Iraq national under-23 football team

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Iraq Iraq U-23
Nickname(s) Asiad Asia
Association IFA
Confederation AFC (Asia)
Head coach Abdul-Ghani Shahad
Captain Saad Abdul-Amir
FIFA code IRQ
First colours
Second colours
Olympic Games (Since 1992)
Appearances 2 (first in 2004)
Best result Fourth place (2004)
Asian Games (Since 2002)
Appearances 2 (first in 2006)
Best result Runners-up (2006)
AFC U-23 Championship
Appearances 2 (first in 2013)
Best result Champions (2013)

Iraq national under-23 football team (also known as Iraq Under-23 or Iraq Olympic Team) represents Iraq in international football competitions in Olympic Games and Asian Games, as well as any other under-23, under-22, and under-21 international football tournaments. It is controlled by the Iraq Football Association. Iraq Olympic Team reached fourth place in the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens won the silver medal in the 2006 Asian Games in Doha, and the bronze medal in the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon.

History[edit]

2004 Athens Olympics[edit]

After 16 years without participation, Iraq qualified for the 2004 Summer Olympics after winning the 2004 Olympic Asian Qualifiers under head coach Adnan Hamad and were scheduled to play against Costa Rica, Morocco and Portugal in the group stages. At the Olympics Iraq started with a shocking 4–2 win against Portugal. That was followed by a 2–0 win against Costa Rica and a 2–1 loss to Morocco. The quarter-finals saw them beat Australia 1–0, and in the semi-final against Paraguay, Iraq lost 3–1. In the bronze medal match, Iraq lost 1–0 and finished fourth.

2013 AFC U-22 Championship[edit]

Iraq's first major honour on U-23 level was the 2013 AFC U-22 Championship. The tournament started with a 3–1 win against Saudi Arabia. That was followed by a 2–1 win against Uzbekistan and a 1–0 win against China. The quarter-finals saw them beat Japan 1–0, and the semi-final against favourites Korea Republic with another 1–0 win.

The final was against local rivals Saudi Arabia, and Mohannad Abdul-Raheem scored the only goal to win the tournament for Iraq. This victory secured Iraq's first Asian Cup U-23 title.

2016 AFC U-23 Championship[edit]

The 2016 AFC U-23 Championship final tournament is to be held in Qatar from 12–30 January 2016. Iraq qualified for the tournament by topping the group in the qualification stage in Oman in March 2015.

Iraq advanced from the group stage, beating Yemen 2–0, Uzbekistan 3–2, and a 1–1 tie with South Korea. In the quarterfinals, Iraq beat UAE 3–1 in extra time to progress to the semifinals. Iraq lost 2–1 to Japan.

In the third place match, Iraq came back from behind to beat Qatar 2–1 to qualify for 2016 Olympics.

2016 Rio Olympics[edit]

Iraq line-up before a match with Brazil at the 2016 Rio Olympics

Iraq qualified for the 2016 Olympics by clinching third place at the 2016 AFC U-23 Championship. The first game saw Iraq play against Denmark, and the score turned out as a 0–0 draw, despite Iraq having 18 shots in the match. The second game was played against the hosts and pre-tournament favourites, Brazil, which also ended up as a 0–0 draw, which was hailed as a great result for Iraq. In the third game, Iraq tied South Africa 1–1, despite having a huge 29 shots in the match. This result, coupled with Denmark's defeat to Brazil, saw Iraq get eliminated at the group stage.


Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Brazil (H) 3 1 2 0 4 0 +4 5 Quarter-finals
2  Denmark 3 1 1 1 1 4 −3 4
3  Iraq 3 0 3 0 1 1 0 3
4  South Africa 3 0 2 1 1 2 −1 2
Source: Rio2016 & FIFA
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
(H) Host.

Competitions Record[edit]

Olympic tournaments[edit]

Olympic Games[edit]

Matches[edit]

Recent results and fixtures[edit]

  Win   Draw   Lose

Team[edit]

Current squad[edit]

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Fahad Talib (1994-10-21) 21 October 1994 (age 22) 9 0 Iraq Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya
12 1GK Mohammed Hameed (1993-01-24) 24 January 1993 (age 24) 10 0 Iraq Naft Al-Wasat

2 2DF Ahmad Ibrahim (1992-02-25) 25 February 1992 (age 25) 9 0 United Arab Emirates Emirates
3 2DF Hawbir Mustafa (1993-09-24) 24 September 1993 (age 23) 0 0 Netherlands MVV Maastricht
4 2DF Mustafa Nadhim (1993-09-23) 23 September 1993 (age 23) 30 4 Iraq Al-Minaa
5 2DF Ali Faez (1994-09-09) 9 September 1994 (age 22) 10 1 Turkey Rizespor
6 2DF Ali Adnan (1993-12-19) 19 December 1993 (age 23) 13 5 Italy Udinese
14 2DF Saad Natiq (1994-03-19) 19 March 1994 (age 23) 13 1 Iraq Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya
15 2DF Dhurgham Ismail (1994-05-23) May 23, 1994 (age 22) 15 1 Turkey Rizespor
17 2DF Alaa Ali Mhawi (1996-06-03) 3 June 1996 (age 20) 7 0 Iraq Al-Zawraa

