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Western Sahara

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The Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) is a partially recognized state that controls a thin strip of area in the Western Sahara region and claims sovereignty over the entire territory of Western Sahara.
Many teams have represented Western Sahara, or the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR), in unofficial matches. The first known games were played against Algerian league teams in 1984, before the creation of the Sahrawi Football Federation. The Sahrawi national football team made its official international début at the inauguration match of the 5th VIVA World Cup. The Dromedaries lost 6–0 to the team which went on to win the tournament. The next match was against Darfur, which ended in a 5–1 win: Sahrawi’s first official international victory. The Sahrawi national football team and federation had to face a deal made between the Kurdistan Regional Government and the Government of Morocco, which consisted of avoiding the display of the SADR flag.

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