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The Iraqi national football team ( ) is the national team of Iraqmarker and is controlled by the Iraq Football Association. They are the reigning champions of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC). Iraq have just won the UAE International Cup by beating Azerbaijan 1-0 in the semi-final and beating United Arab Emirates 1-0 in the final. The other team in the tournament was Czech Republic, who came last.

History

The Golden Generation

Iraqi football reached a peak in the 1970s and 1980s - Iraq qualified for the 1986 World Cup and the Olympic Games 3 times in Moscow, Los Angeles and Seoul. Iraq also won the 1982 Asian Games, the Arab Nations Cup 4 times, the Gulf Cup of Nations 3 times, and the 1985 Pan Arab Games fielding a B team. Iraq finished in 4th place in the 1976 AFC Asian Cup - the last Asian Cup Iraq would participate in until (1996).

The Dark Generation

During the rule of the government of Saddam Hussein, Saddam's son, Uday Hussein, was in charge of the Iraqi Olympic Committee and, by extension, the national football team. Under Uday's leadership, motivational lectures to the team included threats to cut off players' legs, while missed practices resulted in prison time and losses resulted in flogging with electric cable or baths in raw sewage, if penalites or an open goal was missed or own goals were scored then that person would have their feet whipped with thorns. After the Gulf War, Iraq was banned from participating in the Asian Games and in most Arab competitions. In 1996 Iraq was ranked 139th in the world, the worst FIFA ranking in Iraqi football history.

Post war and successes

Despite the war in Iraq, the football team continued playing international tournaments with good results. In 2004, Iraq reached the quarterfinals of the 2004 AFC Asian Cup, as they had done in 1996 and 2000, and they then qualified for the 2004 Summer Olympics. Iraq defeated Portugal, Costa Rica, and Australia, finally coming 4th, winning the fair play award, and by the end of the year the 2004 AFC team of the year award. In 2005, Iraq won the Gold medal of the West Asian Games. In 2006, Iraq Olympic team won the Silver medal at the 2006 Asian Games. In 2007, Iraq won the 2007 AFC Asian Cup, and became the 2007 AFC team of the year, Al-Ahram's 2007 Arab team of the year, World Soccer Magazine's 2007 World team of the year and were nominated for the Prince of Asturias Award.. As a result of winning the 2007 Asian Cup, Iraq qualified for the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup, that took place in South Africa in June 2009, in which matches that were scheduled against the hosts, , and . In the opener, Iraq was able to hold South Africa to a 0-0 draw. And only lost to Spain 1-0 and was 0-0 at half-time. Though Spain defeated South Africa 2-0 which was necessary for Iraq to advance to the next stage, needing to beat New Zealand by 4 goals, but only tied 0-0.

Temporary Suspension

On May 26, 2008, FIFA provisionally suspended the Iraq Football Association from competition for one year, following a decision by the Iraqi government to disband the country's national sports federations. However the decision was overturned by FIFA on May 29, 2008, since the Iraqi government reversed its earlier decision in dissolving the Iraq Football Association.

Again, on November 20, 2009, FIFA decided to suspend the Iraqi Football Association (IFA) due to governmental interference.

Home and Difficulties

Al-Shaab Stadium

Al Shaab Stadium ( ) also known as The People's Stadium, is a multi-purpose stadium in Baghdadmarker, Iraqmarker. It is used mostly for football (soccer) matches and is the home of the Iraq national football team. The stadium has seating for 45,000 fans. It was built in 1966.The opening match featured Iraqmarker and Benfica, for whom Eusébio was playing.

Sanction on Iraq

Iraq played their home games on neutral territory in the 80s due to the Iraq-Iran war, but still qualified to the 1986 World Cup and the Olympic Games 3 times in Moscow, Los Angeles and Seoul. In qualification for the 2002 World Cup, Iraq played at home against Iran, Bahrain, and Thailand in the Al Shaab Stadiummarker in Baghdadmarker. Saudi Arabia refused to play against the nation because of the tensions between the Kingdom and the regime of Saddam Hussein. Since 2003, the war in Iraq has forced Iraq to play their home matches in Jordanmarker, Syriamarker, Qatarmarker or the UAEmarker for security reasons, leading to significant transportation difficulties.

Breaking the Sanction

Iraq couldn't play any match in their home soil since 2002 because of the War on Iraq but thanks for the Palestinian brave efforts Iraq played their first home match against Palestine on 10th July 2009 in the Franso Hariri Stadiummarker winning the match 3-0. Iraq played another match with Palestine again on 13th July in Al-Shaab Stadiummarker in Baghdadmarker, winning the game 4-0 in front of a crowd of over 50,000. Iraqi fans crouded up the Al-Shaab National stadium to the extreme where Iraqi fans sat on the pitch lining.

