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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: leadpenny
LOL!

This is a great learning opportunity. Having a son is a definite asset. I know

Is this your first adventure into broadband? You are gonna love it!

51 posted on 07/29/2007 8:53:58 AM PDT by don-o (Do the RIGHT thing. Become a monthly donor. End Freepathons forever)
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To: SirLinksalot

I wonder how long until the tin-foilers suggest that the US lobbied for Saudi Arabia to throw the match?


52 posted on 07/29/2007 8:55:12 AM PDT by dfwgator (The University of Florida - Still Championship U)
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To: don-o

Yeah, I’m thinking about getting a color tv, and I may even get rid of my Mayberry wall phone.


53 posted on 07/29/2007 8:57:14 AM PDT by leadpenny
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To: don-o
This is the header that sent shock waves throughout the worlds (free men succeed!)

Full article here... http://www.theage.com.au/news/soccer/iraq-wins-asian-cup/2007/07/30/1185647753032.html

54 posted on 07/29/2007 9:01:42 AM PDT by alligator (To be ignorant of one's ignorance is the malady of the ignorant.)
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To: alligator

Awesome!


55 posted on 07/29/2007 9:02:42 AM PDT by tiredoflaundry (The greatest danger to our sovereignty is the Congress of the United States.)
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To: alligator

nice


56 posted on 07/29/2007 9:03:21 AM PDT by don-o (Do the RIGHT thing. Become a monthly donor. End Freepathons forever)
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To: SolidWood

I wonder if the terrorists will now target the members of the team.


57 posted on 07/29/2007 9:03:39 AM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ("Don't touch that thing")
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To: alligator

Couldn’t be a cleaner shot. Nobody anywhere near him. Keeper faked himself out, guys on the posts didn’t react in time.


58 posted on 07/29/2007 9:04:30 AM PDT by ArmstedFragg
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To: alligator

It’s all George Bush’s fault.

If we had not invaded Iraq, the Iraqi national team would have been filled with men who knew what failure would lead to.

A visit to Uday’s torture chambers.


59 posted on 07/29/2007 9:05:54 AM PDT by usmcobra (I sing Karaoke the way it was meant to be sung, drunk, badly and in Japanese)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

I doubt there is anything more stupid the terrorists could do than attacking the national heroes.


60 posted on 07/29/2007 9:07:28 AM PDT by SolidWood (UN delenda est.)
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To: ArmstedFragg
"guys on the posts didn’t react in time."

Why are you blaming Freepers?

:-)

61 posted on 07/29/2007 9:11:22 AM PDT by Jakarta ex-pat
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To: alligator

Woohoo!!!


62 posted on 07/29/2007 9:14:00 AM PDT by Earthdweller (All reality is based on faith in something. (Fred/Newt '08))
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To: SolidWood

Well, they attack innocent grocery shoppers every day!


63 posted on 07/29/2007 9:14:15 AM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ("Don't touch that thing")
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To: ArmstedFragg
I posted this link earlier but worth putting it out there again. The link is to highlights of the Iraqis earlier matches. The team played very well and deserved their match vs Saudi in the finals. Watch the save by the Iraqi keeper in the PK shootout versus South Korea. He goes horizontal to reach the shot, which was well placed at the right post.

http://www.ing-ap.com/~afchladmin/AFC/AFCHighlights/IRQvKOR300.wmv

64 posted on 07/29/2007 9:14:48 AM PDT by alligator (To be ignorant of one's ignorance is the malady of the ignorant.)
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To: SolidWood
“I doubt there is anything more stupid the terrorists could do than attacking the national heroes.”

Its not about what Iraqis think, its about big headlines in the US. Yes they would kill national heroes just to have Katie Al Couric talk about how the evil Chimpy caused this tragedy.
Never imagined that a guerrilla war would be successful by using the tactic killing their own civilians.

65 posted on 07/29/2007 9:16:05 AM PDT by don'tbedenied
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To: elhombrelibre; jveritas
Also, apparently no one thought they could win but them. That sounds all to familiar to the all the expert analysis about Iraq.

EXCELLENT analogy.

We finally ventured out for chow since it had calmed down. Every Iraqi we saw on the camp was grinning from ear to ear.

Every American was doing the same. We were congratulating them and there was lots of hugging going on. This is a very happy town right now. A happy nation. :-)

66 posted on 07/29/2007 9:18:04 AM PDT by Allegra (19)
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To: ArmstedFragg
I should have tested the link... sorry. Go to the link below and click on the "Iraq vs South Korea" semifinal highlights.

http://www.afcasiancup.com/en/fanzone/hilights.asp

67 posted on 07/29/2007 9:19:04 AM PDT by alligator (To be ignorant of one's ignorance is the malady of the ignorant.)
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To: Allegra

Very good to know. Thanks Allegra.


