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Offline Ashur_Dawood

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Ladies and gentleman, we now have an Assyrian player In the iraqi soccer team, he goes by the name Justin Meram, he plays for the columbus crew in MLS... He starts tomorrow (october 15) vs Saudi Arabia! Since hes from a big league outside Asia, I think he could be BY FAR the best player on the team. Besides, he is young talent(24 yrs), and the fact hes Assyrian is a +1 :D Since Saddam hussein's rule over Iraq, there were no christians in the team. This is the first time theres an assyrian in the team since like the late 80's! And with an Assyrian manager (the legendary Basil Gorgis), im sure Iraq will have major succes!

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Hi Ashur, that is great to hear, thanks for sharing! I follow Iraqi soccer news and I never heard of him before.

Iraq did have some players in the national team during Saddam's rule but not a lot like before. Most notable Akram Emmanuel (اكرم عمانؤيل), who played with Iraq for the 1994 WC qualifications. He was a great player and one of Iraq's best strikers in the early to mid 90s. He played for my favorite Iraqi club ( Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya: the Air force).  He is currently living in Melbourne, Australia.



Some of his memorable goals:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=EOqpwz5_oPI


www.youtube.com/watch?v=6gVY-5fpqJE


www.youtube.com/watch?v=pFFjTsCE31U



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He's a very talented player and has great potential.  I'm a little biased because he's a local guy and have been playing with his older brothers since high school.
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An update: Justin Meram has been given an Iraqi citizenship and is now cleared to play in the upcoming Arab Gulf and Asian cup tournaments, in 2015.

Here is his official website: www.justinmeram.com



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