Ismailia: It was eight years ago at the AFC U-19 Championship that Humam Tariq pulled on the Iraqi national team shirt for the first time. And although the team’s fans could not have imagined it at the time, the tournament would witness the emergence of a talented generation of players.
Among them was a young Tariq, who demonstrated an exceptional left foot, boundless energy and an ability to glide effortlessly around the pitch – all with a fierce passion to do his utmost for the national team cause.
Unbelievably, over the past eight years Tariq has participated in every tournament Iraq has taken part in, and in more than one edition of some; the AFC U-19 Championship, the FIFA U-20 World Cup, the Gulf Cup, the FIFA World Cup Qualifiers, the AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers, the AFC Asian Cup, AFC U23 Championship, the Men's Olympic Football Tournament, as well as having professional stints with clubs in IR Iran, UAE and Egypt. All very impressive from a young man who has not yet turned 24.
Sydney: One of the fascinating aspects in women’s football over recent years has been how quickly the landscape can change. Be it a massive upswing in crowds, growing on-field standards or media interest.
Europe’s collective statement of intent at last year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup, and widespread investment in a dynamic club scene are yet more significant examples in the continent.
Al Mazmi: I want to take UAE past the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup group stage
Dubai: Mohamed Bashir Al Mazmi is not one to balk at a challenge. In recent years, the United Arab Emirates beach soccer coach has proven he can overcome difficulties, both on and off the pitch. He led the country to two consecutive editions of the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup and earlier this year overcame COVID-19.
Last May, Al Mazmi announced he had tested positive for COVID-19 after coming in contact with someone who had the virus. The up-and-coming coach had to self-isolate for more than two weeks until he recovered and resumed normal life.
After his self-isolation was over, FIFA.com chatted with Al Mazmi about this difficult experience and how he overcame the virus. He also spoke about his aspirations to take the UAE to the Beach Soccer World Cup in Russia next year.