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Syria footballers take refuge in Iraq as tables turn

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Baghdad (AFP) – A decade ago, Iraqi footballers used to take refuge in neighbouring Syria to pursue their career but the tables have turned in the tumultuous world of Middle East conflicts.

Nadim Sabagh remembers the Iraqis who played at Tishrin, his club in the northern metropolis of Aleppo that was to turn into a hotspot in Syria’s devastating conflict.

International football returning to Iraq

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Baghdad (AFP) – After a years-long absence predominantly due to security concerns, international football will return to Iraq when the country hosts a second-round match of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Cup.

Defending Cup champions Air Force Club and Al-Zawraa - both Iraqi teams - will face off at Franso Hariri Stadium in the autonomous Kurdish region’s capital Arbil on Monday night for the first international match to be held in the country since 2013.

Iraq beat Palestine in poignant home game

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Iraq beat Palestine 4 - 0 in the first game they were able to play at home after 6 long years of relentless strife.Iraq last played a home game on 22 July 2002, when they beat Syria 2-1 in Baghdad.In a symbolic celebration of this return of the game from exile,scores of white doves were released shortly before the kick off.

Bora Milutinovic Officially Takes Over As Iraqi Head Coach

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Bora Milutinovic has officially signed the contract making him the new head coach of the Iraq National Soccer team. The signing ceremony was held in Baghdad despite recent violent spurts in the region.

Milutinovic assured the team that he was not intimidated by the current situation in Iraq and was eager to get started with the team.

Photo: Incentives Work

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Win a tournament you usually get a trophy. Not in Iraq, where the Asia Cup 2007 winning team will get a stadium in their honor. Decent incentive, eh? Maybe more federations should employ this line of thinking. (Sabah Arar/AFP/ Getty Images)

Manchester United

Iraqi football fans united by love of European teams

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Baghdad (AFP) – Iraqi football supporters decked out in red cram into a cafe in Baghdad to cheer on their shared love - Manchester United.

Shouting, cursing and - eventually - celebrating, they watch as the team from the north of England notches up a win half way around the globe.

Iraqi football fans united by love of European teams

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Baghdad (AFP) – Iraqi football supporters decked out in red cram into a cafe in Baghdad to cheer on their shared love - Manchester United.

Shouting, cursing and - eventually - celebrating, they watch as the team from the north of England notches up a win half way around the globe.

The Rest

Travel Support In MLS

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First of all, sorry for the radio silence today. Just been one of those days at the office.

Anyways, I wanted to talk about a fantastic article  in The Guardian that goes into just how tough it can and has been for traveling fans in the US.

The average journey for North American fans is still one of the longest you would undertake in most other leagues; the bigger journeys are more expeditions than road trips; Portland Timbers fans going to New York is the same as going from London to Baghdad.

Just Like Wu Tang, The Revs Are for The Children

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If you're heading to the Revs match versus the Goats tommorrow night I'd encourage you to bring a deflated soccer ball. Strange request I know but hear me out. The Revs are collecting deflated soccer balls on Thursday at match to ship to Iraqi children. The initiative, dubbed Operation Soccer Ball, is a humanitarian effort to spread universal goodwill, camaraderie and friendship between nations and provide hope to the people of Iraq through the "universal language" of soccer.