Syria's Football Team: Why You Don't Buy the Fairy Tale

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With Australia playing Syria in a qualifying match for a World Cup place, this article looks at the relationship of the Syrian team to the Assad regime. With the media suggesting Syria's perfomance in the qualifying rounds was a  miracle, the article dispels this myth, arguing that many of the Syrians are well performed players in European leagues. The article also examines how the team's perfomance strengthened Assad's political power.

Period8 Sep 2017

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  • Soccer
  • Syria
  • World Cup
  • Assad