube is fake... al-jazeera can make such stuffs...
discrimination

Anonymous said...

Is Ibrahim Afellay a Muslim?

Santa said...

Zlatan Ibrahimović follows mother beliefs - how is that possible ?
Then he is an atheist, since both of his parents are !
(However, his father has much more influential role on family's national, ethnic, cultural and, to some extent (respect for festivities at best), religious identity, which is common for old fashioned average, conservative Bosnian families)

Anonymous said...

Safee Sali as well !!

Anonymous said...

Miralem Sulejmani (Ajax Amsterdam) is also muslim

Anonymous said...

SO WHAT ?
IS NOT IMPORTANT ISSUE.

Anonymous said...

where is ibrahim afellay

Anonymous said...

Why you all are worried about players being muslim or not.....whatever they be none of them are not of your race your origin and their origin are different. only muslims of middle eastern countries are 100 % remaining all are converted once upon a time. If a player is not muslim wont you enjoy him playing or you enjoy only knowing that he is muslim... ridiculous. I am not muslim but i too call ALHAH many a times as I spent my childhood near a mosque. What a big deal about players' origin be a little liberal

Anonymous said...

Why you all are worried about players being muslim or not.....whatever they be none of them are not of your race your origin and their origin are different. only muslims of middle eastern countries are 100 % remaining all are converted once upon a time. If a player is not muslim wont you enjoy him playing or you enjoy only knowing that he is muslim... ridiculous. I am not muslim but i too call ALHAH many a times as I spent my childhood near a mosque. What a big deal about players' origin be a little liberal

Anonymous said...

xherdan shaqiri,granit xhaka,and admir mehmeti from bazel its albanian muslim,and xhemaili from napoli,and valon behrami from fiorentina,lorik cana from lacio all this footbal plyers its albanians muslims

Nexhmedin Avdiovski said...

xherdan shaqiri,granit xhaka,and admir mehmeti from bazel its albanian muslim,and xhemaili from napoli,and valon behrami from fiorentina,lorik cana from lacio all this footbal plyers its albanians muslims

Nexhmedin Avdiovski said...

xherdan shaqiri,granit xhaka,and admir mehmeti from bazel its albanian muslim,and xhemaili from napoli,and valon behrami from fiorentina,lorik cana from lacio all this footbal plyers its albanians muslims

Anonymous said...

Ronaldo can do better than he's doing now if he continue to worship him(Jesus).

Anonymous said...

Who cares who is muslim, non muslims are more of muslims than muslims themselves !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Islam is the best

Anonymous said...

Zlatan does NOT mean Sultan, it means gold/en in the Serbo-Croat language. Why make this kind of rubbish up?

As for the comment about Indian Muslims drinking - what a joke, in fact it is the opposite. How do I know, because I AM one. A jealous Hindutvadi ashamed of his own non-practising people projecting (psychology) onto Muslims.

Both these commentators are pathetic if deliberate.

Anonymous said...

Zlatan is following his father path (bosnian muslim), and you can found some confirmation posts on his twitter. He never introduced himself as croatian (like his mother is). Zlatan its common Bosnian name and Ibrahimovic is common last name for Bosnian Muslims (no christians with this last name). Since someone mentioned surnames that is explanation - Ibra is his nickname which is short of Ibrahimovic.

Anonymous said...

Just what the hell are u up to? Forming a Muslim team for the next World Cup??

Anonymous said...

rubbish. Jesus is d way, d truth and d light.
No one beg u 2 believe dat. The only way to see GOD is thru him.
How many christian futballers do u know?

Anonymous said...

What's all these fusses about being a muslim or not. They being a great player have nothing to do with being a muslim. How narcissistic are your mind anyway? By being a muslim, you can be great at what you do? then how about the poor, probably they're great at being poor because they're muslim? or terrorist, well, need i say more? C'mon idiots.. stop being so self centered. And being everywhere in the world doesnt mean a thing, it only means, that it's like being a rat. Yes, you're everywhere, but, should you necessarily? LOL...

Anonymous said...

All wrong.

Anonymous said...

What kind of a `deadbeat fascist` comes up with the idea of highlighting which footballers are born/married to Muslims on the internet. Who cares anyway??? If this is so beneficial and important, then please show me how many times has a predominantly Islamic country ever won a World Cup? You sad, boring moron that you are.....your next article should be `Which of the above-mentioned footballers are definitely circumcised?` Should make intriguing reading .....

Anonymous said...

Thierry Henry is Muslims to.

Anonymous said...

dude, ibrahimovic is nota muslim.. he is a practicing catholic.. and jolean lescott's middle name is mohammed? dafuq?? its patrick......!!

Anonymous said...

obafemi martins the Nigerian striker is a muslim. His late mum was a devoted one and had lots of impact in his life. Martins still remains a muslim but i doubt if he is devoted.

Anonymous said...

You forgot Dzeko. Best Bosnian player

Anonymous said...

Bosnians are the best.

Anonymous said...

Halllo what do u think he was. He always does his prayer before playing. And if u r Bosnian u should know.

Anonymous said...

