Syria – Football on the Front Line
Syria – Football on the Front Line (Monday, 11.20pm, BBC Two) follows Syria’s national football team as it competes for a place in the World Cup at a time of continued civil war. The team can’t play at home and many of its star players have left Syria. Other stars refuse to play because the team is funded by the Assad regime. Richard Conway has spent time with members of the squad in Damascus and the whole team in Malaysia for a qualifying match against Uzbekistan. He discovers that, for some Syrians, the country’s football team is a focus for a national pride which appears to transcend the nation’s deep and bloody divisions.