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Iraqi footballers gear up for World Cup qualifier in Doha

The team beat Lebanon in a friendly game ahead of critical qualifying match against China

Iraqi footballers gear up for World Cup qualifier in Doha
Iraq's national football team got busy in their friendly against Lebanon in Doha this week, in a bid to improve their performance before the critical 2014 World Cup qualifier match against China later this week. Above: player Qusay Munir. (AFP/Getty Images)
Iraqi footballers gear up for World Cup qualifier in Doha
The team, which risks blowing its chances of appearing in Brazil for the FIFA World Cup in 2014 if it does not beat China in the Asian qualifier on Friday, worked hard on their play to secure a victory.\nAbove: player Hawar Mulla Mohammed (AFP/Getty Images)
Iraqi footballers gear up for World Cup qualifier in Doha
Beating Lebanon 1-0 in the friendly game in the Qatari capital, Iraq are optimistic about the China game tomorrow. (AFP/Getty Images)
Iraqi footballers gear up for World Cup qualifier in Doha
Iraq, which sits three points ahead of China, will move six points clear of the team if it wins. Above: players Samer Said (L) and his brother Samal smile at cameras during the training session. (AFP/Getty Images)
Iraqi footballers gear up for World Cup qualifier in Doha
China's hopes of qualifiying for the 2014 Brazil World Cup are already slim after a key 1-0 home loss to Iraq in Shenzhen last month. Above: player Ali Hussein Rehama attends (AFP/Getty Images)
Iraqi footballers gear up for World Cup qualifier in Doha
The team is coached by Zico, the Brazilian soccer legend who signed a contract to coach the Iraq team for one year in August. (AFP/Getty Images)
Iraqi footballers gear up for World Cup qualifier in Doha
Iraq is being forced by FIFA to play the qualifier in Doha due to security concerns at home.\nAbove: player Nashaat Akram. (AFP/Getty Images)
Iraqi footballers gear up for World Cup qualifier in Doha
On September 2, Iraq played their first FIFA World Cup qualifier on home ground for the first time in years. They played against Jordan in front of a crowd of 24,000 people in the Franso Hariri Stadium in Arbil, but unfortunately lost the game 0–2 to Jordan. Above: Goalkeeper Nour Sabria (AFP/Getty Images)