Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Half-arsed post about Kurds

"Ahem, Mr President. Do you support the Kurdish FA's attempts to join Fifa?"

- James Montague, asking Barzani about Kurdistan's prospects for statehood

James Montague has written the best football article I've read in months. It's entitled "Disparate, shirtless and unrecognised: meet team Kurdistan". You should check it out. You should print it out and stick it on trains. You should drop off thousands of leaflets of it from a plane, so that enlightenment might rain down upon unsuspecting hoi polloi.

It's that good.

It's about the Kurds' quest for nationhood, it's about the Viva World Cup, it's about aspirations and dreams and how a simple game can represent so much more. It's partly the reason I became interested in football.

Football and geo-politics - it's an intoxicating mix.

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