Iraq

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The Iraq national football team (Arabic: منتخب العراق لكرة القدم) represents Iraq in international football and is controlled by the Iraq Football Association (IFA), the governing body for football in Iraq. Iraq’s usual home venue is the Basra International Stadium. Iraq are one of the more successful national teams in Asia, having made one FIFA World Cup appearance in 1986, scoring a solitary goal against Belgium. They are one of eight AFC nations to have won the AFC Asian Cup, claiming the title in 2007 in spite of difficult conditions and limited preparation. Iraq defeated some of the favourites in the competition including Australia, South Korea and Saudi Arabia. This qualified them for the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup where they earned two points in the group stage, and they later finished fourth at the 2015 AFC Asian Cup. Iraq’s team is known for its passionate football fans and the national team is also seen as a symbol of hope and unity for Iraqi people.[3] The team reached an all-time high of 39th in the FIFA World Rankings in October 2004 and has previously been named National Team of the Year by AFC and World Team of the Year by World Soccer.

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