2014–15 Iraqi Premier League

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Iraqi Premier League
Season 2014–15
Champions Naft Al-Wasat
1st Premier League title
1st Iraqi title
AFC Cup Naft Al-Wasat
Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya
Top goalscorer Iraq Marwan Hussein
(15 goals)
Biggest home win Al-Talaba 5–0 Al-Najaf
(24 December 2014)
Biggest away win Al-Zawraa 0–4 Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya
(28 November 2014)
Highest scoring Al-Masafi 4–2 Al-Zawraa
(5 October 2014)
Al-Masafi 2–4 Al-Karkh
(10 October 2014)
Longest winning run 5 games
Al-Shorta
(3 February 2015 - 19 February 2015)
Al-Zawraa
(26 December 2014 - 28 February 2015)
Naft Al-Janoob
(7 December 2014 - 14 February 2015)
Longest unbeaten run 18 games
Al-Shorta
(19 October 2014 - 16 June 2015)
Longest losing run 4 games
Al-Talaba
(1 March 2015 - 11 April 2015)

The 2014–2015 Iraqi Premier League was the 41st season of the Iraqi Premier League since its establishment in 1974. The season started on 30 September 2014 and ended on 11 July 2015. The season was played in a group stage format for the first time since 2010–11 and newly promoted side Naft Al-Wasat, founded in 2008, sensationally won the league in their first ever season in the top flight, defeating Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya in the final 6–5 on penalties after a 0–0 draw. Defending champions Al-Shorta secured the third place position and Al-Minaa finished in fourth.

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Teams promoted from 2013–14 Iraq Division 1

1. Naft Al-Wasat

2. Sulaymaniya FC

3. Al-Kahraba

4. Al-Hedood

Teams relegated to 2014–15 Iraq Division 1

None

Format[edit]

Last season saw no teams relegated as the league was ended early and four teams from the lower division were promoted, resulting in a 20-team league for this season.

The format has changed from the single-league system back to a group stage system. The competition has two stages. The first stage of the league consists of two groups of ten teams. Each team will play the other teams in their group twice (home and away) with the top four teams from each group advancing to the elite stage and the bottom team from each group being relegated.

The elite stage consists of two groups of four. Each team will play the other three teams in their group twice. The two teams who finish top of their groups will advance to the final to determine the champion of the league, while the two group runners-up will play a match for 3rd place.

The draw for the groups and the fixtures of the first stage was made on September 8, 2014. The winner and the runner-up will qualify to the 2016 AFC Champions League Qualifying play-off

Teams[edit]

Stadia and locations[edit]

Defending champions are in bold

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Al-Karkh
Al-Naft
Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya
Al-Shorta
Al-Talaba
Al-Hedood
Baghdad
Masafi Al-Wasat
Al-Kahraba
Al-Zawraa
Dohuk
Zakho
Sulaymaniya
Erbil
Karbala
Najaf
Naft Al-Wasat
Al-Minaa
Naft Al-Janoob
Naft Maysan
Club Location Venue Capacity
Several Baghdad Al-Shaab Stadium 45,000
Al-Zawraa Baghdad Al Zawraa Stadium 20,000
Al-Talaba Baghdad Al Talaba Stadium 6,000
Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya Baghdad Al Jawiya Stadium 10,000
Al-Shorta Baghdad Al-Shaab Stadium (temporary) 45,000
Al-Naft Baghdad Al Naft Stadium 3,000
Al-Karkh Baghdad Al Karkh Stadium 6,000
Amanat Baghdad Baghdad Amanat Baghdad Stadium 3,000
Masafi Al-Wasat Baghdad Al-Masafi Stadium 5,000
Al-Kahraba Baghdad Al Naft Stadium 3,000
Al-Hedood Baghdad Al-Hedood Stadium
Al-Minaa Basra Al Mina'a Stadium 10,000
Naft Al-Janoob Basra Naft Al-Janoob Stadium 4,000
Naft Maysan Amarah Al-Maimuna Stadium 10,000
Karbalaa Karbalaa Karbala Stadium 5,000
Najaf Najaf An Najaf Stadium 12,000
Naft Al-Wasat Najaf An Najaf Stadium 12,000
Zakho Dohuk Duhok Stadium 6,000
Dohuk Duhok Duhok Stadium 20,000
Sulaymaniya Sulaymaniyah Sulaymaniyah Stadium 15,000
Erbil Erbil Franso Hariri Stadium 40,000

Clubs[edit]

