List of Iraqi football champions

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The Iraqi football champions are the winners of the highest league in Iraqi football, which since the 2003–04 season has been called the Iraqi Premier League.

Following the establishment of the Iraq Football Association in 1948, the Iraq FA Championship was played in the 1948–49 season and was won by Sharikat Naft Al-Basra. The Iraq FA Cup Championship was established in 1956 which was a knockout competition with different divisions; despite being a knockout competition, it was considered as the national championship. In 1961, a proper league was established for clubs and football teams owned by the institutes in Baghdad, but despite being a league, it retained the name of Iraq FA Cup Championship until 1963 when it became the Iraq FA League Championship.[1] In the 1973–74 season, teams from all around Iraq were allowed to compete in the competition, rather than just Baghdad-based teams.[2]

The first nationwide league of clubs in Iraq was established in 1974, by the name of the Iraqi National League, with many of the institutes teams merging together to form sports clubs. The first season saw Al-Tayaran achieving the league.[3][4] The first team to get relegated was Al-Rafidain, and the first ever promoted teams consisted of five clubs including Al-Zawra'a who succeeded in achieving the league title in their first season participating.[5]

The four "Popular Teams" of Baghdad (Al-Zawra'a, Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya, Al-Shorta and Al-Talaba), have dominated the now-called Iraqi Premier League over the years, achieving 28 titles out of a possible 40 since the 1974–75 season. Two of these teams appeared in the 1973–74 season, with those two being Al-Tayaran (Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya) and Al-Shorta (who were represented by two teams, Aliyat Al-Shorta and Shorta Al-Najda, who later merged with other Police teams to form Al-Shorta prior to the 1974–75 season). Al-Zawra'a and Al-Talaba (known as Al-Jameea at the time) made their first appearance in the Iraqi National League in 1975–76.[3][5]

Eight of the clubs which have been crowned champions of Iraq are currently competing in the Iraqi Premier League, while four of them are competing in the lower divisions and two of them have since dissolved. Al-Zawra'a have won 13 titles, the most of any club.[6] Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya and Al-Shorta are in joint-second with ten national titles overall, and Al-Talaba and Amanat Baghdad share third place having both won five national titles. Erbil, the only club outside of Baghdad to achieve more than one title, have won four titles.

List[edit]

Bold indicates Double winners – i.e. League and FA Cup winners OR League and Umm Al-Ma'arik Cup winners

Bold Italic indicates Treble winners – i.e. League, FA Cup and Umm Al-Ma'arik Cup winners OR League, FA Cup and Arab World Club Cup winners

League of the Institutes[edit]

Iraq FA Championship (1948–1949)[edit]

Year Champions
(number of titles)
Runners-up
1948–49 Sharikat Naft Al-Basra Al-Kuliya Al-Askariya

Iraq FA Cup Championship (1956–1963)[edit]

Year Champions
(number of titles)
Runners-up Third place
1956–57 Maslahat Naqil Al-Rukkab[6] Unknown Unknown
1957–58 Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya Unknown Unknown
1958–59 Amanat Al-Asima[6] (2) Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya Unknown
1959–60 Al-Athori Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya Unknown
1960–61 Maslahat Naqil Al-Rukkab (3) Unknown Unknown
1961–62 Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya (2) Al-Kuliya Al-Askariya Unknown
1962–63 Madrasat Al-Shorta[4] Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya Al-Firqa Al-Thalatha[7]

Iraq FA League Championship (1963–1965)[edit]

Year Champions
(number of titles)
Runners-up Third place
1963–64 Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya (3) Al-Firqa Al-Thalatha Aliyat Al-Shorta[4]
1964–65 Maslahat Naqil Al-Rukkab (4) Aliyat Al-Shorta Al-Firqa Al-Thalatha

Iraq FA Premier League (1965–1971)[edit]

