“The United States has today (Monday) formally recognized Kosovo as a sovereign and independent state. We congratulate the people of Kosovo on this historic occasion,” U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said — words Kosovo’s 2 million Albanians had long dreamed of hearing.
Washington led NATO allies to military intervention against Serbia over its treatment of the Albanians in the 1998-99 guerrilla uprising. Kosovo is the seventh nation to be created from the former Yugoslavia which was created following WWI.
Kosovo already has a men’s national team, although it is not recognized by FIFA. It has been in existence since 1993, playing friendlies. Follow the link for more background.
Hat tip to World Cup blog.