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IN only a year, Mohamed Salah successfully changed the perception towards Islam from the pitch. Muslim soccer players are viewed to be capable of staying out of trouble due to abstinence from alcohol and gambling. Meanwhile, radical groups keep throwing threats since they view soccer as prohibited in Islam.
For the first time, four teams from the Arabian Peninsula are competing in the World Cup. This is a stepping stone for Saudi Arabia to develop its soccer business.
Amidst the tight schedule of practice and friendly matches, some muslim soccer players are still fasting during Ramadan. There are special tricks to help maintain their stamina.
THE 2018 World Cup event, held in Russia, will become the forum where a number of Muslim players, whose countries have succeeded in entering this prestigious four-yearly tournament, would be able to prove themselves.