He punches holes in the defensive line and slashes by defenders. And Bahsar Abduallah, a rising star on the Kuwaiti national football team, has lead his club to the Sidney Olympic Games - the first time an Arab team will represent Asia in these games.
In recent years, Bashar Abdullah has helped restore the Kuwaiti team to its former glory of the 1970s and 1980s in the Arab and Asian football scene.
In 1980, the Kuwaiti national football team not only won the Asian Soccer Championship title, but also participated, as the first Gulf state, in Moscow Olympic Games. Team peaked in 1982 when it reached the finals for World Football Cup in Spain. But the glory days ended with the Iraqi invasion, which led to a suspension of all football for more than a year.
Bashar and his young teammates are seeking to bring back the good old days to the Kuwaiti fans even with all the pressure on them. And they are off to a good start. The team won the Gulf Soccer Cup title in 1996 and in 1998. In addition, the team took second place in the Asian Football Championship that was held in Bangkok in December 1998.
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