Two days later the AFC gave the green-light to Arbil as venue. The AFC Executive Committee approved Arbil on Wednesday as the venue for international matches involving the Iraqi national and clubs teams.

Franso Hariri Stadium as Iraq venue

Franso Hariri Stadium is a multi-purpose stadium in Arbilmarker, Iraqmarker. It is currently used mostly for football matches and also has facilities for athletics. The stadium holds 28,000, making it the second largest in Iraq after the Al Shaab Stadiummarker in Baghdadmarker. The stadium was built on an old airfield in 1956 and was redeveloped in 1992 and was named the Arbil Stadium up until 2001, when it was renamed the Martyr Franso Hariri Stadium after the assassination of the governor of Arbil.

In July, 2009 Franso Hariri Stadium became Iraq national football team's home venue after the green-light from AFC to host the Iraqi national and clubs teams in Arbil.

Kits

The Iraqi National Team home kit are White with green arms. There are also other Jerseys such as the jersey with a flag coming down the arm. The Iraqi national team has many jerseys and Peak Sportware is currently updating the national team jerseys for the 2009 Confederations Cup. The Iraq national football team is currently sponsored by Peak Sportwear. However, in world cup 1986, Iraq kits were all yellow with black trim and all light blue with white trim.

The Iraqi National Football team has previously been sponsored by brands such as Umbro, Jako, Adidas, Jack & Jones, Diadora, Lotto and its current sponsor Peak Sportware.

World-wide Competitions History

World Cup record

World Cup record
Year Round GP W D L GS GA
1930 to 1970 Did not enter - - - - - -
1974 Did not qualify - - - - - -
1978 Did not enter - - - - - -
1982 Did not qualify - - - - - -
1986 Round 1 3 0 0 3 1 4
1990 to 2010 Did not qualify - - - - - -
Total Best: Round 1 3 0 0 3 1 4
World Cup History
Year Round Score Result
1986 Round 1 0 – 1 Lose
Round 1 1 – 2 Lose
Round 1 0 – 1 Lose


FIFA Confederations Cup record

Confederations Cup
Year Round GP W D L GS GA
1992 to 2005 Did not enter - - - - - -
2009 round one 3 0 2 1 0 1
Total Best: Round 1 3 0 2 1 0 1
Confederations Cup History
Year Round Score Result
2009 Round 1 0 – 0 Draw
Round 1 0 – 1 Lose
Round 1 0 – 0 Draw


Olympic Games record

Olympic Games
Year Round GP W D L GF GA
1900 to 1956 Did not enter - - - - - -
1960 to 1976 Did not qualify - - - - - -
1980 Quarterfinals 4 1 2 1 4 5
1984 Round 1 3 0 1 2 3 6
1988 Round 1 3 1 1 1 5 4
1992 Did not enter - - - - - -
1996 to 2000
Did not qualify
- - - - - -
2004 4th Place 6 3 0 3 9 8
2008 Did not qualify - - - - - -
Total Best: 4th Place 16 4 5 7 21 23
Olympic Games History
Year Round Score Result
1980 Round 1 3 – 0 Win
Round 1 0 – 0 Draw
Round 1 1 – 1 Draw
Quarterfinals 0 – 4 Lose
Year Round Score Result
1984 Round 1 1 – 1 Draw
Round 1 0 – 1 Lose
Round 1 2 – 4 Lose
Year Round Score Result
1988 Round 1 2 – 2 Draw
Round 1 3 – 0 Win
Round 1 0 – 2 Lose
Year Round Score Result
2004 Round 1 4 – 2 Win
Round 1 2 – 0 Win
Round 1 1 – 2 Lose
Quarterfinals 1 – 0 Win
Semifinals 1 – 3 Lose
Third place 0 – 1 Lose


Asian Competitions History

Major Tournaments

Asian Cup record
Asian Cup
Year Round GP W D L GF GA
1956 to 1968 Did not enter - - - - - -
1972 Round 1 3 0 2 1 1 4
1976 4th Place 4 1 0 3 3 6
1980 to 1992 Did not enter - - - - - -
1996 Quarterfinals 4 2 0 2 6 4
2000 Quarterfinals 4 1 1 2 5 7
2004 Quarterfinals 4 2 0 2 5 7
2007 Champions 6 3 3 0 7 2
2011 Qualified - - - - - -
Total Best: Champions 25 9 6 10 27 30
Asian Games record
Asian Games
Year Round GP W D L GF GA
1951 to 1970
Did not enter
-
-
-
-
-
-
1974
Round 2
6
3
2
1
6
2
1978
4th Place
7
4
1
2
11
4
1982
Gold Medal
6
5
0
1
11
2
1986
Quarter Finals
5
3
1
1
13
5
1990 to 2002
Banned1
-
-
-
-
-
-
2006
Silver Medal
9
6
1
2
17
3
Total
Best: Gold Medal
33
21
5
7
58
16
1 Iraq was banned from the competition from 1991 to 2002 due to the Gulf War.

