Soccer, or as it’s known around the world, football is one of the most played sports video games. The international governing body of the sport FIFA has launched a series of Fifa55 soccer games beginning in 1993 and now are on version 2010. Being linked with FIFA allows the creators of the game, Electronic Arts, to use famous teams from major soccer clubs around the world including the English Premier League, Spain’s La Liga and the German Bundesliga.
Like Mullah Mohammed Omar (Taliban terrorist), Pol Pot (maoist dictator) and Fidel Castro Ruz (communist dictator), Uday Saddam Hussein al-Tikriti was notorious for torturing sportsmen. During the 1998 Arab Games, Uday , Saddam Hussein´s son, threatened to make the Iraqi national soccer team pay the costs of the trip if they did not achieve good results. Who was Uday? He was president of the Iraqi Olympic Committe. Don Yaeger wrote in an article published in Sports Illustrated in March 2003, “Uday’s penchant for violence has long been an open secret among international athletic officials. Amnesty International reported in 2001 that Uday had ordered the hand of a security officer at his Olympic headquarters to be chopped off five years earlier, after the man was accused of stealing sports equipment that was missing (but later turned up). In 1997 FIFA, the governing body of world soccer, sent two investigators to Baghdad to question members of the Iraqi national team who’d allegedly had their feet caned by Uday’s henchmen after losing a World Cup qualifying match to Kazakhstan. The investigators spoke only to people whom Uday had selected. The result: a report exonerating Uday “.
Abdul Wahid Aziz is a weightlifter from Iraq who won a bronze medal at the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome, Italy.
The Iraqi delegation participated in the 2006 Summer Asian Games held in Doha,Qatar, and won 2 silver and 1 bronze medals, placing the Iraqi team in 29th place out 45 countries and territories. For the first time since 1986, athletes from Iraq took part in an Asian Games. It was represented by eighty-six sports people in Doha. The national football team qualified for the Asian Games and the team surprised everyone when it reached the finals only to lose to the hosts by 1-0. The silver medallists were Mohammed Ali Karim, Younis Mahmoud, Usama Ali, Salam Shakir, Jassim Muhammad Haji, Karrar Jassim, Haidar Aboodi, Haidar Kaw, Ali Rehema, Ahmad Abd Ali, Muayad Khalid, Mostafa Karim, Alaa Abdul-Zahra, Ali Mansour Alwan, Samer Saeed, Haidar Sabah, Ali Khudhair, Mohammed Kassid and Mohammed Raheem.
The 1976 Summer Olympics was boycotted by Iraq. However, an athlete had already competed before the boycott was officially announced. The Iraqi government objected to New Zealand´s participation on the grounds that their rugby team had toured apartheid South Africa.