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they say they represent free Syria and one day hope to play for that country on the international stage away from the regime in rebel held cities in northern Syria football season is underway most of those teams are led by Syrian footballers he supported the Syrian opposition and abandon them basically Damascus space teens now they're in a league of their own , use of Robbie Alfa son is one of them the former footballer and now the current coach of the mom **** team while on the politics definitely has controlled the capital's teams until now and sports in general they make sports with politics in an unprecedented way any achievement anything or any girls school buy a plan the plan would say we thank the political leadership and Bashar al Assad , funded by the Turkish government's a football stadium is being built in the northern city of SI's techies army helps rebels capture is in twenty sixteen the rebel held city is now home to a qualifies competition between twenty two newly formed local soccer teams ten of which we part of any soccer league combining similar teams across rebel held cities in the north many hailed serious strong performance in the World Cup qualifying matches in twenty seventeen as a unifying moment for the country two former dissident football is returned to the national team for its campaign after years in exile but some opposition supporters identified the team with Assad's government and declined to back it , many see this is more than just a game but the new league a step toward seeking international recognition away from the official Syrian federation