Recently, political activists in Jordan created slogans calling for political and economic reform, and now football fans encouraged by the national team's success are chanting a slogan of their own: "From Erbil to Brazil".
The chant became popular after Jordan defeated Iraq 2-0 in Erbil on September 2nd. Hassan Abdul Fattah and Abdallah Deeb scored the game's two goals.
Jordan is competing in the Asian qualifiers for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. The team is playing in group one which includes China, Iraq and Singapore. The Asia qualifying round consists of five groups and a total of 20 teams.
The Jordanian team's chances of qualifying increased after a win over China at Amman International Stadium on September 6th. A large crowd was in attendance for what turned out to be an exciting match with Jordan prevailing 2-1. Jordan now leads its group with six points, ahead of Iraq and China in second place and Singapore in third place.
Prince Ali Bin al-Hussein, president of the Jordan Football Association, Prime Minister Maruf al-Bakhit and several government officials also attended the match.
After the game with Iraq, the prime minister announced the government's intention to support the football association financially and morally during the coming period.
Adnan Hamad, Jordan's coach, said the team emerged as one of the most experienced teams in Asia. He promised fans continued good results in the upcoming matches.
The next match is scheduled for October 11th against Singapore. The Jordanian team will hold practice sessions in Thailand before the Singapore match.
Abdul Fattah, the team's striker, said the team's performance was "wonderful" and praised the efforts of the coaching staff and the players. He said support from enthusiastic fans was a "weapon of victory".
Deeb, a midfielder, praised his teammates' effort for their strong showing against the Chinese, which he described as "an organised and strong team". He said Jordan has the potential to qualify for the World Cup.
"This dream is achievable," he told Al-Shorfa.
Sports analyst Youssef Sawarka said, "Jordan's path to the 2014 World Cup is still long. The team took the first step, and there are still two games with Singapore, a match with Iraq and another with China. The first and second place team from each group will qualify for the second round."
The second round is scheduled to begin in 2012. Sawarka told Al-Shorfa there would be fierce competition among the best teams in Asia such as South Korea, Japan, Australia and Saudi Arabia.
Hatem Aqel, Jordan's team captain, told Al-Shorfa the team is focusing its efforts on a win against Singapore away and at home to ensure a place in the second round.
Jordan is ranked 92nd in FIFA's rankings and eighth in the Arab world. The team reached the quarterfinals of the Asia Football Cup in Doha earlier this year.