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Crushed but for 120 minutes united: qualifier lets Syrians forget war

The national team’s progress into a World Cup play-off was a chance to focus on something other than division and destruction

For a moment on Tuesday, Ahmad Mohammad Mohammad, a 19-year-old Syrian from Aleppo, was able to forget about the war.

The Syrian national football team bowed out of 2018 World Cup qualification after a 2-1 loss to Australia on Tuesday, after an unlikely run that saw them progress to a qualification play-off.

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‘How can I support this team?’ Divided loyalties for Syrians haunted by civil war

Like the country itself, feelings about Syria’s national football team, who play Australia tonight, are complex

When the Syrian national football team walks onto the pitch in Sydney tonight , Obay Al-Akul won’t be inside the stadium cheering but outside protesting.

He won’t be alone. A Syrian national who grew up in Damascus before arriving in Australia in 2014, Al-Akul is one of the 5.1 million people who have fled Syria’s civil war as refugees.

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Football: ‘This is not Assad’s team, it’s Syria’s team’

Syria’s players have much more than football on their mind in tonight’s World Cup playoff against Australia

Syrian midfielder Zaher Midani and his colleagues will have more than football on their mind in tonight’s first leg World Cup playoff against Australia.

“We have a huge motivation: to make the Syrian people happy,” Midani said. “The players and management hope we’ll be able to unify our people.

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Iranian MPs speak out as women are barred from World Cup qualifier

Syrian women are allowed into stadium but Iranian women are kept out, despite initially being allowed to buy tickets

Female Iranian MPs have spoken out against a ban on women entering sports stadiums after some fans were prevented from watching a World Cup qualifying match in Tehran between Iran and Syria.

Both genders were initially allowed to purchase tickets for Tuesday night’s game, but the option for women to make purchases was removed by officials who blamed a “technical glitch”.

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Mixed feelings for Syrian exiles as footballers hold on to World Cup dream

Syrians living in Lebanon are proud of their national side but say regime has co-opted its success

Minutes after a late equaliser sent the Syrian football team to a World Cup playoff, Tareq – a football fan and regime critic – was unsure about what to feel, or how to react.

Alongside him in Beirut, two other Syrian exiles, Akram and Hashem, were just as conflicted. All three men, in their late 20s, had fled with their families as war engulfed Syria in 2011. And in six wrenching years since, feelgood moments had been rare, and often contrived.

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Syria reach World Cup play-off with Australia after late equaliser in Iran

• Iran 2- 2 Syria
• Sardar Azmoun, 45 64; Tamer Haj Mohamad 13, Omar Al Somah 90

Syria scored deep into stoppage time at Iran to keep alive their hopes of qualifying for the World Cup for the first time amid an ongoing civil war at home.

With Syria facing elimination from Asian qualifying, Omar Al Soma marked his return to the team after a five-year absence to clinch a 2-2 draw and a place in the playoffs. Players, with Syria rather than names emblazoned across the back of their red jerseys sank to their knees on the turf in Tehran. From the bench, members of the back-up staff with flags streamed on to the field.

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Anger on streets in China as football team suffer shock defeat by war-torn Syria

Disgruntled fans gather to demand that president of football association is sacked as hopes for a football revolution suffer a blow

Chinese sports fans have taken to the streets to demand the resignation of the president of China’s football association after the national side crashed to a shock defeat to Syria in a major blow to president Xi Jinping’s football revolution.

Xi, who Communist party propagandists promote as a dedicated football fan, has vowed to turn China into a footballing superpower.

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Rami Anis of Refugee Olympic Team competes in swimming heats at Rio – video

25-year-old Rami Anis takes part in the men’s 100 metre freestyle heat at the Rio 2016 Olympics on Tuesday. Anis, who fled his hometown of Aleppo in 2011, finally gained asylum in Belgium last year but missed out on the London 2012 Games in the meantime. He came sixth in the heat and was greeted by loud cheers from the crowd at the aquatic centre

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Yusra Mardini delights with butterfly heat win for Refugee Olympic Team

• Syrian teenager wins first Rio 2016 heat of women’s 100m butterfly
• 18-year-old dragged dinghy carrying refugees to safety in Mediterranean

There will be plenty of inspiring swims in the Rio pool this week but few to match the personal odyssey completed by Yusra Mardini on the opening day of competition. Last year the Syrian teenager was battling in the sea for survival with fellow asylum seekers while trying to reach the Greek island of Lesbos. To go from there to winning the opening heat of the 100m butterfly at the Olympic Games is the ultimate illustration of drawing strength from adversity.

