2012–13 Iraqi Premier League

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Iraqi Premier League
Season 2012–13
Champions Al-Shorta
4th Premier League title
9th Iraqi title
Relegated Al-Kahraba
Al-Sulaymaniyah
Al-Sinaa
Kirkuk
AFC Champions League Al-Shorta
(qualifying)
AFC Cup Erbil
Matches played 305
Goals scored 772 (2.53 per match)
Top goalscorer Amjad Radhi
(25 goals)
Biggest home win Al-Zawraa 7–0 Kirkuk FC
Erbil 8–1 Al-Minaa
Biggest away win Al-Sinaa 0–6 Al-Minaa
Highest scoring Erbil 8–1 Al-Minaa
Longest winning run 6 games
Zakho
(27 January 2013 - 27 February 2013)
Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya
(4 May 2013 - 24 July 2013)
Longest unbeaten run 20 games
Al-Shorta
(20 October 2012 - 27 April 2013)
Longest losing run 12 games
Kirkuk
(14 May 2013 - 4 September 2013 (last day of season))

The 2012–13 Iraqi Premier League was the 39th season of the Iraqi Premier League since its establishment in 1974. The season began on 19 October 2012 and finished on 4 September 2013. Al-Shorta ended up as the champions with 72 points, two points ahead of nearest rivals Erbil. Al-Shorta were defeated only twice in the entire season and this title was their fourth Iraqi Premier League title in their history; it was also the first time they had won the league since 2003. Having finished above the relegation zone on goal difference just two seasons prior, Al-Shorta were nobody's pick for the title at the start of the season; the likes of Erbil, Duhok, Zakho, Al-Zawraa, Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya and Al-Talaba were touted as the favourites, so it was a surprise that Al-Shorta were the ones to lift the trophy.[1]

On the very last day of the season, three teams were all still in the enthralling race for the title. Al-Shorta needed a win against Al-Talaba to secure the league, whilst Erbil had to defeat Al-Najaf and hope that Al-Shorta failed to win their game if they wanted to retain their title. Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya needed both Al-Shorta and Erbil to slip up and needed to defeat Masafi Al-Wasat by a big goal-margin in order for them to go home with the trophy. All three teams ended up winning their respective matches, making Al-Shorta the champions.[2][3][4]

SWAT incident[edit]

On 23 June 2013, after a match with Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya, seven football players of Karbalaa and their manager were beaten by the anti-terror police. They used sticks and batons against the eight men. Five of them were in critical condition, and on June 30, Mohammed Al-Jaboury, the club's manager, died in hospital.[5]

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Al-Shorta (C) 34 20 12 2 62 29 +33 72 2014 AFC Champions League qualifying play-off
2 Erbil 34 21 7 6 68 34 +34 70 2014 AFC Cup group stage
3 Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya 34 21 6 7 60 33 +27 69
4 Al-Zawraa 34 18 11 5 61 29 +32 65
5 Duhok 34 16 10 8 54 35 +19 58
6 Baghdad 34 13 14 7 36 28 +8 53
7 Zakho 34 14 10 10 48 41 +7 52
8 Al-Minaa 34 15 7 12 54 48 +6 52
9 Al-Naft 34 13 7 14 43 43 0 46
10 Naft Al-Janoob 33 9 12 12 47 49 −2 0391
11 Al-Najaf 34 10 8 16 34 43 −9 38
12 Karbalaa 34 9 10 15 40 49 −9 37
13 Masafi Al-Wasat 34 10 7 17 27 39 −12 37
14 Al-Talaba 34 9 8 17 35 47 −12 35
15 Al-Kahraba 33 9 7 17 30 49 −19 0341 Relegation to Iraq Division 1
16 Al-Sulaymaniyah 34 9 7 18 37 60 −23 34
17 Al-Sinaa 34 4 13 17 23 46 −23 25
18 Kirkuk 34 4 6 24 17 74 −57 18

Updated to games played on 4 September 2013.
Source: Soccerway
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

1 Al-Kahraba and Naft Al-Janoob refused to play each other after the death of Karbala's coach in round 25. On July 27, before round 30, the Iraqi FA decided not to deduct either team any points.

