Iraq national football team

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Iraq
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Lions of Mesopotamia
Usood Al-Rafidain (اسود الرافدين)
Association Iraq Football Association
Sub-confederation WAFF (West Asia)
Confederation AFC (Asia)
Head coach Akram Salman
Asst coach Nazar Ashraf
Captain Younis Mahmoud
Most caps Younis Mahmoud (139)
Top scorer Hussein Saeed (61)
Home stadium Basra Sports City
FIFA code IRQ
FIFA ranking 86 Steady (7 May 2015)
Highest FIFA ranking 39 (October 2004)
Lowest FIFA ranking 139 (July 1996)
Elo ranking 73 (31 March 2015)
Highest Elo ranking 26 (December 1982)
Lowest Elo ranking 86 (15 November 2013)
First colours
Second colours
First international
 Morocco 3–3 Iraq Iraq
(Beirut, Lebanon; October 19, 1957)
Biggest win
Iraq Iraq 13–0 Ethiopia Ethiopia
(Irbid, Jordan; August 18, 1992)
Biggest defeat
 Turkey 7–1 Iraq Iraq
(Adana, Turkey; December 6, 1959)
 Brazil 6–0 Iraq Iraq
(Malmö, Sweden; October 11, 2012)
 Chile 6–0 Iraq Iraq
(Copenhagen, Denmark; August 14, 2013)
World Cup
Appearances 1 (First in 1986)
Best result Round 1, 1986
Asian Cup
Appearances 8 (First in 1972)
Best result Champions, 2007
Confederations Cup
Appearances 1 (First in 2009)
Best result Round 1, 2009

The Iraqi national football team (Arabic: المنتخب العراقي لكرة القدم‎) represents Iraq in international football since 1948 and It is governed by the Iraq Football Association (IFA). The Iraqi Football Association was founded in 1948 and has been a member of FIFA since 1950, the Asian Football Confederation since 1970, and the sub-confederation regional body West Asian Football Federation since 2000. Iraq also is part of the Union of Arab Football Associations and has been a member since 1974. The Iraqi team is commonly known as Usood Al-Rafidain (Arabic: اسود الرافدين‎) which literally meaning Lions of Mesopotamia.

Iraq is one of the most successful national teams in the Arab League, having a record won of a total of four Arab Nations Cup (1964, 1966, 1985, 1988). On the Asian level Iraq is one of the powerhouses having won the AFC Asian Cup once (2007), the Gold Medal of the Asian Games (1982), three Gulf Cups of Nations (1979, 1984, 1988), and West Asia Championship (2002).

Iraq have been awarded the AFC National Team of the Year award two times (2003 and 2007), being the only team from West Asia to win this award.

History[edit]

Early years[edit]

The Iraq national football team's first international match was played in 1957 in Lebanon where the team tied Morocco 3-3. The first FIFA World Cup Qualifiers Iraq took part in was the 1974 qualifiers.

Iraqi football reached a peak in the 1970s and 1980s – Iraq qualified for the 1986 World Cup in Mexico, and 3 times for the Olympic Games in Moscow, Los Angeles and Seoul. Iraq also won the 1982 Asian Games, the Arab Nations Cup 4 consecutive times, the Gulf Cup of Nations 3 times, and the 1985 Pan Arab Games fielding a B team. Iraq finished in 4th place in the 1976 AFC Asian Cup – the last Asian Cup Iraq would participate in until 1996.

1986 FIFA World Cup[edit]

Main article: 1986 FIFA World Cup

Iraq were seeded into the first round of qualifiers where they faced Qatar and Jordan. Iraq topped Group 1B with 6 points, and advanced to the second round. Iraq faced United Arab Emirates in two legs. Iraq defeated UAE 3–2 in Dubai. Iraq lost with 2–1 to UAE in the second leg. Iraq won 4–4 aggregate on away goals and advanced to the final round. In the final round, Iraq tied Syria 0–0 in Damascus. Iraq defeated Syria 3–1 in the second leg in Taif. Iraq won 3–1 on aggregate and qualified to the 1986 FIFA World Cup

At their first game of the Group B at the 1986 FIFA World Cup, Iraq played well against Paraguay, losing narrowly 1–0 despite scoring a goal that was wrongly disallowed by the referee. Iraq recorded their first World Cup goal in the second game, scoring against Belgium in a 1–2 defeat, with Ahmed Radhi scoring a goal for Iraq. Following defeat with Belgium, Iraq were eliminated from the World Cup. Iraq played against hosts Mexico in the third game and lost 1–0.

