2012–13 Iraqi Premier League

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Iraqi Premier League
Season 2012–13
Champions Al-Shorta
Relegated Al-Kahraba (15th)
Sulaymaniya (16th)
Al-Sinaa (17th)
Kirkuk (18th)
AFC Champions League qualifiers Al-Shorta
AFC Cup Erbil
UAFA Club Cup Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya
Matches played 306
Goals scored 772 (2.52 per match)
Top goalscorer Iraq Amjad Radhi (25 goals)
Biggest home win Erbil 8–1 Al-Mina
Biggest away win Al-Sinaa 0–6 Al-Minaa
Highest scoring Erbil 8–1 Al-Mina

The 2012–13 Iraqi Premier League was the 39th season of the Iraqi Premier League since its establishment in 1974. The season began on 19 October 2012 and finished on 4 September 2013. Al-Shorta ended up as the champions with 72 points, two points ahead of nearest rivals Arbil FC. Al-Shorta were defeated only twice in the entire season and this title was their third Iraqi League title in their history; it was also the first time they had won the league since 1998.

Format[edit]

The league's format has changed once again this season, following the switch from a two-group format to a traditional league last season. A total of 18 teams are contesting the league, two fewer than last season. As a result of this, the bottom four teams in the 2011-12 season were relegated but only two were promoted from the Iraq Division 1. These two promoted teams were Naft Al-Janoob and Sulaymaniya.

The winner and the runner-up qualify to the 2014 AFC Cup. The 3rd place this season will qualify for the 2013–14 UAFA Club Cup.

4 teams will be relegated to 2013–14 Iraq Division 1 and 2 teams will be promoted from 2012–13 Iraq Division 1 to the Iraqi Premier League next season 2013–14.[1]

SWAT Incident[edit]

on June 23, 2013 post Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya match, seven football players of Karbala FC and their coach were beaten by the anti-terror police. They used sticks and batons against the coach and his players. Five of them were in critical condition, and on the 30th of June, Mohammed Al-Jaboury, coach of Karbala FC has passed away in hospital.[2]

Teams[edit]

Stadia and locations[edit]

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Team Home city Venue Capacity
Selected matches Baghdad Al-Shaab Stadium 50,000
Al-Kahraba Baghdad Al Naft Stadium 3,000
Al-Masafi Baghdad Al-Masafi Stadium 5,000
Al-Minaa Basra Al Mina'a Stadium 10,000
Al-Naft Baghdad Al Naft Stadium 3,000
Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya Baghdad Al Jawiya Stadium 10,000
Al-Shorta Baghdad Al Shorta Stadium 7,000
Al-Sinaa Baghdad Al Sina'a Stadium 10,000
Al-Talaba Baghdad Al Karkh Stadium 6,000
Al-Zawraa Baghdad Al Zawraa Stadium 20,000
Baghdad Baghdad Baghdad Stadium 3,000
Dohuk Duhok Duhok Stadium 20,000
Erbil Erbil Franso Hariri Stadium 40,000
Karbalaa Karbalaa Karbala Stadium 5,000
Kirkuk Kirkuk Kirkuk Olympic Stadium 30,000
Naft Al-Janoob Basra Naft Al-Janoob Stadium 4,000
Najaf Najaf An Najaf Stadium 10,000
Sulaymaniya Sulaymaniyah Sulaymaniyah Stadium 12,000
Zakho Zakho Zakho Stadium 6,000

Number of teams by Iraqi Governorates[edit]

Governorate Teams Name of Teams
Center
Baghdad 9 Al-Kahraba, Al-Masafi, Al-Naft, Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya, Al-Shorta, Al-Sinaa, Al-Talaba, Al-Zawraa and Baghdad
North
Dohuk 2 Dohuk and Zakho
Erbil 1 Erbil
Kirkuk 1 Kirkuk
Sulaymaniya 1 Sulaymaniya
Middle Euphrates
Karbalaa 1 Karbalaa
Najaf 1 Najaf
South
Basra 2 Al-Minaa and Naft Al-Janoob

Current foreign players[edit]