Year Champions
(number of titles)
Runners-up Third place
1965–66 Al-Firqa Al-Thalatha Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya Unknown
1966–67 Abandoned – No champions declared
1967–68 Aliyat Al-Shorta (2) Maslahat Naqil Al-Rukkab Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya
1968–69 Aliyat Al-Shorta (3) Al-Tayaran[2] Maslahat Naqil Al-Rukkab
1969–70 Aliyat Al-Shorta (4) Al-Kahraba[8] Sikak Al-Hadeed
1970–71 Maslahat Naqil Al-Rukkab (5) Aliyat Al-Shorta Sikak Al-Hadeed

Iraq FA First Division League (1971–1974)[edit]

Year Champions
(number of titles)
Runners-up Third place
1971–72 Aliyat Al-Shorta (5) Al-Mushat[7] Al-Kahraba
1972–73 Al-Tayaran (4) Aliyat Al-Shorta Al-Mushat
1973–74 Al-Tayaran (5) Aliyat Al-Shorta Al-Mina'a

Iraqi Premier League[edit]

Iraqi National League (1974–1995)[edit]

Year Champions
(number of titles)
Runners-up Third place Top goalscorer (club) Goals
1974–75 Al-Tayaran[2] (6) Al-Naqil Al-Muwasalat[5] Iraq Thamer Yousif (Al-Naqil) 13
1975–76 Al-Zawra'a Al-Tayaran Al-Shorta Iraq Thamer Yousif (Al-Zawra'a) 13
1976–77 Al-Zawra'a (2) Al-Jameea[3] Al-Shorta Iraq Zahrawi Jaber (Al-Shorta) 6
1977–78 Al-Mina'a Al-Zawra'a Al-Sina'a Iraq Jalil Hanoon (Al-Mina'a) 11
1978–79 Al-Zawra'a (3) Al-Shorta Al-Talaba Iraq Falah Hassan (Al-Zawra'a) 7
1979–80 Al-Shorta (6) Al-Zawra'a Al-Talaba Iraq Ali Hussein Mahmoud (Al-Shorta) 18
1980–81 Al-Talaba Al-Shorta Al-Tayaran Iraq Hussein Saeed (Al-Talaba) 11
1981–82 Al-Talaba (2) Al-Tayaran Al-Sina'a Iraq Thamer Yousif (Al-Zawra'a) 14
1982–83 Salahaddin Al-Talaba Al-Tayaran Iraq Hussein Saeed (Al-Talaba) 17
1983–84 Al-Jaish (2) Al-Talaba Al-Tayaran Iraq Rahim Hameed (Al-Jaish) 11
1984–85 Abandoned – No champions declared
1985–86 Al-Talaba (3) Al-Rasheed Al-Tayaran Iraq Hussein Saeed (Al-Talaba)
Iraq Ahmed Radhi (Al-Rasheed)
Iraq Rahim Hameed (Al-Jaish)
9
1986–87 Al-Rasheed Al-Jaish Al-Shabab Iraq Rahim Hameed (Al-Jaish) 14
1987–88 Al-Rasheed (2) Al-Jaish Al-Tayaran Iraq Rahim Hameed (Al-Jaish) 14
1988–89 Al-Rasheed (3) Al-Talaba Al-Tayaran Iraq Karim Saddam (Al-Zawra'a) 22
1989–90 Al-Tayaran[4] (7) Al-Rasheed Al-Shorta Iraq Karim Saddam (Al-Zawra'a)
Iraq Majid Abdul-Ridha (Al-Shabab)
13
1990–91 Al-Zawra'a (4) Al-Talaba Al-Shorta Iraq Karim Saddam (Al-Zawra'a) 20
1991–92 Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya (8) Al-Zawra'a Al-Karkh Iraq Ahmed Radhi (Al-Zawra'a) 34
1992–93 Al-Talaba (4) Al-Zawra'a Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya Iraq Karim Saddam (Al-Zawra'a) 35
1993–94 Al-Zawra'a (5) Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya Al-Talaba Iraq Younis Abid Ali (Al-Shorta) 36
1994–95 Al-Zawra'a (6) Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya Al-Najaf Iraq Moayad Joudi (Al-Karkh) 30

