AFC Asian Cup draw: Syrian eagles in group A ِ

 .The preliminary Draw for the AFC Asian Cup 2015 was made in Melbourne,Australia.

The men's national team(Syrian Eagles) were together with Jordan,Oman and Singapore in Group A.

Twenty teams were divided into five groups of four teams each. The top two teams from each group and the best third-placed team among all the groups will qualify for the tournament proper to be held in Australia in 2015.

AFC Asian Cup Qatar 2011™ champions Japan, hosts and runners-up Australia, third-placed Korea Republic, AFC Challenge Cup 2012 winners DPR Korea and the champions of the 2014 AFC Challenge Cup will get direct berths in the final competition.

The qualifiers will commence in February 2013.

The Groupings:

Group A: Jordan, Syria, Oman, Singapore

Group B: Iran, Kuwait, Thailand, Lebanon

Group C: Iraq, China, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia

Group D: Qatar, Bahrain, Yemen, Malaysia

Group E: Uzbekistan, UAE, Vietnam, Hong Kong





Syria hammers Kuwait 5-0

The U-19 national football team have scored an emphatic 5-0 victory over their Kuwaiti counterparts in a friendly match at the Qadisiya stadium in Kuwait

Early in the first half, midfielder Samer Salem took the lead for the Syrian side with a close-range shot after he received a precise cross from his teammate Mahmoud Mawas

The Syrian side kept up pressuring the Kuwaiti defense adding the second goal in the 24th minute through Hamid Mido

Seven minutes before the interval, Samer hit home with a beautiful header

 In the second half, Samer managed to score his hat-trick in the 75th minute with a powerful shot just outside the penalty area

Few minutes into the final whistle, referee of the match awarded our team a penalty kick. Omar Jiniat converted only to wrap up the series of sensational goals

Syria squad:

Shaher Shaker,Abdul latif Na'san,Hussein Juwaid,Mahmoud al-Bahar,Mu'ayad Khouli,malik Qadi,Mu'ayad Ajjan,,Omar Jiniat,Khalid Mubayed,Hamid Mido,Abdul Ilah hafyan,Mahmoud Mawas,Mohammad Saleem sabaqji,Omar Khreibin,Abdul Mannan Ibrahim,Asdnan taqi,Ihab Husni,Samer salem

The second friendly between both teams is scheduled on October 14

The two friend lies are part of the Syrian side's preparation for taking part in AFC the Asia Cup finals due to be staged in the UAE next month


World Cup: Wayne Rooney ready to 'lead' England's young stars against San Marino

Rooney, with 76 caps, is regarded as one of the most experienced players in Roy Hodgson's squad and is in line to captain England in Friday's World Cup qualifier with San Marino. Steven Gerrard is suspended and Frank Lampard is struggling to overcome a knee injury.

The squad has now lost more experience following the retirement of John Terry and the Manchester United man accepts he has to be the one offering support and assistance, just as Cantona did at Old Trafford to the likes of Gary Neville and David Beckham.

"I remember Alex Ferguson telling me what a big help Cantona was to all those younger players at United.

"It is something I can try do for England and hopefully help bring the best out of them, as they can bring the best out of me."

As the post-Terry era begins, Rooney is happy to accept the Chelsea skipper's absence leaves a big hole for others to fill.

"He was fantastic for us" said Rooney. "JT is an old-fashioned centre-half, who is not afraid to get his foot in.

"Together with Paolo Maldini, he was one of the two toughest defenders I have played against

"He has made his decision to retire and we have to respect it. But he will be a loss to us."

"I don't try and get involved because you do get a bit of stick on it and obviously, I know everything I put on there is seen by everyone who follows you and it will be in the newspapers the next day, so I have to be careful.

"I didn't go on it to see how many followers I could get. But it is incredible the amount of support I get."

Cristiano Ronaldo has made the best goal scoring start of his career

.The Real Madrid forward has scored 14 goals in the 11 official games that he has played with Real Madrid

When Cristiano Ronaldo ended the 2011/12 season with 60 goals, it seemed unlikely that he would achieve such a remarkable feat in a very long time. Five months later, and after only 11 official games, the Portuguese is on course to break all the records he set last season. He has currently netted 14 times, which represents the best goal scoring start of his career, beating the 10 he scored at the beginning of the 2010/11 season.

Thus far this season, Real Madrid have played 11 games in 3 competitions. They have scored 25 goals in these games and 14 have been scored by Cristiano Ronaldo, or 56 %. The number 7 opened his account in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup, a tie in which he was the outstanding player as he scored another goal in the return leg. He didn’t score his first league goal until the third round of fixtures, but has since become the leading goal scorer in the team, netting 8 times. Lastly, goals have also come his way in the two Champions league games he has played, and he is now leading the way in the goal scoring charts with 4 goals.

In his previous 11 campaigns as a professional, Cristiano had never managed to score as many goals in the first 11 official games. His best start for either Sporting Lisbon or Manchester United was just 2 goals. Since he signed for Real Madrid, he has considerably improved on this figure. In 2009 and 2011 he scored 9 goals in 11 games, while in 2010, he scored 10, which was his best until this season. 




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Andy Murray gets walkover into Shanghai Masters third

Andy Murray strolled into the third round of the Shanghai Masters without playing a game after the withdrawal of Florian Mayer.

The German cited a rib injury for his non-appearance in China on Wednesday.

Having already received a first-round bye, third-seeded Murray will face Gilles Simon or Alexandr Dolgopolov for a spot in the quarter-finals, while second seed Noval Djokovic eased through his round two match.

Murray, champion in China for the last two seasons, admitted earlier this week he was slowly adjusting to life as a Grand Slam winner.

The US Open champion told Sky Sports: "It's been more fun and I've felt less pressure to perform in every single match and tournament.

"I always felt I was trying to prove something and I'll just try to keep improving. The courts here are slower and the balls are faster so it takes a while to get used to that."

Serbia's Djokovic, desperate to get his world No 1 ranking back from Roger Federer, overcame Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov 6-3 6-2.

Fourth seed Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic defeated Italian Andreas Seppi 6-3 6-3.