Iraqi Kurdistan national football team

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Iraqi Kurdistan
Shirt badge/Association crest
Association Kurdistan Football Association
Confederation ConIFA
Head coach Iraq Abdullah Mahmud
Top scorer Haidar Qaraman
Home stadium Franso Hariri Stadium, Arbil, Iraq
First colours
Second colours
First international
Iraqi Kurdistan Iraqi Kurdistan 2 – 2 Sápmi 
(Sweden, 7 July 2008)
Biggest win
 Tamil Eelam 0 – 9 Iraqi Kurdistan Iraqi Kurdistan
(Sweden, 04 June 2014)
Biggest defeat
 Sápmi 3 – 1 Iraqi Kurdistan Iraqi Kurdistan
(Sweden, 13 July 2008)
VIVA World Cup
Appearances 3 (First in 2008)
Best result champions, 2012

The Iraqi Kurdistan National Football Team (Kurdish: Helbijardey Topî pêy Kurdistan ; ھەڵبژاردەی تۆپی پێی كوردستان ), is the national team of Iraqi Kurdistan. They are not affiliated with FIFA or Asian Football Confederation (AFC), and therefore cannot compete for the FIFA World Cup or the AFC Asian Cup. The Iraqi FA attended a meeting held by the NF-Board in June 2006.[1]

The team played in the 2008 VIVA World Cup for the first time, finishing in the 4th place after a 3–1 loss to Sápmi. Their first and only win in the 2008 tournament came against Provence.

In December 2008, during the 5th General Meeting, Iraqi Kurdistan was granted full membership to the NF Board and was a failed candidate to host the 2010 VIVA World Cup. After losing in the final in both the 2009 and 2010 tournaments Kurdistan eventually became champions on home turf in 2012, defeating Northern Cyprus 2-1 in front of 22,000 fans.

Official Kurdistan FA Emblem[edit]

The Kurdistan FA emblem was designed by Kurdish artist Rawand Sirwan Nawroly (Kurdish: ره‌وه‌ند سیروان نه‌ورڕۆڵی). The emblem represents the Kurdistan flag colours, where the red represents the Kurdish Newroz fire. The yellow ball represents the Kurdish Sun and the green banner represents the green Kurdistan scenery.

VIVA World Cup record[edit]

VIVA World Cup
Year Position GP W D L GS GA
Occitania 2006 Did not enter - - - - - -
Sápmi (area) 2008 4th 5 1 2 2 7 7
Padania 2009 2nd 4 2 - 2 11 4
Gozo 2010 2nd 4 3 0 1 9 5
Iraqi Kurdistan 2012 1st 4 4 0 0 11 2
Total Best: 1st 17 10 2 5 38 18
VIVA World Cup History
Year Round Score Result
2008 Round 1  Iraqi Kurdistan 2 – 2  Sápmi Draw
Round 1  Iraqi Kurdistan 3 – 0  Provence Win
Round 1  Iraqi Kurdistan 1 – 2  Padania Lose
Round 1  Iraqi Kurdistan 0 – 0  Arameans Suryoye Draw
3rd Place  Iraqi Kurdistan 1 – 3  Sápmi Lose
2009 Round 1  Iraqi Kurdistan 4 – 0  Occitania Win
Round 1  Iraqi Kurdistan 1 – 2  Padania Lose
Semi-Final  Iraqi Kurdistan 6 – 0  Provence Win
Final  Iraqi Kurdistan 0 – 2  Padania Lose
2010 Round 1  Iraqi Kurdistan 4 – 1 Kingdom of the Two Sicilies Two Sicilies Win
Round 1  Iraqi Kurdistan 3 – 2  Provence Win
Semi-Final  Iraqi Kurdistan 2 – 1  Occitania Win
Final  Iraqi Kurdistan 0 – 1  Padania Lose
2012
Round 1  Iraqi Kurdistan 6 – 0  Western Sahara Win
Round 1  Iraqi Kurdistan 1 – 0  Occitania Win
Semi-Final  Iraqi Kurdistan 2 – 1  Provence Win
Final  Iraqi Kurdistan 2 – 1  Northern Cyprus Win

Squad 2014[edit]

Po. Name Club Appearances Goals
GK Ghafur Othman Iraq Brusk FC 4 0
GK Didar Hamid Iraq Zakho FC 8 0
GK Kawa Dino Iraq Dohuk FC 0 0
DF Jassim Mohammed Haji India Real Calicut FC 5 0
DF Mohamad Hama Khan India Quartz SC 15 1
DF Bayar Abubakir India Calicut RED SPARKS FC 7 0
DF Herdi Siamand Iraq Zakho FC 6 1
DF Sherzad Mohamad Iraq Arbil FC 5 0
DF Amanj Kareem Iraq Arbil FC 5 0
DF Khalid Musheer Iraq Dohuk FC 4 1
MF Nechirvan Shukri Iraq Dohuk FC 7 0
MF Barzan Sherzad Iraq Zakho FC 4 0
MF Amanj Omer Iraq Peshmerga FC 7 1
MF Amad Ismail Iraq Dohuk FC 4 3
MF Ali Aziz Iraq Ararat FC 7 4
MF Kosret Bayiz Iraq Arbil FC 4 2
MF Miran Khasrew Iraq Arbil FC 7 0
MF Haider Qarman (Shwan Mamo) Iraq Arbil FC 8 6
MF Ali Sirwan Iraq Kirkuk FC 0 0
MF Halgurd Mulla Mohammed Iraq Arbil FC 8 5
FW Karzan Abdulla Iraq Brusk FC 10 6
FW Nawzad Sherzad Iraq Arbil FC 3 2
FW YOUNIS SHAKOUR Iraq Zakho FC 3 0
FW Hozan Ismail Iraq Sulaymaniya FC 2 0
FW ARAS MUHAMMED Iraq Duhok SC 1 0

Former players[edit]

Sponsorships[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The first football World Cup for nations that do not exist". Play the Game, Steve Menary. September 23, 2006. 

External links[edit]