9 3MF Mahdi Kamel (1995-01-06) 6 January 1995 (age 22) 28 6 Iraq Al-Shorta
10 3MF Ali Husni (1994-05-23) 23 May 1994 (age 22) 11 3 Iraq Al-Minaa
11 3MF Humam Tariq (1996-02-10) 10 February 1996 (age 21) 15 5 Iraq Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya
16 3MF Saad Abdul-Amir (Captain) (1992-01-19) 19 January 1992 (age 25) 7 1 Saudi Arabia Al-Ahli
18 3MF Amjad Attwan (1997-03-12) 12 March 1997 (age 20) 8 2 Iraq Naft Al-Wasat

7 4FW Hammadi Ahmad (1989-10-18) 18 October 1989 (age 27) 3 0 Iraq Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya
8 4FW Mohannad Abdul-Raheem (1993-09-22) 22 September 1993 (age 23) 18 5 Iraq Al-Zawraa
13 4FW Sherko Karim (1996-05-25) 25 May 1996 (age 20) 3 0 Switzerland Grasshopper

Recent callups[edit]

  • The following players have also been called up to Iraqi squad for the last 12 months.
Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Karrar Ibrahim (1993-07-01) 1 July 1993 (age 23) 1 0 Iraq Al-Minaa v.  Algeria, July 17, 2016

DF Hamza Adnan (1996-02-08) 8 February 1996 (age 21) 5 0 Iraq Al-Minaa v.  Algeria, July 17, 2016
DF Mohammed Maan (1994-07-10) 10 July 1994 (age 22) 3 0 Iraq Al-Naft v.  Algeria, July 17, 2016

MF Bashar Rasan (1996-12-22) 22 December 1996 (age 20) 12 3 Iraq Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya v.  Algeria, July 17, 2016
MF Ali Qasim (1996-03-05) 5 March 1996 (age 21) 4 0 Iraq Al-Minaa 2016 Summer Olympics PRE
MF Yaser Kasim (1991-05-10) 10 May 1991 (age 25) 1 0 England Swindon Town 2016 Summer Olympics SUS
MF Hussein Ali (1996-11-29) 29 November 1996 (age 20) 0 0 Iraq Al-Zawraa 2016 Summer Olympics PRE

FW Ammar Abdul-Hussein (1993-02-13) 13 February 1993 (age 24) 8 2 Iraq Al-Zawraa v.  Algeria, July 17, 2016
FW Abdul-Qadir Tariq (1994-07-01) 1 July 1994 (age 22) 2 1 Iraq Al-Shorta v.  Algeria, July 17, 2016
FW Ameer Sabah (1998-06-03) 3 June 1998 (age 18) 0 0 Iraq Naft Al-Wasat 2016 Summer Olympics PRE
FW Ali Akla (1993-02-09) 9 February 1993 (age 24) 0 0 Netherlands DVS'33 2016 Summer Olympics PRE

Previous squads[edit]

Olympic Games
AFC U-23 Championship
Asian Games

Wild card players[edit]

Coaches[edit]

Name Period Matches Wins Draws Losses Win % Achievements
Iraq Adnan Hamad 2003–2004 16 8 1 7 50.00 Qualified for 2004 Olympics
Fourth place at 2004 Olympics
Iraq Yahya Alwan 2005–2007 21 12 6 3 57.14
Iraq Nadhim Shaker 2009–2011 2 2 0 0 100.000
Iraq Radhi Shenaishil 2011–2012 24 11 5 8 45.83
Iraq Hakim Shaker 2012–2014 18 15 2 1 83.33 Winner of the 2013 AFC U-22 Championship
Third place at the 2014 Asian Games
Iraq Yahya Alwan 2015 6 5 1 0 83.33 Qualified for 2016 AFC U-23 Championship
Iraq Abdul-Ghani Shahad 2015– 16 10 4 2 62.50 Third place at the 2016 AFC U-23 Championship
Group stage at the 2016 Olympics

Honours[edit]

Major tournaments[edit]

Fourth place: 2004
Winners: 2013
Third place: 2016
Runners-up: 2006
Third place: 2014

Minor tournaments[edit]

  • Emir Abdullah Al-Faisal Cup
Winners: 2003
  • Rajiv Gandhi Gold Cup
Winners: 1998

See also[edit]

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