Al-Zawra'a SC

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Al-Zawra'a SC
Al Zawra Logo
Full name Al-Zawra'a Sport Club
Nickname(s) The Gulls (النوارس)
The Kings (الملوك)
The Boss (الزعيم)
School of Football (المدرسة)
Founded 1969 as Al-Muwasalat
1972 renamed Al-Zawraa
Ground Al Zawraa Stadium,[1] Baghdad, Iraq
Ground Capacity 20,000[1]
Chairman Falah Hassan
Manager Jamal Ali
League Iraqi Premier League
2012–13 4th
Website Club home page
Current season
Al-Zawra'a Alternative Logo

Al-Zawra'a Sport Club (Arabic: نادي الزوراء الرياضي‎) is an Iraqi football club based in Utayfia, Karkh district, West Districts of the Tigris River, Baghdad, Iraq. Al-Zawra'a is considered to be one of the best Iraqi football clubs in history, as it has won 12 national titles (most recently the 2010–11 season). The team was a runner-up to the Japanese club Shimizu S-Pulse in the 2000 edition of the now defunct Asian Cup Winner's Cup.

History[edit]

  • In 1937 Sikak Al-Hadeed (Railways) was founded.
  • In 1969 Al-Muwasalat (Transportation) was founded.
  • In 1972 Al-Muwasalat (Transportation) renamed Al-Zawraa.
  • In 1974 Sikak Al-Hadeed (Railways) renamed Al-Naqil (Transport).
  • In 1975 Al-Naqil (Transport) is dissolved an the club's players and coaching staff joined fellow Ministry of Transport club Al-Zawraa
  • In 1975 Al-Zawra promoted to Iraqi League for the first time and win the league and cup double in first season.

Stadium[edit]

The Kings Stadium (Arabic: ملعب الملوك‎) is a multi-use stadium in Baghdad, Iraq. It is currently used mostly for football matches and is the home stadium of Al Zawra. The stadium holds 20,000 people and was built in 1978.

Al Shaab Stadium (Arabic: ملعب الشعب‎) also known as The People's Stadium, is a multi-use stadium in Baghdad, Iraq. 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 Iraq and Benfica, for whom Eusébio was playing.

Ultras Kings[edit]

Al-Zawraa fans are called Kings Al-Zawraa Ultras .

Squad[edit]

The current squad for the 2013–14 season.[2]
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Iraq GK Ahmad Ali (vice-captain)
2 Iraq DF Ashraf Abdul-Karim
3 Syria DF Hussein Jwayed
4 Iraq DF Muayad Khalid
5 Iraq DF Aqeel Qassim
6 Iraq MF Salih Sadir
7 Iraq FW Tariq Ziyad
9 Iraq FW Mohammed Mahmoud
10 Iraq FW Marwan Hussein
11 Nigeria FW Rahim Olabi
12 Iraq GK Hashem Ali
13 Iraq MF Amjad Waleed
14 Iraq DF Haidar Abdul-Amir (Captain)
16 Syria MF Zaher Midani
No. Position Player
17 Iraq MF Haidar Sabah
18 Iraq MF Ali Madhloum
19 Iraq FW Mohammed Juma
20 Iraq GK Alaa Gatea
22 Iraq MF Thul-Faqar Malek
23 Iraq MF Mahmoud Abdul-Salam
24 Iraq DF Mohammed Karim Kamel
25 Iraq MF Ahmad Abid Ali
30 Iraq GK Mohammed Kadhim
29 Iraq FW Ayad Ibrahim
31 Syria DF Abdulkader Al Barak
33 Iraq MF Numaier Hameed
34 Iraq MF Mohammed Ibrahim
35 Iraq MF Samer Majed Abdul-Malik

Notable players[edit]

For a list of all Al-Zawraa players, see List of Al-Zawraa players

Special number[edit]

Number 8 is considered the most special number in Al-Zawra'a, It started when Falah Hassan wore this number in the 70's, Falah Hassan was famous of his dribbling skills and nicknamed as the Iraqi Fox. In the 80's another Legend wore number 8, Ahmad Radhi who won many titles with Al-Zawraa and Iraq national team such like the first AFC player in the year, Arab player of the year 88 among other titles. In the 90's Hesham Mohammed one of the best strikers in Al-Zawraa wore number 8. In the millennium Falah Hassan's nephew Haidar Sabah once wore the number eight before transferring from the club.

Rivalries[edit]

Al-Zawra'a rival team is Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya.

Famous Head Coaches[edit]

[3]

Notable former players[edit]

 

Honours[edit]

Local honours[edit]

1976, 1977, 1979, 1991, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2006, 2011
1976, 1979, 1981, 1982, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000

Al-Zawra'a in the Iraqi League[edit]

Iraqi Premier League Iraqi Premier League 1986 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC)

Iraqi Premier League Iraqi Premier League Iraq War

Iraqi Premier League 2012–13 Iraqi Premier League

Performance in AFC competitions[edit]

2003: Third qualifying round
2005: Group stage
2007: Group stage
2009: Round of 16
2012: Round of 16

Asian Club Championship[edit]

1996: Second Round
1997: 4th place
1998: Second Round
2001: First Round
2002: Second Round

Asian Cup Winners Cup[edit]

1993/94: First Round
1999/00: Finalist

Individual honours[edit]

2009 FIFA Confederations Cup

The following players have played in the FIFA Confederations Cup whilst playing for Al-Zawra'a:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Al Zawra'a SC". Soccerway. Global Sports Media. Retrieved 21 October 2012. 
  2. ^ Kooora Al-Zawra squa
  3. ^ Mubarak, Hassanin. "Al-Zawraa – Coaches". RSSSF. Retrieved 2009-02-26. 

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