Record Number of French Muslim Football Players Participate In the Euro 2008 Tournament

According to Islam Online, a record number of nine Muslim soccer players are part of the 23-person squad of Les Bleus (the French team’s nickname). 25-year-old Franck Rib_ry is known for supplicating to God before the game kickoff, saying Islam is the source of power for me inside and outside the football field. Other players include Eric Abidal, Thierry Henry, Lilian Thuram, Nicolas Anelka, Lassana Diarra, Karim Benzema, Samir Nasri and Haten Ben Arfa. Sixteen teams are participating in the tournament which runs until June 29. The winner of the Euro 2008 will represent the European continent at the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup in South Africa.