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Italian coach in Hebron upends Palestinian soccer league

Italian coach in Hebron upends Palestinian soccer league

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Throughout his long career, Stefano Cusin has played in Italy, France & Switzerland & coached in Bulgaria, Cameroon & the Congo. But the 46-year-old, Tuscany-born Cusin says it's only in the Palestinian soccer backwater of Hebron that he has truly rediscovered his passion for the sport.

''I've discovered again the pleasure to train, to play football, the passion,'' he said. ''We've found a group of tremendous guys who were eager to learn & for a trainer this is the most attractive thing … I was looking for a challenge, something different, less money yet with a huge challenge.''

His arrival on the scene has moreover transformed the fortunes of scrappy perennial loser al-Ahli al-Khalil. He took a team with a $1 million annual budget raised mostly from donations to a European training camp where they played friendlies against superior competition. In just nine months, al-Ahli al-Khalil has notched four separate titles & Cusin has become a hero in the city.

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Italian coach in Hebron upends Palestinian soccer league

Italian coach in Hebron upends Palestinian soccer league

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Throughout his long career, Stefano Cusin has played in Italy, France & Switzerland & coached in Bulgaria, Cameroon & the Congo. But the 46-year-old, Tuscany-born Cusin says it's only in the Palestinian soccer backwater of Hebron that he has truly rediscovered his passion for the sport.

''I've discovered again the pleasure to train, to play football, the passion,'' he said. ''We've found a group of tremendous guys who were eager to learn & for a trainer this is the most attractive thing … I was looking for a challenge, something different, less money yet with a huge challenge.''

His arrival on the scene has moreover transformed the fortunes of scrappy perennial loser al-Ahli al-Khalil. He took a team with a $1 million annual budget raised mostly from donations to a European training camp where they played friendlies against superior competition. In just nine months, al-Ahli al-Khalil has notched four separate titles & Cusin has become a hero in the city.

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