Regional Tournaments

Gulf Cup of Nations record

Gulf Cup of Nations
Year Round GP W D L GF GA
1970 to 1974
Did not enter
-
-
-
-
-
-
1976
2nd Place
7
4
2
1
23
8
1979
Champions
6
6
0
0
23
1
1982
Withdrew
-
-
-
-
-
-
1984
Champions
7
4
2
1
12
5
1986
Round 1
6
1
3
2
8
9
1988
Champions
6
4
2
0
8
1
1990
Withdrew
-
-
-
-
-
-
1992 to 2003
Banned1
-
-
-
-
-
-
2004
Round 1
3
0
2
1
5
7
2007
Round 1
3
1
1
1
2
2
2009
Round 1
3
0
1
2
2
8
Total
Best: Champions
41
20
13
8
83
41
1 Iraq was banned from the competition from 1991 to 2003 due to the Gulf War.


WAFF Championship record
WAFF Championship
Year Round GP W D L GF GA
2000
3rd Place
5
3
2
0
10
2
2002
Champions
4
3
1
0
6
2
2004
4th Place
4
1
0
3
4
8
2007
2nd Place
4
2
1
1
5
2
2008
Withdrew
-
-
-
-
-
-
Total
Best: Champions
17
9
4
4
25
14


West Asian Games record
West Asian Games
Year Round GP W D L GF GA
1997 to 2002
Did not Enter
-
-
-
-
-
-
2005
Champions
4
3
1
0
13
3
Total
Best: Champions
4
3
1
0
13
3


Inter Confederations Competitions History

Arab Nations Cup record
Arab Nations Cup
Year Round GP W D L GF GA
1963
Did not enter
-
-
-
-
-
-
1964
Champions
4
3
1
0
6
2
1966
Champions
6
5
1
0
20
5
1985
Champions
4
3
1
0
7
3
1988
Champions
6
2
4
0
7
2
1992 to 2002
Banned1
-
-
-
-
-
-
2009
Qualifications-on going
-
-
-
-
-
-
Total
Best: Champions
20
13
7
0
40
12
1 Iraq was banned from the competition from 1991 to 2002 due to the Gulf War.
Pan Arab Games record
Pan Arab Games
Year Round GP W D L GF GA
1953
Did not enter
-
-
-
-
-
-
1957
Round 1
3
1
1
1
8
8
1961
Did not enter
-
-
-
-
-
-
1965
Round 1
4
1
2
1
7
2
1976
Did not enter
-
-
-
-
-
-
1985
Champions
4
4
0
0
7
1
1997
Did not enter
-
-
-
-
-
-
1999
2nd Place
7
4
1
2
17
9
2007
Did not enter
-
-
-
-
-
-
Total
Best: Champions
18
10
4
4
39
20


Coaching staff

Current coaching staff

Current coaching staff
Head coach Nadhim Shakir
Assistant coach Haidar Nejm
Saleem Mallakh
Goalkeeping coach Hashim Khamis


Current coach Achievements

Achievements
2011 AFC Asian Cup Yet to be played


Current Coach Managerial stats with Iraq (A) team

Last updated: November 18, 2009
Coach Period Matches Wins Draws Losses
Nadhim Shakir July 3, 2009 - Present 4 4 0 0


Current Squad

Squad information

Most Recent Squad
Date announced November 11, 2009
Game - November 15, 2009
- November 18, 2009
Venue Tahnoun Bin Mohamed Stadiummarker, Abu Dhabimarker, UAEmarker
Competition UAE International Cup 2009
Dropped Alaa Gatea, Uday Taleb, Dara Mohammed, Muayad Khalid,
Khalid Mushir,Saeed Mohsen, Fareed Majeed, Ahmad Abdul-Jabar,
Halgurd Mulla Mohammed, Luay Salah, Ahmad Salah Alwan

Injured Fareed Majeed
Suspended Luay Salah
Called Up Ahmad Ali Jaber, Ali Mutashar, Ous Ibrahim, Mohammed Qabel,
Muthana Khalid, Nashat Akram, Qusay Munir, Mustafa Karim


  • Caps and goals included Iraq match against UAE on November 18, 2009.


