World Syria As the world fixates on the World Cup final in Russia, a group of Syrians 2,000 miles away have come together to form their own soccer team in spite of severe injuries sustained during a seven-year civil war that has ravaged the country. Syria's Omaya Sports Club was founded in 1972 but has since withdrawn from the country's professional soccer league due to the ongoing conflict between the government and insurgents that erupted in the wake of a 2011 uprising backed by the West, Turkey and Gulf Arab states. With Russian and Iranian support, Syria's armed forces have largely put down the rebellion in a campaign to restore the entire country under the control of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and the northwestern province of Idlib is the last to be held by a mix of jihadi and rebel groups. It is here that Mohammed Sheikh al-Haddadin, a.k.a. Abu Hassan, collaborated with the Omaya Sports Club in … [Read more...] about A World Cup Away: Wounded Syrians Use Soccer to Heal as War Rages Around Them
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Sep 25, 3:58 AM EDT Newsletter Signup BusinessTechnologyWorldNationalMedia & CultureOpinionSportsLuxury World By AFP News 09/25/19 AT 3:43 AM Underdogs Uruguay pulled off the greatest win in their history to beat Fiji 30-27 Wednesday, the first upset at the Rugby World Cup in Japan after a pulsating game at the Kamaishi Recovery Stadium.The South Americans had only ever won two games at the World Cup and are ranked nine places below the more celebrated Pacific islanders, whom they had never beaten.But they capitalised on an error-strewn performance by Fiji, whose hopes of qualifying for the knock-out stages now hang by a thread.Uruguay's captain Juan Gaminara broke down in tears at the end of the game, saying: "We are not the biggest, we are not the tallest but we came here to win.""Since we qualified, we have been thinking about this game and you saw the passion. I'm really proud," added Gaminara, whose squad contains several players with semi-professional status.The … [Read more...] about Minnows Uruguay Stun Fiji In Rugby World Cup’s First Shock
Sep 25, 5:43 AM EDT Newsletter Signup BusinessTechnologyWorldNationalMedia & CultureOpinionSportsLuxury World By AFP News 09/25/19 AT 5:22 AM Minnows Uruguay pulled off the greatest upset in their history on Wednesday as they stunned Fiji 30-27 to leave the Pacific islanders staring at an early exit from the Rugby World Cup.John McKee's Fiji had showcased their traditional running flair in a thrilling first 60 minutes against Australia, when they led the much-fancied Wallabies. But they ran out of steam in an error-strewn performance against Uruguay four days later.The brave Uruguay XV were magnificent in a pulsating game at the Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium, running in three tries and clinging on desperately towards the end as Fiji threw everything at their lowly opponents.It was the biggest rugby win in the history of Uruguay, who had only ever won two games at the World Cup and are ranked nine places below the Fijians, whom they had never beaten.Asked if Fiji could … [Read more...] about Minnows Uruguay Pull Off Historic Fiji Shock At Rugby World Cup
The Women's World Cup kicks off Friday in Paris. Twenty-four teams will traverse France for the next month in pursuit of soccer's most prestigious trophy. Here are five players to watch during the tournament: ALEX MORGAN, United States: Morgan was named the U.S. national team's Player of the Year after she closed out 2018 with 18 goals in 19 games. She had seven goals during the CONCACAF World Cup qualifying tournament alone. Morgan is a proven scorer: She also earned Player of the Year honors in 2012 when she had 28 goals and 21 assists, and helped the national team win an Olympic gold medal. Mia Hamm is the only other player to have 20-plus goals and assists during a single season. The 29-year-old forward, who will have a birthday during the tournament in France, is playing in her third World Cup. She was the youngest player on the 2011 World Cup team, scoring a goal in the final match against Japan. Melania Trump's Style During UK State Visit Chris Jackson/Getty Images She … [Read more...] about 5 Players to Watch at the Women’s World Cup
Europe is dominating the upcoming quarter-finals in the FIFA Women's World Cup. There are just eight games left to play with seven European nations competing for the top prize. Euronews takes a look at what we can expect from the matches, which end with a final on July 7 in Lyon. Norway vs. England: Thursday, 27 June England have won four straight games in the Women's World Cup, beating Scotland, Argentina, Japan, and Cameroon. The lionesses reached the semi-finals of their last two major tournaments but despite the scorelines, they still don't quite look the full picture and some dominating displays have been marred by poor touches. Norway lost to group winners France but beat Nigeria and South Korea to qualify for the round of 16, where they went through against Australia on penalties. They have reached two finals in the past and won the tournament in 1995. The bookies have England down as marginal favourites at around 11/10 with Norway largely represented at 5/2. France vs. … [Read more...] about Women’s World Cup: What can we expect in the quarter-finals?