Dhurgham Ismail

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Dhurgham Ismail
ضرغام إسماعيل
ضرغام اسماعيل.jpg
Ismail playing for Iraq in 2015.
Personal information
Full name Dhurgham Ismail Dawoud Al-Quraishi
Date of birth (1994-05-23) 23 May 1994 (age 24)
Place of birth Amarah, Maysan, Iraq
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Left back, left winger
Club information
Current team
Çaykur Rizespor
Youth career
2009–2010 Naft Maysan
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2015 Al Shorta 104 (21)
2015– Çaykur Rizespor 52 (1)
National team
2009–2010 Iraq U17 8 (1)
2011–2013 Iraq U20 10 (4)
2011–2016 Iraq U23 12 (1)
2013– Iraq 42 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 28 May 2017
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 28 March 2017

Dhurgham Ismail Dawoud Al-Quraishi (Arabic: ضرغام إسماعيل داوود القريشي‎; born 23 May 1994), known as Dhurgham Ismail, is an Iraqi professional footballer who plays as a left back or left winger for Turkish Süper Lig club Çaykur Rizespor and for the Iraq national team.

Dhargham Ismail was born on May 23, 1994 in the city of Amarah in Maysan province, in south-eastern Iraq. Dhargham had played for the U-17s, U-19s, U-23 and the national side.[1]

He left back joined the Iraq FA youth system in 2010 after FA member Yahya Zaghir the secretary of Naft Maysan, where he was a youth player, took the footballer to Iraq U-17 coach Muwafaq Hussein and presented him as “a player from Al-Sadr City,” a city within a city in the Iraqi capital.[1] [2] In November 2010, Ismail signed a five-year contract for Al Shorta at the age of 16.[3]

Dhurgham was a footballer from the province and for decades the Iraqi youth sides had been dominated by Baghdad-based players, both because of the prejudice against the provincial talent and the close proximity from the youth sides training facilities in the Iraqi capital and with only a few coaches scouting around the country for new talent.[1] Yahya Zaghir may have believed it was better for Dhargham to be labelled a player from Baghdad rather than face the prejudice of coming from the provinces. Two years later, the gifted left sided defender was the star of the Under 17s side, wearing the No.9 with presenter Haidar Al-Wattar praising him on the MBC channel.[1]

Club career[edit]

Al Shorta[edit]


He made his debut in Al Shorta's first match of the 2010–11 Iraqi Premier League, against Al-Karkh SC, on 27 November 2010, where it ended in a 0–0 draw.[4] In his first season, he quickly made his position in the starting eleven squad with the squad number 13, being picked to start in many games, after the club sold their first choice left back, Ahmad Kadhim Assad, in September 2010.[5]

He scored his first goal on 9 February 2011, a long-range effort into the top corner against giants Erbil SC, at the 35th minute, in a match that ended in a 3–1 win for Al Shorta.[6] His cross from the left flank led to the very last goal that club legend Hashim Ridha scored for Al Shorta in a defeat to Ramadi FC, and Ismail scored his second goal on 1 July 2011, against Samarra FC, in a match that ended in another 3–1 win.[7] This was a crucial win for Al Shorta in the battle to avoid relegation.

Al Shorta ended the 2010–11 season with them being in 8th place in the North Group, escaping relegation by goal difference. Al Shorta's defense, that includes Ismail, have conceded 23 goals in that season.[8]


Ismail was handed the number 3 shirt for the season. Upon earning his starting role in the squad, Ismail had assists in a lot of matches from the 2011–12 Iraqi Premier League, mostly crossing long balls into the penalty area. He also scored two goals in this season: one of them was on 3 March 2012, against Zakho FC, in a 2–0 win for Al Shorta.[9] The second one was on 19 March 2012, against Al-Hedood, in another 2–0 win.[10]

Ismail was nominated by the head coach of Al-Zawra'a, Radhi Shenaishil, and the head coach of Al Shorta, Mohammed Tabra, as the left back of the Ideal Team of the Season. Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya's Hussam Kadhim was picked for the position.[11]

Al Shorta ended the 2011–12 season with them being in 7th place and conceding 37 goals.[12]


