Arabian Gulf Cup: Putting Iraq back on the sporting map

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It had been a long time coming, and over 60,000 fans at Basra International Stadium danced and sang while legendary Iraqi striker Younis Mahmoud stood and applauded high up in the arena. In the semi-final of the 25th Arabian Gulf Cup on Monday, Aymen Hussain had just put the team 2-1 up against Qatar. There were plenty of nerves in the second half, but the hosts hung on for the win and a place in Thursday’s final against Oman. The stadium erupted once more upon the final whistle and a first regional title since 1988 is very much on the cards as are celebrations that have not been seen for a lo…

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