Iraqi Advanced League (1995–1996)[edit]

Year Champions
(number of titles)
Runners-up Third place Leading goalscorer Goals
1995–96 Al-Zawra'a (7) Al-Najaf Al-Shorta Iraq Hussam Fawzi (Al-Zawra'a)
Iraq Ali Hassan (Al-Karkh)
11

Iraqi Premier League (1996–1999)[edit]

Year Champions
(number of titles)
Runners-up Third place Leading goalscorer Goals
1996–97 Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya[1] (9) Al-Zawra'a Al-Talaba Iraq Ali Hashim (Al-Najaf) 19
1997–98 Al-Shorta (7) Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya Al-Zawra'a Iraq Mahmoud Majid (Al-Shorta) 22
1998–99 Al-Zawra'a (8) Al-Talaba Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya Iraq Ahmed Khudhair (Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya)
Iraq Hashim Ridha (Al-Shorta)
19

Iraqi First Division League (1999–2000)[edit]

Year Champions
(number of titles)
Runners-up Third place Leading goalscorer Goals
1999–2000 Al-Zawra'a[1] (9) Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya Al-Shorta Iraq Haider Ayad (Al-Nasiriya) 28

Iraqi Elite League (2000–2002)[edit]

Year Champions
(number of titles)
Runners-up Third place Leading goalscorer Goals
2000–01 Al-Zawra'a[1] (10) Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya Al-Shorta Iraq Hussein Abdullah (Duhok) 21
2001–02 Al-Talaba (5) Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya Al-Shorta Iraq Hashim Ridha (Al-Shorta) 32

Iraqi First Division League (2002–2003)[edit]

Year Champions
(number of titles)
Runners-up Third place Leading goalscorer Goals
2002–03 Al-Shorta (8) Al-Talaba Al-Najaf Iraq Ahmad Mnajed (Al-Shorta) 15

Iraqi Premier League (2003–)[edit]

Year Champions
(number of titles)
Runners-up Third place Leading goalscorer Goals
2003–04 Abandoned – No champions declared
2004–05 Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya (10) Al-Mina'a Al-Talaba Iraq Mustafa Karim (Al-Kahraba) 16
2005–06 Al-Zawra'a (11) Al-Najaf Erbil Iraq Sahib Abbas (Karbalaa) 17
2006–07 Erbil Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya Al-Najaf Iraq Ahmad Salah (Erbil) 11
2007–08 Erbil (2) Al-Zawra'a Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya Iraq Asa'ad Abdul-Nabi (Al-Kahraba) 14
2008–09 Erbil (3) Al-Najaf Duhok Iraq Ahmad Salah (Erbil) 15
2009–10 Duhok Al-Talaba Al-Zawra'a Iraq Amjad Radhi (Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya) 31
2010–11 Al-Zawra'a (12) Erbil Al-Sina'a Iraq Luay Salah (Erbil) 17
2011–12 Erbil (4) Duhok Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya Iraq Hammadi Ahmad (Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya) 27
2012–13 Al-Shorta (9) Erbil Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya Iraq Amjad Radhi (Erbil) 25
2013–14 Al-Shorta (10) Erbil Amanat Baghdad Iraq Ali Salah (Al-Talaba) 14
2014–15 Naft Al-Wasat Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya Al-Shorta Iraq Marwan Hussein (Al-Shorta) 15
2015–16 Al-Zawra'a (13) Naft Al-Wasat Al-Talaba Iraq Mohannad Abdul-Raheem (Al-Zawra'a)
Iraq Hammadi Ahmad (Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya)
12

Total titles won[edit]

Teams in bold compete in the Premier League as of the 2016–17 season.