The Dark Era (1990-99)[edit]

During the rule of the government of Saddam Hussein, Saddam's son, Uday Hussein, was in charge of the Iraqi Olympic Committee and, by extension, the national football team. Under Uday's leadership, motivational lectures to the team included threats to cut off players' legs, while missing practice sessions would lead to a term in prison. A loss brought flogging with electric cable, or a bath in raw sewage. After the Gulf War, Iraq was banned from participating in the Asian Games and in most Arab competitions. In 1996 Iraq was ranked 139th in the world, the worst FIFA ranking in Iraqi football history.

In 1990, Iraq competed in qualifying for a berth in the 1990 World Cup finals, but they lost a crucial game against Qatar.

During the qualifying for the 1994 World Cup, Iraq faced Japan in Doha in the final match of the final qualifying round on 28 October 1993, where Iraq needed a win to advance. However, Japan produced a 2–2 tie, which resulted in elimination for both teams.During the qualifiers for the 1998 World Cup they failed to reach the final round of qualifying, coming second behind Kazakhstan.

The Golden Generation (2000-2007)[edit]

Iraq participated in and won the West Asian Championship in 2002. Iraq failed to qualify for the 2002 FIFA World Cup after losing crucial matches at home against Saudi Arabia and Iran.

After qualifying to the Asian Cup 2004, Iraq was drawn with Saudi Arabia, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan in the tournament. Iraq finished second in this group by winning 2-1 against Saudi Arabia and 3-2 against Turkmenistan, and losing 1-0 to Uzbekistan. In quarter-final clash against China, Iraq lost 3-0.

In November 2004, Iraq failed to qualify for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, losing out to Uzbekistan. Despite this, Iraq won the 2004 AFC Team of the Year award by the end of the year. In 2005, Iraq won the Gold medal of the West Asian Games.

2007 AFC Asian Cup Victory[edit]

Iraq's first major honour was the 2007 AFC Asian Cup. The tournament started with a 1–1 draw with Thailand in Bangkok. That was followed by a 3–1 win against Australia and a 0–0 draw with Oman. The quarter-finals saw them beat Vietnam 2–0, and the semi-final against favourites South Korea went to penalties that ended goalless after extra time. Noor Sabri was Iraq's hero when he saved Korea's fourth spot-kick from Yeom Ki-hun. After Ahmed Menajed had made it 4-3 to the West Asians, Korean Kim Jung-woo hit the post to send the nation through to their first Asian Cup final.

The final was against local rivals Saudi Arabia, and Younis Mahmoud scored the only goal on 72 minutes to win the tournament for Iraq. This victory secured Iraq's first Asian Cup title. As the winner, Iraq represented the AFC at the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup.

After the 2007 Asian Cup (2007–2009)[edit]

On May 26, 2008, FIFA provisionally suspended the Iraq Football Association from competition for one year, following a decision by the Iraqi government to disband the country's national sports federations.[1] However the decision was overturned by FIFA on May 29, 2008, since the Iraqi government reversed its earlier decision in dissolving the Iraq Football Association.[2][3]

In June 2008, Iraq failed to qualify for the 2010 World Cup, gaining two wins over China and Australia, a tie against China, but lost their final game in the group 1–0 to Qatar. They ended up with 7 points from 6 games behind Qatar and Australia

2009 FIFA Confederations Cup[edit]

As a result of winning the 2007 Asian Cup, Iraq qualified for the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup, that took place in South Africa in June 2009, in which matches that were scheduled against the hosts, Spain, and New Zealand. In the opener, Iraq was able to hold South Africa to a 0–0 draw. And only lost to Spain 1–0 and was 0–0 at half-time. Though Spain defeated South Africa 2–0 which was necessary for Iraq to advance to the next stage, needing to beat New Zealand by 2 goals, but only tied 0–0.

2011 AFC Asian Cup and 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification[edit]

The Iraqi national football team pose ahead of their 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying match against Oman in Doha in 2012

Iraq qualified automatically for the 2011 AFC Asian Cup. They were drawn against Iran, North Korea and United Arab Emirates in Group D. After a 2–1 loss against Iran, and 1–0 win against United Arab Emirates, Iraq went into the match against North Korea needing only a draw to progress. Iraq won 1–0 and advanced to the quarterfinals as runners-up. On 23 January, Iraq lost to Australia, 1–0, in the quarterfinal. The match went into extra time with Harry Kewell heading in a goal in the 117th minute just inside the 18-yard box.

