Somalia joins al-Shabab – the football club

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A few eyebrows were raised when French football club Toulouse announced that the Brazilian midfielder, Somalia, has joined the Saudi football team, al-Shabab.

The 29-year-old Somalia, whose real name is Wergiton do Rosario Calmon, has been playing with Toulouse for three years before signing a two-year contract with al-Shabab.

Toulouse FC

@ToulouseFC

OFFICIEL – Le Brésilien s’est officiellement engagé aujourd’hui avec @AlShababSaudiFC. Le TFC remercie “Somi” pour son professionnalisme et son état d’esprit.

http://www.tfc.info/somalia-transfere-al-shabab 

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For more than a decade, Islamist militant group al-Shabab, which means youth in Arabic, has been battling the UN-backed government in Somalia. It has also been behind a string of attacks across East Africa.

Some Twitter users were amused by that juxtaposition:

Mohammed@think_B1G

Another photo of the Brazilian Somalia. pic.twitter.com/Sw7lzGF5GT

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Mohammed@think_B1G

The Brazilian Somalia completed his transfer to the Saudi club Al-Shabab today. The joke is a little to easy to make.

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Mohammed@think_B1G

The Brazilian Somalia completed his transfer to the Saudi club Al-Shabab today. The joke is a little to easy to make.

jamac jr 🇸🇴🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿@jamac_jr

ppl wonder y I can’t take life serious😩😩😩 can u imagine the commentators “nice long shot by somalia n alshabaab lead 1-0”

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ads@Adnanaminlt

You can not make this up https://twitter.com/gffn/status/1032650667054325760 

🌻🌻🌻@iiAmZey

So umm, hol on! Just, just wait a minute, A Brazilian football player named Somàlia left a Saudi football team named Al-Shabab? pic.twitter.com/6IHZBrhUrB

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Ms. Granger@somalihermione

Somalia joins al-shabab 😂😂😩

Toulouse FC

@ToulouseFC

OFFICIEL – Le Brésilien #Somalia s’est officiellement engagé aujourd’hui avec @AlShababSaudiFC. Le TFC remercie “Somi” pour son professionnalisme et son état d’esprit.#Mercato

http://www.tfc.info/somalia-transfere-al-shabab 

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Abu Maryama@Abumaryama19

What are the odds lol. Gentleman named Somalia signs a deal with Saudi football team Al-Shabab.

Get French Football News@GFFN

Official | Al-Shabab sign Somalia from Toulouse http://bit.ly/SomaliaSold 

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yasin also known as Piccolo@Serriusbleck

LOL guys a brazillian footballer nicknamed ‘Somalia’ has joined a team called Al Shabab 😂😂😂😂😂

Toulouse FC

@ToulouseFC

OFFICIEL – Le Brésilien #Somalia s’est officiellement engagé aujourd’hui avec @AlShababSaudiFC. Le TFC remercie “Somi” pour son professionnalisme et son état d’esprit.#Mercato

http://www.tfc.info/somalia-transfere-al-shabab 

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