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Iraq May Not be Able to Play in World Cup Qualifying Match

First the Iraqi government dissolved its Olympic committee. Then FIFA suspended the Iraqi national team from play for a twelve-month period. Then the Iraqi government told FIFA, “Oh, no, we totally didn’t mean that to include the national soccer team.” So FIFA conditionally and provisionally lifted the ban on the Iraqi soccer team.
They’re scheduled to play against Australia twice next week. Will the games take place?

The Football Federation Australia has mixed feelings.

FFA will lose close to $A3 million in gate takings and sponsorships if the match is called off, but it is not necessarily bad news for the Socceroos.

If Iraq’s matches are forfeited, Australia’s place in the next round of qualifying is assured.

Stupid Iraqi government! What were you thinking?

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The Road to World Cup Soccer

Aw man, Iraq lost to Qatar 2-0. Nothing against Qatar, but Iraq has all my sympathy lately. Iraq will face Australia in early June.

Also yesterday, Bahrain beat Japan 1-0, much to the surprise and consternation of Japan’s coach.

Kuwait tied Iran 2-2, Oman beat Thailand 1-0.

Someone will have to remind me how these qualifying matches work, because I don’t remember. Go, Iraq soccer!

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Iraq Soccer Team Wins Asia Cup 2007

iraq soccer winAnyone who thinks torture is a good way to motivate people should consider the Iraqi national soccer team. During Saddam Hussein’s reign, Saddam’s son Uday used torture as a motivational tool. Since Uday’s timely death, Iraq’s soccer team has done better than ever.
First it placed fourth in the Olympics, higher than it had ever placed before.
Today it has won the Asian Cup, beating Saudi Arabia, a three-time Asian Cup winner.

Iraqis welcomed the victory as a chance to show the world they can come together and expressed frustration that their politicians couldn’t do the same.

“Those heroes have shown the real Iraq. They have done something useful for the people as opposed to the politicians and lawmakers who are stealing or killing each other,” said Sabah Shaiyal, a 43-year-old policeman in Baghdad. “The players have made us proud, not the greedy politicians. Once again, our national team has shown that there is only one, united Iraq.”

Iraqi politicians were quick to try to take advantage of the win.

Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s office issued a statement congratulating the team and said each member would receive $10,000 for their achievements. The Shiite leader’s office said earlier that it had planned to send a Cabinet delegation to the game, but had problems getting overflight permissions from countries it would have to cross en route to Indonesia.

Iraq’s top Shiite cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, said celebratory gunfire was religiously prohibited to protect lives and spare people from being terrified, according to an official at his headquarters in the city of Najaf. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to release the information.

Incidentally, the Iraqi national soccer team is comprised of Sunni, Shi’a, and Kurdish individuals.

Congratulations, Iraqi soccer team. I’m so happy you won.


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