Under coach Wolfgang Sidka, Iraq were drawn into the second round of qualifiers where they faced Yemen. Iraq defeated Yemen 2–0 in Arbil on 23 July before drawing 0–0 in Al Ain five days later. Iraq advanced to the third round of qualifiers where they were grouped with Jordan, China and Singapore. The top two teams from the group progressed to the fourth round. The Iraq Football Association (IFA) has announced it won't be renewing the contract of national team boss Wolfgang Sidka on 2 August 2011.[4]

On 29 August 2011, Brazilian legend Zico has signed a one-year contract to become the new coach of Iraq.[5] Iraq topped Group A with 15 points, with Jordan coming in second with 12 points. They made it for the first time since 2001 to the fourth and final qualifying round. In the final qualification stage, Iraq was drawn with Jordan, Japan Australia and Oman.

On 28 November 2012, Zico resigned as head coach. The Iraqi FA appointed Vladimir Petrović as head coach of Iraq on 25 February 2013.[6] Under Petrović, Iraq lost its first game against China 1-0 during an Asian Cup Qualifier on 22 March 2013. 4 days after that match, Iraq won 2-1 during a friendly in Baghdad (the first match in Baghdad since 2009). In May 2013, Iraq lost a friendly match in Baghdad 1-0 against Liberia.

After 3 consecutive losses in June, Iraq failed to qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, finishing bottom of the group in the final qualifying round, with 1 win, 2 draws and 5 losses out of 8 games played. Petrović coached a young squad to a 6-0 loss to Chile on August 14, 2013 in a friendly match, which would go on record as Iraq's worst ever defeat in their history. After the shocking 6-0 loss to Chile, Iraq's football association fired the national team's Serbian head coach on 10 September 2013, blaming a string of "bad results", after the squad failed to qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.[7]

2015 AFC Asian Cup and 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification[edit]

The Iraqi FA appointed Hakeem Shaker as head coach of Iraq.[8]

Shaker took over as the Iraqi national squad head coach as Iraq attempted to qualify for the 2015 Asian Cup. Iraq were in the 2015 AFC Asian Cup qualifying group alongside Saudi Arabia, China PR and Indonesia. On 15 October 2013 Iraq lost 2-0 against Saudi Arabia. Despite a better display, Iraq lost 2-1 against Saudi Arabia on 15 November 2013. Iraq kept alive their hopes of qualifying for the 2015 AFC Asian Cup as first-half goals by Hammadi Ahmed and Karrar Jassim gave them a 2-0 away win over Indonesia on 19 November 2013.

On 5 March 2014, Iraq booked their spot with a commanding 3-1 win at the Sharjah Stadium against China, with veteran Younis Mahmoud contributing two goals and Ali Adnan one. The win allowed Iraq to book their ticket to the 2015 AFC Asian Cup as group runners-up, finishing behind Saudi Arabia with nine points.

Due to bad results at the Gulf Cup, Hakeem Shaker was sacked and the FA appointed Radhi Shenaishil as caretaker coach.

Iraq began the 2015 AFC Asian Cup campaign with a 1–0 win over Jordan. The goal was scored by Yaser Kasim. In next match, Iraq faced Japan and lost the match 0–1. Iraq then beat Palestine 2–0 and qualified to knockout stage as the Group D runner-up behind Japan with six points. Iraq defeated Iran in the quarter-finals in penalties, 7–6, after the game ended 3–3 after 120 minutes of play. They faced South Korea in the semi-finals but lost 0–2 and failed to progress to the final. Iraq finished the AFC Asian Cup in fourth place, after lost 2–3 to United Arab Emirates in third/fourth place play-off.

The FA appointed Akram Salman as head coach of Iraq.

Home matches in Iraq[edit]

Home matches dilemma[edit]

Iraq played their home games on neutral territory in the 1980s due to the Iraq-Iran war, but still qualified for the 1986 World Cup in Mexico, and three Olympic Games (Moscow, Los Angeles and Seoul). In qualification for the 2002 World Cup, Iraq played at home against Iran, Bahrain, and Thailand in the Al Shaab Stadium in Baghdad, but Saudi Arabia refused to play against the nation because of the tensions between that country and the regime of Saddam Hussein. In 2003, the war in Iraq forced Iraq to play their "home" matches outside the country for security reasons, and so fixtures were held in Jordan, Syria, Qatar or the UAE.

