Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya

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Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya
نادي القوة الجوية الرياضي
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Full name Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya
Nickname(s) Al-Soqoor (The Falcons)
Founded 22 April 1931; 85 years ago (1931) as Gipsy Moth
Ground Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya Stadium
Ground Capacity 10,000
Chairman Anwar Hamad Ameen
Manager Basim Qasim
League Iraqi Premier League
2015–16 Iraqi Premier League, 4th

Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya (Air Force Club, Arabic: نادي القوة الجوية‎‎) is an Iraqi football club based in Rusafa District, Baghdad that competes in the Iraqi Premier League, the top-flight of Iraqi football. Founded in 1931, it is the oldest existing football club in Iraq. It is also one of Iraq's most successful clubs, having won ten national titles, the most recent being in the 2004–05 season. The club has won four Iraq FA Cups, including the most recent edition in 2016, as well as a joint-record three Umm Al-Ma'arik Cups and two Al-Muthabara Cups. It is also one of only two clubs to win all four of the aforementioned trophies in the same season (the 1996–97 season).

On the continental level, Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya has failed to replicate their domestic success. It has never achieved a major honour on the continental stage; in fact their fierce rival Al-Shorta is the only existing Iraqi side to have done so, and Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya is the only club out of the four main Baghdad clubs (the others being Al-Shorta, Al-Zawra'a and Al-Talaba) not to have reached the final of an AFC club competition. The Falcons have participated in the AFC Champions League three times since its foundation in 2002, but failed to advance past the group stages each time, although they have fared slightly better in the Arab World Club Cup, reaching the quarter-finals in the 2012–13 edition.

History[edit]

Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya is Arabic for "Air Force". It was the first club to be found in Iraq on July 4, 1931. It was founded under the name of "Gipsy Moth," by a group of Iraqi flight policemen from the Hinaidi RAF Base. Al-Jawiya played its first match one day after it was founded, on July 5 against another military team from the Habbaniya RAF Base (50 miles west of Baghdad). Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya renamed its club to Al-Tayaran (Airlines) in 1974 and decided to revert to Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya in 1991.

Stadium[edit]

Al-Jawiya's stadium is located in Baghdad, next to Falastin Street. It has a capacity of 10,000. However, the stadium is too small while it lacks all main facilities.

Supporters[edit]

Al-Jawiya has a large fanbase throughout Iraq, most fans are based in Baghdad though. The supporters call themselves Al-Soqoor, which means the hawks. This is also the nickname of the club. The fans are very loyal to the club, however, the stadium is not always filled. The main reasons for this is that the stadium lacks all regular facilities, like proper seats and a roof to protect the supporters from the burning sun during the period of April to October. Also, many games are played during the day on work days which prevents many supporters to visit the matches. The security in Baghdad (Iraq in general) hasn't helped to encourage the supporters either.

The games against big clubs like Al Zawraa, Al Shorta, Arbil and Dohuk are always packed.

Ultras Blue Hawks[edit]

As of 2012, Ultras Blue Hawks was founded by a group of fanatics. The Ultras has now grown to a big firm of a few thousand. They are the ones that create a good atmosphere during the game.

Current squad[edit]

As of 15 June 2016

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Iraq GK Fahad Talib
2 Iraq FW Samal Saeed
4 Iraq DF Mohammed Abdul-Zahra
5 Iraq MF Ibrahim Kamil
6 Iraq DF Ayad Sadir
7 Iraq MF Haitham Kadhim (Captain)
8 Iraq FW Hammadi Ahmad
10 Iraq FW Ali Saad
13 Iraq MF Bashar Rasan
16 Syria MF Zaher Midani
17 Syria DF Moayad Ajan
23 Iraq DF Salah Hilal
25 Iraq FW Akram Hameed
26 Iraq MF Haidar Hussein Askar
28 Cameroon MF Makadji Boukar
No. Position Player
31 Iraq DF Majid Jawad
32 Iraq DF Ahmed Mohammed
35 Iraq MF Hussein Jawad
71 Iraq GK Muhanned Qasim
Iraq DF Emad Khalaf
Iraq DF Saad Attiya
Iraq MF Ali Sabah
Iraq MF Ihab Kadhim
Iraq MF Abdul-Aziz Koni
Iraq MF Ahmed Nadhem
Iraq FW Abdul-Aziz Drezi
Iraq FW Amjad Radhi
Iraq MF Halgurd Mulla Mohammed
Iraq FW Ahmad Abdul-Amir

Current technical staff[edit]

Position Name
Coach Iraq Samir Kadhim
Assistant coach Iraq Rafah Al-Kahlil
Iraq Razzaq Farhan
Iraq Ahmed Khudair
Goalkeeping coach Iraq Hashem Khamees
Club doctor Iraq Khalib Abbas

Honours[edit]

Domestic[edit]

  • Iraq FA Cup Championship:
    • Winner (2): 1958, 1963
  • League of the Institutes:
    • Winner (4): 1961–62, 1963–64, 1972–73 (as League of the Institutes of Baghdad), 1973–74 (as League of the Institutes of Iraq)
  • Iraqi Premier League:
  • Cup of the Institutes of Baghdad:
    • Winner (1): 1973–74
  • Iraq FA Cup:
    • Winner (4): 1977–78, 1991–92, 1996–97, 2015–16
    • Runners-up (3): 1988–89, 1997–98, 1999–00
  • Umm Al-Ma'arak Cup:
    • Winner (3): 1994, 1996, 1998
    • Runners-up (5): 1991, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1999
  • Al-Muthabara Cup:
    • Winner (2): 1997, 2001
    • Runners-up (2): 2000, 2002
  • Love Cup:
    • Winner: 2003
  • Al-Intisar Cup:
    • Winner: 1988
  • 'End of League' Cup
    • Winner: 1986
  • Al-Meelad Cup:
    • Winner: 1985
  • Athar Cup
    • Winner (2): 1962, 1964
  • Army Cup Championship
    • Winner (2): 1959, 1964
  • Casuals Cup:
    • Winner (3): 1932–33, 1933–34, 1934–35
  • Prince Ghazi Cup:
    • Winner (3): 1932–33, 1933–34, 1934–35

Regional[edit]

  • Al-Quds International Championship:
    • Champions: 2001
  • Al-Wahadat Championship:
    • Champions: 1984
  • Bangalore Championship:
    • Champions: 1982

Individual Honours[edit]

2009 FIFA Confederations Cup

The following players have played in the FIFA Confederations Cup whilst playing for Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya :

Notable former managers[edit]

See also[edit]

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