The Lions of Mesopotamia: The Story Behind Iraq’s Asian Cup Win

Everyone loves an underdog story. Football is no stranger to it. West Germany’s 1954 World Cup triumph merely nine years after the Second World War, Iceland’s historic win over England at UEFA Euro 2016, Leicester City’s Premier League victory in the 2015-16 season, are but a few fairytales etched in footballing folklore.

But the story of the Iraqi team’s victory at the 2007 Asian Cup stands out even amongst all these pieces of legend.

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