Due to the Iraq war and post war events, Iraq was unable to host home matches in Iraq. In 2009 the Iraq Football Association (IFA) asked FIFA to end its ban imposed on hosting official matches in Iraq. Iraq resumed playing on home soil on July 10, 2009, winning a friendly 3–0 against Palestine in Franso Hariri Stadium, Arbil. Iraq played the same opponents three days later, in Al-Shaab Stadium in Baghdad, this time winning 4–0 in front of a crowd of over 50,000. The same month, the AFC Executive Committee approved the stadium at Arbil as a venue for matches involving the Iraqi national team, and clubs in continental tournaments.[9]

On September 2, 2011, Iraq played their first FIFA World Cup qualifier on home ground for the first time in years. They played against Jordan in front of a crowd of 24,000 people in the Franso Hariri Stadium in Arbil. On 22 March 2013, FIFA lifted a ban on international football friendlies in Iraqi stadiums on Thursday, permitting matches in Baghdad for the first time since the 2003 US-led invasion, an Iraqi football official said.

On March 26, 2013, Iraq played their first International friendly match in Baghdad since 2009 against Syria in front of a crowd of 50,000+ people in the Al-Shaab Stadium in Baghdad. However, on 3 July 2013, FIFA barred Iraq from hosting international football friendlies due to a massive surge in nationwide violence, barely three months after world football's governing body gave Baghdad the go-ahead.

On May 4 2015, FIFA lifted a ban on international football friendlies in Iraqi stadiums. [10]

Fan chanting[edit]

Iraq national team supporters are known for chanting "O Victorious Baghdad" for Iraqi teams matches.[11]

Always remains High, O Victorious Baghdad, ( أتضلي دايما فوق، منصورة يا بغداد )
And to see your eternal Glory, O Victorious Baghdad. ( و نشوفج بعز دوم ، منصورة يا بغداد )
O Victorious Baghdad, O Victorious Baghdad, ( منصورة يا بغداد، منصورة يا بغداد )

Another famous chant is "هسه يجي الثاني" which literally translates into "the second goal is coming" this is usually being chanted repeatedly after Iraq scores a goal to motivate the players to score another.

Kits[edit]

Colours[edit]

Kit manufacturer[edit]

The Iraqi national football team has previously been sponsored by brands such as Adidas, Puma, Nike, Diadora, Jack & Jones, Lotto, Umbro, Peak and its current sponsor is Jako.[12]

Period Kit manufacturer
1984–1986 England Umbro
1986–1994 Germany Adidas
1996 Germany Puma
2000 France Patrick
2004–2005 Denmark Jack & Jones
2005–2006 Italy Lotto
2006 Germany Adidas
2007 England Umbro
2008–2014 China Peak
2014–present Germany Jako

Competition records[edit]

FIFA World Cup record[edit]

FIFA Confederations Cup[edit]

Olympic Games[edit]

Football at the Olympics has been an under-23 tournament since 1992.

Major Asian tournaments[edit]

AFC Asian Cup record

Regional tournaments[edit]

Noticeable International friendly tournaments record

Year Tournament Position GP W D L GS GA
Kuwait 1964 Arab Nations Cup Champions 4 3 1 0 6 2
Iraq 1966 Arab Nations Cup Champions 6 5 1 0 20 5
Iraq 1979
Gulf Cup of Nations Champions 6 6 0 0 23 1
Malaysia 1981 Merdeka Tournament Champions 6 4 1 1 16 4
India 1982
Asian Games Champions
6
5
0
1
11
2
Oman 1984 Gulf Cup of Nations Champions 7 4 2 1 12 5
Saudi Arabia 1985 Arab Nations Cup Champions 4 3 1 0 7 3
Morocco 1985 Pan Arab Games Champions 4 4 0 0 7 1
Jordan 1988 Arab Nations Cup Champions 6 2 4 0 7 2
Saudi Arabia 1988 Gulf Cup of Nations Champions 6 4 2 0 8 1
Kuwait 1989 Peace and Friendship Cup Champions 5 2 2 1 9 5
India 1995 Nehru Cup Champions 5 3 2 0 8 3
Malaysia 1995 Merdeka Tournament Champions 4 3 1 0 7 3
India 1997 Nehru Cup Champions 6 5 1 0 14 3
Syria 2002 WAFF Championship Champions
4
3
1
0
6
2
Qatar 2005 West Asian Games Champions 4 3 1 0 13 3
United Arab Emirates 2009 UAE International Cup Champions 2 2 0 0 2 0

