Sunday, November 22, 2009

You Have To LOVE Football

To be an Omani Princess, you HAVE TO love Omani football. So if you don't know ANYTHING about Oman's football team, catch yourself up with this quick vid of Oman's best goals:

Some basic info: The Oman national football team (Arabic: منتخب عمان لكرة القدم‎), is the national team of Oman and is controlled by the Oman Football Association. Although the team was officially founded in 1978, the team was formed long before, and has established a proper football association in only December, 2005. Players then started to take awards for their efforts. The team has never qualified for the World Cup, but has qualified for the Asian Cup in the years 2004 and 2007, and reached the Gulf Cup of Nations final three times, and won it on its' third attempt.

Prior to the new century, Oman struggled greatly in the Gulf Cup, usually finishing in 6th or 7th place, even when the Cup was held in Oman. It was about 1998 when Oman took the Gulf Cup seriously, and in the year 2003/2004 Gulf Cups an explosion of new talent emerged like the familiar names of Imad Al-Hosni, Ali Al-Habsi, Badr Al-Maimani and Khalifa Ayil, which made the team very successful. Most recently the national team lost to the U.A.E. in the final, and in the prior competition lost to Qatar in a penalty-kick shootout. Finally after losing twice in the final, Oman managed to win the 2009 Gulf Cup of Nations, held in Muscat, while defeating regional giants, Saudi Arabia, in a penalty shootout, 5-6. Oman maintained a clean-sheet throughout the whole competition.

Fashion tip for game night---more national colours are worn for matches than National Day:

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