Monday, 2 July 2007

Recommended Reading

The weekend trawl through the sports sections of too many papers and magazines produced this absolute beaut from James Montague at the New Statesman on the West Asia football championships:

Every Iraqi player in the squad has been touched by death or bad luck. Two days before the start of the tournament, the team's physio was killed in a car bombing in Baghdad. He was on the way to pick up his ticket to Amman. "I probably have the hardest job in the world as I have to deal with these boys with many problems," rues Jorvan Vieira, the Brazilian coach, before Iraq's 3-0 semi-final win against Syria. "We need to give the Iraqi people a good mirror. The division between Shia, Sunni or Kurd doesn't exist."

So, who's coming with me next year? Also who's excited by Iraq's prospects at the larger Asian tournament beginning in Bangkok this week?

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