Matches[edit]

Records versus other nations[edit]

Rivalries[edit]

Statistics vs.  Kuwait
Played1 Wins2 Draws3 Loses GF GA
32 15 9 8 44 32

1. Only matches recognized by FIFA.
2. Wins for Iraq.
3. Includes matches won or lost on P.K.

Iraq rivalry with Kuwait is considered as the Arab world's greatest football rivalry of all time.[13] The rivalry began since mid 70's and it was the decade from 1976 until 1986 that saw the golden age of football for arguably the finest teams the region has produced. Both nations Imposed their complete domination on the Gulf region, and from the Gulf Cup's inception in 1970 until 1990, the tournament was won by only two teams; Kuwait seven times (1970, 1972, 1974, 1976, 1982, 1986, 1990), and despite Iraq's absence in the first three editions and withdrawn in two others, Iraq won it three times (1979, 1984, 1988).[13]

Iraq and Kuwait took their increasingly bitter rivalry to a new level. On June 11, 1976, the two met in the semi-final of the Asian Cup in Tehran; Kuwait took the lead twice, Iraq came roaring back twice, And then, in the 10th minute of extra time, Kamel scored the winner for Kuwait. In 1979, the year Iraq clinched their first Gulf Cup and won over Kuwait 3–1, the two met in a qualifier for the Moscow 1980 Olympic Games, both managed to qualify to the Olympic Games, and both made it to the quarter-finals in Moscow. Iraq also qualified for the 1984 Games in Los Angeles and 1988 Games in Seoul. The 1982 Asian Games was won as well. Kuwait won the 1980 AFC Asian Cup, which they hosted. The nations also left their mark on the world stage. Kuwait qualified for the 1982 World Cup finals in Spain. Iraq matched that in Mexico 1986.[13]

As Iraq and Kuwait traded Gulf titles in 1988 and 1990, few could have imagined that their rivalry on the football field would be replaced by an altogether more catastrophic one on the battlefield. Because of the Gulf war, football would never be the same again. Iraq and Kuwait were in complete avoidance and never met for more than a decade. Kuwait's Blues had a relative recovery of sorts, winning the Gulf Cup in 1996 and 1998, before securing their record 10th title in 2010. Iraqi football, because of the torturer-in-chief Uday Hussein's reign of terror as head of the football association, would take far longer to recover. When it did, it was in glorious fashion, the Lions of Mesopotamia winning the 2007 Asian Cup.[13]

Iraq and Iran are rivals.[14][15][16]

The rivalry is not such a football-inspired ill-feeling between the two, but more of geography, religion and history.[14] Iran and Iraq are neighbouring countries, sharing a long history. In contemporary era, especially during the reign of Saddam Hussein, the two countries had bad relations and fought the Iran–Iraq War for 8 years.[15][16]

In 2001, for the first time in decades, an Iran-Iraq match was not held at a neutral venue.[16]

The rivalry between the two teams was escalated after the 2015 AFC Asian Cup. The two sides faced each other in the quarter-final with Iraq prevailing 7–6 on penalties after a sensational 3–3 draw in Canberra; the game was described as one of the best in the tournament's history. After the game, Iranian supporters voiced their anger at the referee's performance and even launched unfounded allegations against Iraqi player Alaa Abdul-Zahra claiming he was doping; their complaint was immediately rejected by the AFC. Iraq eventually finished fourth in the tournament with Iran failing to make the final four for the third straight time and the tensions between both sets of supporters have never been greater.[17]

Recent results and fixtures[edit]

