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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.

Japan coach faces review after Iraq World Cup qualifying draw

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Tokyo (AFP) – Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic was facing a performance review on Wednesday after a 1-1 draw with Iraq set back his team’s World Cup qualifying campaign.

Japan’s football chief was left fuming by the result in neutral Tehran, saying hot conditions were no excuse for the disappointing result.

Japan coach faces review after Iraq World Cup qualifying draw

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Tokyo (AFP) – Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic was facing a performance review on Wednesday after a 1-1 draw with Iraq set back his team’s World Cup qualifying campaign.

Japan’s football chief was left fuming by the result in neutral Tehran, saying hot conditions were no excuse for the disappointing result.

Late blows jolt China, Japan in World Cup qualifying

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Kuala Lumpur (AFP) – Ahmad Al Salih’s late strike dealt a body blow to China’s faltering quest to reach a second World Cup on Tuesday, as Japan’s serene progress received a jolt from Iraq.

Marcello Lippi’s China were within reach of only their second win in Group A when Al Salih curled home a free kick in injury time to leave the scores at 2-2.

Late blows jolt China, Japan in World Cup qualifying

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Kuala Lumpur (AFP) – Ahmad Al Salih’s late strike dealt a body blow to China’s faltering quest to reach a second World Cup on Tuesday, as Japan’s serene progress received a jolt from Iraq.

Marcello Lippi’s China were within reach of only their second win in Group A when Al Salih curled home a free kick in injury time to leave the scores at 2-2.

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.

IS ouster clears way for football comeback in Iraq’s Mosul

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Mosul (Iraq) (AFP) – It was a grim time for football: jihadists observed matches, jerseys from foreign teams were banned and even whistling was prohibited when the Islamic State group held Iraq’s Mosul.

Play was halted for prayers, which occur five times a day, and shorts that exposed players’ knees were also banned by IS.

IS ouster clears way for football comeback in Iraq’s Mosul

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Mosul (Iraq) (AFP) – It was a grim time for football: jihadists observed matches, jerseys from foreign teams were banned and even whistling was prohibited when the Islamic State group held Iraq’s Mosul.

Play was halted for prayers, which occur five times a day, and shorts that exposed players’ knees were also banned by IS.

Asia Pacific

Iraq vs UAE 2-3 Asian Cup 2015 Highlights 2015 Third Place Playoff Khalil Goals Video

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Iran vs Iraq 3-3 Asian Cup 2015 Highlights Canberra Goals 7-6 Penalty Shootout Video

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Asian Cup

Australia vs United Arab Emirates Asian Cup semi-final: Preview and prediction

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Australia and South Korea are the favorites to meet in the 2015 AFC Asian Cup final but Australia mustdismiss the United Arab Emiratesto book a place in the final against the Korea team that defeated Iraq 2-0 earlier on Monday.

Of the four quarter-finals,only Australia came through their match without the need for extra-time.

Australia vs United Arab Emirates Asian Cup semi-final: Preview and prediction

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Australia and South Korea are the favorites to meet in the 2015 AFC Asian Cup final but Australia mustdismiss the United Arab Emiratesto book a place in the final against the Korea team that defeated Iraq 2-0 earlier on Monday.

Of the four quarter-finals,only Australia came through their match without the need for extra-time.

South Korea vs Iraq 2015 Asian Cup Semifinal Highlights 2-0 Lee Kim Goals Video

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Asian Cup 2015: Semi-Final preview – Iraq vs South Korea

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5 observations from stunning Iraq-Iran Asian Cup Quarter-Final match [VIDEO]

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The quarterfinal between Iraq versus Iran was never going to be a run-of-the-mill affair.

Coming into the match, Iraq had only beaten their arch rivals once in their previous five AFC Asian Cup meetings losing the other four.

Iran, on the other hand, had exited the AFC Asian Cup at the quarterfinal stage in 2011 and 2007, so something had to give.

5 observations from stunning Iraq-Iran Asian Cup Quarter-Final match [VIDEO]

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The quarterfinal between Iraq versus Iran was never going to be a run-of-the-mill affair.

Coming into the match, Iraq had only beaten their arch rivals once in their previous five AFC Asian Cup meetings losing the other four.

Iran, on the other hand, had exited the AFC Asian Cup at the quarterfinal stage in 2011 and 2007, so something had to give.

Asian Cup 2015 Quarter Final previews: Who is going to win the tournament?

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Iraq 2015 Asian Cup Jako Home and Away Kits

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The Iraq national football team is through to the quarter finals of the AFC Asian [...]

La Copa Asiática, el Religión, y la Política en el Medio Oriente

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La Copa Asiática se está jugando ahora en Australia. Los equipos de Corea, Uzbekistán, China, Australia, Irán, Iraq, Japón, y los Emiratos Árabes Unidos ahora están compitiendo en los octavos de final en el torneo. Había fútbol muy impresionante – no ha habida un empate en los veinte partidos del torneo, un récord para un torneo de fútbol.

Asian Cup 2015: Iraq – Everything you need to know about the Lions of Mesopotamia

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The Asian Cup 2015 is here, and as lovers of the game we at Just Football bring you detailed previews of all 16 competitors, continuingwith Iraq.

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Asian Cup 2015 Attendances- Crowds at 2015 AFC Asian Cup in Australia

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Under-20 World Cup 2013: Matchday One – Tactical Review

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The first round of fixtures at the FIFA Under-20 World Cup 2013 in Turkey have now been completed and Sam Thompson, from TTTFootball, discusses five of the big tactical points from the tournament so far.

