UAE-Asian Cup/Syria

Syrian soccer fans optimistic about team's first Asian Cup after war

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Al-Ain, UAE - Jan 9, 2019 (CCTV - No access Chinese mainland)
1. Various of Syrian national football team training
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Mohammed Osman, midfielder, Syrian national football team:
"We will do our best, and we will see what will be the result. And hopefully, we will win the game."
3. Various of Syrian national football team training

Al-Ain, UAE - Jan 10, 2019 (CCTV - No access Chinese mainland)
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Muhammad, Syrian football fan (full name not given):
"Football at least gather people together, because we were divided for many years. So this is good to see all the fans together. And hopefully this will be a start for something good."

Al-Ain, UAE - Jan 9, 2019 (CCTV - No access Chinese mainland)
5. Various of Syrian national football team training

Al-Ain, UAE - Jan 10, 2019 (CCTV - No access Chinese mainland)
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Muhammad, Syrian football fan (full name not given):
"We are getting better for now, and we have got talent on the team. Hopefully, next championship or World Cup we can qualify. So we are optimistic about the future for now."

FILE: Ein Talma, Syria - July 2, 2018 (CCTV - No access Chinese mainland/Orient TV/Syria Alshaab TV/Zanoubia TV/Alburra TV/ANN TV/Al Jazeera/Al-Arabiya TV)
7. Various of people gathering at shop to watch World Cup game on television
8. Television
9. Various of people gathering at shop to watch World Cup game on television

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For Syria, the 2019 AFC Asian Cup is a rebirth regardless of result - it is the team's first Asian Cup showing since 2011.

Up to that year, the Syrian national football team had been qualified five times for the AFC Asian Cup. Months after its performance in 2011, the war broke out in Syria.

Since then, football has been no easy game in the Middle East country - the war fire burnt down cities as well as sporting facilities. The national team did not have a home court for the qualifying games for the Asian Cup. The simple action of kicking on the field could even be life-threatening. In 2016, four Syrian footballers were brutally executed by IS militants in Raqqa where the extremist group then occupied.

However, soccer survived in Syria. To revive the sport, the national team hired veteran German coach Bernd Stange to take charge, and recruited Syrian national players from overseas to form a team that is united and confident.

"We will do our best, and we will see what will be the result. And hopefully, we will win the game," said Mahammed Osman, a midfielder with the Syrian national football team ahead of the clash with Jordan that took place on Thursday at the Khalifa Bin Zayed Stadium in Al-Ain.

Still the war left its mark on the sport. Due to security reasons, only a handful players on the national team managed to get to Damascus for assemble training before the Asian Cup began, while others rendezvoused with the team in the United Arab Emirates. The team betrayed a want of coordination in the Thursday match, and lost 0-2 to Jordan.

But the fans were not discouraged, as they believe football is a sport gathering the Syrian people together.

"Football at least gather people together, because we were divided for many years. So this is good to see all the fans together. And hopefully this will be a start for something good," said Mohammed, a Syrin football fan.

Next Tuesday, the Syrian team will clash with Australia in its last game in the group stage, which will decide if the team makes to the knockouts. Mahammed, like many other enthusiastic fans, was optimistic about the game and the team's future.

"We are getting better for now, and we have got talent on the team. Hopefully, next championship or World Cup we can qualify. So we are optimistic about the future for now," said Mahammed.

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UAE-Asian Cup/Syria

Syrian soccer fans optimistic about team's first Asian Cup after war

Dateline : March 14,2018

Location : United Arab Emirates

Duration : 2'01

  • English
  • Français
  • العربية


Al-Ain, UAE - Jan 9, 2019 (CCTV - No access Chinese mainland)
1. Various of Syrian national football team training
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Mohammed Osman, midfielder, Syrian national football team:
"We will do our best, and we will see what will be the result. And hopefully, we will win the game."
3. Various of Syrian national football team training

Al-Ain, UAE - Jan 10, 2019 (CCTV - No access Chinese mainland)
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Muhammad, Syrian football fan (full name not given):
"Football at least gather people together, because we were divided for many years. So this is good to see all the fans together. And hopefully this will be a start for something good."

Al-Ain, UAE - Jan 9, 2019 (CCTV - No access Chinese mainland)
5. Various of Syrian national football team training

Al-Ain, UAE - Jan 10, 2019 (CCTV - No access Chinese mainland)
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Muhammad, Syrian football fan (full name not given):
"We are getting better for now, and we have got talent on the team. Hopefully, next championship or World Cup we can qualify. So we are optimistic about the future for now."

FILE: Ein Talma, Syria - July 2, 2018 (CCTV - No access Chinese mainland/Orient TV/Syria Alshaab TV/Zanoubia TV/Alburra TV/ANN TV/Al Jazeera/Al-Arabiya TV)
7. Various of people gathering at shop to watch World Cup game on television
8. Television
9. Various of people gathering at shop to watch World Cup game on television


For Syria, the 2019 AFC Asian Cup is a rebirth regardless of result - it is the team's first Asian Cup showing since 2011.

Up to that year, the Syrian national football team had been qualified five times for the AFC Asian Cup. Months after its performance in 2011, the war broke out in Syria.

Since then, football has been no easy game in the Middle East country - the war fire burnt down cities as well as sporting facilities. The national team did not have a home court for the qualifying games for the Asian Cup. The simple action of kicking on the field could even be life-threatening. In 2016, four Syrian footballers were brutally executed by IS militants in Raqqa where the extremist group then occupied.

However, soccer survived in Syria. To revive the sport, the national team hired veteran German coach Bernd Stange to take charge, and recruited Syrian national players from overseas to form a team that is united and confident.

"We will do our best, and we will see what will be the result. And hopefully, we will win the game," said Mahammed Osman, a midfielder with the Syrian national football team ahead of the clash with Jordan that took place on Thursday at the Khalifa Bin Zayed Stadium in Al-Ain.

Still the war left its mark on the sport. Due to security reasons, only a handful players on the national team managed to get to Damascus for assemble training before the Asian Cup began, while others rendezvoused with the team in the United Arab Emirates. The team betrayed a want of coordination in the Thursday match, and lost 0-2 to Jordan.

But the fans were not discouraged, as they believe football is a sport gathering the Syrian people together.

"Football at least gather people together, because we were divided for many years. So this is good to see all the fans together. And hopefully this will be a start for something good," said Mohammed, a Syrin football fan.

Next Tuesday, the Syrian team will clash with Australia in its last game in the group stage, which will decide if the team makes to the knockouts. Mahammed, like many other enthusiastic fans, was optimistic about the game and the team's future.

"We are getting better for now, and we have got talent on the team. Hopefully, next championship or World Cup we can qualify. So we are optimistic about the future for now," said Mahammed.

ID : 8100321

Published : 2019-01-11 11:26

Last Modified : 2019-01-17 15:57:00

Source : China Central Television (CCTV)

Restrictions : No Access Chinese Mainland/Orient TV/Syria Alshaab TV/Zanoubia TV/Alhurra TV/ANN TV/Al Jazeera/Al-Arabiya TV

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