Ayoub Odisho

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Ayoub Odisho
Personal information
Full name Ayoub Odisho Barjam
Date of birth 1960
Place of birth Baghdad, Iraq
Playing position Defender
Youth career
1976-1977 Nadi Athori
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1977-1991 Al-Talaba
National team
1979-1987 Iraq 38
Teams managed
1991-1992 Al-Talaba Assistant
1996-1997 Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya
Salam Zgharta
Al-Akhaa Al-Ahli Aley
Safa Beirut SC
2009-2010 Al-Jaish
2010-2011 Erbil SC
2012-2013 Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya
2013-2015 Erbil SC

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (Goals).

Ayoub Odisho Barjam (born 1960 in Baghdad) is an Iraqi Assyrian former football player and current coach of the northern Iraqi club Erbil SC in the Iraqi premier league.

Ayoub was a tough tackling full-back, who played for Al-Talaba during a playing career that spanned 14 years. The right-sided defender joined the Students club in 1976, making his debut in a 1-0 win over Al-Shurta a year later. The defender, was one of the best defenders in the Iraqi league during the 1980s. He played alongside the likes of Hussein Saeed, Wathiq Aswad, Ali Hussein Shihab, Haris Mohammed and Adnan Dirjal during his career with the great club, helping Al-Talaba to three league titles in 1981, 1982 and 1986.

He made his international debut on 9 February 1979 in the 1-1 draw with East Germany in a friendly game in Baghdad and went onto make 38 appearances for Iraq, including playing at the 1982 Gulf Cup in the UAE and the Asian Games victory in New Delhi that same year but due to injuries a year on he lost his place in the side to Khalil Allawi. He made his last international appearance in a friendly with Bahrain in 1987.

After retiring in 1991, he went onto coach Al-Talaba and Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya, leading them to three trophies in the 1996-1997 season. He infamously gave an interview at the end of the 1997-98 Iraqi League season telling the cameras how happy he was that Al-Quwa Al Jawiya had won the league title, but midway through the interview he announcer announced that Al-Shorta had won the league with a last minute goal and Odisho stood with a shocked, distraught face. The coach also had a lengthy spell in Lebanon managing Salam Zgharta, Al-Akhaa Ahli Aley and Safa FC. His last coaching job was at Arbil, which he stood down from in late 2011.

Since begin 2012, he is the new coach of Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya.

In October Odisho was appointed Erbil SC coach for his second stint with the club.

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