A football club named in honour of Turkmenistan’s authoritarian leader has been crowned league champions in the isolated Central Asian country, after winning every one of their matches.
Turkmenistan has had three rulers since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, all of whom have maintained a cult of personality and imposed tight controls on civil liberties.
“Arkadag footballers have won the title of Turkmenistan champion for the first time,” the state-run Golden Age newspaper reported on Monday.
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The team was founded this year for former president Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov and immediately entered the ex-Soviet country’s first division.
Arkadag FC won 20 out of 20 league matches, scoring 70 goals and conceding just 14 after signing the country’s best…