Recent Squad

# Name Date of birth Club Caps (goals)
Goalkeepers
1 Ahmad Ali Jaber August 2, 1982 (age 27) Arbil 14 (0)
12 Mohammed Gassid December 10, 1986 (age 22) Al-Zawraa 18 (0)
21 Ali Mutashar 1989 (age 20) Al-Talaba 0 (0)
Defenders
2 Mohammed Ali Karim June 25, 1986 (age 22) Mes Kerman 13 (0)
3 Bassim Abbas July 1, 1982 (age 26) Diyarbakirspor 67 (3)
4 Salam Shakir July 31, 1986 (age 22) Al-Khor 18 (0)
14 Ous Ibrahim January 1, 1986 (age 23) Al-Shorta 5 (0)
15 Ali Rehema August 8, 1985 (age 23) Al-Wakra 52 (1)
16 Samal Saeed December 1, 1987 (age 21) Al-Shorta 17 (0)
20 Nabeel Abbas January 1, 1986 (age 23) Arbil 2 (0)
26 Mohammed Qabel January 9, 1988 (age 21) Karbalaa 1 (0)
Midfielders
5 Nashat Akram September 12, 1984 (age 24) FC Twente 80 (10)
6 Salih Sadir August 21, 1981 (age 27) Rah Ahan 52 (11)
8 Samer Saeed December 1, 1987 (age 21) Al-Shamal 9 (0)
11 Hawar Mulla Mohammed June 1, 1981 (age 28) Persepolis 80 (17)
13 Karrar Jassim March 15, 1987 (age 21) Tractor Sazi 29 (2)
18 Mahdi Karim December 10, 1983 (age 25) Arbil 71 (11)
24 Qusay Munir April 12, 1981 (age 27) Qatar SC 52 (5)
25 Muthana Khalid JaJune 14 1989 (age 20) Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya 1 (0)
Strikers
7 Emad Mohammed July 24, 1982 (age 26) Sepahan 81 (24)
9 Mustafa Karim July 21, 1987 (age 22) Sharjah 13 (0)
10 Younis Mahmoud (captain) March 2, 1983 (age 26) Al-Gharafa 77 (29)
17 Alaa Abdul-Zahra December 22, 1987 (age 21) Al-Kharitiyath 17 (2)
19 Ali Salah Hashim January 1, 1987 (age 22) Dohuk 6 (0)


Recent call-ups

  • The following players have also been called up to Iraq squad for the last 6 months.


Pos Name Date of birth Club Caps (goals) Latest call-up
Goalkeepers
GK Alaa Gatea May 3, 1987 (age 21) Najaf 1 (0) v. , July 13, 2009
GK Uday Taleb November 6, 1981 (age 27) Dohuk 5 (0) v. , July 13, 2009
GK Noor Sabri June 6, 1984 (age 25) Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya 63 (0) v. , June 20, 2009
GK Sarhang Mohsen December 4, 1986 (age 22) Arbil 5 (0) v. , March 28, 2009
Defenders
DF Dara Mohammed July 16, 1987 (aged 21) Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya 1 (0) v. , July 13, 2009
DF Muayad Khalid September 1, 1985 (age 23) Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya 4 (0) v. , July 13, 2009
DF Khalid Mushir February 14, 1981 (age 28) Duhok 19 (0) v. , July 13, 2009
DF Essam Yassin March 11, 1987 (age 22) Arbil 1 (0) v. , June 20, 2009
DF Khaldoun Ibrahim July 16, 1987 (age 21) Al-Shorta 16 (0) v. , March 28, 2009
DF Haidar Abdul-Amir April 5, 1982 (age 26) Shabab Al-Ordon 47 (3) v. , January 10, 2009
DF Jassim Mohammed Ghulam March 11, 1979 (age 30) Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya 24 (1) v. , January 10, 2009
DF Saad Attiya February 26, 1987 (age 22) Al-Shorta 14 (1) v. , January 10, 2009
Midfielders
MF Fareed Majeed August 17, 1986 (age 22) Al-Kharitiyath 10 (0) v. , July 13, 2009
MF Ahmad Abdul-Jabar January 8, 1978 (age 31) Baghdad 27 (0) v. , July 13, 2009
MF Halgurd Mulla Mohammed March 11, 1988 (age 21) Arbil 7 (0) v. , July 13, 2009
MF Saeed Mohsen January 22, 1982 (age 27) Najaf 18 (0) v. , July 13, 2009
MF Abdul-Wahab Abu Al-Hail December 21, 1976 (aged 32) Foolad 67 (8) v. , June 20, 2009
MF Safwan Abdul-Ghani September 9, 1983 (age 25) Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya 8 (0) v. , May 31, 2009
MF Ahmad Ayad January 1, 1986 (age 23) Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya 3 (0) v. , May 31, 2009
MF Mohannad Nassir April 4, 1983 (age 26) Dohuk 1 (0) v. , May 31, 2009
MF Herdi Noor Al-Din 1992 (age 17) Arbil 2 (0) v. , March 28, 2009
MF Hussein Abdul-Wahed 1986 (age 23) Arbil 2 (0) v. , March 28, 2009
MF Nadim Karim 1989 (age 20) Al-Talaba 1 (0) v. , March 28, 2009
MF Jabir Shakir 1987 (age 22) Al-Talaba 1 (0) v. , March 28, 2009
MF Aqeel Mohammed January 1, 1986 (age 23) Al-Talaba 0 (0) v. , March 28, 2009
MF Haitham Kadhim July 21, 1983 (age 25) Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya 38 (0) v. , January 10, 2009
MF Ahmad Abd Ali January 18, 1986 (age 23) Arbil 17 (0) v. , January 10, 2009
Forwards
FW Luay Salah February 7, 1982 (age 27) Arbil 18 (4) v. , July 13, 2009
FW Ahmad Salah Alwan June 18, 1982 (age 27) Arbil 23 (5) v. , July 13, 2009
FW Muslim Mubarak June 13, 1985 (age 23) Arbil 2 (0) v. , March 28, 2009
FW Amjad Kalaf 1991 (age 18) Al-Shorta 2 (0) v. , March 28, 2009
FW Mohammed Nasser April 12, 1984 (age 24) Esteghlal Ahvaz 19 (6) v. , January 10, 2009