There is no good or bad moslem, everyone has their own way of beliving. I am a moslem but i dont practice. And btw yes it still makes me moslem. Its not important if u practice or not, what matters is what a person u r. Whats the point pf those who pray 5times a day but at tbe end of the day beat their wife and daughters and kill random ppl. Those r not moslems those r animals for me.

Anonymous said...

Thierry Henry is DEFINITELY A MUSLIM

Anonymous said...

NIKICA JELAVIĆ muslim? oh my dear god...

Anonymous said...

there is no religion in sport....

Anonymous said...

You mother fucking pieces of scum,sons of bitches,are a disgrace to humanity'let's hope we will wipe you out from the face face of our planet.

Anonymous said...

Pislam is the worst

Anonymous said...

Lol @ Nikica Jelavic. He's a Catholic....

You can Add Edin Dzeko of Man City. It happened that he recited a couple of times before kick off.

Same for Miralem Pjanic of AS Roma.

Emir Spahic of Sevilla.

Begovic doesn't practice.

Sejad Salihovic of Hoffenheim does.

Anonymous said...

A lot of the guys you've listed have been seen drinking or snapped outside of large nightclubs and even in the case of toure drug abuse illegal and haram performance boosters.

Anonymous said...

Absolutely .... Big up football has NOTHING TO DO WITH YOUR RELIGION

Anonymous said...

Stop discussing people's religion it add no value to society in general

Anonymous said...

ozil is not turkish he is german

Anonymous said...

Enfermos mentales

Anonymous said...

It doesn't matter what religion you believe in. It matters to do the things that you think is right. Like Robin Van Persie if he is a muslim what has it got to do with us at least he is doing something that he likes and nobody can stop him from for filling that.

Riccky_-1.KiNnG said...

Who is palermo's goalkepper Samir ujkani chelseas striker dijjbri cisse Anzhi striker Eto'o ?!

Anonymous said...

to God i dont tink dat van persie iz a muslim

Anonymous said...

you muslims are class act, first prixe pricks, your whole life is based on unproven text book theory, you destroy our mankind and celebrate the fact that you cut off foreskin from a mans manhood that your so called god made in the first place, arrhhh man, i wish i was not part of this fucking tragic sick tradition, its ruined my life, how can you be happy and proud knowing you have been destroyed at birth? how can you stand proud of that? because i know i cannot, is that what god wants you to do is it with what he has created, your caught up in conflict, religeon is a way to segregate the masses, to control and put fear in peoples mind of what there actions will result in in there afterlife, yet we still have no hard evidence. just enjoy your lifes, u only get one!!! stop ruining your nature too, im sure god wouldnt have created foreskin if it wasnt intended to be there... do u like having a small circumcised penis that was ruined at birth because of your parents stupid belief do u? i for sure do not and if u do, well my friend, theres no hope for u. so stop hiding behind religion and trying to "big up" your brotherhood, its not real, ive been there and done that, see the bigger picture, live for who u are, it is all shit and a twisted tail to control the masses, just like any other religion's intentions so stop the belief that anyone who is not a muslim is some sort of infidel and that u rank higher than them, in who's eyes are u higher? the answer is only in your own and your silly brotherhoods eyes, NOT GODS!!! u are the same as anyone else, stop ruining your life and your children's too, stop the sad act preaching, were all brothers and sisters in this world, if your a good person with good intentions and don't harm others, then if there is an afterlife i am sure you will get there, but what your doing right here is nonsense, absolute nonsense, seriously, who cares what religion somebody is, especially a famous footballer, do u think he cares about u? why are trying to big somebody up u do not know, if that so called muslim brother seen u broke and on the streets homeless, do u think he would care? ... think about it guys yeh!!! Peace!!

Anonymous said...

you'll know it when you died, islam is the only religion that's right. when you die, only muslim goes to heaven, i didnt expect you to believe what i am saying, but if it is the truth, then your(non-muslim) place would be in hell. so i suggest you to start finding what the real religion is, before its too late. just sayin :D

Anonymous said...

exuse me the best players are christian not muslim and exept Zidane most of them are wery avarage players

Anonymous said...

Rip english

Anonymous said...

Rip english

Anonymous said...

Rip english

Anonymous said...

Rip english

Anonymous said...

does it really matter you sad individuals

Anonymous said...

The best football players are usually those who are not religious so they can focus on the football without having imaginary friends.
Religion should be for weak minded individuals with mental issues or people who cannot think independently.
Footballers have great mental strength and their focus is football not an imaginary concept of heaven or hell.
Live for today and be a good human being stop being selfish and prejudicing against footballers because of their beliefs.

Guntor said...

If there were really muslim.......what so great about that....are you proud of them.....third world thinker

Guntor said...

What so important if they were muslim.....

Guntor said...

Muslim or not muslim.......why do you all guys really care about....grow up please....if they were muslim.....so what...

Nizam Rocksteady said...

Im a muslim but i find this article meaningless.. who cares if they are muslims or christians or jews or whatever.. they are footballers and as long as they performed in the pitch is all that matters...you malaysians always need to bring religion or politics into every single thing...