Related: Rio Olympics 2016: Van Avermaet wins road race as Peaty breaks world record – live!

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From Syria to Rio: refugee Yusra Mardini targets Olympic swimming spot

The 18-year-old is hoping to make the IOC’s Refugee Olympic Athletes team only a year after she was swimming for her life in the Aegean Sea to escape war

One year after swimming for her life in Greek coastal waters, Syrian refugee Yusra Mardini could be swimming at the Olympics.

The 18-year-old is hoping to be selected for a small team of refugees that will compete under the Olympic flag at Rio 2016 in August.

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Brandon Saad: my family’s struggle in Syria has been an eye-opener

The Columbus Blue Jackets forward has been helping his Syrian relatives adjust to life in the US after fleeing the civil war in their homeland

No one needs to tell Brandon Saad that there are more important things in life than hockey. For the past few years, the Columbus Blue Jackets forward has watched as his relatives left war-torn Syria to make a safer life for themselves in the United States.

“It’s definitely an eye-opener with them coming over and getting adjusted to the lifestyle and the new language and things like that,” he tells the Guardian. “It definitely puts things in perspective for you.”

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Vladimir Putin should be in charge of Europe, says F1’s Bernie Ecclestone

• F1 chief executive does not ‘much like democracy’
• Ecclestone believes F1 is the worst it has ever been

Bernie Ecclestone believes Vladimir Putin should run Europe. The Formula One chief executive, who says he does not like democracy, also thinks the Russian president will “sort out this other business” in Syria and Great Britain should leave the European Union.

In an interview with the Daily Mail, Ecclestone said F1 is the “worst it has ever been” and the billionaire would not “spend money to take my family to watch a race”.

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Russian footballer provokes Turkey with Vladimir Putin T-shirt

Lokomotiv Moscow player Dmitri Tarasov removes shirt after match in Istanbul to reveal image of Russian president

A Lokomotiv Moscow footballer has tested already strained relations between Russia and Turkey by removing his shirt at the end of a match in Istanbul to reveal a picture of Vladimir Putin.

Midfielder Dmitri Tarasov’s cut-off T-shirt depicted Putin in a navy cap with the words “most polite president” printed below. Putin power did not work in this case, as Turkish side Fenerbahçe won the match 2-0.

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Cameron puts corruption on G7 agenda after Fifa bribery scandal

Prime minister to tell summit that leading nations must ‘break the taboo on talking about corruption’, calling it ‘arch-enemy of democracy and development’

David Cameron is preparing to warn fellow world leaders at the two-day G7 summit that starts in Germany on Sunday that the Fifa bribery scandal must be a trigger for international action against corruption.

The prime minister will criticise what he will call a widespread “taboo” in pointing the finger at corrupt institutions, and will say the Fifa scandal has shown how focusing on an organisation can provide the impetus for cleaning-up operations.

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The 20 photographs of the week

The Walter Scott shooting, the aftermath of the Garissa attack in Kenya, the ongoing crisis in Syria, the 2015 Masters at Augusta – the best photography in news, culture and sport from around the world this week

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The 20 photographs of the week

The 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, the Australian Open tennis in Melbourne and celebration and heartache in Ukraine – the best photography in news, culture and sport from around the world this week Continue reading…

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The 20 photographs of the week

The crisis in Kiev produces more poignant images, sportsmen and women excel in Australia, the World Economic Forum attracts attention in Davos and turnips fly in a centuries-old tradition in Spain – the best photography in news, culture and sport from around the world this week

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The 20 photographs of the week

The AirAsia crash, the first case of Ebola diagnosed on UK soil, the World Darts Championships – the best photography in news, culture and sport from around the world this week.

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The 20 photographs of the week

The reaction to the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, the funeral of Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes, the continuing democracy protests in Hong Kong – the best photography in news, culture and sport from around the world this week

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The 20 photographs of the week

Cyclone Pam hits Vanuatu, the dramatic election in Israel, the attack on the Bardo museum in Tunis, the solar eclipse – the best photography in news, culture and sport from around the world this week

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