Poems tagged ‘Saudi Arabia’

VARcical – Spain & Portugal Through -WC Day 12

Uruguay 3-0 Russia

ten man Russia fall
to Suarez and Cavani
in their spaceship home


Saudi Arabia 2-1 Egypt

even with Salah
Pharoahs bow to Saudis late
as both bid farewell


Iran 1-1 Portugal

stealing headlines still
VAR lets Christiano off
as Iran stand tall

Spain 2-2 Morocco

VAR decides once more
Aspas late goal grabs a draw
to see Spain end top

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World Cup day 12

El Hadary the star but Saudis take spoils
Saudi Arabia 2-1 Egypt

A 45 year old makes history
Evergeen Essam El Hadary
Taking Faryd Mondragon’s record
Saving Fahad Al Muwallad’s penalty

There’s that Red forward
Salah the Egyptian gem
Brilliantly lobbing the ball
Over Yasser Al-Mosailem

El Hadary conceded two
His countrymen left bereft
Salman Al Faraj’s spot kick
Al Dawsari with seconds left

Charruas make it three on the trot
Uruguay 3-0 Russia

The home party is muted
Cut to size in Samara
Fernando Muslera breaks a record
His country’s most capped ever

Russia had scored eight goals
Home support makes them tick
Falling behind to the Charruas
Suarez drilled a clever free kick

Worse for Cherchesov’s boys
Cheryshev was unlucky
Akinfeev blocked Bentancur
But Cavani pounced for three

Ansarifard quells Quaresma
Iran 1-1 Portugal

Somehow unfulfilled
Yet so colourful a career
His right foot flick pure madness
That for you is Ricky Quaresma

Television is taking control
VAR once again to the fore
Ronaldo fluffs a penalty
He’s still on goal number four

Lucky escape for Ronaldo
VAR once again to the fore
Ansarifard’s penalty spot on
Portugal second and a little bit sore

VAR leaves La Roja leading group
Spain 2-2 Morocco

Spain survive a scare
As VAR catches many on the hop
Iran’s late goal against Portugal
Sees La Roja finish top

Morocco are home and
They’re really not so bad
Khalid Boutaib keeps his cool
Isco levels in Kalinigrad

Youssef En-Nesyri heads a second
VAR awards Aspas’ flick
Spain will now play Russia
Maroc get ready to go home

25 06 18

© emdad rahman

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WC2018 Day 7 – haiku

big boys out in force
Ronaldo, Suarez, Costa
who else of course

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one-nil common score
Morocco and Saudi out
alas already

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somersault throw-in
we all wanted to see it
aborted desires

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Gareth jog amiss
Southgate restrained by shoulder
no more punching air

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1-0~ 1-0~ 1-0 haiku-WC Day 7

Portugal 1-0 Morocco

like some one man team
Ronnie breaks Moroccan hearts
only four mins in


Uruguay 1-0 Saudi Arabia

Suarez is the key
Saudis toothless lock is picked
Uruguay march on


Iran 0-1 Spain

Costa on the bounce
knees one in past brave Iran
who gave ev’rything

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Russia v Saudi Arabia

I’m watching well dodgy handshakes
In the presidents box
They look like two punters – in the wrong seats – at our place
Sitting there looking lost.

Trying to get poetic
Tis after all…the opening match
Cutting it short I’m dejected
It can happen like that?

I know what? I’ll stick on a cd
Inspiration will simply just fly
Seems pretty apt, at least to me,
I manage to finish this poem, accompanied by…Power, Corruption and Lies*!

Cynically wondering…whats the trade off for five?

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World Cup day 7

Ronaldo knocks out Morocco
Portugal 1-0 Morocco
Ronaldo again with the magic
This time an in the box spinner
At the Luzhniki Stadium
Yet another World Cup winner
All eyes on the Madrid star
After his hat-trick against Spain
Maroc lost the bid too
A whole kingdom feels the pain
It took the captain four minutes
Morocco failed to spot the threat
Diving onto Moutinho’s cross
An unstoppable header in the net

20 06 18

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Suarez swoops to send Charrúas through
Uruguay 1-0 Saudi Arabia

Luis Suarez once again
Creates World Cup history
The very first Charrúa
To score for Uruguay in three

One nil suits his team fine
Atletico Madrid on the global stage
Saudi were at best lacklustre
They seriously need to engage

