Abbas Rahim

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Abbas Rahim
Personal information
Full name Abbas Rahim Zaywer
Date of birth (1979-01-01)1 January 1979
Place of birth Baghdad, Iraq
Date of death 10 August 2012(2012-08-10) (aged 33)
Place of death Baghdad, Iraq
Playing position Midfielder
National team
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2003 Iraq 35 (4)

Abbas Rahim (1 January 1979 – 10 August 2012) was an Iraqi football Midfielder who played for Iraq in the 2000 Asian Cup and Al-Shorta and Al-Zawraa. Abbas was voted as the 22nd best player in Al-Shorta's history.[1]

Playing career[edit]

Abbas Rahim was a gifted left sided attacking player who has excelled for several Iraqi clubs including Al-Shorta and Al-Zawraa.

He was a prolific goal scorer at youth level and Under-19 level where he helped Iraq qualify for the AFC Asian Youth Championship in 1998. After joining Al-Zawraa in the summer of 1999 from Al Karkh, Abbas scored a remarkable seven goals in his first three league games for the club. He had starred for the Iraqi Olympic side and was capable of turning a game on his own. A versatile left-sided player who could play at left-back, on the left wing, just behind the front two or as an out and out striker.

Abbas made his debut during the 1999 Pan-Arab games in Amman against Libya, scoring his first international goal in a 4-0 win against Lebanon. He played a part in the final against the hosts hitting the cross bar in extra time and was also one of three who hit the post in the penalty shoot-out.[2]

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Iraq's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 22 October 2003 National Stadium, Manama  Myanmar 2–1 3–1 2004 AFC Asian Cup qualification


On 10 August 2012, Rahim was killed in a car crash on the road from Baghdad to Najaf. He was 35 years old.[3]


  1. ^ Al-Shorta SC: Greatest 50 Players
  2. ^ Hassanin Mubarak. "Player Database". Archived from the original on 21 April 2003.
  3. ^ [1], IraqSport; accessed 25 March 2015.

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