Racko From Germany, joined Nov 2001, 4887 posts, RR: 19
Reply 7, posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days ago) and read 1214 times:
Actually, in Afghanistan the German ISAF troops have been playing monthly football matches with the people, first against them, now they're playing with mixed teams. It has vastly improved the relationship and confidence. Good to see that the coalition forces are using this method, the people must see them as "friends" or friendlies, not as occupiers.
Banco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 53
Reply 10, posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 1191 times:
Actually, arranging football matches with the locals has been British military policy for quite some time (seriously). In Afghanistan the Royal Marines arranged a match in Kabul almost as soon as they got there, holding it in the stadium where all of the Taliban's executions and punishments had taken place over the years - they got stuffed in that match too, by the way.
In Basra it was again one of the first things they arranged. Sounds to me like the Americans are adopting the same kind of policy, it is an excellent way for the forces to win over the local populace.
[Edited 2003-04-09 18:04:44]
She's as nervous as a very small nun at a penguin shoot.
GDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13387 posts, RR: 77
Reply 15, posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 1149 times:
When the Royal Marines offered the Basra youths a game of football, they were shocked when out of this impoverished city, a well kitted, well drilled, full local team appeared out of the woodwork!
Iraqis love football, English football in particular, David Beckham is probably better known to them than Tony Blair.
When the UK left Aden in 1967, the Defence Secretary asked the last British Govenor there what the UK's legacy would be
He replied that there would be two;
One was the game of football
The other was the expression 'fuck off'.
Krushny From Spain, joined Dec 2000, 776 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 1055 times:
Playing sports with the local population is done since a lot of time by the US military. When I was finishing high school, a group of friends and me played with the crew of a US Navy ship, a football match and a basketball match. The local consulate organised these events each time a USN ship stopped by our harbour.
In football we won easily 3-0, but basketball was a different matter, a couple of huge black guys trashed our team... Afterwards we got a tour of the ship and a US Navy cap which I still keep.
Alpha 1 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 1014 times:
I wish it would be American football. What would the result be? Well, let me paraphrase from one of Bill Cosby's all-time great comedy pieces, called "Hofstra". After two straight seasons when the Iraqi's and Marines played an annual game, this would be the scene in the Iraqi clubhouse before game #3
Iraqi Coach: "As you know boys, we're playing the U.S. Marines, but of course you already know that. Last year, they beat us 900 to nothing; the year before that they beat us 900 to nothing; I had a chance to visit their locker room a few minutes ago, and, Christ, they're bigger than they were last year......"