4 Foreign players allowed for each club

Club Player 1 Player 2 Player 3 Player 4
Al-Kahraba
Al-Masafi
Al-Minaa France Claude Gnakpa Yemen Ahmed Al-Sadeq Yemen Ala Al-Sasi Syria Hamid Mido
Al-Naft Egypt Mohamed Shawky Syria Hamdi Al-Masri Syria Mutaz Kailouni
Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya Cameroon Makadji Boukar Cameroon Jean-Paul Ndeki Equatorial Guinea Ben Konaté
Al-Shorta Cameroon Innocent Awoa Nigeria Minusu Buba (on loan) Burkina Faso Paul Koulibaly
Al-Sinaa Syria Mohannad Ibrahim
Al-Talaba Ghana Habib Mohamed Yemen Shaaban Al-Najjar
Al-Zawraa Syria Hussein Jwayed Lebanon Ibrahim Bahsoun Syria Zaher Midani Syria Kinan Deeb
Baghdad
Dohuk Brazil Jailton Oliveira Syria Ali Diab Syria Burhan Sahyouni SwedenIraq Seif Kadhim
Erbil Senegal Albaye Papa Diop Syria Nadim Sabagh Uganda Ivan Bukenya
Karbalaa
Kirkuk Cameroon Arona Senegal Malick N’diaye
Naft Al-Janoob Syria Moayad Ajan Syria Mohamad Daas Syria Taha Dyab Syria Mohamad Fares
Najaf Nigeria Raphael Odadah Nigeria Raheem Owolabi Nigeria Uche Ogbonnaya Syria Adib Barakat
Sulaymaniya Syria Bakri Tarab Syria Mahmoud Amnah Syria Majd Homsi Uganda Sula Matovu
Zakho Sweden Iraq Bovar Karim Syria Alaa Al-Shbli Syria Firas Ismail Syria Raja Rafe

League Table[edit]

Current table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Al-Shorta (C), (Q) 34 20 12 2 62 29 +33 72 2014 AFC Champions League Qualifying play-off
2 Erbil (Q) 34 21 7 6 67 34 +33 70 2014 AFC Cup
3 Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya (Q) 34 21 6 7 60 33 +27 69 2013–14 UAFA Club Cup
4 Al-Zawraa 34 18 11 5 61 29 +32 65
5 Dohuk 34 16 10 8 54 35 +19 58
6 Baghdad 34 13 14 7 35 28 +7 53
7 Al-Minaa 34 15 7 12 54 48 +6 52
8 Zakho 34 14 10 10 47 41 +6 52
9 Al-Naft 34 13 7 14 42 43 −1 46
10 Naft Al-Janoob 34 9 12 13 47 49 −2 0391
11 Najaf 34 10 8 16 34 43 −9 38
12 Karbala 34 9 10 15 40 48 −8 37
13 Al-Masafi 34 10 7 17 27 38 −11 37
14 Al-Talaba 34 9 8 17 35 47 −12 35
15 Al-Kahraba (R) 34 9 7 18 30 47 −17 0341 Relegation to the Iraq Division 1
16 Sulaymaniya (R) 34 9 7 18 37 60 −23 34
17 Al-Sinaa (R) 34 4 13 17 23 46 −23 25
18 Kirkuk (R) 34 4 6 24 17 74 −57 18

Updated to games played on 4 September 2013.
Source: Soccerway
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.
1Al-Kahraba and Naft Al-Janoob were deducted 3 points due to refusing to play after Karabla coach's death incident in round 25. Later on July 27, before round 30, the Iraqi FA Considered both team loss without deducting any points.

Results table[edit]

