If you were for some reason close to Syria last night, you would have heard Queen blaring out as ‘We Are The Champions’ rang from one of the stadiums. You’ll recall it was all down to Al-Jaish’s home clash with Hutteen & Al-Ittihad’s encounter with already relegated Al-Muhafaza. Which way did it go? Who are the new Champions of Syria? Well, that’s the whole point of this article!
Syria Is Not An Easy Place To Find A Stream
Now, I’m not going to bullshit you and pretend I’ve done an in-depth analysis of each game because I haven’t. Syria is a difficult place when it comes to finding a stream.
Stream or no stream, I’m not going to let that minor detail stand in my way! Similar to how the Jordan one was done, I’m going to take you through both games blow-by-blow, minute-by-minute. Let’s not rest on our laurels…
0’ – Both games kick-off.
12’ – That didn’t take long at all! First blood to Al-Jaish. 1-0.
19’ – Al-Ittihad wasted no time in hitting back; it’s still all to play for.
28’ – Al-Jaish are in control now! They’ve doubled the lead and it would take a catastrophe of the highest order for them to fuck it up from here.
32’ – 3-0 to Al-Jaish! Surely that must be the title sealed?
43’ – Al-Ittihad don’t care, they’re still going for it! 2-0.
45’ – And breathe. Halftime. Al-Jaish 3-0 Hutteen & Al-Ittihad 2-0 Al-Muhafaza.
See this one of biggest gripes about leagues being decided on a head-to-head basis. Al-Jaish know pre-game that if they win they have they’re the champions of Syria yet again which pisses me off. With goal difference, it’s all about how many you can score.
At Halftime Al-Jaish Were Champions
You’d be forgiven for thinking both sides think that it is actually decided on goal difference, especially way both teams have started in the first-half. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out who actually won the title, but let’s carry on anyway. After all, the show must go on!
67’ – Bloody hell, twenty-two minutes we had to wait in the second-half! Al-Jaish are now 4-0 up.
81’ – HELLO! Hutteen have scored! Could we have a comeback on our cards in Damascus? 4-1.
82’ – Al-Ittihad can smell blood, they’ve just gone 3-0 up.
88’ – ANOTHER GOAL IN DAMASCUS. Could we be about to witness the greatest comeback of all time? If it’s 4-2 with two minutes left, anything could happen! Nope. 5-1. Game, set & match to Al-Jaish.
90+5’ – Al-Ittihad add another in stoppage time which means that if it was decided on goal difference, Al-Ittihad would have trumped Al-Jaish. Sadly for the Aleppo side, that isn’t the case.
Full Time – Al-Jaish retain their crown and are champions of Syria once more.
To be fair, a lot of sites have Al-Ittihad as finishing top of the league which really got me worried because I thought that perhaps I’d got it wrong. All was lost until I found a post in Arabic on a Syrian Facebook page which told me that it was, in fact head-to-head.
Catch Me If You Can MI5
In hindsight, MI5 are probably en route to my gaff now after several Google searches of Syria. It was fun while it lasted. If you don’t hear from me tomorrow, you know what’s happened.
In closing, Al-Jaish rule over Syria once again and their reign of domination isn’t showing any sign of slowing down. Al-Ittihad were ultimately unlucky, however, if they hadn’t lost me my treble, they would have won the league. Deserves them right. Wankers.
Until the next time.