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(Sports Illustrated)   "We are five people, all men except for myself. We nervously joke about how this, going to a soccer game, may be the most dangerous thing we've ever done in Kabul"   ( divider line
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1000 clicks; posted to Sports » on 21 Oct 2013 at 10:07 AM (4 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2013-10-21 10:38:02 AM  
I'm sure the buzkashi tournament came a close second.
2013-10-21 11:01:21 AM  
Then, suddenly, the gate comes off at the hinges, and the angry mob begins pouring in. Men are pressing against the now-untethered gate, which serves as the only barrier between the organized chaos inside the stadium and the unchecked madness beyond the gate. The officers push, and so do the desperate fans. The two factions are now moving in unison to create a sort of ebb and flow of human tide.

A tense moment comes when one of the soldiers climbs onto a bureau, and with his Kalashnikov cocked, points the gun toward the men. He releases the safety and holds it there.

The men back off. The moment passes.

2013-10-21 12:17:28 PM  
great article.
2013-10-21 12:43:04 PM  
Damn, it's dusty in here.

I've spend the last 20 min tearing up.
2013-10-21 01:04:29 PM  
When I was in Kabul- 2005-2007, an Afghan who worked for me took me to Ghazi stadium. He knew one of the guards. We walked around on that field. It was really eerie to be there. All I could think about was those videos I had seen of the people being executed.

I loved the people I worked with. Don't understand them sometimes but loved working with them. I do miss some of the food too. Their mothers used to make food and send it to me since they thought I wasn't eating properly.
2013-10-21 04:26:09 PM  
Great story.  We'll probably see a Disney movie about this team with Emilio Estevez as the coach in a couple years.
2013-10-21 05:26:59 PM  
Great article. Shows you how much we take things like sporting events for granted here. Sure, you might get beer spilled on you by a drunk arsehole, but, at least you aren't worried about getting shot or bombed.
2013-10-21 07:08:40 PM  

Argyle82: Great story.  We'll probably see a Disney movie about this team with Emilio Estevez as the coach in a couple years.

The flying A
2013-10-22 03:06:35 AM  
Among the Thugs is an awesome book.
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