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Football is the most popular sport in Iraqmarker. Football is a considerable uniting factor in Iraqmarker following years of war and unrest. Basketball, Swimming, Weightlifting, Bodybuilding, Boxing, Kick Boxing and Tennis are also popular sports.

Football (Soccer)

The Iraqi national football team are the 2007 AFC Asian Cup Champions after defeating Saudi Arabiamarker in the final, held in Jakartamarker, Indonesiamarker. In 2006 Iraq reached the football final of the 2006 Asian Games in Dohamarker, Qatarmarker after defeating former World Cup semifinalists South Koreamarker and eventually finished runners up, winning silver. The football tournament of the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athensmarker, Greecemarker saw Iraq finish in 4th place, with Italy claiming bronze from a single goal.

Iraq has several sports leagues, some of which are endorsed by local industry sponsors. For example, Electric Club is paid for by the Ministry of Electricity, and Al Naft is supported by the oil industry.

The Iraqi Football Association ( ) is the governing body of football in Iraqmarker, controlling the Iraqi national team and the Iraq Super League (also known as Dawri Al-Nokba). It was founded in 1948, and has been a member of FIFAmarker since 1950 and the Asian Football Confederation since 1971.

Popular Football Clubs

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Further Information: Iraq national basketball team

In Iraq, there are at least two leagues, the Iraqi Basketball Association, the country's professional organization, runs a number of adult and youth leagues, and the Premiere League, for elite players.

Basketball Clubs



Iraqi professional wrestler Adnan Al-Kaissie is known as General Adnan.

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