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Is the beautiful game Laos' beautiful struggle?

The kicks! The slides! The hair! And those uniforms! I know that’s what you’re watching for. As the World Cup began last week, Laos is again sitting back and watching the big guys with the big money kick around the big balls. Although never entering the World Cup, Laos started their national football association in 1951 and has upped their game in small scale competitions run by the AFC (Asian Football Federation) for emerging countries in the AFC Asian Cup and AFC Challenge Cup. Football, the world’s beautiful game, is more than just the national pride and joy of its hardcore fans but it’s the economic bread and butter of the country it plays for. The head honchos who run FIFA have been under fire for being filled with socio-political tension and just as much sly under-the-table corruption as leading world superpowers. If you haven’t been following the national team in Laos, one would wonder how a team from a developing country fits in all of this? Do they have what it takes to play with the big guys? …