68 posted on 07/29/2007 9:22:34 AM PDT by Earthdweller (All reality is based on faith in something. (Fred/Newt '08))
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To: do the dhue

Now that was funny.

Congrats Iraq.


69 posted on 07/29/2007 9:25:16 AM PDT by Scott from the Left Coast
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To: Allegra

Thank you for that report! And congrats to our Iraqi football friends. 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!!!


70 posted on 07/29/2007 9:26:47 AM PDT by romanesq
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To: romanesq; Allegra
Excellent idea...Please add me to the list.
71 posted on 07/29/2007 9:29:16 AM PDT by Earthdweller (All reality is based on faith in something. (Fred/Newt '08))
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To: alligator
Congrats to the Iraqis. Unifying wins such as this has lingering effects on communities and nations.


72 posted on 07/29/2007 9:29:21 AM PDT by Azzurri
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To: SueRae

Sue, you absolutely get it. Love of the world’s beautiful game is one part, and national pride in this case, entirely another.

Iraq just scored on both.

If you have any doubt, ask any of us Italian supporters. :)


73 posted on 07/29/2007 9:29:29 AM PDT by romanesq
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

“I wonder if the terrorists will now target the members of the team.”

I wonder if Americans will become convinced that we need to target the terrrorists. I am sick and tired of half-hearted approaches towards defeating these people. The only way to make an impression on these fanatics is to crush them at every turn.


74 posted on 07/29/2007 9:31:45 AM PDT by popdonnelly (Our first responsibility is to keep the power of the Presidency out of the hands of the Clintons.)
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To: romanesq
Iraq's Younis Khalef kisses the trophy after winning the Asia Cup


75 posted on 07/29/2007 9:33:17 AM PDT by Azzurri
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To: Azzurri

BTTT


76 posted on 07/29/2007 9:34:58 AM PDT by Earthdweller (All reality is based on faith in something. (Fred/Newt '08))
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To: popdonnelly

Just think. Only six years ago, the Taliban was executing women in burquas in soccer stadiums. Thanks to the bumper sticker WOT, they now win championships, instead.


77 posted on 07/29/2007 9:36:22 AM PDT by ClaireSolt (Have you have gotten mixed up in a mish-masher?)
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To: elhombrelibre

“You know, I bet Hollywood will make a movie about this touching story. //Sarcasm off.”

Starring George Clooney, with cameos by Robert Redford, Paul Newman, and Babs Streisand. About the time you see pigs flying by your window.


78 posted on 07/29/2007 9:36:33 AM PDT by popdonnelly (Our first responsibility is to keep the power of the Presidency out of the hands of the Clintons.)
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To: usmcobra

You beat me to it, few remember Uday’s torture of Iraqi soccer players after past World Cup or Asian Cup failures. I was just reviewing some of the news articles, his pastimes included urinating on them and whipping them, and then dunking them in raw sewage to insure their wounds would become infected.

Undoubtedly, they played much better without the stress of worrying what their fate would be if they lost.


79 posted on 07/29/2007 9:41:30 AM PDT by pineybill (`)
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To: Azzurri

Beautiful photo with the Cup. If it gets me choked up, I can’t imagine what it’s doing to the Iraqis.

God Blessed Iraq today. Beautiful day.


80 posted on 07/29/2007 9:47:59 AM PDT by romanesq
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To: alligator; politicallyincarrect; /\XABN584; 3D-JOY; 5Madman; <1/1,000,000th%; 11B3; 1Peter2:16; ...
GREETINGS FROM Baghdad!! Happy to report that I survived all the celebratory fire going on outside for the past couple of hours !! I have some poor quality video that I took of a small group of Iraqi's walking about the FOB in a victory celebration march ! Way to go IRAQ !! video is uploading to youtube right now VERY slow internet connection.. will post url when I get it..

David

81 posted on 07/29/2007 9:52:34 AM PDT by davidosborne (http://DuncanHunter.meetup.com/1 - GrassRoots Organizations to elect Duncan Hunter)
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To: pineybill
his pastimes included urinating on them and whipping them, and then dunking them in raw sewage to insure their wounds would become infected.

Soccer defeat would lead to mandatory sole beating with an iron rod while hung upside down. The bones would splinter into pieces, paralyzing them for life.

82 posted on 07/29/2007 9:55:50 AM PDT by HarmlessLovableFuzzball
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To: davidosborne

Detroit has had worse “celebrations” than the one in Baghdad.


83 posted on 07/29/2007 9:57:18 AM PDT by dfwgator (The University of Florida - Still Championship U)
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To: davidosborne

BTTT


84 posted on 07/29/2007 10:00:30 AM PDT by E.G.C.
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To: E.G.C.