VIDEO: Australia Beat Iraq 1-0 To Qualify For World Cup 2014

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Australia have become the third side to cement their place in next summer's World Cup after a last gasp 1-0 win over Iraq. An 83rd minute header from substitute Josh Kennedy proved enough for the Socceroos at the ANZ Stadium, who had to win to be sure of qualifying for Brazil 2014. Cue scenes of [...

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Ghana vs Iraq U20 World Cup Highlights 3-0 Third Place 2013 Playoff Goals Video

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Iraq vs Uruguay U20 2013 World Cup Highlights 1-1 Penalties 6-7 Goals Video

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Iraq vs South Korea 3-3 Highlights 2013 5-4 Penalty Shootout Goals Video U20 World Cup

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Australia vs Iraq 2013 Highlights 1-0 Socceroos Kennedy Goal Video

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“It’s like a lover has returned” Gesturing toward the sea of...

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"It's like a lover has returned"

Gesturing toward the sea of people and the thousands of fluttering black, red and white Iraqi flags, Mr. Shamki said: "You don't know who is Sunni or Shia or Christian. They are just chanting for Iraq." The fans also cheered for something more, at one point breaking into the chant, "Sunnis and Shiites, we are all brothers!

Diego Maradona ‘set to manage Iraq’

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Diego Maradona is reportedly on the verge of becoming the new manager of Iraq's national team. In an unlikely union between two of the world's main sources of chaos, the Argentine legend is set to be confirmed in the role before the end of the year. Spanish newspaper AS quotes Maradona's agent Hernan Tofoni as [.

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The 2013 Under-20 World Cup – The Semi-Finals

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Results: France 2 Ghana 1; Uruguay 1 Iraq 1 (AET, 90 minutes 1-1, Uruguay win 7-6 on penalties)

So, faced with all the exotic possibilities produced by an eclectic final 16, not least that of a Ghana v Iraq final, an extraordinary Under-20s World Cup tournament got ordinary at the semi-final stage and left us with a ‘traditional' Europe v South America final.

The 2013 Under-20 World Cup: The Quarter-Finals

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If you thought last Sunday was all about some Scots bloke with a stubble you weren't watching the Under-20s World Cup quarter-finals. Mark Murphy was watching. And he was glad he did.

Quarter-final results: Ghana 4 Chile 3 (AET, 90 mins, 2-2); Iraq 3 Korea Republic 3 (AET, 90 mins, 2-2, Iraq won 5-4 on pens); France 4 Uzbekistan 0; Uruguay 1 Spain 0 (AET)

The final four games of these Under-20s World Cup finals could be exercises in tedium to make Ed Milliband seem dynamic.

The 2013 Under-20 World Cup: Groups E & F (Featuring… England)

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Groups E and F

Group E Results: Chile 2 Egypt 1; England 2 Iraq 2; Chile 1 England 1; Iraq 2 Egypt 1

"Well, we've cast our eyes around all the major contenders. Now it's England's turn." So said Eurosport's Wayne Boyce, just before England's tournament opener against Iraq, possibly not quite meaning it to sound like that.

UAE claim Gulf Cup for second time

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United Arab Emirates won this year's Gulf Cup of Nations on Friday night. They needed extra-time before eventually seeing off tough opposition in the form of Iraq with Ismail Al Hammadi's winner in the 107th minute proving the difference between the two sides.

Both nations had emerged top of their respective groups in the league stages, both of whom registering a 100% record with three wins from three, but were made to fight it out in the semi-finals with the UAE knocking out Kuwait with a goal in the 89th minute whilst Iraq needed a penalty shoot-out in order to dispose of tournament hosts Bahrain after they had been involved in a 1-1 draw.

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Soccer and Terrorism

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With terrorism garnering the majority of news headlines in the recent months and weeks, it is hard not to think of it impacting every aspect of daily life. Unfortunately, soccer is not immune from the dangers of terrorism. In fact, soccer matcheshave often been the target of many terrorist attacks, as stadiums are prime locations.

AFC Cup Semi Final Draw

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Erbil (Iraq) v Kitchee
Al Qadsia (Kuwait) v Persipura

Ties to be played 16 & 30 September.

AFC u-22 Championship

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Si è svolta in terra omanita la prima edizione del torneo per le nazionali giovanili asiatiche. Il lungo turno preliminare, che lasciava a casa paesi come Indonesia, Thailandia e Malesia, portava nel Sultanato sedici selezioni, divise in quattro gruppi. La nazionale omanita, cosi come quella iraniana, si fermava nella fase a gironi mentre la Cina [.

One Goal, One People

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On the evening of July 29, 2007, the whole Iraqi nation from the highest mountains of Zakho in the north to the deepest south of Safwan held their breath as they watched Iraqi captain Younis Mahmoud rise up to head a ball sent from the heavens past the despairing Saudi keeper and score the winner.

Iraq vs Uruguay – Under-20 World Cup semi-final: Preview, Profiles, Promising Players

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The FIFA Under-20 World Cup is now at the semi-final phase, with four representatives from four different continents France, Ghana, Iraq and Uruguay contesting for the title.

Asia: Kuwait ready to defend Gulf Cup in Bahrain

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Kuwait won the Gulf Cup for a record tenth time in 2010

The 2013 Gulf Cup of Nations kicks off this weekend in Bahrain with the tournament hosts getting things under way on Saturday facing off against Oman in the opening match. Defending champions Kuwait, who are hoping to win the tournament for a record extending eleventh time, will get their campaign under way on Sunday against Yemen.

Iraq doesn’t want Maradona at all

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Following reports that Maradona was on the verge of becoming the Iraq national team's new manager, the Iraqi Football Association has made it clear that this will definitely not be happening.

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"There is no negotiation between Iraqi Football Association with Diego Maradona and it doesn't have any intention to hire him," the deputy IFA head Abdul-Khaliq Masoud told the Associated Press over the phone.