Home \ Away[1] KAH MAS MIN NFT JAW SHO SIN TAL ZAW BGD DUH ERB KRB KRK JAN NJF SUL ZAK
Al-Kahraba 1–0 0–1 2–1 0–3 1–1 1–1 0–1 0–1 0–1 1–1 3–5 2–1 2–0 Note2 1–0 1–0 1–2
Masafi Al-Wasat 2–0 0–1 1–2 0–0 2–3 2–2 1–1 0–1 0–1 1–0 1–1 0–1 3–0 1–0 1–0 2–1 2–1
Al-Minaa 1–0 0–0 1–0 1–3 2–1 1–1 0–0 0–1 2–1 1–2 2–3 4–4 3–0 0–2 3–1 5–2 2–1
Al-Naft 1–2 4–2 2–1 2–2 1–2 3–1 1–2 1–2 2–4 0–0 1–2 1–0 3–2 2–1 4–1 0–2 1–1
Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya 3–1 2–0 1–3 0–0 4–0 1–0 2–1 3–3 1–0 2–1 3–0 1–0 3–0 2–0 1–0 2–0 1–0
Al-Shorta 0–0 5–0 4–1 2–2 4–1 3–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 4–3 1–1 3–2 1–0 2–1 2–0 4–0 2–0
Al-Sinaa 1–1 1–0 0–6 0–1 2–1 0–1 2–0 1–0 0–0 0–0 1–1 1–2 0–1 1–1 0–0 0–0 0–1
Al-Talaba 2–0 0–1 0–3 0–0 1–2 0–3 2–1 1–2 0–2 2–2 2–2 2–1 2–0 0–1 2–1 3–0 2–3
Al-Zawraa 1–0 2–1 0–0 4–0 1–2 1–2 3–0 1–0 2–2 1–1 0–1 2–2 7–0 3–2 1–0 4–0 4–1
Baghdad 0–0 1–0 1–0 1–0 2–1 1–1 2–1 0–0 1–1 1–2 1–0 1–0 1–1 1–1 0–3 3–2 1–1
Duhok 1–0 2–1 1–0 0–1 1–0 1–1 1–1 1–0 1–3 2–0 1–2 2–1 4–0 4–2 3–2 4–0 2–2
Erbil 2–1 2–1 8–1 0–1 1–1 0–1 1–0 3–1 2–1 1–0 0–1 3–0 6–0 0–1 4–1 4–1 2–1
Karbalaa 0–1 0–0 1–0 0–2 2–4 0–1 1–1 3–2 0–2 2–1 1–1 1–1 4–0 2–1 1–1 0–0 3–2
Kirkuk 1–1 0–1 1–1 0–0 0–3 0–1 2–1 2–1 1–1 0–0 0–4 1–2 0–1 1–2 1–0 1–2 0–1
Naft Al-Janoob 4–1 1–1 4–3 3–1 0–1 0–2 2–2 1–1 2–2 0–3 1–1 1–1 2–2 2–0 3–1 1–1 3–3
Najaf 1–3 1–0 1–1 1–0 3–1 1–1 1–0 3–1 1–1 0–0 2–1 0–1 1–1 1–0 1–0 4–2 1–1
Sulaymaniya 3–1 0–1 0–1 0–2 1–1 1–1 2–0 2–1 0–2 1–1 1–3 2–3 2–1 6–2 1–0 1–0 0–1
Zakho 5–2 1–0 2–3 1–0 3–2 0–0 2–1 0–1 0–0 0–0 1–0 1–2 1–0 4–0 2–2 1–0 1–1

Updated to games played on 4 September 2013.
Source: Soccerway
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
For coming matches, an a indicates there is an article about the match.

2Al-Kahraba and Naft Al-Janoob were deducted 3 points due to refusing to play after Karabla coach's death incident in round 25. Later on July 27, before round 30, the Iraqi FA Considered both team loss without deducting any points.

Season statistics[edit]

Top scorers[edit]

As of September 4, 2013
Rank Player Club Goals
1 Iraq Amjad Radhi Erbil 25
2 Iraq Alaa Abdul-Zahra Dohuk 20
3 Iraq Mustafa Karim Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya 17
4 Iraq Luay Salah Erbil 15
5 Iraq Haidar Sabah Al-Zawraa 11
Iraq Mustafa Jawda Al-Kahraba

Hattricks[edit]

Player name Scored for Scored against Goals Result Date of match
Cameroon Jean Michel N'Lend Al-Shorta Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya 3 4-1 18 November 2012
Iraq Nasser Talla Al-Mina Sulaymaniya 4 5-2 27 January 2013
Iraq Amjad Radhi Erbil Kirkuk 3 6-0 28 January 2013
Iraq Amjad Radhi Erbil Najaf 3 4-1 1 March 2013
Iraq Hasan Hamoud Al-Mina Al-Sinaa 3 6-0 12 April 2013
Iraq Alaa Abdul-Zahra Dohuk Kirkuk 3 4-0 19 April 2013
Iraq Emad Mohammed Al-Zawra Kirkuk 3 7-0 29 April 2013
Iraq Mustafa Jawda Al-Kahraba Erbil 3 3-5 6 May 2013

Media coverage[edit]

Iraqi Premier League Media Coverage
Country Television Channel Matches
 Iraq Al-Iraqiya Sports Channel 3 Matches per round

Others[edit]

References[edit]