"None of our politicians could bring us under this flag like our national football team did. I wish that politicians could take a lesson from our team, which is made up of Sunnis, Shi'ites and Kurds who worked together regardless of their backgrounds and won."To my mind, this represents a victory for the ordinary, simple, decent people of this earth over the politicians, the terrorists, the militaries, and all the other faceless forces which shape our lives with so very little concern for our own opinions or interests.
There were typically humble words on offer from Iraq's goalkeeper, who made the match-winning save against South Korea:
"You know the situation of the difficulties in Iraq. What we can achieve inside the field, it's a modest thing we can give to our people."Bravo.