Top of the table with Russia
El Pistolero’s goal will suffice
And to Phil Neville we say
They’ve only won the damn thing twice

20 06 18

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Spain edge Team Melli
Iran 0-1 Spain

La Roja scraped a tough win
Sit with Portugal atop of Group B
They made it hard but still
Got an unconvincing victory

Spain’s only goal came
After Rezaeian and Costa met
An unlucky clearance
Ricocheting into his own net

Team Melli rallied
Smashed home by Ezatolahi
Wild celebrations ensued
But VAR did not agree

20 06 18

© Emdad Rahman

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Hapless Arabian Knights haiku-WC Day 1

Russia 5*-0 Saudi Arabia 0

host strike oil on cue
hapless Arabian knights
fall in five star rout

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World Cup day 1: Hosts kick off World Cup in style

Russia 5-0 Saudi Arabia

Seemed the Saudis had better luck
Finding the moon than the net
Gazinskiy gives the Russia lead
The hosts they hardly broke sweat

It’s the first goal of the World Cup
But Dzagoev left in pain
Cheryshev with two superb goals
Green Falcons truly slayed

Dzyuba heads in a fourth
Golovin curls in a free-kick
Saudi were quite simply awful
Pizzi is in for some stick

Then there’s Yasir Al Shahrani
24 times he gave away the ball
Misplacing a third of his passes.
Eid Mubarak to all

14 06 18

© emdad rahman

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World Cup Russia 32 Team haiku

on Argentina haiku
big contenders these
Messi leads the white and blue
will it be this time ?

on Australia
Cahill’s waltzing squad
return from the land of Oz
while Matildas dream

on Belgium haiku
bursting with young skill
Eden’s pace and Lukaku
spear these Red Devils

on Brazil haiku
Neymar to Jesus
rhythmic touch to samba beat
will their swagger rule?

on Colombia haiku
dark horses always
Rodriguez the star upfront
could they go the course?

on Costa Rica haiku
with Ruiz’s pace
Los Ticos can cause a stir
when that magic flows

on Croatia haiku
always one to fear
Modric now the playmaker
for Mandzukic’s pace

on Denmark haiku
nice pastries aside
Eriksen the vital spark
to Danes dynamite

on Egypt haiku
will Salah be fit
Pharoahs focus on defence
as a country waits

on England haiku
emphasis on youth
still the Sterlings and Rashfords
need to find their best

on France haiku
over-crammed with stars
will they drop like croissant crumbs
falling to their knees?

on Germany haiku
Ozil at the heart
always first to raise the bar
and to lay their towels

on Iceland haiku
smallest nation here
Sigurdsson the main class act
teamwork heart and beards

on Iran haiku
Queiroz at the helm
Team Melli arrive in hope
Azmoun leads the line

on Japan haiku
here on Russian soil
Kagawa and Honda’s skill
power these guys on

on Korea Republic haiku
southern winds still blow
with their new belief and pace
Cha Bum-kun the star

on Mexico haiku
Los Aztecan strength
Hernandez the constant threat
will they shine or fall?

on Morocco haiku
nothing here to lose
Atlas Lions know no fear
passion at their core

on Nigeria haiku
to their Afro beat
Moses powers Eagles on
Mikel still the spine

on Panama haiku
debut boys this time
Roman Torres fires a squad
happy to be here

on Peru haiku
like their altitude
Los Incan hopes soar and rest
on Farfan upfront

on Poland haiku
Polish Eagles dream
Lewandowski heads the pack
always posing threats

on Portugal haiku
lighting ev’ry match
like some whirlwind fanning flame
’til Ronaldo strikes

on Russia haiku
struck by injuries
Smolov now the only threat
even on home turf

on Saudi Arabia haiku
swarming round like Bees
sailing in uncharted seas
but can they win games?

on Senegal haiku
talent out in force
Koulibsaly and Mane
shine among the pearls

on Serbia haiku
Eagles hopes will pin
on Matic and Mitrovic
in this tricky side

on Spain haiku
there or thereabouts
Iniesta and Costa
make this time-bomb tick

on Sweden haiku
no Ibra this time
short on names but spirited
always in the mix

on Switzerland haiku
just like chocolate
with Shaqiri’s box of tricks
always tempting fate

on Tunisia haiku
capable of shocks
always drumming up a storm
England should beware

on Uruguay haiku
ever dangerous
Suarez and Cavani shine
never rule them out


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