Azerbaijani soccer club gives hope to battered region

A scrappy soccer team from a tough part of the world just finished a gallant run in the UEFA Champions League soccer tournament currently underway in Europe. The Cinderella story of Qarabag FK, from Azerbaijan, did not end with a glass slipper, but the hope it provided to its home country was very real.

Though Qarabag was eliminated from the tourney with a loss to Roma, one of the top dogs in Italian soccer, Qarabag’s impact on the Champions League tournament has been massive. Qarabag’s two draws against Atletico Madrid sent shockwaves through the soccer community. By drawing Atletico Madrid, one of the favorites to win, Qarabag effectively eliminated the Madrid side from the tournament Read more ...

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