Written by James Montague Produced by Tifo Studios

The chances are that you probably haven’t heard of Hakeem al Araibi. The Bahraini centre back plays for Pascoe Vale FC, a semi-pro club in Australia’s National Premier Leagues Victoria. But he was once considered one of the Bahrain national team’s brightest talents at a time when the tiny Gulf Kingdom was considered one of the best underdog sides in Asia. Despite a population of over a million people, Bahrain missed out on both the 2006 and 2010 World Cup finals after losing by a single goal in consecutive intercontinental play offs. But that’s when it all started to go wrong in Bahraini football.

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