Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya

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Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya
القوة الجوية
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Full name Nadi Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya Al-Riyadhi
Nickname(s) Al-Soqoor (The Falcons)
Founded 22 April 1931; 86 years ago (1931) as Gipsy Moth
Ground Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya Stadium
Ground Capacity 10,000
Owner Ministry of Defence
Chairman Anwar Hamad Ameen
Manager Basim Qasim
League Iraqi Premier League
2015–16 Iraqi Premier League, 4th

Nadi Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya Al-Riyadhi (Air Force Sports Club, Arabic: نادي القوة الجوية الرياضي‎‎) 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 Iraqi Super 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 won one honour which was the AFC Cup, Asia's second-tier club tournament, in 2016. This saw them become the first ever Iraqi club to win the AFC Cup. The Falcons have participated in the AFC Champions League three times since its foundation in 2002, but failed to advance past the group stage each time, and the furthest they have reached in the Arab Club Championship is the quarter-final 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 20 February 2017

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 DF Samal Saeed
3 Iraq DF Ali Abduljabbar
4 Iraq DF Saad Natiq
5 Iraq MF Ahmed Abdulridha
6 Iraq DF Sameh Saeed
8 Iraq MF Mohammed Khalid Jaffal
9 Iraq FW Emad Mohsin
10 Iraq FW Hammadi Ahmad
11 Iraq MF Humam Tariq
12 Iraq GK Ali Ibadi
13 Iraq MF Bashar Rasan
14 Cameroon FW Gilles Ngomo
No. Position Player
15 Iraq MF Osama Ali
17 Iraq DF Ahmad Abdul-Amir
18 Syria MF Mohammad Zaher Al Medani
19 Iraq FW Ali Jaari
21 Iraq GK Amjad Raheem
22 Iraq GK Hasanain Jabber
24 Iraq DF Saif Hatem
27 Iraq MF Fahad Kareem
28 Iraq MF Thamer Barghash
29 Iraq FW Amjad Radhi
33 Iraq DF Ali Bahjat
35 Iraq DF Haider Ali
99 Nigeria FW Kabiru Musa
25 Iraq MF Mohammed Adnan

Current technical staff[edit]

Position Name
Coach Iraq Basim Qasim

Honours[edit]

Major[edit]

Domestic[edit]

International[edit]

Minor[edit]

International[edit]

  • Al-Quds International Championship:
    • Winners (1): 2001
  • Al-Wehdat Championship:
    • Winners (1): 1984
  • Stafford Cup:
    • Winners (1): 1982

Domestic[edit]

  • Iraqi Armed Forces League
    • Winners (1): 1974–75
  • Army First Division League
    • Winners (1): 1973–74
  • Baghdad Knockout Cup:
    • Winners (1): 1973–74
  • Al-Intisar Cup:
    • Winners (1): 1988
  • Baghdad Friendly Cup:
  • Al-Meelad Cup:
    • Winners (1): 1985
  • Athar Cup
    • Winners (2): 1962, 1964
    • Runners-up (1): 1966
  • Army Cup Championship
    • Winners (2): 1959, 1964
  • Casuals Cup:
    • Winners (3 known): 1932–33, 1933–34, 1934–35
  • Prince Ghazi Cup:
    • Winners (3): 1932–33, 1933–34, 1934–35
  • Love Cup:
    • Winners (1): 2003

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]

External links[edit]