Soccer: Chaos at Home, Harmony on Field

After Greece's victory in the European Championship this year, Cinderella stories were becoming the norm in soccer. But nobody could have predicted the fairy tale unfolding in Olympic soccer. The valiant Iraq team kept up its march to fame last weekend, defeating Australia 1-0 to reach the semifinals. "It's very important for the players, for the Iraqi people. After or before a match, they think only of the problems. Then for two hours they can forget," said captain Abdul Wahab Abu Al Hail. Some of the team's players come from trouble spots like Najaf. Ahmed Manajid, who says his cousin died...

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