Middle East | History, hope, heroes: the story of Syria's World Cup dream

History, hope, heroes: the story of Syria’s World Cup dream

Bolstered by the return of key players who had previously fled the country, the war-torn nation's football team stands on the cusp of its first appearance on the sport's biggest stage

September 4, 2017 6:42 PM (UTC+8)
Syrian midfielder Mardik Mardikian (second from left) is mobbed by his teammates after scoring against Japan during a friendly in Tokyo on June 7, 2017. Photo: AFP
Syrian midfielder Mardik Mardikian (second from left) is mobbed by his teammates after scoring against Japan during a friendly in Tokyo on June 7, 2017. Photo: AFP
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