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CHIEF4EVER
08-03-2007, 04:56 PM
Many of those posting here have ZERO interest in a sport that I love as passionately as I do the Chiefs, but it has once again shown its power. For one day, Shia, Sunni and Kurd celebrated a team winning the Asian Cup....a team composed of Sunni, Shia and Kurds....the Iraqi National Team. This is a team with NO budget, NO training facilities and had no National team coach until a few months ago, a Brazilian. Winning the tournament was amazing enough but now they get an added prize. With this victory, they have qualified for the Confederations Cup in 2009; a tournament played by the winner of all the confederations in FIFA (UEFA, CONCACAF, CONMEBOL, ASIA, OCEANIA and AFRICA). For one day, football accomplished what 5 years of bloodshed couldn't....a national identity for the Iraqi people.

Taco John
08-03-2007, 04:58 PM
I think I like that sport where they kick around a goat's head a little better. Any word on how THAT team is doing? ;)

CHIEF4EVER
08-03-2007, 05:02 PM
I think I like that sport where they kick around a goat's head a little better. Any word on how THAT team is doing? ;)

I know that was TIC dudemar.

Did you know, however, that the captain of the team said he wanted us OUT? Methinks the Iraqis may want to 'get it together' so to speak but without our assistance. That is the vibe I am getting anyhow.

Adept Havelock
08-03-2007, 05:09 PM
Many of those posting here have ZERO interest in a sport that I love as passionately as I do the Chiefs, but it has once again shown its power. For one day, Shia, Sunni and Kurd celebrated a team winning the Asian Cup....a team composed of Sunni, Shia and Kurds....the Iraqi National Team. This is a team with NO budget, NO training facilities and had no National team coach until a few months ago, a Brazilian. Winning the tournament was amazing enough but now they get an added prize. With this victory, they have qualified for the Confederations Cup in 2009; a tournament played by the winner of all the confederations in FIFA (UEFA, CONCACAF, CONMEBOL, ASIA, OCEANIA and AFRICA). For one day, football accomplished what 5 years of bloodshed couldn't....a national identity for the Iraqi people.


That is very cool. Reminds me a little of the story of the "Unified" team in the first post USSR Olympics. Though these guys sure as hell overcame more obstacles than that group.

However, the "Power of football" will always be secondary to "The power of cheese".

Maybe that's what we need in Iraq. Pull out the combat troops, but send in the Cheddar if they behave, and Limburger if not. :)

BucEyedPea
08-03-2007, 05:26 PM
Did you know, however, that the captain of the team said he wanted us OUT?

Yeah I did. I read about that game and the captain.
Also, the team is too afraid to go home too.

HolmeZz
08-03-2007, 05:47 PM
And only 8 people died from the celebratory gun fire.

CHIEF4EVER
08-03-2007, 05:50 PM
And only 8 people died from the celebratory gun fire.

EIGHT people. Hell, they should have a parade. It is a stark reduction from the norm.

listopencil
08-03-2007, 05:52 PM
Uh...yeah...soccer still sucks.

CHIEF4EVER
08-03-2007, 05:58 PM
Uh...yeah...soccer still sucks.

....but only for the ignorant barbarians who don't understand the excitement and passion of The Beautiful Game. :p :moon:

Ultra Peanut
08-03-2007, 06:08 PM
I hate Mexicans now. Thanks, soccer!

Also, you neglect to mention the fact that the US, as Gold Cup (CONCACAF) Champions, may face Iraq in 2009.

HolmeZz
08-03-2007, 06:13 PM
Hell, they should have a parade.

Why? So they can have more casualties? ;)

CHIEF4EVER
08-03-2007, 06:34 PM
I hate Mexicans now. Thanks, soccer!

Also, you neglect to mention the fact that the US, as Gold Cup (CONCACAF) Champions, may face Iraq in 2009.
Yeah, I neglected to mention that. How ironic would that be, eh?

Thus far, The US , Brazil and Iraq have qualified. Now comes the winners of the African Cup of Nations, Euro 2008 and the Oceania champs to round out the field.

listopencil
08-03-2007, 06:35 PM
....but only for the ignorant barbarians who don't understand the excitement and passion of The Beautiful Game. :p :moon:

I'd watch Barbarian Soccer.

Fishpicker
08-03-2007, 06:47 PM
I hate Mexicans now. Thanks, soccer!


yeah right, Ultra-Luchadore

Taco John
08-03-2007, 07:00 PM
I'd watch Barbarian Soccer.


They call it "Rugby." And it's a great sport!

CHIEF4EVER
08-03-2007, 07:10 PM
They call it "Rugby." And it's a great sport!

I AGREE!!!!!!!! REP!!!!!!

The Rugby World Cup is coming up in a month or so. Good news is, the US qualified, bad news is, we are in the same group as England, South Africa and Samoa.

Logical
08-03-2007, 08:14 PM
C4E,

How did you come to love soccer?

CHIEF4EVER
08-03-2007, 08:28 PM
C4E,

How did you come to love soccer?
I have always loved it, played it in the Army, but my obsession with it began when I played in the German League in Berlin as a civilian. There was no turning back from there. I followed, of course, my favorite German team (Werder Bremen), and my favorite English team (Manchester United). Since then I have adopted Sevilla (La Liga or the Spanish League) and Lazio Rom (Serie A aka the Italian League....mainly because of Georgio Chinaglia of NY Cosmos fame and Thomas Doll who was the first East German player to make it big on the international stage).

Logical
08-03-2007, 08:49 PM
I have always loved it, played it in the Army, but my obsession with it began when I played in the German League in Berlin as a civilian. There was no turning back from there. I followed, of course, my favorite German team (Werder Bremen), and my favorite English team (Manchester United). Since then I have adopted Sevilla (La Liga or the Spanish League) and Lazio Rom (Serie A aka the Italian League....mainly because of Georgio Chinaglia of NY Cosmos fame and Thomas Doll who was the first East German player to make it big on the international stage).

Interesting, thanks

|Zach|
08-03-2007, 11:09 PM
Saw some of that Asia Cup

HolmeZz
08-03-2007, 11:18 PM
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Adept Havelock
08-04-2007, 11:17 AM
As an Manchester United fan you might find this interesting:

http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2007/08/02/sports/EU-SPT-SOC-Man-United-Boy-Prodigy.php

It seems they have recruited a 9-year old prodigy. That's some serious long-term planning and talent development.

StcChief
08-04-2007, 11:45 AM
Soccer = boring