"Uday Hussein shaved my perm" - Iraq's fear-filled venture to Mexico '86

As head of Iraq's Olympic Committee, Uday used more than fear to motivate his players. Instead he relied on beatings, mock executions and torture to ensure victory at every level of the game, from the national league to international qualifiers. "He was a thug. he called us and threatened us with things like physical abuse and sending us to the front lines of the [Iran-Iraq] war," says Iraqi legend Basil Goreis, who played at Mexico 86.

The World Cup was important for Saddam Hussein. The Iran-Iraq war, which would claim more than a million lives, had been raging for six years with no end in sight. The nation's men were being massacred in the mustard gas-filled trenches on Iraq's eastern border, and the nation needed some good news.

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