      Win       Draw       Loss

Date Venue Opponent Result Competition Iraq scorers
2015
January 4, 2015 Australia WIN Stadium, Wollongong  Iran 0–1 L International friendly
January 12, 2015 Australia Brisbane Stadium, Brisbane  Jordan 1–0 W 2015 AFC Asian Cup Kasim Goal 77'
January 16, 2015 Australia Brisbane Stadium, Brisbane  Japan 0–1 L 2015 AFC Asian Cup
January 20, 2015 Australia Canberra Stadium, Canberra  Palestine 2–0 W 2015 AFC Asian Cup Mahmoud Goal 48', Yasin Goal 88'
January 23, 2015 Australia Canberra Stadium, Canberra  Iran 3–3 (7-6 p.) W 2015 AFC Asian Cup Yasin Goal 56', Mahmoud Goal 93', Ismail Goal 116'
January 26, 2015 Australia Stadium Australia, Sydney  South Korea 0–2 L 2015 AFC Asian Cup
January 30, 2015 Australia Newcastle Stadium, Newcastle  United Arab Emirates 2–3 L 2015 AFC Asian Cup Salem Goal 28', Kalaf Goal 42'
March 28, 2015 United Arab Emirates The Sevens Stadium, Dubai  DR Congo 2–1 W International friendly Ibrahim Goal 5', Tariq Goal 72'
March 31, 2015 United Arab Emirates Khalid Bin Mohammed Stadium, Sharjah  DR Congo 1–0 W International friendly Kasim Goal 59'
June 3, 2015 IraqZakho Stadium, Zakho Iraq Zakho FC Unofficial International friendly
June 11, 2015 Japan Nissan Stadium, Yokohama  Japan International friendly
June 27, 2015 Iraq Basra Sports City, Basra  Syria International friendly
August ,2015 United States RFK Stadium, Washington D.C  United States International friendly
September 3, 2015 Iran TBD  Chinese Taipei 2018 WCQ
September 8, 2015 Thailand Rajamangala Stadium, Bangkok  Thailand 2018 WCQ
October 8, 2015 Vietnam Mỹ Đình National Stadium, Hanoi  Vietnam 2018 WCQ
November 12, 2015 Iran TBD  Indonesia 2018 WCQ
November 17, 2015 Chinese Taipei National Stadium, Kaohsiung  Chinese Taipei 2018 WCQ
2016
March 24, 2016 Iran TBD  Thailand 2018 WCQ
March 29, 2016 Iran TBD  Vietnam 2018 WCQ

Coaching staff[edit]

Position Name
Head coach Iraq Akram Salman
Assistant coach Iraq Nazar Ashraf
Goalkeeping coach Iraq Emad Hashim
Fitness coach Spain Gonzalo Rodriguez
Team doctor Iraq Qasim Mohammed
Technical director Iraq Basil Gorgis

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

  • The following 29 players were called up for the International Friendly :
  • Match date: 11 June 2015
  • Opposition:  Japan
  • Caps and goals are correct as of March 31, 2015, after the match against  DR Congo.
0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Jalal Hassan (1991-05-18) May 18, 1991 (age 24) 24 0 Iraq Baghdad
1GK Ali Yaseen (1993-08-09) August 9, 1993 (age 21) 0 0 Iraq Al-Naft
1GK Fahad Talib (1994-10-21) October 21, 1994 (age 20) 0 0 Iraq Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya
2DF Salam Shaker (1981-07-31) July 31, 1981 (age 33) 84 4 Iraq Al-Shorta
2DF Samal Saeed (1984-05-27) May 27, 1984 (age 31) 65 2 Iraq Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya
2DF Dhurgham Ismail (1991-05-23) May 23, 1991 (age 24) 26 2 Iraq Al-Shorta
2DF Ali Bahjat (1987-03-03) March 3, 1987 (age 28) 25 0 Iraq Al-Shorta
2DF Waleed Bahar (1991-04-27) April 27, 1991 (age 24) 7 0 Iraq Al-Talaba
2DF Sameh Saeed (1990-07-01) July 1, 1990 (age 24) 4 0 Iraq Baghdad
2DF Mohammed Qabel (1985-01-09) January 9, 1985 (age 30) 4 0 Iraq Baghdad
2DF Mohammed Abdul-Zahra (1988-10-14) October 14, 1988 (age 26) 1 0 Iraq Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya
2DF Saad Natiq (1989-03-19) March 19, 1989 (age 26) 0 0 Iraq Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya
2DF Rebin Sulaka (1992-04-12) April 12, 1992 (age 23) 0 0 Sweden Syrianska
2DF Karrar Mohammed (1989-12-06) December 6, 1989 (age 25) 0 0 Iraq Al-Shorta
2DF Ali Abdul-Jabar (1985-09-15) September 15, 1985 (age 29) 0 0 Iraq Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya
2DF Hussein Kamil (1989-01-16) January 16, 1989 (age 26) 0 0 Iraq Naft Maysan
3MF Saad Abdul-Amir (1988-01-20) January 20, 1988 (age 27) 46 1 Iraq Erbil
3MF Ahmed Yasin (1991-04-22) April 22, 1991 (age 24) 38 3 Sweden Örebro
3MF Saif Salman (1989-05-06) May 6, 1989 (age 26) 36 0 Saudi Arabia Ittihad
3MF Samer Saeed (1983-12-01) December 1, 1983 (age 31) 30 0 Iraq Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya
3MF Humam Tariq (1993-02-10) February 10, 1993 (age 22) 28 1 United Arab Emirates Al Dhafra
3MF Yaser Kasim (1991-05-10) May 10, 1991 (age 24) 14 3 England Swindon Town
3MF Mahdi Kamel (1995-01-06) January 6, 1995 (age 20) 13 0 Iraq Al-Shorta
4FW Alaa Abdul-Zahra (1984-12-22) December 22, 1984 (age 30) 84 13 Iraq Al-Shorta
4FW Amjad Radhi (1990-07-17) July 17, 1990 (age 24) 34 2 Saudi Arabia Al-Raed
4FW Mohannad Abdul-Raheem (1989-09-22) September 22, 1989 (age 25) 17 3 Algeria JS Kabylie
4FW Justin Meram (1988-12-04) December 4, 1988 (age 26) 13 0 United States Columbus Crew
4FW Marwan Hussein (1991-01-26) January 26, 1991 (age 24) 10 0 Iraq Al-Shorta
4FW Hussein Ali Wahid (1992-10-08) October 8, 1992 (age 22) 2 1 Iraq Al-Minaa

