Bassim Abbas

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Bassim Abbas
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Personal information
Full name Bassim Abbas Gatea Al-Ogaili
Date of birth (1979-08-10) 10 August 1979 (age 34)
Place of birth Baghdad, Iraq
Height 1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)
Playing position Left-back
Club information
Current team
Number 3
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000−2004 Al-Talaba
2004 Esteghlal Ahvaz
2005−2006 Al-Talaba
2006−2007 Al-Nejmeh
2007−2008 Al-Arabi
2008 Umm-Salal 2 (0)
2008−2009 Al-Talaba
2009−2010 Diyarbakırspor 20 (0)
2010−2011 Konyaspor 26 (1)
2011− Baghdad 21 (2)
National team
2001−2012 Iraq 89 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 31 January 2012.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of October 16, 2012

Bassim Abbas Gatea Al-Ogaili (Arabic: باسم عباس كاطع العقيلي‎, born 10 August 1979 in Iraq) simply known as Bassim Abbas, is an Iraqi professional footballer. He currently plays as a defender for Baghdad football club in Iraq and the Iraq national football team.


The Bagdad club Al-Talaba has long been renowned for its ability to develop and nurture young talent. One player to have benefitted from their youth system is Basem Abbas, who over recent years has blossomed into one of Iraq's most dependable defenders.

Born in August 1979, Abbas's playing career was punctuated by three separate stints with Al Talaba. After spending his first four years with ‘the Students' while he honed his craft, he made a high-profile move to Iranian giants Esteghlal Ahvaz in 2004. Within a year, though, he had returned to Al Talaba, where he played for another season. He then went on to play for three other clubs (Nejmeh, Al-Arabi Sports Club, Umm-Salal ). until his journey came full circle and he began a third spell in 2008.

However, after his great performance in the FIFA Confederations Cup 2009, he moved to the Turkish team Diyarbakirspor.

Along the way, the many clubs that pursued Abbas were drawn to his inspirational play. A technically accomplished defender who can surge powerfully down the flank to create goalscoring opportunities, he is also powerful and uncompromising in the tackle.

Abbas first made his mark on the international scene as a cornerstone of Iraq's defence in their triumphant AFC Youth Championship campaign in 2000. He was also instrumental in his side's semi-final showing at the Olympic Football Tournament Athens 2004, and later went on to play an integral role in Iraq's run to continental glory at the AFC Asian Cup 2007 and was a part of the national team in 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup .

Bassim Abbas signed a two-year contract to Konyaspor at the end of 2009-2010 season.

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Iraq's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 15 November 2009 Tahnoun Bin Mohamed Stadium, Al Ain  Azerbaijan 1–0 1-0 International Friendly





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