In the end, the distance between Syria and the final chapter of their incredible 2018 World Cup qualification campaign was the width of a post. After 120 gruelling minutes of their play off match against Australia in Sydney, the hosts were going through by a narrow one goal margin, ending a Cinderella story that had captivated many across the world. Here was a national football team from a country ravaged by a civil war that had displaced more than five million of its citizens.
72. 74. 22. These are the numbers that Al Ahly football club now live and die by. Football is a numbers game, filled with facts and vintage years to be compared and contrasted, to be argued about and fought over. Attendances, assists, clean sheets. Sometimes even goals. But not in Egypt. In Egypt, football has been deprived of almost all of its statistical fuel as well as its petty controversies and concerns. There are no more league matches to discuss. No goals between local rivals to dissect.
“You know Mohamed Farah?” said Jassim, referring to the distance runner. “He is Somalian, yes? But he got the British passport and got good results in the Olympiad.”The issue is more sensitive, though, in soccer. As Qatar has waited for its Aspire graduates to fill its national team rosters, its soccer association for years relied on a controversial policy of naturalizations to fill the gaps.
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Selecting a term
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Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
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Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
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