Soccer’s Rise in Iraq

The revival of Iraq’s largest professional soccer league has been an incremental process. The league was inactive for two seasons following the U.S. invasion, and too many players to count–particularly on the Baghdad clubs–were killed or kidnapped. In late 2004, the league returned with a limited schedule, and now–finally–teams are playing more road games, and fans are attending the games in meaningful numbers:

“This is the first time since 2003 I’ve felt safe enough to come back to the stadium,” said Mohammed Salih, 28, with the smile of a man whose team is winning. “There’s so much news about bad politics and poor security. Football is the only thing that brings relief to my soul.”


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