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09-11-2012, 02:53 PM
Lebanese Leaf
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Originally Posted by Captain Saku View Post
In the mid-90s Lebanon had a nice run as well and they moved up in FIFA ranking to #90 if I recall correctly after beating teams like Ecuador. Lebanon always had good players but the Federation is as corrupted as ****, never put enough money to prepare the national team.

Roda Antar is certainly the best Lebanese player of all time, he played in the Bundesliga with Hamburg and Freibourg (?) and now plays in China. Would LOVE if he gets MLS attention and come to play in NA.
Yea exactly, agree with everything you said, especially about the corruption holding them back. If you go to Lebanon, you see the love of the game at the grassroots level, just how talented kids playing in the streets are. The talent is there, we're just always needed better development and funding for the programs.

But Lebanon has never made it to this final stage of WC qualifying, so this is a big boost for sure. And Antar also played with FC Koln in the Bundesliga as well from 2007-2009, with teammate Yousef Mohammed. Mohamad is also the best Lebanese defender of all time, the guy was captain of Koln until he left last year to play for UAE club Al-Ahli (probably for money, as they got $ to blow over there). I actually wanted TFC to take a look at bringing him over as a DP, but that was never going to happen.

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