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For Immediate Release
May 13, 2004

Iraq Soccer Team's Upset Victory Earns Trip to Olympics
Iraq Fact of the Day

In a stunning upset victory, the Iraq national football team defeated Saudi Arabia and earned a trip to the 2004 Olympic Summer games in Athens. The 3 to 1 victory marks the first time in Iraq's history that its football team will compete in the Olympics. "This means Iraq is on the right path," said a tearful Hawar Mulla Mohammed moments after the game. He scored the team's go-ahead -- and eventually winning -- goal of the game. "Our entire country deserves this incredible win," he said. This achievement means that Iraq will send about 30 athletes to the Summer games for a seven-fold increase from just four years ago.

Source: Coalition Provisional Authority

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