The most popular sports in Syria are football, basketball, swimming, and tennis. Damascus was home to the fifth and seventh Pan Arab Games. Many popular football teams are based in Damascus, Aleppo, Homs, Latakia, etc.

The Abbasiyyin Stadium in Damascus is home to the Syrian national football team. The team enjoyed some success, having qualified for 4 Asian Cup competitions. The team's first international was on November 20, 1949, losing to Turkey 7–0. The team was ranked 115th in the world by FIFA as of November 2011.


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