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TRIPOLI, Lebanon: A group of Syrian refugees, all former professional football players and members of the national youth team in the war-wrecked country, came together in neighboring Lebanon over the past year to execute an ambitious task: Form an opposition team in exile that would become Syria's national team after the fall of President Bashar Assad's government.The squad of refugee players is formally known as the Free Syrian National Team. For Khaled Samir, the team's manager, who drives the players to matches and practice around Tripoli in his beaten down white van, playing football under the revolutionary Syrian flag is no different than battling Assad's troops and pro-government militias.Most of the players hail from Syria's central city of Homs, dubbed the capital of the revolution since the uprising erupted in March 2011 .Football was suspended after the conflict started and players either left the country or joined the revolt. The refugee players consider those still playing in Syria as traitors.
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