For Iraq, no problems or politics on pitch

Updated: August 11, 2004, 3:12 PM ET
Associated Press

PATRAS, Greece -- He doesn't dare turn off his cell phone.

Not while leading practice. Not during team meetings. Not even during the matches that gave Iraq's soccer team an improbable trip to the Olympics.

It's all about the call that Adnan Hamad hopes he never gets: that violence has spilled into his Baghdad neighborhood and his wife and four children are in trouble.

"Things are so crazy, so difficult in Iraq now. I just keep telling my kids to stay inside. It's hard to keep ...

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