Results table[edit]

Home ╲ Away KAH MAS MIN NFT QWJ SHR SIN TLB ZWR AMN DUH ERB KRB KRK NFJ NJF SUL ZAK
Al-Kahraba 1–0 0–1 2–1 0–3 1–1 1–1 0–1 0–1 0–1 1–1 3–5 2–1 2–0 Note 2 1–0 1–0 1–2
Masafi Al-Wasat 2–0 0–1 1–2 0–0 2–3 2–2 1–1 0–1 0–1 1–0 1–1 0–1 3–0 1–0 1–0 2–1 2–1
Al-Minaa 1–0 0–0 1–0 1–3 2–1 1–1 0–0 0–1 2–1 1–2 2–3 4–4 3–0 0–2 3–1 5–2 2–1
Al-Naft 1–2 4–2 2–1 2–2 1–2 3–1 1–2 1–2 2–4 0–0 1–2 1–0 3–2 2–1 4–1 0–2 1–1
Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya 3–1 2–0 1–3 0–0 4–0 1–0 2–1 3–3 1–0 2–1 3–0 1–0 3–0 2–0 1–0 2–0 1–0
Al-Shorta 0–0 5–0 4–1 2–2 4–1 3–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 4–3 1–1 3–2 1–0 2–1 2–0 4–0 2–0
Al-Sinaa 1–1 1–0 0–6 0–1 2–1 0–1 2–0 1–0 0–0 0–0 1–1 1–2 0–1 1–1 0–0 0–0 0–1
Al-Talaba 2–0 0–1 0–3 0–0 1–2 0–3 2–1 1–2 0–2 2–2 2–2 2–1 2–0 0–1 2–1 3–0 2–3
Al-Zawraa 1–0 2–1 0–0 4–0 1–2 1–2 3–0 1–0 2–2 1–1 0–1 2–2 7–0 3–2 1–0 4–0 4–1
Amanat Baghdad 0–0 1–0 1–0 1–0 2–1 1–1 2–1 0–0 1–1 1–2 1–0 1–0 1–1 1–1 0–3 3–2 1–1
Duhok 1–0 2–1 1–0 0–1 1–0 1–1 1–1 1–0 1–3 2–0 1–2 2–1 4–0 4–2 3–2 4–0 2–2
Erbil 2–1 2–1 8–1 0–1 1–1 0–1 1–0 3–1 2–1 1–0 0–1 3–0 6–0 0–1 4–1 4–1 2–1
Karbalaa 0–1 0–0 1–0 0–2 2–4 0–1 1–1 3–2 0–2 2–1 1–1 1–1 4–0 2–1 1–1 0–0 3–2
Kirkuk 1–1 0–1 1–1 0–0 0–3 0–1 2–1 2–1 1–1 0–0 0–4 1–2 0–1 1–2 1–0 1–2 0–1
Naft Al-Janoob 4–1 1–1 4–3 3–1 0–1 0–2 2–2 1–1 2–2 0–3 1–1 1–1 2–2 2–0 3–1 1–1 3–3
Al-Najaf 1–3 1–0 1–1 1–0 3–1 1–1 1–0 3–1 1–1 0–0 2–1 0–1 1–1 1–0 1–0 4–2 1–1
Al-Sulaymaniyah 3–1 0–1 0–1 0–2 1–1 1–1 2–0 2–1 0–2 1–1 1–3 2–3 2–1 6–2 1–0 1–0 0–1
Zakho 5–2 1–0 2–3 1–0 3–2 0–0 2–1 0–1 0–0 0–0 1–0 1–2 1–0 4–0 2–2 1–0 1–1

Updated to games played on 4 September 2013.
Source: Soccerway
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
For coming matches, an a indicates there is an article about the match.

2 Al-Kahraba and Naft Al-Janoob refused to play each other after the death of Karbala's coach in round 25. On July 27, before round 30, the Iraqi FA decided not to deduct either team any points.

Season statistics[edit]

Top scorers[edit]

As of September 4, 2013
Rank Player Club Goals
1 Iraq Amjad Radhi Erbil 25
2 Iraq Alaa Abdul-Zahra Duhok 20
3 Iraq Mustafa Karim Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya 18
4 Iraq Luay Salah Erbil 15
5 Iraq Haidar Sabah Al-Zawraa 11
Iraq Mustafa Jawda Al-Kahraba

Hattricks[edit]

Player name Scored for Scored against Goals Result Date of match
Cameroon Jean Michel N'Lend Al-Shorta Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya 3 4–1 18 November 2012
Iraq Nasser Talla'a Al-Minaa Al-Sulaymaniyah 4 5–2 27 January 2013
Iraq Amjad Radhi Erbil Kirkuk 3 6–0 28 January 2013
Iraq Amjad Radhi Erbil Al-Najaf 3 4–1 1 March 2013
Iraq Hasan Hamoud Al-Minaa Al-Sinaa 3 6–0 12 April 2013
Iraq Alaa Abdul-Zahra Duhok Kirkuk 3 4–0 19 April 2013
Iraq Emad Mohammed Al-Zawraa Kirkuk 3 7–0 29 April 2013
Iraq Mustafa Jawda Al-Kahraba Erbil 3 3–5 6 May 2013

Media coverage[edit]

Iraqi Premier League Media Coverage
Country Television Channel Matches
 Iraq Al-Iraqiya Sports Channel 3 Matches per round

Awards[edit]

Player of the Season[edit]

The Player of the Season was awarded to Hussein Abdul-Wahid of Al-Shorta.

Others[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]