Sven-Goran Eriksson has been offered the role of Iraq's national team manager by the country's football association.
With the World Cup in full swing, people around the globe are glued to TV screens -- but for some Iraqis, absorbing the full experience is proving trickier than confronting Lionel Messi on an epic dribble.
Iraq is to host a West Asia Football Federation championship in the southern city of Basra in November, the first international tournament to be staged in the country since the 1990s.
FIFA lifted its three-decade ban on Iraq hosting international football on Friday with the cities of Arbil, Basra and Karbala given the go-ahead to stage official matches.
The Asian Football Confederation head on Wednesday called for Iraq to be allowed to host competitive international matches, as FIFA gears up to decide on whether to lift a ban on the strife-torn nation.
With his social media campaign welcoming Saudi Arabia's football team to Iraq -- "Greens, you're at home!" -- Arkan Taqi has broken a taboo in his hometown Basra, close to the Iranian border.
Iraq hopes that hosting Gulf football friendlies, renovating its stadiums and outlawing weapons at matches will have persuaded FIFA to lift a ban on home competitive internationals, its sports minister said.
Iraqi football supporters decked out in red cram into a cafe in Baghdad to cheer on their shared love -- Manchester United.
Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic was facing a performance review on Wednesday after a 1-1 draw with Iraq set back his team's World Cup qualifying campaign.