Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Go Jalaa Go!!!

Aljalaa Basketball Team 2005

Huge Jalaa' Win, and First Ever Season Loss to Leaders Al Ittihad - Apr. 25, 2005
Aleppo's Al Jalaa' has succeeded in doing what none of the other Syrian basketball teams could do this year... meaning beating the Ittihad team and Syrian leaders who were 19-0 before this game. The game finished Jalaa's favor 85-83 (Q1: 28-29 Q2: 47-45 Q3: 71-10 Final 85-83).

What makes the victory even sweeter is that Jalaa' and Ittihad are bitter rivals in the northern city of Aleppo where basketball passion rules and an Aleppo derby is an all-important event on its own.

What is noticed in Jalaa' is the huge input of the national players Michel Maadanli and Hikmat Haddad new in the Jalaa' team. Both renowned stars for the Jeish (Army) team of Damascus the capital and both immensely popular, they defected to Al Jalaa' at the beginning of season 2004-2005 with the firm commitment of the Jalaa' administration to redeem the "glory days" of Jalaa' when they were the undisputed basketball champions of Syria for so many years before rivals al Ittihad also of Aleppo took over the torch. Eventually though, the Damascan teams Al Wehda and Al Jeish took over until this year when the Aleppo fans have redeemed most of the glory and highlights whereas both Al Wehda and Al Jeish are suffering from reduced notice.

This 2004-2005 season is an Aleppo season par excellence. Both Aleppo teams played big cards this year and with a huge media fanfare to take back the basketball passion that was theirs from the start.

Popularly known as "Micho", Maadanli comes originally from the Suleymaniyyah neighbourhood of Aleppo, so this was a sort of returning home for him. Although initially he suffered an injury that put him on the Jalaa' bench, he has lately made a huge comeback and this sweetest of wins against a team that wanted him and couldn't get him. Maadanli has also proved to be popular with other Syrian basketball fans and is actively cheered by almost all basketball fans in Syria and outside wherever he plays. This goes beyond the general trend of Syrian fans on picking on the star players of other rival teams with zeal and vengeance to intimidate them. But Maadanli with the obvious charisma and charm that he exerts on court and off court is somehow saved such taunting...Michel Maadanli is tipped as the top player of Syria after the passing of the era of Anwar Abdul Hayy and Mohammed Abou Saada.

The energetic and ambitious administration of Al Jalaa' is presided by Hani Azzouz.



Blogger Amr Faham said...

Rami your'e playing with fire, only Wahdeh Team is always the best the best..
Wahdaweeyeh, Wahdaweeyeh,Wahdaweeyeh, Wahdaweeyeh,Wahdaweeyeh, Wahdaweeyeh,Wahdaweeyeh, Wahdaweeyeh....loll

April 27, 2005 5:47 PM  
Blogger Rami said...

hah! We'll see...

April 27, 2005 6:08 PM  
Blogger Omar said...

Haha, I love sports dsiputes. What happend to Abu Sa3da? I think he played for al Jeish team

April 27, 2005 7:50 PM  
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April 27, 2005 8:23 PM  
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April 27, 2005 11:48 PM  
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