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Iraq 1 Saudi 0, ASIAN CUP FINALS
Reuters ^ | July 29, 2007 | Reuters

Posted on 07/29/2007 7:59:05 AM PDT by alligator

AKARTA (Reuters) - Iraq defied seemingly impossible odds to beat Saudi Arabia 1-0 in the Asian Cup final on Sunday, providing a fairytale ending to the tournament and a rare moment of celebration in their war-torn homeland.

Iraqi captain Younis Mahmoud scored the winner in the 71st minute when he climbed above the defence at the far post and headed a perfectly-weighted corner from Hawar Mulla Mohammed into the net.

Saudi Arabia had been bidding to become the first country to win the Asian Cup four times but were outplayed by an Iraqi team riding high on a wave of national support.

Iraq's unexpected victory not only captured the imagination of the sporting world but helped unify a country ravaged by war and ripped apart by sectarian violence.

(Excerpt) Read more at uk.reuters.com ...


TOPICS: Sports
KEYWORDS: asiancup; iraq; iraqiathletes; saudiarabia; soccer; spartansixdelta
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To: elhombrelibre
Also, apparently no one thought they could win but them. That sounds all to familiar to the all the expert analysis about Iraq.

Excellent post.

101 posted on 07/29/2007 11:00:01 AM PDT by jveritas (God bless our brave troops and President Bush.)
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To: romanesq; Earthdweller
Please extend our best and hearty congratulations.

Can you please do that for us? There are many of us here in the states that love the game and we want them to know how happy we are for them!!!

Of course I will! I will be seeing all of our Iraqi counterparts tomorrow and we will pass on the messages from the U.S. without a doubt.

They love to hear that - they actually get choked up. I told some of our interpreters today a couple of hours before the game that the people of the USA back home were strongly supporting them. They were very touched by that.

The e-mails I have received from home are overwhelming - all wanting me to pass on their congratulations. I only recieved one snide comment oh, so slyly directed at me on another forum...she felt the need to express how booored she was with all of it. I won't tell the Iraqis about her. LOL

It will be my distinct pleasure to pass on all of the good wishes from patriotic Americans. :-)

102 posted on 07/29/2007 11:02:18 AM PDT by Allegra (19)
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To: Allegra

Thank you Allegra. Thank you very much!!

Heard around the globe:

“This is not just about football... this is more important than that,” Iraq’s Brazilian coach Jorvan Vieira.


103 posted on 07/29/2007 11:16:44 AM PDT by romanesq
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To: davidosborne

Excellent David. Good bless you and all our brave troops.


104 posted on 07/29/2007 11:34:15 AM PDT by jveritas (God bless our brave troops and President Bush.)
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To: davidosborne
Thanks for taking the time to capture and post the video, DO! - Now...the Iraqis can see themselves as Winners!!!

Only good can come from their being united about something and feeling confident from a big win!

105 posted on 07/29/2007 11:43:10 AM PDT by NordP (HUNTER: "The real question for Mexico--Why are your people crossing burning deserts to get away?")
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To: jveritas

Thank you.. it’s my honor and privilege to serve here.


106 posted on 07/29/2007 11:45:11 AM PDT by davidosborne (http://DuncanHunter.meetup.com/1 - GrassRoots Organizations to elect Duncan Hunter)
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To: davidosborne

Because of you and the other brave troops we know that we will keep our freedom and our way of life.


107 posted on 07/29/2007 11:48:37 AM PDT by jveritas (God bless our brave troops and President Bush.)
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To: jveritas

Thanks, but I should have written “too” and not “to.” I was without an editor at the time. ;-) I sure hope the Iraqis can build on the momentum of team work that this soccer game could inspire.


108 posted on 07/29/2007 11:52:30 AM PDT by elhombrelibre (Democrats have plenty of patience for anti-American dictators but none for Iraqi democrats.)
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To: elhombrelibre
I make more typing and spelling errors than most people :) but the important thing is the content of the writing.
109 posted on 07/29/2007 11:59:08 AM PDT by jveritas (God bless our brave troops and President Bush.)
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To: jveritas

True. If you ever read any of the original writings of the American founding father’s many of them were poor spellers, and American English had not taken on authoritative spellings. Still, when the same writer spells something several ways it is questionable how well he spells. But you’re right. More important than the spelling is the logic or the factual accuracy.


110 posted on 07/29/2007 12:06:15 PM PDT by elhombrelibre (Democrats have plenty of patience for anti-American dictators but none for Iraqi democrats.)
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To: jveritas
I make more typing and spelling errors than most people :) but the important thing is the content of the writing.

It deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer is in the rghit pclae.

The rset can be a toatl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a porbelm.

Tihs is bcuseae we do not raed ervey lteter by it slef but the wrod as a wlohe.

