Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Ibrahim Afellay, PSV Eindhoven

Ibrahim Afellay (age 22) is a muslim footballer playing for PSV Eindhoven in the Dutch Eredivisie. He has played for the Dutch national team and usually plays as the centre attacking midfielder for PSV but can also play at the right or left side due to his creative qualities.

He is considered to be one of the most existing young talents in Dutch football. In 2007 he was named as Dutch Football Talent of the Year and joined Dutch national team in Euro 2008.

Watch this video, beautiful goals from Ibrahim Afellay.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Mahamadou Diarra, Real Madrid

Mahamadou Diarra (age 27) is a Muslim football defensive midfielder who play for Real Madrid in LaLiga. On the international scene, he has played numerous matches for the Mali national team, together with Frederic Kanoute and Seydou Keita.

He is a man of faith and holds his religion, his traditions and his country in the highest regard. He celebrates Ramadhan on a yearly basis and “every coach has respected my decision,” says Diarra, “They are difficult days during which one needs to eat, but it only lasts one month. I have another ten to play well.”

Diarra donates a large portion of what he earns to Mali with the hope of building a better future for his fellow citizens.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Hasan Salihamidzic; Juventus

Hasan Salihamidžić (age 32), is a muslim football midfielder currently playing for Italian Serie A club Juventus F.C. He was born to a Bosniak family, which in the English-speaking world, Bosniaks are most commonly known as Bosnian Muslims.

His father, Ahmed Salihamidzic said about Hasan: "My son has three basic characteristics - hard work, ambition and a desire to progress - He has two faults: he's too ambitious and he can't stand to be beaten. When he's lost a match, he switches his phone off for two or three days and nobody can talk to him. Maybe that's a good thing, maybe that's the reason he's so successful."