1979–80 Iraqi League

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Statistics of Iraqi League in season 1979/1980.

Overview[edit]

12 teams completed, and Al-Shurta won the championship.

Final Round of the Season[edit]

Before the final round of the season, Al-Zawraa were in 1st place with 34 points and Al-Shorta were in 2nd place with 33 points. On Friday 2nd May 1980 at Al-Shaab Stadium, Al-Shorta faced Al-Minaa in their final game of the season and won the game 3-1, earning themselves two points that moved them to the top of the table. Al-Zawraa were a point behind them with a game in hand, but they had inferior goal difference so they had to defeat Al-Shabab two days later at the same stadium in order to win the league. A draw would not be enough for them.

Al-Zawraa were clear favourites to beat Al-Shabab and had many national team players in their squad, but Al-Shabab shocked everybody when they went 1-0 up inside the first five minutes through Qasim Mousa. Al-Shorta could not believe their luck, but Al-Zawraa equalised 15 minutes later with a penalty kick scored by Thamir Yousif. Everybody expected Al-Zawraa to go on and get the victory they needed to win the title, but to everybody's surprise they couldn't find a winner. The final few moments were frantic with Al-Zawraa throwing everybody forward to attack; all Al-Shorta could do was watch on nervously. But the final whistle blew at 1-1, meaning that Al-Shorta won the league on goal difference as both teams had 35 points.

It was Al-Shorta's first ever Iraqi League title and one that their supporters will never forget.

League standings[edit]

Pos Club P W D L GF GA Pts
1 Al-Shurta 22 14 7 1 41 15 35
2 Al-Zawraa 22 15 5 2 36 13 35
3 Al-Talaba 22 11 5 6 27 13 27
4 Al-Shabab 22 10 6 6 26 19 26
5 Al-Jaish 22 6 10 6 22 23 22
6 Tijara FC 22 7 8 7 14 18 22
7 Al-Sinaa 22 6 10 6 16 27 22
8 Al-Amana 22 6 8 8 25 24 20
9 Al-Tayaran 22 7 6 9 20 21 20
10 Al-Minaa 22 7 6 9 26 29 20
11 Salahaddin FC 22 2 7 13 8 27 11
12 Bahri FC 22 0 4 18 13 45 4

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