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Iraq’s Basra banks on football revenues after FIFA ends ban

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Basra (Iraq) (AFP) – Boasting an ultra-modern stadium, the southern Iraqi city of Basra is hoping to cash in on football fans starved of international matches after the lifting of a three-decade ban.

Earlier this month world governing body FIFA finally lifted its prohibition on Iraq hosting competitive internationals - sparking jubilation in the violence-wracked nation.

Iraq’s Basra banks on football revenues after FIFA ends ban

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Basra (Iraq) (AFP) – Boasting an ultra-modern stadium, the southern Iraqi city of Basra is hoping to cash in on football fans starved of international matches after the lifting of a three-decade ban.

Earlier this month world governing body FIFA finally lifted its prohibition on Iraq hosting competitive internationals - sparking jubilation in the violence-wracked nation.

FIFA lifts three-decade ban on Iraq hosting international matches

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Bogota (AFP) – FIFA lifted its three-decade ban on Iraq hosting international football on Friday with the cities of Arbil, Basra and Karbala given the go-ahead to stage official matches.

“We are allowing international matches to be staged in the cities of Arbil, Basra and Karbala,” FIFA president Gianni Infantino told reporters after a meeting of the FIFA Council in Bogota.

Saudi Arabia offers to fund new Iraq football stadium

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Baghdad (AFP) – Saudi Arabia has offered to fund a new football stadium in Iraq, as FIFA prepares to decide whether to lift its ban on Iraq hosting competitive international matches.

The offer came in a telephone call between King Salman and Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Monday evening, the prime minister’s office said.

Saudi Arabia offers to fund new Iraq football stadium

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Baghdad (AFP) – Saudi Arabia has offered to fund a new football stadium in Iraq, as FIFA prepares to decide whether to lift its ban on Iraq hosting competitive international matches.

The offer came in a telephone call between King Salman and Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Monday evening, the prime minister’s office said.

Asia football boss wants Iraq back in full international fold

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Basra (Iraq) (AFP) – The Asian Football Confederation head on Wednesday called for Iraq to be allowed to host competitive international matches, as FIFA gears up to decide on whether to lift a ban on the strife-torn nation.

“The time has come” to end the three-decade-long ban, AFC chief Salman bin Ibrahim Al-Khalifa told a news conference at the stadium in the southern city of Basra ahead of an international friendly between Iraq and Saudi Arabia.

Asia football boss wants Iraq back in full international fold

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Basra (Iraq) (AFP) – The Asian Football Confederation head on Wednesday called for Iraq to be allowed to host competitive international matches, as FIFA gears up to decide on whether to lift a ban on the strife-torn nation.

“The time has come” to end the three-decade-long ban, AFC chief Salman bin Ibrahim Al-Khalifa told a news conference at the stadium in the southern city of Basra ahead of an international friendly between Iraq and Saudi Arabia.

Football beats politics for fans ahead of Iraq, Saudi clash

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Basra (Iraq) (AFP) – With his social media campaign welcoming Saudi Arabia’s football team to Iraq - “Greens, you’re at home!” - Arkan Taqi has broken a taboo in his hometown Basra, close to the Iranian border.

On the eve of a friendly match between Iraq and Saudi Arabia on Wednesday that marks the return of international football to the city, Arkan and around a dozen supporters hope they have changed minds in Basra, an overwhelmingly Shiite Muslim city, as they await Sunni-dominated Saudi Arabia.

Football beats politics for fans ahead of Iraq, Saudi clash

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Basra (Iraq) (AFP) – With his social media campaign welcoming Saudi Arabia’s football team to Iraq - “Greens, you’re at home!” - Arkan Taqi has broken a taboo in his hometown Basra, close to the Iranian border.

On the eve of a friendly match between Iraq and Saudi Arabia on Wednesday that marks the return of international football to the city, Arkan and around a dozen supporters hope they have changed minds in Basra, an overwhelmingly Shiite Muslim city, as they await Sunni-dominated Saudi Arabia.

Football: Iraq urges FIFA to lift ban on hosting internationals

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Najaf (Iraq) (AFP) – Iraq hopes that hosting Gulf football friendlies, renovating its stadiums and outlawing weapons at matches will have persuaded FIFA to lift a ban on home competitive internationals, its sports minister said.

The country has not played full internationals on home turf for almost three decades, ever since its 1990 invasion of Kuwait that sparked an international embargo.

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.

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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.

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.

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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 2015 Attendances- Crowds at 2015 AFC Asian Cup in Australia

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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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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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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.

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

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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.

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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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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.

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

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