With the Intercontinental Cup all set kick off on 7th of July, Syria will be one of the four teams participating in this tournament. Ranked at 85 in the latest FIFA rankings Syria is the highest ranked team in this tournament, which makes them favourites to take the cup home and oppositions would be having a hard time dealing with this team.
Although having rested some of the big names like Mahmoud Al-Mawas, Syria have a good mixture of veteran and budding stars in the current squad which is named for the tournament.
With a wide range of talent under their armour, the likes of India, Tajikistan and DPR Korea will be left in quandary against the Assyrians. The West Asian giants are coming into this tournament with an abysmal form, having just won a single game in 2019 against a feeble Jordan side, Syria also went through a disappointing AFC Asia Cup Campaign in which they were knocked out in the early stages of the tournament.
Although Fajr Ibrahim’s squad are coming off defeats against Uzbekistan and Iran but they would be looking to get the winning mentality back and make most of the rest of the year. Now let’s look at some the names which can be making the headlines for Syria this tournament.
Firas Al-Khatib :
Currently playing for Al-Salmiya in the Kuwaiti Premier League Firas Al-Khatib is the current captain of this Syria squad. Firas who has been a regular starter for the national team is considered as an iconic figure in Syrian Football. The 36-year-old in his 18-year journey with the national team has netted 31 times in 66 appearances. Al-Khatib chipped in with his goals when the team was in dire need which made his goals all the more special. He is also the highest goal scorer in the Kuwaiti Premier League’s history. In this tournament, all the young guns in the current squad would be looking up to this man to pave the way for the success of the team.
Mohammad Al-Marmour :
The 24-year-old International has been the backbone of this Syrian team. His incredible work ethic and his tactical awareness made him a mainstay in this team. Al-Marmour works relentlessly in the middle of the park and shows his aptitude for reading plays in the middle third of the pitch. He currently plays for Tishreen in the Syrian Premier League. Although Al-Marmour is known for his tackles and his dominance in the midfield but Syria will also be banking on his creativity going forward.
Nasouh Al Nakdali :
Currently playing for Naft Al-Wasat in the Iraqi Premier League Nasouh Al Nakdali is known for his partnership upfront with Firas Al-Khatib. Although Al Nakdali has spent his fair share of time on the bench but the forward would be looking to fight for his spot in the starting eleven in the Intercontinental Cup. With his strong desire of scoring goals, Al Nakdali would be focusing to jeopardize the defenders in this tournament.
Ibrahim Alma :
Ibrahim Alma was the infamous goalkeeper who decided to mix up a routine clearance by punching the ball up the pitch in the style of a volleyball serve against Japan in a friendly fixture. Alma currently plays for Al-Wahda in Syrian Premier League and having made 49 appearances for the national team, Alma has been a regular starter guarding the posts for Syria. The Syrian shot-stopper could trouble the oppositions with his far-fetched distribution skills.
Amro Jenyat :
The 26-year-old right back currently plays in Oman Professional League for Al-Shabab. Jenyat is known for his crossing ability and his staggering pace. His ability to expose the gaps in the opposition’s defence made him earn his position as right back in the national team. With 20 appearances for the Syria Jenyat has the experience to make a big impact in this tournament.