111 posted on 07/29/2007 12:12:37 PM PDT by FreeReign
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To: FreeReign

LOL.... good one :)


112 posted on 07/29/2007 12:20:02 PM PDT by jveritas (God bless our brave troops and President Bush.)
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To: jveritas

Wroks for me. :)


113 posted on 07/29/2007 12:35:52 PM PDT by FreeReign
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To: Allegra
Evil tried to mount an attack....but was stopped.

Police shot a man attempting to drive a car bomb into a jubilant crowd in the south Baghdad neighborhood of Sadiya about 7:10 p.m., killing him and causing the car to explode without injuring anyone, police said. Earlier in the day, Baghdad police said, they stopped two Saudi Arabian nationals attempting to detonate cars packed with explosives in the eastern neighborhood of Zayuna

114 posted on 07/29/2007 1:22:08 PM PDT by Dog ("Nothing important happened today." - from the diary of Englandís King George III, July 4, 1776)
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To: Dog
Wow...I didn't even know about all of that.

Well done, Iraqi Police! Lots of innocent lives saved today.

This has indeed been a good day for Baghdad.

A few more good days like this for them and we can get this thing wrapped up.

:-D

115 posted on 07/29/2007 2:07:33 PM PDT by Allegra (19)
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To: jveritas
I make more typing and spelling errors than most people :)

Hey, don't you try to challenge my Typo Championship, you hear? ;-)

116 posted on 07/29/2007 2:09:24 PM PDT by Allegra (19)
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To: Allegra

I will not dare to do so :)


117 posted on 07/29/2007 2:11:16 PM PDT by jveritas (God bless our brave troops and President Bush.)
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To: Dog; jveritas; elhombrelibre
Police shot a man attempting to drive a car bomb into a jubilant crowd in the south Baghdad neighborhood of Sadiya about 7:10 p.m., killing him and causing the car to explode without injuring anyone, police said. Earlier in the day, Baghdad police said, they stopped two Saudi Arabian nationals attempting to detonate cars packed with explosives in the eastern neighborhood of Zayuna

Sore losers. {snicker!}

118 posted on 07/29/2007 2:22:56 PM PDT by Allegra (19)
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To: Allegra

I was afraid that might happen, but the police did a fine job. This too should inspire Iraqis to realize how important it is that they stick together.


119 posted on 07/29/2007 2:24:45 PM PDT by elhombrelibre (Democrats have plenty of patience for anti-American dictators but none for Iraqi democrats.)
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To: Azzurri


120 posted on 07/29/2007 2:32:19 PM PDT by hardback (l)
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To: alligator; Admin Moderator; Sidebar Moderator

Congratulations to Free Iraq!

IMHO this should be in Breaking News.


121 posted on 07/29/2007 3:58:00 PM PDT by Momaw Nadon ("...with the ultimate goal of ending tyranny in our world.")
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To: dfwgator
I wonder how long until the tin-foilers suggest that the US lobbied for Saudi Arabia to throw the match?

Here's the ABC News Radio report ( 770 AM in New York ).

After reporting on Iraq's Asian Cup victory, they added this :

"The Captain of Iraq's team urged the United States to leave Iraq soon."

Are you surprised they had to add this tidbit ? I'm not.
122 posted on 07/29/2007 4:36:06 PM PDT by SirLinksalot
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To: davidosborne

Outstanding!!! I can’t wait to see it. Ihope all Iraqis are happily sharing in this accomplishment. Please extend my heartfelt congratulations. And a big thank you to you and any coalition troops and support personnel there. You have played a part in enabling the Iraqis reach the goal of a lifetime. Anything is possible now. :-)


123 posted on 07/29/2007 6:02:54 PM PDT by SueRae
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To: SirLinksalot
"The Captain of Iraq's team urged the United States to leave Iraq soon."

If the Iraqi people get their act together, then we will.

124 posted on 07/29/2007 7:02:29 PM PDT by dfwgator (The University of Florida - Still Championship U)
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To: SirLinksalot
Not much coverage of this event on this morning. Been watching Fox News, no mention of it at all.

Soccer is not that big of a sport in the US and the MSM probably doesn't get the significance of the Asian Cup victory. Soccer is politics in most of the world. The rise of Iraq's soccer team (they did very well in the last olympics also) can only be attributed to our freeing their country, and many Iraqis realize this. In the coming years, this will likely be looked upon as a turning event. Cheers.

125 posted on 07/30/2007 4:53:50 AM PDT by alligator (To be ignorant of one's ignorance is the malady of the ignorant.)
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To: romanesq

You are right. They just need to exercise some impulse control with their AKs.


126 posted on 07/30/2007 9:42:46 AM PDT by BroncosFan ("Now we grieve, 'cause now it's gone / But things were good when we were young.")
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