Iraq and Gulf Analysis

Football, Quotas, and National Reconciliation in Iraq

Posted by Reidar Visser on Wednesday, 26 September 2007 23:59

Soon after the recent announcement that Norway’s Egil “Drillo” Olsen is the new coach of Iraq’s successful national football team, critical voices emerged in the Norwegian media. Some suggested that Olsen would effectively be “collaborating with the US-led occupation of Iraq”, whereas others were concerned that he might be unable to navigate the ethno-sectarian tensions of the country when selecting players for future matches… Full story here.

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