The War in Iraq gets a lot of criticism but it’s definitely been good for one thing: Iraqi soccer.
Pre-War Iraqi Soccer
The team was decent by Asian standards but nothing special. The national soccer federaion was suspended at least a couple of times because the GOVERNMENT TORTURED PLAYERS FOR UNDERPERFORMING. PS – Iraqi soccer was run by one of the Saddam’s sons.
Wartime Iraqi Soccer
2004 Olympics – 4th place finish!
2005 West Asian Games – Champions (a minor tournament but still – Champions)
2006 Asian Games – GOLD
2007 Asian Cup – CHAMPIONS
I’m surprised more soccer fans around the world aren’t begging us to invade their countries.