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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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Woohoo... gotta love this story. As someone put it in an earlier post... this is a 'purple finger' kind of day.
1 posted on 07/29/2007 7:59:07 AM PDT by alligator
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To: alligator

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1873259/posts


2 posted on 07/29/2007 8:01:34 AM PDT by RightWhale (It's Brecht's donkey, not mine)
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To: alligator

looks like the iraqis are meeting their goooooooooooooooooooooooooals!


3 posted on 07/29/2007 8:03:54 AM PDT by ari-freedom (An expert is a person who avoids the small errors while sweeping on to the grand fallacy.)
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To: alligator

Agree; Iraqis of all ethnicities will be celebrating today.


4 posted on 07/29/2007 8:04:07 AM PDT by indcons
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To: alligator
Baghdad is delirious. Ecstatic.

And after that inital volley, they've pretty much stopped firing rounds into the air.

The singing and the dancing in the streets is just getting started.

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR IRAQI FRIENDS!!

5 posted on 07/29/2007 8:04:16 AM PDT by Allegra (19)
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To: alligator

I’m not a soccer fan but this is great.


6 posted on 07/29/2007 8:05:17 AM PDT by tobyhill (The media lies so much the truth is the exception)
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To: alligator

Congratulations, Iraq!


7 posted on 07/29/2007 8:05:23 AM PDT by Reader of news
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To: Allegra

WOW! Love them winning..and REALLY love them beating this particular foe! This is SUCH a great win...on SO many levels:)

Congratulations, IRAQ!!!


8 posted on 07/29/2007 8:07:42 AM PDT by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet -Fred'08)
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To: alligator

1-0.

By far the most common score in soccer.


9 posted on 07/29/2007 8:07:52 AM PDT by Brakeman (America can do nothing for the Muslim world)
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To: alligator
The Iraqis played very good soccer to get into the finals. The below link has highlights from their earlier matches. It can be emotional to watch their inspired play if you know anything at all about the sport and what it means to the politics of the region

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

10 posted on 07/29/2007 8:08:15 AM PDT by alligator (To be ignorant of one's ignorance is the malady of the ignorant.)
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To: ari-freedom

Good one.


11 posted on 07/29/2007 8:08:31 AM PDT by leadpenny
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To: alligator

BUMP!


12 posted on 07/29/2007 8:11:37 AM PDT by freema
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To: Brakeman
1-0. By far the most common score in soccer.

Nope...the "honor" belongs to 0-0.

13 posted on 07/29/2007 8:13:41 AM PDT by JRios1968 (Faith is not believing that God can. It is knowing that God will. - Ben Stein)
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To: Allegra; jveritas

Soccer in soccer loving nations is such a big deal, and the fact that the players come from all communities will serve as a perfect metaphor for what they can do if they work together. Also, apparently no one thought they could win but them. That sounds all to familiar to the all the expert analysis about Iraq.


14 posted on 07/29/2007 8:14:02 AM PDT by elhombrelibre (Democrats have plenty of patience for anti-American dictators but none for Iraqi democrats.)
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To: alligator

bet the Demorats will find something to say negative about this Wonderful Victory!


15 posted on 07/29/2007 8:15:10 AM PDT by True Republican Patriot (God Bless America and The Republicans)
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Excellent.

Congrats to Iraq!

Football (soccer), the REAL world series.

16 posted on 07/29/2007 8:17:38 AM PDT by Jakarta ex-pat
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To: SE Mom

What kind of person wouldn’t be moved by a win that symbolizes the possibility of a new and improved Iraq. Oh right: Democrats.


17 posted on 07/29/2007 8:17:44 AM PDT by Callahan
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To: Callahan
Congrats Iraq. Now lets see if you can put the same effort into securing your country.
18 posted on 07/29/2007 8:19:17 AM PDT by Long Island Pete
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To: alligator

BTT


19 posted on 07/29/2007 8:19:49 AM PDT by Scarchin (+)
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To: alligator
Suck on that, Uday, ya bastard!
20 posted on 07/29/2007 8:20:29 AM PDT by davidlachnicht ("IF WE'RE ALL TO BE TARGETS, THEN WE ALL MUST BE SOLDIERS.")
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To: alligator

Interesting bit about it... it was a game between two Brazilian-coached teams.


21 posted on 07/29/2007 8:20:58 AM PDT by ArmstedFragg
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To: alligator

A well-deserved congratulations to team Iraq...and a big thank you! to all in the coalistion, without whom, this team never would have had this opportunity.

This story made my whole day


22 posted on 07/29/2007 8:21:30 AM PDT by SueRae
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To: alligator
I am not a soccer fan at all. Aint no dang commercials. Mans gotta have a chance to get a beer and take care of business. Baseball, we have time, Football, we have time. NASACAR, you take your chances, but you have time, we are going in a circle for 500 miles. Golf, I don't watch, but a fellow could go check the food on the grill and not miss anything.

Besides, I get tired watching them run around like that. I ran in the Army. I did so much running I never have to run again to stay in shape. I am still burning calories. I can't watch people run around on a soccer field for that amount of time. Makes me burn calories faster.

Anyway, even with my bad opinion of Soccer, I still am very happy for the Iraqi's. It was very close game and must have been a fun one to watch.

23 posted on 07/29/2007 8:21:53 AM PDT by do the dhue (Don't let Jihad Jane do what Hanoi Jane did!!!! SET 15, 07 Gathering of EAGLES DC)
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To: alligator

Good news, indeed! Although not a soccer fan as it is more akin to being “riverdance with a ball.”


24 posted on 07/29/2007 8:22:48 AM PDT by newfreep ("Liberalism is just Communism sold by the drink." - P.J. O'Rourke)
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To: do the dhue
Baseball, we have time, Football, we have time.

Soccer fans with full bladders can sometimes be seen praying for an injury.

25 posted on 07/29/2007 8:24:23 AM PDT by ArmstedFragg
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To: alligator
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.

Oh total BS....if Iraq was in the shape just stated we'd not be seeing a win like this. By the mire fact Iraq won tells the truth about Iraq. IT JUST AIN'T AS BAD AS THE MSM CONTINUES TO REPORT. THE PROOF OF THE WIN TELLS THE WORLD...IRAQ IS GETTING THERE VERY FAST.

26 posted on 07/29/2007 8:24:24 AM PDT by shield (A wise man's heart is at his RIGHT hand;but a fool's heart at his LEFT. Ecc 10:2)
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To: Callahan; Allegra; All

Fox News just did a very moving report on the Iraqi win.


27 posted on 07/29/2007 8:24:24 AM PDT by elhombrelibre (Democrats have plenty of patience for anti-American dictators but none for Iraqi democrats.)
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To: Allegra

I hope you had a front row seat. I’m crying just thinking about it all and how much it must mean to the Irqui people...but you’ve been there for a very long time, through every up and low moment. This must be particularly gratifying (and emotional) for you. A special thank you, without all you are doing there, this team may never have seen a field.


28 posted on 07/29/2007 8:24:50 AM PDT by SueRae
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To: davidlachnicht

Uday the Minuteman - Michael Moore.


29 posted on 07/29/2007 8:28:01 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: do the dhue
It was very close game and must have been a fun one to watch.

Best part of it is that it was a clean score. No bogus penalty shot, no shootout, no ungiven off-sides, just a beautifully taken corner met by a clean header. Just perfect!

30 posted on 07/29/2007 8:28:41 AM PDT by ArmstedFragg
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To: indcons
Agree; Iraqis of all ethnicities will be celebrating today.

A word of caution -- watch out for the spoilers who plant bombs !

If you see something, say something.


31 posted on 07/29/2007 8:29:30 AM PDT by SirLinksalot
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To: alligator

Within a week, every Saudi is going to believe that the CIA engineered the win to denigrate them.


32 posted on 07/29/2007 8:29:43 AM PDT by montomike (If you didn't find this funny or amusing...have a worldwide riot.)
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To: alligator

WOOOOHOOOO!


33 posted on 07/29/2007 8:31:24 AM PDT by PGalt
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To: leadpenny
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Iraq's captain Younis Mahmoud celebrates after scoring against Saudi Arabia during their final match at the 2007 AFC Asian Cup soccer tournament at the Gelora Bung Karno stadium in Jakarta July 29, 2007. REUTERS/Kim

34 posted on 07/29/2007 8:32:52 AM PDT by don-o (Do the RIGHT thing. Become a monthly donor. End Freepathons forever)
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To: ari-freedom

“looks like the iraqis are meeting their goooooooooooooooooooooooooals!”

“Iraqi Makes Their Goals” Will be tomorrow’s NY TImes, LA Times and WAPO headline.....

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA................Thud


35 posted on 07/29/2007 8:33:02 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (The Democrat Party: "Everyone is equal, but some are more equal then others.")
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To: montomike

I will be a significant victory on our end if the celebration in Iraq proceeds without any incidents. But can we guarantee that ?

The previous street-wide celebrations on entering the semi-finals a few days ago ended up with 50 dead.

Just keeping it real folks.


36 posted on 07/29/2007 8:33:03 AM PDT by SirLinksalot
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To: Callahan
What kind of person wouldn’t be moved by a win that symbolizes the possibility of a new and improved Iraq. Oh right: Democrats.

One Harry Reid image coming right up.


37 posted on 07/29/2007 8:33:25 AM PDT by FreeReign
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To: SueRae

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


38 posted on 07/29/2007 8:33:27 AM PDT by elhombrelibre (Democrats have plenty of patience for anti-American dictators but none for Iraqi democrats.)
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To: AGreatPer

ping


39 posted on 07/29/2007 8:33:44 AM PDT by don-o (Do the RIGHT thing. Become a monthly donor. End Freepathons forever)
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To: ArmstedFragg
Soccer fans with full bladders can sometimes be seen praying for an injury. LOL

I can see why.

40 posted on 07/29/2007 8:35:33 AM PDT by do the dhue (Don't let Jihad Jane do what Hanoi Jane did!!!! SET 15, 07 Gathering of EAGLES DC)
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To: SirLinksalot

The terrorists try to bring down security and morale in Iraq all the time. If those cowards kill again civilians during celebrations, it won’t be a victory for them.
Victory today belongs to the Iraqis, and I don’t think the psychopath cowards will be able to bring down the mood.


41 posted on 07/29/2007 8:36:22 AM PDT by SolidWood (UN delenda est.)
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To: jan in Colorado

ping


42 posted on 07/29/2007 8:37:11 AM PDT by Gondring (I'll give up my right to die when hell freezes over my dead body!)
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To: ArmstedFragg
Just perfect!

Good! Then nobody can take it away from the Iraqi people.

43 posted on 07/29/2007 8:37:59 AM PDT by do the dhue (Don't let Jihad Jane do what Hanoi Jane did!!!! SET 15, 07 Gathering of EAGLES DC)
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To: alligator

They’ve got a great team giving up only 2 goals in six matches.


44 posted on 07/29/2007 8:40:44 AM PDT by Atlantian
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To: alligator

This paragraph is one that can be made into a great Hollywood film ...

If they can make an inspirational story of baseball, basketball and even ice hockey, they surely can make
an inspirational story out of this event. Just imagine
the back story behind it... a rich morass of emotions
that can be fully tapped for a great movie...

From the Reuters story :


“Iraq were forced to train and play their qualifiers in neutral countries and their coach, Brazilian coach Jorvan Vieira, who said he planned to quit after the match, only had two months to mould a team that included Shi’ite, Sunni and Kurdish players.

None of the Iraqi players have been untouched by the war and although they have tried to mask their grief, there were constant reminders of the sectarian violence at home.

At least three players in the squad have lost relatives in the past two months and all the players wore black armbands during the final in memory of the 50 people killed by suicide bombers after Wednesday’s semi-final win over South Korea.”


45 posted on 07/29/2007 8:42:44 AM PDT by SirLinksalot
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To: SolidWood

If terrorists decide to attack anyone celebrating it will be their worst strategic mistake in the whole war on terror. It would unite the whole country against them in a way few events could.


46 posted on 07/29/2007 8:44:11 AM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: jan in Colorado; All
Maybe my brother's team showed them a thing or two... ;-)


47 posted on 07/29/2007 8:45:13 AM PDT by Gondring (I'll give up my right to die when hell freezes over my dead body!)
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To: Allegra
Well met!

Watch out for yourself.

48 posted on 07/29/2007 8:45:14 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: don-o

Show off! ;)

Thanks for reminding me of my inadequacies. My son is here now and we’re going to hook up my new DSL and get this picture thingy straightened out.

BTW, if the Iraqis can’t unite behind a winning soccer team, there is no hope. They should start acting like the Europeans and use soccer as a metaphor for war.


49 posted on 07/29/2007 8:50:23 AM PDT by leadpenny
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To: alligator

More lobbying for a conservative film-maker to a make this movie....

The “formation” of the team alone would make it worth the first quarter of the movie...everybody loves an underdog team... this team wasn’t even supposed to make it with its ragtag composition... just think of the possibilities...

FROM THE JERUSALEM POST :


“Iraq provided an inspiring moment in sports by winning the 2007 Asian Cup with a 1-0 victory over Saudi Arabia in Sunday’s final, a beacon of hope for a nation divided by war.

A squad drawn together in ad-hoc circumstances from all parts of the Gulf, and with its players straddling the bitter and violent ethnic divides, somehow conjured an extraordinary triumph over the odds.

And it was no lucky win. Iraq dominated the final against a heavily favored Saudi Arabia, a three-time Asian Cup champion.”


50 posted on 07/29/2007 8:53:20 AM PDT by SirLinksalot
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