The 2012–13 season was the first season for Ismail to achieve a local competition. He scored Al Shorta's only goal against Sulaymaniya FC in Round 9,[13] a curling shot from the outside of his boot, and also scored against Al-Mina'a SC from a free-kick, Zakho FC, Masafi Al-Wasat, and scored the last goal for Al Shorta in the season, against Talaba SC, on 4 September 2013 which secured the league title for the club, resulting in five goals for Ismail in this season, which was the most he had in one season.[14]

Al Shorta won their first league shield since the 2002–03 season and their ninth one as a total, just two years after finishing +5 goal difference away from relegation.[15] They also achieved the 2013 Baghdad Cup, but Ismail wasn't included in the squad due to being on international duty.[16]


Ismail appeared in most matches of the 2013–14 season, where he scored a goal against Duhok SC, Naft Al-Janoob from a penalty and scored two goals against Naft Maysan, which is the first time that he scored two goals in one match for Al Shorta,[17] and also had two assists. The 2014 AFC Champions League qualifiers was the first international club competition that Ismail participated in; he played the last 23 minutes of the qualifying match which Al Shorta lost by one goal to Kuwait SC. He also started in all of the six games that Al Shorta played in the 2014 AFC Cup.

Al Shorta achieved the Iraqi League for the second time in the row, but were unable to qualify to the 2014 AFC Cup knock-out stage.[18]


In the 2014–15 season, Ismail scored 8 goals, becoming the second top scorer of Al Shorta, below Marwan Hussein at 15 goals. His goals were scored against Najaf FC, Al-Hedood, Baghdad FC, Al-Mina'a SC, Al-Naft and Al-Zawra'a SC.[14] On 19 February 2015, Ismail captained Al Shorta for the first time in a 3–0 win away at Naft Maysan. He also appeared in 4 matches of the 2015 AFC Cup out of 7 that Al Shorta played, scoring a goal against Taraji Wadi Al-Nes in a match that ended in a 6–2 win for Al-Shorta,[19] and he had 4 assists in the tournament.[20][21]

Al Shorta had the 3rd place in the league[22] and were eliminated from the 2015 AFC Cup Round of 16 by Kuwait SC.[23]

While Ismail renewed his contract for Al Shorta for one more year,[24] offers were presented by Spanish club Girona FC,[25] Iranian club Persepolis and Turkish club Çaykur Rizespor in July 2015 to sign him.[26]

Çaykur Rizespor[edit]

On 15 August 2015, Ismail transferred from Al Shorta to Çaykur Rizespor, signing a five-year contract to play in the Turkish Süper Lig.[27] He made his league debut on 19 September 2015, playing as a left midfielder for the full match in a 5–1 win over Antalyaspor.[28] In his second match, in the Turkish Cup against Ankara Adliyespor, he played as a left back rather than a midfielder in the match that ended in a 2–0 victory for Rizespor. Dhurgham Ismail scored his first goal in Turkey as his team beat Sivasspor 2-0 in the cup. His first league goal for Rizespor came in Dhurgham's 2nd season at the club where he scored against Alanyaspor as the game ended in a 3-2 win for his club.[29]

International career[edit]

Iraq U-17[edit]

Ismail's first international tournament for the Iraq national U-17 team was the 2009 WAFF U-16 Championship, where Iraq ended in 3rd place, which was Ismail's first international achievement. In the 2010 AFC U-16 Championship, Ismail scored his first international goal, on 27 October 2010, against Kuwait in a 3–0 win for Iraq.[30][31]

Iraq U-20[edit]

Ismail's first tournament with the Iraq national U-20 team was the 2011 Arab Cup U-20, where Iraq didn't get passed the group stage.[32]

Although he was not included in the 2012 AFC U-19 Championship squad, Ismail was part of the 2012 Arab Cup U-20, where he scored a goal against Syria, but Iraq eventually finished in the bottom of Group C.[33]