Previous Squads



Coaches

Coaches by Years (1951-2009)





67 Coaches, 49 Iraqimarker Coaches and 18 Foreign Coaches.

Youth Level

AFC Youth Championship record

AFC Youth Championship
Year Round GP W D L GF GA
1959 to 1974
Did not enter
-
-
-
-
-
-
1975
Champions
6
4
1
1
18
2
1976
Quarterfinals
4
3
1
0
13
1
1977
Champions
5
5
0
0
19
4
1978
Champions
6
4
2
0
20
2
1980
Did not enter
-
-
-
-
-
-
1982
3rd Place
3
1
0
2
4
5
1985 to 1986
Did not qualify
-
-
-
-
-
-
1988
Champions
5
2
3
0
5
3
1990 to 1992
Did not enter
-
-
-
-
-
-
1994
4th Place
6
2
2
2
8
8
1996
Did not enter
-
-
-
-
-
-
1998
Round 1
4
1
0
3
6
13
2000
Champions
6
3
3
0
11
3
2002
Did not qualify
-
-
-
-
-
-
2004
Quarterfinals
4
3
0
1
7
1
2006
Quarterfinals
4
2
1
1
8
5
2008
Round 1
3
1
0
2
3
5
2010
Qualification
-
-
-
-
-
-
Total
Best: Champions
56
31
13
12
122
52

FIFA Youth World Cup record

FIFA Youth World Cup
Year Round GP W D L GF GA
1977
Round 1
3
1
0
2
6
8
1979
Withdrew
-
-
-
-
-
-
1981 to 1987
Did not qualify
-
-
-
-
-
-
1989
Quarterfianls
4
3
0
1
5
2
1991 to 1999
Did not qualify
-
-
-
-
-
-
2001
Round 1
3
1
0
2
5
9
2003 to 2007
Did not qualify
-
-
-
-
-
-
Total
Best: Quarterfinals
10
5
0
5
16
19


Trivia

  • Iraq hold the Asian record for having scored in 27 consecutive matches between 1989 and 2001.


References

  1. Theage.com.au - The torturing
  2. Worldsoccer.com - 2007 World team of the year
  3. Kooora.com - Iraq nominated for the 2007 prince of Asturias award
  4. FIFA provisionally suspends Iraq, Associated Press, May 26, 2008.
  5. Socceroos qualifier against Iraq to proceed, The Age, May 29, 2008.
  6. Iraqi Football Association suspended, FIFA, November 20, 2009.
  7. ملعب الشعب (The People's Stadium) from the Arabic-language Wikipedia. Retrieved on January 18, 2009
  8. WorldStadiums.com - Stadiums in Iraq
  9. AFC green-light to Arbil as venue
  10. rsssf.com: Iraq National Team Coaches
  11. niis.com: Niiis.net Iraqi Coaches
  12. fifa.com: Aussies face tough test


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