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Finally, something good to say about soccer..

by EdH / July 31, 2007 2:26 AM PDT
At about 6:30 p.m. here, the Iraqi national soccer team won the Asian Cup in its first finals appearance, beating three-time champion Saudi Arabia by a score of 1-0 in overtime.


At a time when sectarian tensions between Shiites and Sunnis have worsened in the Iraqi government and on the streets, the soccer team, known as the Lions of the Two Rivers, has been credited with helping unite Iraqis. Its leaders include Sunni and Shiite Muslims who work well together and often talk about overcoming sectarianism.

In Baghdad, where drivers are under curfew until Monday morning, revelers took to the streets on foot after the game, throwing candy, shooting fireworks, ululating and hoisting Iraqi flags in triumph. Iraqi soldiers waved from passing humvees.

Maybe the politicians can learn a thing or two from the team.

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"Cultural exchanges"
by Angeline Booher / July 31, 2007 2:37 AM PDT

Though a few USSR athletes defected when the cultural exchanges included sports. I think it did break down some barriers. Olga Korbut (?sp) put a whole new face on female USSR athletes at the time.

The Iraqi team worked toward a common goal. and I agree with you their government could take a lesson from them.

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(NT) bad link, requires registration
by jonah jones / July 31, 2007 3:03 AM PDT
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It does?
by EdH / July 31, 2007 3:17 AM PDT

I don't remember ever registering for that site and it doesn't show on my Password Manager list. I don't see a login notice on the site either.

Someone else?

Anyway, the story about the Iraqi soccer team is on most news sites.

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(NT) Yup, asked me for log in... good story though!
by grimgraphix / July 31, 2007 3:32 AM PDT
In reply to: It does?
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I am told this will get you in...
by EdH / July 31, 2007 3:46 AM PDT

SEMods4@yahoo.com (or just SEMods4 if it's just an ID) with the PW = speakeasy.

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I believe this happened a couple of days ago
by Steven Haninger / July 31, 2007 3:46 AM PDT

The breaking news headline was about a number of revelers dying by errant celebratory gunfire which was in violation of some rule. We've seen in the news that these people have a way of celebrating that wouldn't go well in the US. That the Iraqi victory brought some relief in the tensions between Sunni and Shiite people wasn't worthy of note to that media outlet. The accidental deaths took priority. Anyone surprised? Not me.

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RE: Soccer
by Dan McC / July 31, 2007 6:42 AM PDT

"Mass genocide is the most exhausting activity one can engage in, next to soccer." - Loki, Dogma.

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