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Soccer Final: Iraq 4, Marines Nil  
User currently offlineAlpha 1 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (11 years 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 1083 times:

According to ABC, in the city of Numinyeh (think I spelled it right), Iraqi citizens took on the U.S. Marines in a game of soccer (football, to purists  Smile ).

Iraq beat the U.S. Marines 4-nil. And, apparently, by getting their asses kicked, the Marines have seem to established a lot of good will with the people in that town.

Also, in Basra, ABC reported that the Iraqi's took on the Brits, and soundly trounced the Brits, 9-3.

Move 'em up in the FIFA rankings.  Big grin

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User currently offlineKeesje From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (11 years 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 1074 times:

Hopefully this kind of fights will dominate the middle east in the future

User currently offlineAlpha 1 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (11 years 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 1069 times:

Amen, Keesje.

But have them take us on in "real" football, and we'll kick their asses!  Big grin


User currently offlineJBirdAV8r From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 4482 posts, RR: 22
Reply 3, posted (11 years 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 1069 times:

No fair! The Iraqis have home field advantage  Laugh out loud


I got my head checked--by a jumbo jet
User currently offlineAlpha 1 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (11 years 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 1063 times:

JBirdAV8r, that's as it should be right now.  Smile

User currently offlineErj190 From Portugal, joined Dec 2000, 397 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (11 years 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 1055 times:


Of course the Iraqis won.

It would be necessary to teach the marines the rules of footbal, and explain them footbal is actually different of that Rugby-style thing they play Big grin

I suppose the marines ended up with all the time expelled for excess of faults Big grin


User currently offlineMas a330 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (11 years 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 1051 times:

Its ok, they'll win the second leg!

User currently offlineRacko From Germany, joined Nov 2001, 4856 posts, RR: 20
Reply 7, posted (11 years 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 1032 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.

User currently offlineKROC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (11 years 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 1029 times:

Amazing how much better they played without having to worry about whatever torture Uday might inflict after the match!

User currently offlineAlpha 1 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (11 years 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 1025 times:

Actually, according to Baghdad Bob, Iraq actually won 20 to nil, and the Marines committed suicide after ward.

It must be true. And, yes, Roy confirmed it.


User currently offlineBanco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 54
Reply 10, posted (11 years 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 1009 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.
User currently offlineLPL From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 1055 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (11 years 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 998 times:

Anyone know the attendance of these games?

User currently offlineToady From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 724 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (11 years 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 993 times:

I don't know what the attendance was but I bet there wasn't any crowd violence!

User currently offlineRacko From Germany, joined Nov 2001, 4856 posts, RR: 20
Reply 13, posted (11 years 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 982 times:

In Kabul, the matches are so full that they need the police to control the masses  Smile Everybody wants to see how the people kick the foreign soldiers butts  Big grin

User currently offlineJetService From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 4798 posts, RR: 12
Reply 14, posted (11 years 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 966 times:

"The Iraqi defenses squashed the infidels front lines while the honorable peoples of Iraq's valient fighters broke into enemy hold territory and breached the invading defenses."

That explains it! Baghdad Bob wasn't lying at all; he was just talking about the freaking soccer game!!!



"Shaddap you!"
User currently offlineGDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13044 posts, RR: 78
Reply 15, posted (11 years 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 967 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'.


User currently offlineBanco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 54
Reply 16, posted (11 years 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 962 times:

Well, we've had the first. I wonder how long it'll be before we get the second?  Big grin


She's as nervous as a very small nun at a penguin shoot.
User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29698 posts, RR: 59
Reply 17, posted (11 years 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 921 times:

You know if it where baseball, the score would have been much closer.

It is probably a good thing that the Canadians didn't come, I don't know where you would be able to find a hockey rink in that country.  Laugh out loud



OBAMA-WORST PRESIDENT EVER....Even SKOORB would be better.
User currently offlineVonRichtofen From Canada, joined Nov 2000, 4626 posts, RR: 37
Reply 18, posted (11 years 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 885 times:

"It is probably a good thing that the Canadians didn't come, I don't know where you would be able to find a hockey rink in that country"

That's ok, a good game of street hockey would suffice, though we'd still dominate Big grin

Instead of yelling "CAAAARRR" it'd be "TAAAAAAAANK" (tank passes by) then "GAME ONNNNN"


 Big thumbs up



Word
User currently offlineKrushny From Spain, joined Dec 2000, 776 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (11 years 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 873 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.


User currently offlineErj190 From Portugal, joined Dec 2000, 397 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (11 years 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 869 times:

"...Actually, according to Baghdad Bob, Iraq actually won 20 to nil, and the Marines committed suicide after ward.

It must be true. And, yes, Roy confirmed it. ..."

ROTFL
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User currently offlineAlpha 1 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (11 years 1 week 4 days ago) and read 832 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......"

 Laugh out loud


User currently offlineGlenn From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (11 years 1 week 4 days ago) and read 829 times:

If it was American football, then it would be America vs America, Cuase apart from a few rebels world wide (in muinute numbers) It aint played anywhere  Wink/being sarcastic

User currently offlineJetService From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 4798 posts, RR: 12
Reply 23, posted (11 years 1 week 4 days ago) and read 825 times:

...It aint played anywhere

At least not very well  Big grin



"Shaddap you!"
User currently offlineCX747 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 4445 posts, RR: 5
Reply 24, posted (11 years 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 813 times:

During the initial stages of operation in Afghanistan, the U.S. Special Forces played horseback games with the Afghans and actually won!


"History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or timid." D. Eisenhower
25 Glenn : Yes but Afghanistan was different. people were pissy at Bin Ladin Both of 'em. Osama and Usama. Iraq is a PR war
26 G-KIRAN : IT WAS NOT 4-0 YOU LYING INFIDEL B*STARDS! IT WAS 1000-0!THE IRAQI TEAM LED BY THE GLORIOUS SADDAM HUSSAIN-AL-PELE-AL MARADONA DROVE THE INFIDELS BACK
27 Glenn : But you did a great job of Baghdad Bob Btw, where is he ?
28 GKirk : I am fishing for birds. Signed, Baghdad Bob
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