Ahmad Salah Alwan

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Ahmad Salah
Personal information
Full name Ahmad Salah Alwan
Date of birth (1982-03-09) March 9, 1982 (age 35)
Place of birth Iraq
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Al Talaba
Number 17
Youth career
1990–1996 Al-Omal
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996–2000 Al-Zawraa ? (?)
2000–2004 Al-Talaba ? (?)
2004 Al-Zamalek (loan) ? (0)
2004–2005 Al-Shamal ? (2)
2005 Al-Talaba ? (?)
2005–2006 Al-Ittihad ? (2)
2006 Al-Talaba ? (?)
2006–2010 Arbil FC ? (42)
2010–2012 Duhok FC ? (?)
2012–present Al-Talaba ? (?)
National team
2002–2008 Iraq 29 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of July 16, 2009.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 24 January 2008

Ahmad Salah Alwan (Arabic: أحمد صلاح علوان‎‎; born March 9, 1982 in Iraq) was an Iraqi footballer who is currently the head coach of Erbil.


Ahmed Salah is a talented attacking player who can cause havoc to the opponents defense when in full flow. The magical number 17 started playing in the Baghdad district of Al-Dora and his school team before moving the Al-Omal youth team where he spent six years. A move to Al-Zawraa quickly followed before he was called up into the Iraqi Under-17s – helping the team to the AFC U-17 Championship 1998 where he scored four goals in four games in Doha, Qatar. He was called into the Iraqi Under-19s by Thair Jassim and helped the team to qualify to the AFC Youth Championship 2000 in Tehran, Iran scoring in the 6-0 win over the Maldives in Rajshahi, Bangladesh. The starlet was one of three players left out on standby along with Alaa Sattar and Luay Salah for the finals in Tehran.

In September 2000, Ahmed was called up to the Iraq B team in an International Tournament held in Indonesia, helping the team to runners-up spot behind a full-strength Indonesian national team.

In 2000 Ahmad Salah decided to join Al-Talaba along with fellow Al-Zawraa team-mates Khalid Mohammed Sabbar and Husham Ali. At the club, Ahmed was given more opportunities in the first team then at Al-Zawraa and clearly repaid the confidence the club showed in him with his match winning performances, helping the team to the league and cup double in 2002.

Ahmad Salah made his debut for Iraq at the end 2002; and he has been a regular in Adnan Hamad's Olympic squad, He was part of Iraq Olympic team in the 2004 Summer Olympic Games who became 4th.

In The Arab Champions League 2003-2004 Ahmad Salah scored 6 goals and helped Al-Talaba to reach the 3rd stage, Al-Talaba was 1 point behind qualifying to the semi-finals.

He signed a deal to play for Egyptian giants Al-Zamalek with team-mate Salih Sadir but his career in Egypt wasn't successful, he moved to Qatar and played with Al-Shamal few matches and scored 2 goals, played with the Syrian team Al-Ittihad and also scored 2 goals, but he did not success with the teams he played outside Iraq.

After the Unsuccessful seasons outside Iraq, Ahmad Salah signed with Arbil FC and he assisted his team to win Iraq Super League and he won the Iraq Super League Top scorers award (scored 11 goals) and he became one of the favourite players to Arbil's Fan.

In December 2007, Arbil played in the 2007 King's Cup as Iraq B team and Ahmad Salah was one of Arbil's main strikers, he scored the opening goal of the 3-1 victory over Uzbekistan and he helped the team to reach the King's Cup final, and they became runner-up after lose to Thailand 0-1.

Alwan had a successful four years in Arbil forming a striking partenarship with Luay Salah to lead them to three championships at his time at the club. On 16 September he was released along with 7 other players by Arbil FC.

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Iraq's goal tally first.[1][2]
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 23 November 2003 Hamad bin Khalifa Stadium, Doha, Qatar  Bahrain 1–2 2–2 Friendly
2. 18 February 2004 Pakhtakor Markaziy Stadium, Tashkent, Uzbekistan  Uzbekistan 1–0 1–1 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification
3. 1 December 2005 Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan, Qatar  Palestine 4–0 4–0 2005 West Asian Games
4. 15 November 2006 Helong Sports Center Stadium, Changsha, China  China PR 1–1 1–1 2007 AFC Asian Cup qualification
5. 16 October 2007 Thani bin Jassim Stadium, Doha, Qatar  Qatar 1–0 2–3 Friendly




Damascus International Championship

Syrian Premier League

Syrian Cup

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Salah Alwan, Ahmed". National Football Teams. Retrieved 23 May 2017. 
  2. ^ "2002 Matches". rsssf. Retrieved 23 May 2017. 
Preceded by
Sahib Abbas
Iraq Super League Top scorer
Succeeded by
Assad Abdul-Nabi