Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Geezer of the Day

I saw Iraq were playing Chile today and wondered who would be watching that - it's by no means a glamour friendly, but it's great to see that football is back and booming in Iraq.

(UPDATE: Iraq lost 6-0 to Chile in Brondby, Denmark.)

FIFA says there are 110 clubs in the country, with over half a million players. They have just slipped out of the world's top 100, and only qualified for 1 World Cup (1986), but they did really well at the recent U20s tournament and it seems like football is a real tool for helping rebuild.

So today's Geezer is Hussein Saeed - he scored 61 goals in 126 games for his country (both records) and represented Iraq at 3 Olympic games in the 1980s.

*Apologies as I don't know if it's Said or Saeed.