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Football in Iraq followed the direction of the country's Pan Arab policies after the 1963 Revolution. Iraq's new tricolour flag with its three stars symbolising its aspirations to join the Arab union with Egypt and Syria and Iraq's football followed the same path. The Lions of Mesopotamia entered the Arab Cup for the first time and then hosted the football tournament in 1966, a watershed moment in the nation's footballing history.
Hassanin Mubarek is a football writer for Ahdaaf.