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Afghanistan Celebrates Historic Soccer Triumph

In Afghanistan, the national soccer team received an ecstatic welcome home on September 12 after defeating India 2-0 in the South Asian Football Federation championship. President Hamid Karzai congratulated the team at Kabul's airport and crowds gathered in the center of the city to cheer the team's arrival. It was a marked contrast from the days of the Taliban, when sports were harshly restricted and stadiums were used for executions. (RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan)