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 ...
looks like the iraqis are meeting their goooooooooooooooooooooooooals!
Agree; Iraqis of all ethnicities will be celebrating today.
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!!
I’m not a soccer fan but this is great.
WOW! Love them winning..and REALLY love them beating this particular foe! This is SUCH a great win...on SO many levels:)
By far the most common score in soccer.
Nope...the "honor" belongs to 0-0.
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.
bet the Demorats will find something to say negative about this Wonderful Victory!
Congrats to Iraq!
Football (soccer), the REAL world series.
What kind of person wouldn’t be moved by a win that symbolizes the possibility of a new and improved Iraq. Oh right: Democrats.
Interesting bit about it... it was a game between two Brazilian-coached teams.
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
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.
Good news, indeed! Although not a soccer fan as it is more akin to being “riverdance with a ball.”
Soccer fans with full bladders can sometimes be seen praying for an injury.
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.
Fox News just did a very moving report on the Iraqi win.
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.
Uday the Minuteman - Michael Moore.
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!
Within a week, every Saudi is going to believe that the CIA engineered the win to denigrate them.
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
“looks like the iraqis are meeting their goooooooooooooooooooooooooals!”
“Iraqi Makes Their Goals” Will be tomorrow’s NY TImes, LA Times and WAPO headline.....
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.
One Harry Reid image coming right up.
You know, I bet Hollywood will make a movie about this touching story. //Sarcasm off.
I can see why.
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.
Good! Then nobody can take it away from the Iraqi people.
They’ve got a great team giving up only 2 goals in six matches.
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.”
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.
Watch out for yourself.
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.
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 :
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.”
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