Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya

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Air Force SC
نادي القوة الجوية الرياضي
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Full name Nadi Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya
Nickname(s) Al-Soqoor "Falcons"
Founded 1931
Ground Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya Stadium
Ground Capacity 10,000
Chairman Anwar Hamad Ameen
Manager Hussam Al-Sayed
League Iraqi Premier League
2012-2013 3rd
Home colours
Away colours
Current season

Air Force Sports Club or Nadi Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya Al-Riyadhi (Arabic: نادي القوة الجوية الرياضي‎) is a football club based in Rusafa District, Baghdad, Iraq. Al-Jawiya is one of the biggest and most successful club in Iraq. It has won 5 Premier Leagues titles as well as 7 FA Cups. It has also participated several times in the AFC competitions.

History[edit]

Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya is Arabic for "Air Force". It was the first club to be found in Iraq on July 4th, 1931. It was founded under the name of "Gipsy Moth," by a group of Iraqi flight policemen from the Hinaidi RAF Base. Al-Jawiya played its first match one day after it was founded, on July 5th against another military team from the Habbaniya RAF Base (50 miles west of Baghdad). Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya renamed its club to Al-Tayaran (Airlines) in 1974 and decided to revert to back Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya in 1991.

Stadium[edit]

Al-Jawiya's stadium is located in Baghdad, next to Falastin Street. It has a capacity of 10,000. However, the stadium is too small while it lacks all main facilities.

Supporters[edit]

Al-Jawiya has a large fanbase throughout Iraq, most fans are based in Baghdad though. The supporters call themselves Al-Soqoor, which means the hawks. This is also the nickname of the club. The fans are very loyal to the club, however, the stadium is not always filled. The main reasons for this is that the stadium lacks all regular facilities, like proper seats and a roof to protect the supporters from the burning sun during the period of April to October. Also, many games are played during the day on work days which prevents many supporters to visit the matches. The security in Baghdad (Iraq in general) hasn't helped to engourage the supporters either.

The games against big clubs like Al Zawraa, Al Shorta, Arbil and Dohuk are always packed.

Ultras Blue Hawks[edit]

As of 2012, Ultras Blue Hawks was founded by a group of fanatics. The Ultras has now grown to a big firm of a few thousand. They are the ones that create a good atmosphere during the game.

Current squad[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Iraq GK Fahad Talib
2 Iraq DF Saad Attiya
4 Iraq DF Mohammed Abdul-Zahra
5 Iraq MF Ibrahim Kamil
6 Iraq DF Ayad Sadir
7 Iraq MF Haitham Kadhim (Captain)
8 Iraq FW Hammadi Ahmad
9 Syria FW Ahmad Al Douni
10 Iraq FW Ali Saad
13 Iraq MF Bashar Rasan
14 Iraq DF Mustafa Nadhim
16 Iraq MF Ali Sabah
17 Iraq MF Ihab Kadhim
22 Iraq GK Noor Sabri (vice-captain)
23 Iraq DF Salah Hilal
No. Position Player
24 Iraq DF Faisal Jassim
25 Iraq FW Akram Hameed
26 Iraq MF Haidar Hussein Askar
28 Cameroon MF Makadji Boukar
30 Syria MF Omar Khribin
31 Iraq DF Majid Jawad
32 Iraq DF Ahmed Mohammed
35 Iraq MF Hussein Jawad
40 Iraq GK Haider Mohammed
71 Iraq GK Muhanned Qasim
Iraq DF Emad Khalaf
Iraq MF Abdul-Aziz Koni
Iraq MF Ahmed Nadhem
Iraq FW Abdul-Aziz Drezi
Iraq FW Hussam Ibrahim

Current technical staff[edit]

Position Name
Coach Iraq Hussam Al Sayed
Assistant coach Iraq Rafah Al-Kahlil
Iraq Razzaq Farhan
Iraq Ahmed Khudair
Goalkeeping coach Iraq Hashem Khamees
Club doctor Iraq Khalib Abbas

Honours[edit]

Local Record[edit]

1961-62, 1963-64, 1972-73 (as League of the Institutes of Baghdad), 1973-74 (as League of the Institutes of Iraq)
1974-75,1989-1990, 1991-92, 1996-97, 2004-05
1963, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1978, 1992, 1997

AFC Champions League[edit]

AFC Cup Winners Cup[edit]

Individual Honours[edit]

2009 FIFA Confederations Cup

The following players have played in the FIFA Confederations Cup whilst playing for Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya :

Rivalries[edit]

Iraqi Clasico ..

Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya vs Al-Zawraa

Famous players[edit]

Old Logo
 

Notable former managers[edit]

See also[edit]

External links[edit]