Wednesday, December 23, 2009

SPAOTP's Advent Calendar: Day 23

The penultimate day of our SPAOTP Advent Calendar features a handy guide to all the football action going on around the world... on Christmas Day.

And action there most certainly is, contrary to what you might be thinking, and the Middle East is where it's all happening.

For a start, Al-Faysali will be trying to extend their lead at the top of the Jordan League over third-placed Al-Weehdat (3 p.m. kick-off time there - GMT, of course).

In Gameweek 4 of the Kuwaiti Premier League, Al Sulaibikhat will be trying to pick up their first point of the season as they travel to 1996 champions Kazma. If you're thinking of tuning in your radio to Long Wave for commentary, the match starts at 1.05 p.m. GMT. Best to delay the ceremonial carving of the turkey for that one...

Over in Libya, Al Ahly Tripoli will be trying to close the 9-point gap between themselves and leaders Al-Ittihad by beating Al-Madina - the team level with them on points in third. The action starts at 1 o'clock p.m. GMT, sports fans...

Saudi Arabia's the place to be if you want to see another 2nd-place team trying to reach the summit as Al Shabab attempt to take all three points against visitors Al Nasr. Al Shabab are managed by former Portuguese midfielder Jaime Pacheco, don't you know. Oh and Sky Sports schedulers, if you're listening - this one starts at 12.15 p.m. GMT. We know how you like lunchtime kick-offs, so be sure to thank us later.

Finally to the United Arab Emirates where the quarter finals of the Presidents Cup are underway and there's a Christmas Day treat in store as Al Wahda play host to Al Nasr. Al Wahda have won eight of their last nine games and look set to match their achievements of 2008-09 when they reached the semi-finals of this competition. But you knew that already, of course. Procedings at the Al-Nahyan Stadium get underway at 3.50 p.m. GMT, but take our advice and get there early to avoid the rush.

If you can't get to any of the above matches, there are plenty of others going on in the countries mentioned as well as Yemen, Morocco and Syria, so if any of you go along to see any of these games, do let us know how you got on...

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