Iraq National Soccer Team No More … For Now

Now that Iraq can’t qualify for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, the national soccer team has been disbanded. As the AP notes, the dissolution occurs less than a year after Iraq’s stunning run to the Asian Cup championship. But there’s an upside: the team will be reassembled with a new coach and a mostly new roster. Considering the galvanizing power of the sport and the terminal miseries of the Iraqi people, it’s a good thing soccer isn’t going away for good.

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