The highlights of the final are up now.

http://www.afcasiancup.com/en/fanzone/hilights.asp


85 posted on 07/29/2007 10:04:24 AM PDT by JLS
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To: dfwgator
Detroit has had worse “celebrations” than the one in Baghdad.

One idiot atop a burning police car in 1984. Detroit has had many peaceful championship celebrations since then (Red Wings, Pistons, Tigers). Detroit has many, many problems, but celebrating championships with violence is one bad rap that is just not true.

86 posted on 07/29/2007 10:05:00 AM PDT by Azzurri
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To: alligator
“but could not find a way past the Iraqis, who had the best defense in the competition,”

Backed by the US troops?

P.S. Expect more bombings.

87 posted on 07/29/2007 10:08:40 AM PDT by tubasonum (proud to be naturalized American)
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To: davidosborne

stay safe, please, thanks for the ping.


88 posted on 07/29/2007 10:08:43 AM PDT by HonestConservative ((drive the fight to the right [Duncan Hunter] , and do so with pride!))
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To: Allegra

I admit, I was kinda rooting for the Saudis because Iraqi soccer triumps = lots of dead innocent civilians. But it truly has been peaceful. My buddy’s trailer took a round, but he’s fine. Much, much better than last week.


89 posted on 07/29/2007 10:14:44 AM PDT by BroncosFan ("Now we grieve, 'cause now it's gone / But things were good when we were young.")
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To: JRios1968

titter


90 posted on 07/29/2007 10:17:53 AM PDT by EveningStar
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To: BroncosFan

Wrong move on two counts. Never root against the human spirit. And in this case, never root for the Saudis, victory to them will just make cash move faster to the Wahabists in terror operations in Iraq, and elsewhere. Not to mention the control over mosques in the U.S.

So stay with us and enjoy victory.

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


91 posted on 07/29/2007 10:28:24 AM PDT by romanesq
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To: davidosborne

Thanks!


92 posted on 07/29/2007 10:31:31 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: popdonnelly

Yeah, good one.


93 posted on 07/29/2007 10:43:56 AM PDT by elhombrelibre (Democrats have plenty of patience for anti-American dictators but none for Iraqi democrats.)
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To: romanesq
Dearborn streets fill with Iraqi soccer fans

(excerpt)

Jonnelle Marte / The Detroit News

DEARBORN -- There's partying in the streets of Dearborn today, as joyful Iraqi-Americans, who've not had much to cheer in recent years, celebrate Iraq's first Asian Cup soccer championship.

People waving Iraqi flags poured onto Warren Avenue -- the main street of Dearborn's Arab community -- on bikes, on foot, and in cars. Underdog Iraq defeated Saudi Arabia to clinch its first Asian Cup soccer championship today.

"We've had so little to celebrate for the past four or five years that something like this is great," said 19-year-old Murtatha Zalzala.

"This is more of a political victory, not just a game," added his mother, Najwa Aljawad, a professor of Arabic studies at the University of Michigan-Dearborn.

"It shows that Iraqis are stubborn, very persistent and that they are alive."

94 posted on 07/29/2007 10:45:11 AM PDT by Azzurri
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To: Allegra

Winning hearts and minds is a story that can’t be ignored. Even the MSM will have to acknowledge this and more! Had to check here, or FRNW, to make sure it was true!


95 posted on 07/29/2007 10:46:01 AM PDT by Issaquahking (Duncan Hunter for president!)
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To: Azzurri
"We've had so little to celebrate for the past four or five years that something like this is great," said 19-year-old Murtatha Zalzala.

So toppling Saddam wasn't something to celebrate?

96 posted on 07/29/2007 10:46:25 AM PDT by dfwgator (The University of Florida - Still Championship U)
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To: JennieOsborne; politicallyincarrect; /\XABN584; 3D-JOY; 5Madman; <1/1,000,000th%; 11B3; ...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T4GDQBdsvRI

Finally finished upload ENJOY


97 posted on 07/29/2007 10:46:30 AM PDT by davidosborne (http://DuncanHunter.meetup.com/1 - GrassRoots Organizations to elect Duncan Hunter)
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To: Allegra

WOW!!! I am so glad that they won :)


98 posted on 07/29/2007 10:47:30 AM PDT by jveritas (God bless our brave troops and President Bush.)
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To: Allegra

Great!!!


99 posted on 07/29/2007 10:51:09 AM PDT by elhombrelibre (Democrats have plenty of patience for anti-American dictators but none for Iraqi democrats.)
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To: davidosborne

BTTT


100 posted on 07/29/2007 10:58:41 AM PDT by E.G.C.
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