Syria's Omaya Sports Club was founded in 1972 but has since withdrawn from the country's professional soccer league due to the ongoing conflict between the government and insurgents that erupted in the wake of a 2011 uprising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. … [Read more...] about A World Cup Away: Wounded Syrians Use Soccer to Heal as War Rages Around Them
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But Uruguay showed immediately they were not there to make up the numbers and hit back via a mazy run from scrum-half Santiago Arata, one of the smallest players on the pitch, who evaded several tackles before touching down under the posts for an easy conversion. … [Read more...] about Minnows Uruguay Stun Fiji In Rugby World Cup’s First Shock
McKee, who changed 12 players from the team that started against Australia, said Fiji had talked specifically about not taking Uruguay lightly. … [Read more...] about Minnows Uruguay Pull Off Historic Fiji Shock At Rugby World Cup
Marta is playing in her fifth World Cup, She has also played in four Olympics for Brazil, but so far, a championship has eluded her in both tournaments. The 33-year-old has the most World Cup goals with 15, one better than both Wambach and Germany's Birgit Prinz. … [Read more...] about 5 Players to Watch at the Women’s World Cup
Germany topped their group with maximum points then beat Nigeria in the last 16. They have been champions of Europe eight times but have had a lot to prove since being eliminated in the last eight of the 2011 finals on home soil and then failed to qualify for the Women's Olympic Football Tournament in 2012. … [Read more...] about Women’s World Cup: What can we expect in the quarter-finals?