Skip to comments.Iraq 1 Saudi 0, ASIAN CUP FINALS
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 ...
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I wonder how long until the tin-foilers suggest that the US lobbied for Saudi Arabia to throw the match?
Yeah, I’m thinking about getting a color tv, and I may even get rid of my Mayberry wall phone.
Full article here... http://www.theage.com.au/news/soccer/iraq-wins-asian-cup/2007/07/30/1185647753032.html
I wonder if the terrorists will now target the members of the team.
Couldn’t be a cleaner shot. Nobody anywhere near him. Keeper faked himself out, guys on the posts didn’t react in time.
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.
I doubt there is anything more stupid the terrorists could do than attacking the national heroes.
Why are you blaming Freepers?
Well, they attack innocent grocery shoppers every day!
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.
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. :-)
Very good to know. Thanks Allegra.
Now that was funny.
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!!!
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. :)
“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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
Detroit has had worse “celebrations” than the one in Baghdad.
The highlights of the final are up now.
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.
Backed by the US troops?
P.S. Expect more bombings.
stay safe, please, thanks for the ping.
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.
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, Iraqs Brazilian coach
Yeah, good one.
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."
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!
So toppling Saddam wasn't something to celebrate?
Finally finished upload ENJOY
WOW!!! I am so glad that they won :)
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