Thursday, March 6, 2014

Kosovo Gets a Soccer Team.

Not wanting to miss out on the action of Kosovo's very first FIFA-sanctioned football match, my friend, Natalie, and I headed to 91, the local British pub to watch the game.  The bar was packed locals and internationals joining together to watch the new team battle Haiti.

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It was a bit of a fairy-tale, really.
And although the game was played in the divided-city of Mitrovicia, the magic was eminent in Prishtina.  
Kids skipped school.  
Politicians tweeted by-the-minute game updates.  
People of all ages and genders packed the pubs.

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The game ended in a draw, but from the reactions of the crowd at 91, it could have been a World Cup shootout.  
G√ęzuar, Kosovo!  Looks like you're making it!
It was exciting to be a part of this historic moment for Kosovo.

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