This video says about itself:
Iraq football captain Younis Mahmoud after win against Saudi Arabia denounces US Occupation. Iraq won the cup on a 1-0 victory over Saudi Arabia on July 29 2007.
By Peter Robson in Australia:
Iraqi soccer players seek asylum
Three members of Iraq’s Olympic soccer team and one of the team’s assistant coaches announced their intention to apply for asylum in Australia after an international game in Gosford on November 17. They are currently on three-month temporary visas as athletes, and as such are not being sought by the immigration department.
Assistant coach Saadi Toma told his fellow team officials by telephone that he and the three players — identified as Ali Mansour, Ali Khidhayyir and Ali Abbas — that they did not want to return to Iraq because of the violence wracking the country following the March 2003 US-British-Australian invasion.
Three members of the national team, which differs from Iraq’s Olympic team but shares some of the same players, refused to return home after the team’s Asia Cup victory in July. Captain Younis Mahmoud, as well as Nashat Akram and Hawar Mulla Mohammed, said they feared for their lives if they returned.
After the game, Mahmoud called for the US to withdraw its troops from his country. “I want America to go out”, he said. “Today, tomorrow, or the day after tomorrow, but out. I wish the American people didn’t invade Iraq and, hopefully, it will be over soon.”
Ironically, in a letter to Iraqi PM Nuri al Maliki, Australian PM John Howard said Iraqis should follow the example of their nation’s soccer team.
They are. Over four million Iraqis became refugees since Bush invaded their country.
Iraqi refugees in Lebanon: here.
Harsh refugee life rather than improved security spurs return of Iraqi refugees: here.
Agence France Presse reported on February 7  that an internal report prepared by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees found that in late January an average of 1200 Iraqis fled to Syria every day compared with around 700 who returned. The UNHCR report said that those who are returning say they are doing so more because their Syrian visas have expired or because they have run out of money, rather than because of an improvement in conditions in Iraq.
A Beautiful Game: International Perspectives on Women’s Football by Jean Williams: here.