Adnan Dirjal

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Adnan Dirjal
Personal information
Full name Adnan Dirjal Mutar
Date of birth (1960-01-26) 26 January 1960 (age 57)
Place of birth Baghdad, Iraq
Height 190 cm (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
1976–1977 Nadi Athori
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1977–1980 Al-Zawraa
1980–1984 Al-Talaba
1984–1990 Al-Rasheed
National team
1979–1990 Iraq 90 (4)
Teams managed
1991–1992 Al-Karkh
1992–1993 Iraq
1993–1994 Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya
1995–1998 Al Wakrah
1999 Al Sadd
1999 Al Shamal
1999–2000 Al Wakrah
2000–2001 Al Arabi
2004 Al Sailiya
2004–2005 Al Wakrah
2007 Al Wakrah
2010–2012 Al Wakrah
2013–2014 Al Wakrah
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Adnan Dirjal (born 26 January 1960 in Baghdad) is an Iraqi former footballer and national team coach, one of Iraq's most prominent national team captains, who played as a defender.

Club career[edit]

Adnan, a defender, started his career with Al-Zawraa, where he won the Iraqi league and cup double in 1978/1979. He went on to join Al-Talaba, where he was one of the stars of a team that included Haris Mohammed, Jamal Ali and the great Hussein Saeed. At Al-Talaba Adnan won the Iraqi league three times and reached two cup finals.

His most successful club spell came at Al-Rasheed, the club owned by Saddam Hussein's eldest son Uday, where he captained the club to three Iraqi league titles, two cups and a record three Arab Club Championships during the mid to late 80s.


International career[edit]

Adnan made the step into international football early, helping Iraq win both the CISM World Military Championship and the Gulf Cup in 1979. He later played at three Olympics Games, in 1980, 1984 and 1988,[2] three Gulf Cup victories, and the Asian Games win over Kuwait in 1982. The biggest disappointment in a glittering career was missing the World Cup finals in Mexico in 1986 through injury.

Personal life[edit]

He has a son, Muhannad Adnan Dirjal, who previously played professionally for Al Wakrah as a defender.[3]


  1. ^ "Player Database". Hassanin Mubarak/ 
  2. ^ "Adnan Dirjal Motar Biography and Statistics". Sports Reference. Retrieved 15 August 2009. 
  3. ^ بازاردفيتش يرفض بقاء السفاح ونجل درجال يلحقه (in Arabic). Al Kass. 13 July 2012. 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Hussein Saeed
Iraq captain
Succeeded by
Ahmed Radhi