Team Head Coach
Al-Zawraa Iraq Emad Mohammed
Al-Talaba Iraq Saleh Radi
Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya Iraq Abbas Attiya
Al-Shorta Iraq Thair Jassam
Al-Naft vacant
Al-Minaa Syria Hussam Al Sayed
Al-Karkh Iraq Essam Hamed
Amanat Baghdad Iraq Thayer Ahmed
Duhok Iraq Hazim Salih
Al-Hedood Iraq Ali Wahab
Karbalaa Iraq Maitham Daie Alhaq
Masafi Al-Wasat Iraq Humam Salih
Naft Al-Janoob Iraq Emad Aoda
Naft Maysan Iraq Hassan Ahmed
Najaf Iraq Hamed Salman
Zakho Syria Ali Hadi
Naft Al-Wasat Iraq Abdul Ghani Shahad
Al-Kahraba Iraq Shaker Mahmoud
Erbil Iraq Ahmad Salah

Managerial changes[edit]

Team Outgoing head coach Manner of departure Date of vacancy Incoming head coach Date of appointment
Al-Zawraa Iraq Jamal Ali Sacked 30 October 2014 Iraq Emad Mohammed 30 October 2014
Al-Masafi Iraq Yahya Alwan Resigned 10 February 2015 Iraq Humam Salih 10 February 2015
Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya Iraq Nadhim Shaker Sacked 21 February 2015 Iraq Abbas Attiya 21 February 2015
Al-Talaba Iraq Abdul-Wahab Abu Al-Hail Sacked 27 February 2015 Iraq Saleh Radi 27 February 2015
Erbil Iraq Ayoub Odisho Resigned 25 April 2015 Iraq Ahmad Salah 25 April 2015
Al-Naft Iraq Thair Jassam Resigned 2 May 2015 To be determined
Al-Shorta Egypt Mohamed Youssef Sacked 2 May 2015 Iraq Thair Jassam 2 May 2015

First Stage[edit]

Group 1 Table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya 18 9 6 3 20 10 +10 33 Qualified to the elite stage
2 Al-Zawraa 18 10 3 5 21 16 +5 33 Qualified to the elite stage
3 Naft Al Junoob 18 9 3 6 20 17 +3 30 Qualified to the elite stage
4 Naft Al-Wasat 18 8 4 6 16 12 +4 28 Qualified to the elite stage
5 Al-Karkh 18 7 5 6 20 18 +2 26
6 Erbil 18 5 10 3 21 17 +4 25
7 Zakho 18 5 5 8 14 22 −8 20
8 Karbala 18 4 7 7 12 18 −6 19
9 Al-Kahraba 18 4 4 10 18 23 −5 16
10 Masafi Al-Wasat 18 3 5 10 16 25 −9 14 Relegation to Iraq Division 1

Updated to games played on 4 May 2015.
Source: Goalzz.com
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.

Group 1 Results[edit]

Home ╲ Away ZWR QWJ NFJ MAS ZAK KAR KRB NFW KAH ERB
Al-Zawra'a 0–4 3–1 1–0 2–0 1–0 1–0 1–0 1–0 1–0
Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya 1–0 1–0 0–0 3–0 2–1 1–0 2–0 0–3 1–2
Naft Al-Janoob 1–4 1–0 2–1 0–1 1–0 1–0 0–1 4–1 2–1
Masafi Al-Wasat 4–2 1–1 1–2 1–0 2–4 0–0 2–1 1–1 1–1
Zakho 1–1 2–2 0–2 1–0 2–1 3–0 1–0 1–3 0–0
Al-Karkh 1–0 0–0 1–0 1–0 0–0 4–1 1–0 1–0 2–2
Karbalaa 1–1 0–1 0–0 2–1 2–0 1–1 1–0 2–0 2–2
Naft Al-Wasat 1–0 0–0 1–1 1–0 1–0 3–0 2–0 2–2 1–0
Al-Kahraba 0–1 0–1 0–1 2–0 1–1 2–1 0–0 1–2 0–1
Erbil 1–1 0–0 1–1 3–1 3–1 1–1 0–0 0–0 3–2

Source: Goalzz.com
^ 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.

Group 2 Table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Al-Shorta 16 12 4 0 32 7 +25 40 Qualified to the elite stage
2 Al-Minaa 16 7 4 5 22 18 +4 25 Qualified to the elite stage
3 Amanat Baghdad 16 6 6 4 19 16 +3 24 Qualified to the elite stage
4 Duhok 16 5 6 5 18 21 −3 21 Qualified to the elite stage
5 Al-Talaba 16 4 5 7 18 18 0 17
6 Naft Maysan 16 3 8 5 14 20 −6 17
7 Al-Hedood 16 3 7 6 14 21 −7 16
8 Al Naft 16 3 6 7 15 21 −6 15
9 Najaf 16 3 6 7 10 20 −10 15
10 Sulaymaniya (withdrew) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Relegation to Iraq Division 1

Updated to games played on 2 May 2015.
Source: Goalzz.com
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.