Ismail was included in the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup squad, playing as a left back. He was subbed off for Ammar Abdul-Hussein in the first match, against England,[34] subbed in for Mahdi Kamel, against Egypt,[35] subbed in at half time for Abdul-Hussein, against Paraguay.[36] Being subbed in at the 112th minute, Ismail scored his penalty kick during the penalty shoot-out, against South Korea, in the quarterfinal.[37] He didn't play in the semifinal, where Iraq lost, but he started in the third place match, where they lost 0–3.[38]

Iraq U-23[edit]

Ismail's first tournament for the Iraq national U-23 team was the 2013 AFC U-22 Championship. He started in all of the six matches that Iraq played, scoring a goal in the first match, against Saudi Arabia, in a match that ended in a 3–1 win for Iraq,[39] and having an assist against Uzbekistan.[40] Iraq won the final, against Saudi Arabia, achieving the tournament, which was the first international trophy for Ismail.[41]

In the 2014 Asian Games, Ismail appeared in 5 matches and missed two.[42] In all of the matches he played, Ismail didn't play a full game, being subbed off at the 60th minute, against Nepal,[43] subbed in at the 75th minute, against Kuwait,[44] subbed in at the 75th minute, against Tajikistan,[45] subbed off at the 30th minute, against Saudi Arabia,[46] and subbed in at the 86th minute, against Thailand.[47]


On 12 January 2013, Ismail made his senior International debut with the number 20, against Yemen, in the 21st Arabian Gulf Cup group stage, where he scored a debut goal from a free kick.[48][49] Ismail went on to appear in the semifinal, being subbed in at the 111th minute for Humam Tariq, against Bahrain, and successfully score his penalty kick during the penalty shoot-out after a 1–1 draw.[50] He also was subbed in for the final, at the 53rd minute, for Ahmed Yasin Ghani, against the United Arab Emirates, where Iraq lost 1–2 and became runners-up.[51]

On 29 December 2014, Ismail was included in Iraq's squad for the 2015 AFC Asian Cup, playing as a left back.[52] He started in all of the six matches they played. Ismail was named Man of the Match in the quarterfinal, against Iran, for creating the attack that led to the second goal for Iraq, by shooting the ball that gets deflected off the keeper and onto Younis Mahmoud's head, who headers it in,[53] and by scoring Iraq's third goal from a penalty as they drew 3–3 at Canberra Stadium and eventually prevailed 7–6 on a penalty shootout, in which Ismail his kick.[54] Iraq finished fourth in the tournament after losing for the United Arab Emirates at the third place match 2–3.[55] Due to his performance, Ismail was included in the Team of the Tournament as the best left back.[56]

Ismail scored his third goal for the national team on his fourth appearance in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification, against Chinese Taipei, at the 18th minute, by a cross from Younis Mahmoud.[57]

Career statistics[edit]


As of match played 28 May 2017[58]
Club Season League Cup[nb 1] Continental[nb 2] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Al Shorta 2010–11 Iraqi Premier League 104 2 115 2
2011–12 2 2
2012–13 5 5
2013–14 4 7[a] 0 4
2014–15 8 5[b] 1 9
Total 104 21 12 1 115 22
Çaykur Rizespor 2015–16 Süper Lig 20 0 8 1 28 1
2016–17 Süper Lig 32 1 8 0 40 1
Total 52 1 16 1 68 2
Career total 156 22 16 1 12 1 183 24
  1. ^ One appearance in AFC Champions League, six appearances in AFC Cup
  2. ^ Appearances in AFC Cup


As of match played 28 March 2017[59]
Year Apps Goals
2013 12 1
2014 6 0
2015 14 2
2016 7 0
2017 2 0
Total 41 3
International goals
Scores and results list Iraq's goal tally first.[59]
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 12 January 2013 Khalifa Sports City Stadium, Isa Town, Bahrain  Yemen 1–0 2–0 21st Arabian Gulf Cup
2 23 January 2015 Canberra Stadium, Canberra, Australia  Iran 3–2 3–3 2015 AFC Asian Cup
3 17 November 2015 National Stadium, Kaohsiung, Taiwan  Chinese Taipei 1–0 2–0 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification




Personal life[edit]

Ismail belongs to Iraq's Shia community.[68]


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  1. ^ Includes cup competitions such as the Turkish Cup
  2. ^ Includes continental competitions such as Asia and Europe

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