I generally hate sports. Especially in the US, professional sports is about sheep-think corporate macho bullshit. Hyper-competitiveness over things that don't matter. Americans who can't even find Iraq on a map or name the last ten presidents know absolutely everything about "their" team (which isn't actually *theirs*, but rather some billionaire's).
But sports as national/cultural drama is hard to resist. Cassius Clay becoming Muhammad Ali. Iran's victory over the US in the World Cup. Fun stuff. In that vein, I say mabrouk (congrats) to the Iraqi national futbol team for their inspiring win.