Group 2 Results[edit]

Home ╲ Away TLB AMN MIN SHR NFT DUH NFM NJF HED SUL
Al-Talaba 1–1 0–2 1–2 2–3 0–0 2–1 5–0 2–1
Amanat Baghdad 2–1 0–0 0–2 1–0 1–1 3–1 0–0 2–0
Al-Mina'a 1–1 2–1 0–2 2–1 2–1 1–1 2–0 2–3
Al-Shorta 1–0 2–1 2–1 0–0 3–01 3–0 2–0 4–0
Al-Naft 0–1 1–3 2–1 2–2 0–2 2–2 2–1 1–1
Duhok 2–1 1–1 1–3 2–2 1–0 1–1 1–1 1–0
Naft Maysan 1–0 2–0 1–0 0–3 1–1 1–2 1–1 1–1
Al-Najaf 0–0 0–1 2–3 0–0 1–0 2–1 0–0 1–0
Al-Hedood 1–1 2–2 0–0 0–2 0–0 3–1 0–0 2–1
Sulaymaniya2

Source: Goalzz.com
^ 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.

1 Al-Shorta were awarded a 3–0 victory after Duhok did not turn up for the game.
2 Sulaymaniya withdrew from the league after four games, having lost all four of them. Their results were annulled.

Elite Stage[edit]

Group 1[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Naft Al-Wasat 6 4 2 0 8 3 +5 14 Qualified to the final
2 Al-Shorta 6 3 1 2 9 5 +4 10 Qualified to the 3rd place play-off
3 Amanat Baghdad 6 1 3 2 3 4 −1 6
4 Al-Zawraa 6 0 2 4 5 13 −8 2

Updated to games played on 3 July 2015.
Source: Goalzz.com
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.

Group 1 Results[edit]

Home ╲ Away SHR ZWR AMN NFW
Al-Shorta 4–1 0–0 0–2
Al-Zawra'a 1–4 1–1 1–1
Amanat Baghdad 0–1 1–0 1–1
Naft Al-Wasat 1–0 2–1 1–0
Source: Goalzz.com
^ 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.

Group 2[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya 6 2 4 0 4 1 +3 10 Qualified to the final
2 Al-Minaa 6 2 4 0 6 4 +2 10 Qualified to the 3rd place play-off
3 Duhok 6 1 2 3 4 7 −3 5
4 Naft Al-Janoob 6 1 2 3 3 5 −2 5

Updated to games played on 4 July 2015.
Source: Goalzz.com
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.

Group 2 Results[edit]

Home ╲ Away QWJ MIN NFJ DUH
Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya 0–0 1–0 2–0
Al-Mina'a 0–0 1–0 3–2
Naft Al-Janoob 1–1 1–1 1–0
Duhok 0–0 1–1 1–0
Source: Goalzz.com
^ 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.

Championship play-off[edit]

The group winners will play-off for the championship, while the group runners-up will play-off for third and fourth place.

Third place match[edit]

10 July 2015
19:00 GMT
Al-Minaa 0–33 Al-Shorta
Al-Shaab Stadium
Referee: Salam Amer
3 Al-Shorta were awarded a 3–0 victory after Al-Minaa did not turn up for the game.
Al-Minaa
Al-Shorta
GK 21 Iraq Ahmed Basil
RWB 18 Iraq Mahdi Karim
CB 31 Iraq Salam Shakir
CB 6 Iraq Karrar Mohammed
CB 4 Syria Hamdi Al Masri
LWB 19 Iraq Ahmad Ayad
CM 5 Iraq Hussein Abdul-Wahed (c)
CM 25 Iraq Murtadha Hadeeb
CAM 9 Iraq Mahdi Kamel
ST 10 Iraq Marwan Hussein
ST 8 Iraq Ammar Abdul-Hussein
Manager:
Iraq Thair Jassam

Match officials

  • Assistant referees:
    • Haider Abdul Hassan
    • Ahmad Sabah Qasem
  • Fourth official: Ahmed Juma

Match rules

  • 90 minutes.
  • 30 minutes of extra-time if necessary.
  • Penalty shootout if scores still level.

