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  1. ResurgentIran

    ResurgentIran SENIOR MEMBER

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    I kindly ask the moderators to sticky this thread, if no one else object.
    Football is very popular in ME and in the forum too I suspect. I think this should be the collective thread for all international and regional tournaments, involving Middle Eastern countries.

    What we have upcoming is the AFC U22 Championship, in two weeks. Host country is Oman.
     
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    The 2013 AFC U-22 Championship (also known as the 2013 AFC U-22 Asian Cup) will be the first edition of the AFC U-22 Championship. The hosting rights for the tournament was awarded to Oman. It was set to take place between 23 June and 7 July 2013 but was later confirmed to be held between 11 and 26 January 2014.[1][2]

    Qualified teams:
    Australia
    China
    Iran
    Iraq
    Japan
    Jordan
    Kuwait
    Myanmar
    North Korea
    Oman
    Saudi Arabia
    South Korea
    Syria
    UAE
    Uzbekistan
    Yemen

    Group A:
    Oman
    Jordan
    South Korea
    Myanmar

    Group B:
    North Korea
    UAE
    Syria
    Yemen

    Group C:
    Iran
    Japan
    Australia
    Kuwait

    Group D:
    Iraq
    Saudi Arabia
    Uzbekistan
    China

    2013 AFC U-22 Championship - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
     
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    Good thread. Let us move our past discussions to this thread if possible.

    Anyway speaking about youth tournaments hosted in the Middle East then UAE hosted the 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup this October and November and Nigeria were crowned the champions after beating Mexico in the final. Sweden ended as third.

    2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    LOL, can't speak for the non-Arab countries in the Middle East but football is BY FAR (I am screaming right now) the most popular sport. Not even comparable with any other.

    The Asian Football Confederation - Preparations of U-22 Championship in full swing
     
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    Keep us up to date guys.
     
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    The next edition of AFC U22 Championship will serve as the qualification route to the 2016 Olympics, where the 4 semifinalists will be qualified.
    So this year, not so much is at stake, but still interesting and important tournament.
     
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    I think Iraq favorite to win the tournament. Especially if they invite some of their youngsters that have experience in the senior team and Olympic team, and from the U20 players that did extraordinary in the recent U20 World Cup, like Ali Adnan etc.
     
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    Very possible. I do not know much about youth football to be honest. Don't follow any for real. Only finals of some of the main tournaments.

    Don't forget UAE man. They did a good job in the Olympics in 2012. Their senior team is very strong.

    They also have David Luiz's younger brother causing havoc.

    Omar Abdulrahman Ahmed Al Raaki Al Amood

    Or just Omar Abdulrahman:sarcastic:
    Omar Abdulrahman - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


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    Met the 3 Sideshow Bobs

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    UAE is a rising football power and have surged into one of the top teams in Western Asia. Its a team I personally would like to avoid in official competition, in the future...
    I think its not beyond the realm of possibility at all, that they could win the Asia Cup 2015. In fact, I think UAE is one the top 5 contenders, if I have to be honest with you. :/
     
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    I've no interest in football. I just pretend to support some teams to tease my friends..:drag:
     
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    We do not know each other anymore here on this forum after this statement, I am afraid.
     
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    Discussing Middle east, my vote definitely goes for Spain. :sarcastic::sarcastic::pleasantry:
     
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    But Spain is in Europe.o_O

    Tell me you prefer FC Barcelona or Real Madrid?:o:
     
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    Are you kidding?
    Shoot on side we are the best
    North or south or east or west
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    Arsenal are a OK club. No problem with them.

    Then you must enjoy these two funny clips:





    :D

    On a more serious note though:

     
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    A little more than OK, I think.
    Unfortunately, Youtube is filtered here, so I can't watch the clips,:(
    ...
    How dare you. (Just in case if the clips are mockery, Since I can't watch them)8-)