Club Winners Known runners-up Winning seasons
Al-Zawra'a
13
6
1975–76, 1976–77, 1978–79, 1990–91, 1993–94, 1994–95, 1995–96, 1998–99, 1999–2000, 2000–01, 2005–06, 2010–11, 2015–16
Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya
10
15
1957–58, 1961–62, 1963–64, 1972–73, 1973–74, 1974–75, 1989–90, 1991–92, 1996–97, 2004–05
Al-Shorta
10
6
1962–63, 1967–68, 1968–69, 1969–70, 1971–72, 1979–80, 1997–98, 2002–03, 2012–13, 2013–14
Al-Talaba
5
8
1980–81, 1981–82, 1985–86, 1992–93, 2001–02
Amanat Baghdad
5
1
1956–57, 1958–59, 1960–61, 1964–65, 1970–71
Erbil
4
3
2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2011–12
Al-Rasheed
3
2
1986–87, 1987–88, 1988–89
Al-Jaish
2
4
1965–66, 1983–84
Naft Al-Wasat
1
1
2014–15
Duhok
1
1
2009–10
Al-Mina'a
1
1
1977–78
Salahaddin
1
0
1982–83
Al-Athori
1
0
1959–60
Sharikat Naft Al-Basra
1
0
1948–49

Total titles won by region since 1974–75[edit]

Region Number of titles Clubs
Baghdad
32
Al-Zawra'a (13), Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya (5), Al-Talaba (5), Al-Shorta (5), Al-Rasheed (3), Al-Jaish (1)
Kurdistan
5
Erbil (4), Duhok (1)
South
1
Al-Mina'a (1)
Middle
1
Salahaddin (1)
Middle Euphrates
1
Naft Al-Wasat (1)

By city[edit]

City Championships Clubs
Baghdad
32
Al-Zawra'a (13), Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya (5), Al-Talaba (5), Al-Shorta (5), Al-Rasheed (3), Al-Jaish (1)
Erbil
4
Erbil (4)
Basra
1
Al-Mina'a (1)
Duhok
1
Duhok (1)
Najaf
1
Naft Al-Wasat (1)
Tikrit
1
Salahaddin (1)

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. a b c Also won the Al-Muthabara Cup.
  2. a b Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya were known as Al-Tayaran from 1968 until 1991.
  3. a Al-Talaba were known as Al-Jameea until 1977.
  4. a b Aliyat Al-Shorta merged with the other Police teams (including Madrasat Al-Shorta) to form Al-Shorta in 1974.
  5. a Al-Muwasalat were formed in 1974 by the merger of Al-Bareed and Al-Mina'a, but folded in 1975 and Al-Mina'a were brought back.
  6. a b Maslahat Naqil Al-Rukkab merged with Esalet Al-Mai to form Al-Baladiyat, who later merged with Amanat Al-Asima to form Al-Amana, who were later renamed to Amanat Baghdad.
  7. a b Al-Firqa Al-Thalatha were renamed Salahaddin in 1973 and merged with Al-Mushat and other Army teams to form Al-Jaish in 1974.
  8. a Al-Kahraba were merged with other Industry teams to form Al-Sina'a in 1974.

References[edit]

General
Specific
  1. ^ "Story of the Iraqi Football League". Kooora Forums (in Arabic). Abu Baqer Al-Ahmed. 11 February 2007. 
  2. ^ "All the Story - Iraqi League". Iraqi Football Archive (in Arabic). 
  3. ^ a b Hashim, Refel. "Iraq 1973/74". RSSSF. 
  4. ^ Hashim, Refel. "Iraq 1974/75". RSSSF. 
  5. ^ a b Hashim, Refel. "Iraq 1975/76". RSSSF. 
  6. ^ Al-Nasser, Falah (22 May 2016). "Al-Zawra'a Are the Champions of the Premier League for the 13th Time in Their History". As-Sabah Al-Jadeed (in Arabic). 

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