Final[edit]

11 July 2015
19:00 GMT
Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya 0–0 (a.e.t.) Naft Al-Wasat
  Penalties  
Abdul-Jabbar Penalty scored
Karim Penalty scored
Kadhim Penalty missed
Ahmad Penalty scored
Khribin Penalty scored
Ajan Penalty scored
Natiq Penalty missed
Midani Penalty missed
5–6 Penalty scored Mohsen
Penalty scored Numy
Penalty missed Khalaf
Penalty scored Mohammed
Penalty scored Abbas
Penalty scored Jasim
Penalty missed Sabri
Penalty scored Haj
Al-Shaab Stadium
Referee: Ali Sabah Adday
Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya
Naft Al-Wasat
GK 1 Iraq Fahad Talib
RB 24 Iraq Faisal Jassim Substituted off 119'
CB 2 Iraq Samal Saeed
CB 4 Iraq Saad Natiq YC 15'
LB 17 Syria Moayad Ajan
DM 18 Ghana Akwetey Mensah Substituted off 117'
RM 8 Iraq Samer Saeed Substituted off 95'
LM 30 Syria Omar Khribin
AM 16 Syria Zaher Midani
ST 10 Iraq Hammadi Ahmad (c)
ST 5 Iraq Mustafa Karim
Substitutes:
DF 3 Iraq Ali Abdul-Jabbar Substituted in 117'
MF 7 Iraq Haitham Kadhim Substituted in 119'
FW 23 Iraq Yassir Abdul-Mohsen Substituted in 95'
Manager:
Iraq Abbas Attiya
GK 25 Iraq Noor Sabri
RB 2 Syria Alaa Al Shbli Substituted off 119'
CB 15 Iraq Essam Yassin
CB 5 Iraq Nabeel Abbas (c)
LB 19 Iraq Mohammed Numy
RM 7 Iraq Amir Sabah Substituted off 82'
CM 6 Iraq Faris Hassoun Substituted off 70'
CM 30 Syria Oday Jafal Substituted off 98'
CM 33 Syria Tamer Haj
LM 11 Iraq Amjad Attwan
ST 20 Iraq Jassim Mohammed YC 60'
Substitutes:
DF 3 Iraq Ali Jasim Substituted in 119'
DF 12 Iraq Ali Kadhim Substituted in 98'
DF 14 Iraq Ayad Khalaf Substituted in 82'
MF 21 Iraq Saeed Mohsen Substituted in 70'
Manager:
Iraq Abdul Ghani Shahad

Match officials

  • Assistant referees:
    • Muayad Mohammed Ali
    • Watheq Mdallal Obaid Al-Swaiedi
  • Fourth official: Watheq Muhammed

Match rules

  • 90 minutes.
  • 30 minutes of extra-time if necessary.
  • Penalty shootout if scores still level.

Final positions[edit]

Pos Team Pld Pts Eff
1 Naft Al-Wasat 25 43 57.3%
2 Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya 25 44 58.7%
3 Al-Shorta 23 53 76.8%
4 Al-Minaa 23 35 50.7%
Eliminated in the Elite Stage
5 Amanat Baghdad 22 30 45.5%
6 Duhok 22 26 39.4%
7 Naft Al-Janoob 24 35 48.6%
8 Al-Zawraa 24 35 48.6%
Eliminated in the First Stage
9 Al-Karkh 18 26 48.1%
10 Al-Talaba 16 17 35.4%
11 Erbil 18 25 46.3%
12 Naft Maysan 16 17 35.4%
13 Zakho 18 20 37.0%
14 Al-Hedood 16 16 33.3%
15 Karbala 18 19 35.2%
16 Al-Naft 16 15 31.3%
17 Najaf 16 15 31.3%
18 Al-Kahraba 18 16 29.6%
Relegated
19 Masafi Al-Wasat 18 14 25.9%
20 Sulaymaniya 0 0 0.0%

Top scorers[edit]

As of 11 July 2015
Rank Player Club Goals
1 Iraq Marwan Hussein Al-Shorta 15
2 Iraq Hussein Ali Wahid Al-Minaa 10
3 Iraq Dhurgham Ismail Al-Shorta 8
Iraq Ali Salah Al-Talaba
Iraq Abdul-Qadir Tariq Al-Karkh
4 Iraq Saad Abdul-Amir Erbil 7
Iraq Mustafa Karim Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya
5 Iraq Alaa Abdul-Zahra Al-Shorta 6
Iraq Mustafa Jalal Al-Zawraa
Syria Oday Jafal Naft Al-Wasat

References[edit]

External links[edit]