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Baghdad FC free pdf With the fall of Iraq in 2003, the despotic reign of Uday Hussein, Saddam's son and sports minister, came to an end. For 19 years he had arrested, tortured and murdered footballers, athletes, officials and journalists, thrashing players with cables and forcing them to kick concrete balls until they doubled up in pain. The world of international sport made only occasional, feeble attempts to investigate the allegations of brutality. Yet against these odds, the Iraqi national team has long ranked in the world's top 40.Key to Iraq's footballing success is the story of Ammo Baba, the Arab world's Pele or Stanley Matthews, whose playing and coaching career spans 50 years. As Uday was jailing players and fixing matches, Ammo was seen by some as a national hero for his defiance- for others, he was too loyal to the regime.Ammo will be one of the many characters that Simon Freeman befriends and follows as he uncovers a half-century of triumph and tragedy, together with officials, players and sports journalists involved with the game they loved under the yoke of totalitarianism. He also assesses the team at the 2004 Olympics and in the run-up to the Asian and World Cups.What is the destiny of Iraq's game in a post-Saddam world, where the US military park its tanks on the national stadium

About Simon Freeman

Simon Freeman, a lifelong football fan and former Sunday Times Insight Team journalist, has also written for the Evening Standard, Guardian, Mail on Sunday, Vanity Fair, International Herald Tribune and The Times. He has covered two World Cups and one Olympics and has lectured on journalism in London, the US and the Balkans, and consulted for the Institute of War and Peace Reporting.

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Author : Simon Freeman
Publisher : John Murray Publishers Ltd
Data Published : 22 May 2006
ISBN : 0719567955
EAN : 9780719567957
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 256 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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