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players have also been called up to the Iraq squad within the last 12 months. Retired players are not listed.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Mohammed Gassid (1982-12-13) December 13, 1982 (age 32) 54 0 Iraq Al-Shorta v.  DR Congo, March 31, 2015
GK Mohammed Hameed (1993-01-24) January 24, 1993 (age 22) 11 0 Iraq Al-Shorta v.  DR Congo, March 31, 2015
DF Ahmad Ibrahim (1992-02-25) February 25, 1992 (age 23) 50 1 United Arab Emirates Ajman v.  DR Congo, March 31, 2015
DF Ali Adnan (1991-12-19) December 19, 1991 (age 23) 33 1 Italy Udinese v.  DR Congo, March 31, 2015
DF Hawbir Mustafa (1993-09-24) September 24, 1993 (age 21) 1 0 Netherlands MVV Maastricht v.  DR Congo, March 31, 2015
DF Aldin El-Zubaidi (1995-03-07) March 7, 1995 (age 20) 0 0 Scotland Hamilton v.  DR Congo, March 31, 2015
DF Waleed Salem (1992-01-05) January 5, 1992 (age 23) 30 1 Iraq Al-Shorta v.  United Arab Emirates, January 30, 2015
DF Ali Faez (1994-09-09) September 9, 1994 (age 20) 8 0 Iraq Erbil v.  United Arab Emirates, January 30, 2015
DF Mustafa Nadhim (1993-09-23) September 23, 1993 (age 21) 9 3 Iraq Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya v.  United Arab Emirates, November 20, 2014
MF Arjan Mustafa (1994-05-05) May 5, 1994 (age 21) 1 0 Sweden Elfsborg v.  DR Congo, March 31, 2015
MF Hussein Abdul-Wahed (1980-02-08) February 8, 1980 (age 35) 4 0 Iraq Al-Shorta v.  DR Congo, March 31, 2015
MF Osama Rashid (1992-01-17) January 17, 1992 (age 23) 15 0 Netherlands Alphense Boys v.  United Arab Emirates, January 30, 2015
MF Ali Husni (1994-10-01) October 1, 1994 (age 20) 4 0 Iraq Al-Minaa v.  United Arab Emirates, January 30, 2015
MF Amjad Kalaf (1991-10-05) October 5, 1991 (age 23) 25 1 Iraq Al-Shorta v.  United Arab Emirates, January 30, 2015
MF Mahdi Karim (1977-12-10) December 10, 1977 (age 37) 109 11 Iraq Al-Shorta v.  Uzbekistan, December 28, 2014
MF Nabeel Sabah (1990-07-01) July 1, 1990 (age 24) 10 0 Iraq Erbil v.  Uzbekistan, December 28, 2014
MF Karrar Jassim (1987-03-15) March 15, 1987 (age 28) 63 6 Iran Esteghlal v.  United Arab Emirates, November 20, 2014
MF Ali Abbas (1986-08-30) August 30, 1986 (age 28) 10 0 Australia Sydney FC v.  Bahrain, October 14, 2014
MF Ahmad Abbas (1994-05-09) May 9, 1994 (age 21) 5 0 Iraq Naft Al-Janoob v.  Peru, September 4, 2014
MF Bashar Rasan (1996-12-22) December 22, 1996 (age 18) 1 0 Iraq Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya v.  Peru, September 4, 2014
FW Younis Mahmoud (1983-02-03) February 3, 1983 (age 32) 139 53 Iraq Erbil v.  DR Congo, March 31, 2015
FW Ali Salah (1987-02-11) February 11, 1987 (age 28) 9 0 Iraq Al-Talaba v.  DR Congo, March 31, 2015
FW Hammadi Ahmad (1983-10-18) October 18, 1983 (age 31) 33 6 Iraq Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya v.  Uzbekistan, December 28, 2014
FW Abdul-Qadir Tariq (1994-07-01) July 1, 1994 (age 20) 1 0 Egypt Ismaily SC v.  Uzbekistan, December 28, 2014
FW Mustafa Jawda (1992-07-01) July 1, 1992 (age 22) 1 0 Iraq Al-Naft v.  Bahrain, October 14, 2014
FW Farhan Shakor (1995-10-15) October 15, 1995 (age 19) 1 0 Iraq Al-Zawraa v.  Peru, September 4, 2014

