The Latakia Derby, Tishreen against Hutteen, known as one of the middle east's most fierce rivalries, with two fanatic sets of fans. Earlier this week it took place as part of the city's 'Love Festival'. It didn’t feature a lot of love between the two sides, but it did shed light on a greater phenomena: Syrian football, that lives on under severe circumstances.
In a last minute twist, Syria ended their Asian Cup journey, while Palestine finished in third place in Group B. Yet, Palestine didn’t qualify yet to the next stage.
Jordan, Syria and Palestine made the second day of the Asian Cup interesting. The Levantine teams were never exciting like they are today.
While the tournament will take place in the Emirates, 12 teams from the Middle East will try to conquer Asia and win the tournament. This is the Western Asia team-by-team preview for the Asian Cup.