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Iraq gears up to play for another soccer title

Updated: November 15, 2012, 12:03 PM ET
Associated Press

BAGHDAD -- Iraq is gearing up to play for another global soccer trophy, five years after a surprising run to the Asian Cup title.

The Iraqis last week qualified for the 2013 Under-20 World Cup, which will be held in Turkey. They got there after reaching the semifinals of the Asian Football Confederation's under-19 championship on Wednesday.

"This is a comeback of Iraqi football achievements," Iraqi Football Association President Najeh Hamoud told The Associated Press on Thursday. ...

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