Previous squads[edit]

World Cups[edit]

Asian Cups[edit]

Confederations Cups[edit]

Olympic Games[edit]

Records[edit]

Most caps[edit]

As of 31 March 2015
Players in bold are still active, at least at club level.
# Name Caps Goals First cap Latest cap
1 Younis Mahmoud 139 53 19 July 2002 31 March 2015
2 Raad Hammoudi 132 0 1976 1987
3 Nashat Akram 128 17 5 October 2001 4 June 2013
4 Hussein Saeed 126 61 17 July 1977 3 March 1990
5 Hawar Mulla Mohammed 112 19 31 August 2001 12 June 2012
6 Falah Hassan 110 30 1969 1986
7 Mahdi Karim 109 11 12 October 2001 28 December 2014
8 Ali Rehema 105 2 8 June 2005 5 March 2014
9 Emad Mohammed 103 27 12 November 2000 11 November 2011
10 Laith Hussein 96 25 1986 13 January 2002

Top 10 goalscorers[edit]

As of 31 March 2015
Players in bold are still active, at least at club level.
# Name Career Goals Caps Goal ratio
1 Hussein Saeed 1977–1990 61 126 0.48
2 Younis Mahmoud 2002– 53 139 0.38
3 Ahmed Radhi 1983-1997 42 73 0.58
4 Falah Hassan 1969–1986 30 110 0.27
5 Ali Kadhim 1970–1980 29 80 0.36
6 Emad Mohammed 2000–2011 27 103 0.26
7 Habib Jafar 1986–2001 27 92 0.29
8 Laith Hussein 1986–2002 25 96 0.26
9 Razzaq Farhan 1998–2007 24 60 0.4
10 Hawar Mulla Mohammed 2001–2012 19 112 0.17

Trivia[edit]

  • Iraq holds the Asian record for having scored in 27 consecutive matches between 1992 and 1996.[18]

Honours[edit]

Major tournaments[edit]

Group stage (1): 1986
Group stage (1): 2009
Winners (1): 2007
Fourth place (2): 1976, 2015

Regional tournaments[edit]

Winners (4): 1964, 1966, 1985, 1988
Third place (1): 2012
Winners (3): 1979, 1984, 1988
Runners-up (2): 1976, 2013
Winners (1): 2002
Runners-up (2): 2007, 2012
Third place (2): 2000, 2010(1)
Fourth place (1): 2004
Winners (1): 1982
Winners (1): 2005
Winners (1): 1985
Runners-up (1): 1999
1 No third place match was played, so it can be assumed that Iraq and Yemen (the two losing semi-finalists) shared third place.
2 Since 2002, the Asian Games has been part of the olympic team record.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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