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Syria favourites to win football contest

August 21st, 2009 · 4 Comments · Culture


Syria are being called favourites to win football’s Nehru Cup.

The country hasn’t won an international competition since the 1987 Mediterranean Cup when Syria beat France (thanks Anas – hanging my head in shame!). But Syria is the only top 100 team in this contest.

The Nehru Cup is a competition hosted by India, and played every few years (1991, 1993, 1995, 1997, 2007, 2009). Two years ago Syria narrowly lost to India in the final.

This time there are only five teams playing: India, Syria, Lebanon, Kyrgyzstan and Sri Lanka.

Syria played its first match last night, beating Kyrgystan 2-0. But things are bound to get harder – the Kyrgis are the lowest ranked team in the tournament.

Next, Syria faces Sri Lanka on Sunday and India next Friday. The final is the following Monday (31 August).

The first match of the competition was between India and Lebanon – the Cedars beat India 1-0 with a goal after just four minutes. The Syrian team is said to highly rate their Lebanese neighbours.

So all eyes will be on the Syria – Lebanon match. That’s taking place on Wednesday at 4pm Syrian time (2pm UK).


4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Anas Qtiesh // Aug 21, 2009 at 3.47 pm

    Sasa ya Sasa,
    A quick fact check, Syria won the Mediterranean cup in 1987 in Syria beating France in the final.

    you must’ve heard a syrian commentator yell: ???????????????? each time Malik Shakkouhi managed to save a penalty kick. Shakkouhi now coaches the National Team’s goalkeepers.

  • 2 Anas Qtiesh // Aug 21, 2009 at 3.49 pm

    and why doesn’t your blog show Arabic characters? I’m disappointed.

  • 3 Sasa // Aug 21, 2009 at 4.24 pm

    Uffff, I knew I’d run into trouble writing a football story!! Damn it!! Thanks for pointing it out.

    How do I make it show Arabic characters?

  • 4 Geo // Sep 25, 2009 at 11.10 pm

    Hi, i just arrive Syria and i want to play football or futsal here, in Damasc. i am from Romania and i played for 4 years in first and second league of romanian futsal. So i would prefer to find a club to play futsal (preferable) or football. How can i manage it. i am 24 years old.

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