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Afghanistan wins its 1st international soccer title

proud of my whole country. I congratulate my dear countrymen, said Afghanistan goalkeeper Mansur Faqiryar, who made some key saves.

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days of my life. Afghans, who were a founding member of the Asian Football Confederation in 1954, have a long soccer history but only recently re emerged on the world scene after decades of war and insurgency.

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KABUL Bullets whizzed through the air in the Afghan capital Wednesday night, this time in celebration rather than anger: Afghanistan had just won its first international trophy in soccer. invaded in the months after the Sept. 11 attacks 12 years ago.

Afghans gathered in homes, restaurants, offices and even small markets to watch the game. President Hamid Karzai office tweeted a photo of him watching the players celebrate their win.

The win avenged a loss in the SAFF Championship final two years ago, when India beat the Afghans 4 0.

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From the 1950s through the soccer gained a strong following in the country, but it nearly disappeared during the 10 year Soviet occupation from 1979 89 and the civil war that followed from 1992 96.

When the Taliban ruled the country from 1996 2001, they severely restricted sports, and soccer stadiums were used to stage executions of those who ran afoul of the Islamist movement harsh laws. ousted the Taliban in 2001, sports here were reborn.

Although Afghanistan has never played at the World Cup, or even at the Asian Cup, the country has been getting better in recent years, rising up the FIFA rankings to No. 139.

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youth of Afghanistan showed that our nation, our people have the ability to make progress and succeed, said a seemingly choked up Karzai in a multilingual message posted on YouTube.

In Kabul, young and old cheered, clapped and laughed as their team seized the win in Kathmandu, Nepal. Car horns blared, and some Afghans waved national flags on the streets. The gunfire, meanwhile, continued for about an hour after the win, raising safety concerns.

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Afghans began playing soccer about 90 years ago, and the country national federation was founded in 1922. Afghanistan joined FIFA in 1948.

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Even the Afghan intelligence service issued a statement Tracksuit Nike Air congratulating the soccer champions. It also later issued a statement asking celebrants to stop firing guns.

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the players danced around the field with Afghan flags draped on their shoulders.

On Wednesday, Mustafa Azadzoi put Afghanistan ahead early in the first half at Dashrath Stadium, and Sanjar Ahmadi doubled the lead in the second. When it was over, Nike Windrunner All Black

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