Iraqi Kurdistan national football team

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Iraqi Kurdistan
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) The Tricolour
Association Iraqi Kurdistan Football Association
Confederation ConIFA
Head coach Iraqi Kurdistan Khasraw Groon
Most caps Heydar Gharaman
Home stadium Franso Hariri Stadium,
First colours
Second colours
First international
Iraqi Kurdistan Iraqi Kurdistan 2 – 2 Sápmi 
(Sweden, 7 July 2008)
Biggest win
 Tamil Eelam 0 – 9 Iraqi Kurdistan Iraqi Kurdistan
(Sweden, 01 June 2014)
Biggest defeat
 Sápmi 1 – 1 Iraqi Kurdistan Iraqi Kurdistan
(Sweden, 13 July 2008)
VIVA World Cup
Appearances 3 (First in 2008)
Best result champions, 2012 VIVA World Cup

The Iraqi Kurdistan national football team (Arabic: منتخب كردستان العراق الوطني لكرة القدم‎‎, Kurdish: Helbijardey Topî pêy Kurdistan ;ھەڵبژاردەی تۆپی پێی كوردستان‎), is the national team of Iraqi Kurdistan. They are not affiliated with FIFA or Asian Football Confederation (AFC), and therefore cannot compete for the FIFA World Cup or the AFC Asian Cup. The Iraqi FA attended a meeting held by the NF-Board in June 2006.[1]

The team played in the 2008 VIVA World Cup for the first time, finishing in the 4th place after a 3–1 loss to Sápmi. Their first and only win in the 2008 tournament came against Provence.

In December 2008, during the 5th General Meeting, Kurdistan was granted full membership to the NF Board and was a failed candidate to host the 2010 VIVA World Cup. After losing in the final in both the 2009 and 2010 tournaments Kurdistan eventually became champions on home turf in 2012, defeating Northern Cyprus 2-1 in front of 22,000 fans. they will compete at the 2016 ConIFA World Football Cup


Official Kurdistan FA Emblem[edit]

The Iraqi Kurdistan FA emblem was designed by Kurdish artist Rawand Sirwan Nawroly (Kurdish: ره‌وه‌ند سیروان نه‌ورڕۆڵی‎). The emblem represents the Iraqi Kurdish flag colours, where the red represents the Kurdish Newroz fire. The yellow ball represents the Kurdish Sun and the green banner represents the green Kurdistan scenery.

World Cup record[edit]

Year Position GP W D L GS GA
VIVA World Cup
Occitania 2006 Did not enter - - - - - -
Sápmi (area) 2008 4th 5 1 2 2 7 7
Padania 2009 2nd 4 2 - 2 11 4
Gozo 2010 2nd 4 3 0 1 9 5
Iraqi Kurdistan 2012 1st 4 4 0 0 11 2
ConIFA World Football Cup
Sápmi (area) 2014 6th 5 1 3 1 14 6
Abkhazia 2016 8th 5 2 3 0 9 3
Total Best: 1st 26 13 7 6 59 23
World Cup History
Year Round Score Result
VIVA World Cup
2008 Round 1  Iraqi Kurdistan 2 – 2  Sápmi Draw
Round 1  Iraqi Kurdistan 3 – 0  Provence Win
Round 1  Iraqi Kurdistan 1 – 2  Padania Lose
Round 1  Iraqi Kurdistan 0 – 0  Arameans Suryoye Draw
3rd Place  Iraqi Kurdistan 1 – 3  Sápmi Lose
2009 Round 1  Iraqi Kurdistan 4 – 0  Occitania Win
Round 1  Iraqi Kurdistan 1 – 2  Padania Lose
Semi-Final  Iraqi Kurdistan 6 – 0  Provence Win
Final  Iraqi Kurdistan 0 – 2  Padania Lose
2010 Round 1  Iraqi Kurdistan 4 – 1 Kingdom of the Two Sicilies Two Sicilies Win
Round 1  Iraqi Kurdistan 3 – 2  Provence Win
Semi-Final  Iraqi Kurdistan 2 – 1  Occitania Win
Final  Iraqi Kurdistan 0 – 1  Padania Lose
2012
Round 1  Iraqi Kurdistan 6 – 0  Western Sahara Win
Round 1  Iraqi Kurdistan 1 – 0  Occitania Win
Semi-Final  Iraqi Kurdistan 2 – 1  Provence Win
Final  Iraqi Kurdistan 2 – 1  Northern Cyprus Win
ConIFA World Football Cup
2014
Round 1  Iraqi Kurdistan 1 - 2  Arameans Suryoye Lose
Round 1  Iraqi Kurdistan 9 - 0  Tamil Eelam Win
Quarter-finals  Iraqi Kurdistan 1 (2) - (4) 1 Isle of Man Ellan Vannin Draw
Placement Round 1  Iraqi Kurdistan 2 (5) - (4) 2  Occitania Draw
Placement Round 2  Iraqi Kurdistan 1 (3) - (4) 1  Padania Draw

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Current squad[edit]

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
22 1GK Sarhang Muhsin 29 5 0 Iraq Erbil
12 1GK Znar Faizi 0 0 Iraq Duhok
1 1GK Rebaz Abdulla 21 0 0 Iraq Erbil

2 2DF Bayar Abubakir 5 0 Iraq Duhok
3 2DF Herdi Siamand 33 11 1 Iraq Erbil
20 2DF Jassim Mohammed Haji 32 10 1 Iraq Zakho
13 2DF Aras Mustafa 28 1 0 Iraqi Kurdistan Zeravani
4 2DF Hawkar Latif 26 0 0 Iraqi Kurdistan Nawroz
8 2DF Khalid Mushir 35 12 2 Iraq Zakho
5 2DF Kamaran Ali 27 3 0 Iraq Zakho
21 2DF Niaz Muhamad 26 5 0 Iraq Erbil

14 3MF Hawre Jalal 26 3 5 Iraqi Kurdistan Peshmargay Hawler
15 3MF Muhamad Sabir 1 0 Iraq Erbil
19 3MF Diyar Rahman 30 5 1 Iraq Erbil
10 3MF Ali Aziz 27 10 4 Iraqi Kurdistan FC Ararat
16 3MF Miran Khesro 26 12 1 Iraq Erbil
6 3MF Abdulla Kaifi 24 0 0 Iraq Kirkuk
11 3MF Kosrat Baiz 25 5 2 Iraq Erbil
9 3MF Rekar Hashim 23 1 0 Iraq Erbil

17 4FW Hunar Ahmad 4 2 Iraqi Kurdistan Zeravani
18 4FW Ayub Ayad 31 1 0 Iraqi Kurdistan Zeravani
7 4FW Farhang Wriya 2 1 Iraqi Kurdistan Peshmargay Hawler
23 4FW Farhan Shakor 21 9 5 Iraq Erbil

Former players[edit]

Sponsorships[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The first football World Cup for nations that do not exist". Play the Game, Steve Menary. September 23, 2006. 

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