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Soccer, like business, heals all wounds

October 4, 2007
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OK, not literally. But the sport has a tendency to bring people together when other, more conventional means have failed. Witness the temporary cease-fire in Cote D’Ivoire before their team was eliminated in the 2006 World Cup. There may have been a bloody, seemingly endless civil war going on, but when their team was playing, all was forgotten. Or go back a few more years to the Iraqi soccer team’s improbable advancement to the bronze medal game in the 2004 Olympics and the international support they had by the time they made it to the bronze medal game against Italy.

Soccer has not caught on to the same extent in the United States for a variety of reasons (not enough “action” compared to basketball and football, I think). Even so, given the sports healing powers, this is awesome. A group of Marines is trying to set up a youth soccer league in Iraq:

Just a few short months ago, the situation in Ramadi in Anbar Province Iraq was unstable to the point that just going outside was potentially dangerous. But the US military in cooperation with the Iraqi Army have improved the security situation significantly and can now work to improve the quality of life in the area. USMC Sgt. Brody Zeigler and the 3rd Battalion 7th Marines want to provide for local children by giving them school supplies and soccer equipment. Many of you are getting ready for back-to-school and the Fall soccer season, and you can help Iraqi children get ready, too!

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  1. K-Diggity permalink*
    October 5, 2007 4:05 pm

    I was drunk on the metro last night and some guy saw I had an Arsenal hat on and we talked about soccer for the whole ride.

    Had it not been for soccer, I would have just considered him another t-shirt tucking dickhead.

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