Iraqi Kurdistan national football team

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Kurdistan National Football Team
Association Kurdistan Football Association
Confederation ConIFA
Head coach Iraq Abdullah Mahmud
Top scorer Haidar Qaraman
Home stadium Franso Hariri Stadium, Arbil, Kurdistan
First colours
Second colours
Third colours
First international
Iraqi Kurdistan Kurdistan 2 – 2 Sápmi 
(Sweden, 7 July 2008)
Biggest win
 Tamil Eelam 0 – 9 Kurdistan Iraqi Kurdistan
(Sweden, 04 June 2014)
Biggest defeat
 Sápmi 3 – 1 Kurdistan Iraqi Kurdistan
(Sweden, 13 July 2008)
VIVA World Cup
Appearances 3 (First in 2008)
Best result champions, 2012 VIVA World Cup

The Kurdistan National Football Team (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.

Official Kurdistan FA Emblem[edit]

The Kurdistan FA emblem was designed by Kurdish artist Rawand Sirwan Nawroly (Kurdish: ره‌وه‌ند سیروان نه‌ورڕۆڵی‎). The emblem represents the Kurdistan 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.

VIVA World Cup record[edit]

VIVA World Cup
Year Position GP W D L GS GA
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
Total Best: 1st 17 10 2 5 38 18
VIVA World Cup History
Year Round Score Result
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 record[edit]

ConIFA World Football Cup
Year Position GP W D L GS GA
Sápmi (area) 2014 6th place 5 1 3 1 14 6
Total Best: 6th place 5 1 3 1 14 6
ConIFA World Football Cup History
Year Round Score Result
2014
Round 1  Iraqi Kurdistan 1 - 2  Arameans Suryoye Lose
Round 1  Iraqi Kurdistan 9 - 0  Tamil Eelam Win
Placement Round 1  Iraqi Kurdistan 2 (5) - (4) 2  Occitania Draw
Placement Round 2  Iraqi Kurdistan 1 (3) - (4) 1  Padania Draw
Quarter-finals  Iraqi Kurdistan 1 (2) - (4) 1 Isle of Man Ellan Vannin Draw

Current squad[edit]

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Didar Hamid 8 0 Iraq Zakho
1GK Ghafur Othman 4 0 Iraq Brusk
1GK Kawa Dino 0 0 Iraq Duhok
2DF Mohamad Hama Khan 15 1 Iraq
2DF Bayar Abubakir 7 0 Iraq
2DF Herdi Siamand (1985-01-31) January 31, 1985 (age 30) 6 1 Iraq Zakho
2DF Jassim Mohammed Haji (1984-05-03) May 3, 1984 (age 31) 5 0 Iraq Zakho
2DF Sherzad Mohamad 5 0 Iraq Erbil
2DF Amanj Kareem 5 0 Iraq Erbil
2DF Khalid Musheer (1981-02-14) February 14, 1981 (age 34) 4 1 Iraq Duhok
3MF Halgurd Mulla Mohammed (1988-03-11) March 11, 1988 (age 27) 8 5 Iraq Erbil
3MF Haider Qarman 8 6 Iraq Erbil
3MF Nechirvan Shukri 7 0 Iraq Duhok
3MF Amanj Omer 7 1 Iraq Peshmarga
3MF Ali Aziz 7 4 Iraq Ararat FC
3MF Miran Khesro 7 0 Iraq Erbil
3MF Barzan Sherzad 4 0 Iraq Zakho
3MF Amad Ismail 4 3 Iraq Duhok
3MF Kosrat Baiz Ali 4 2 Iraq Erbil
3MF Ali Sirwan 0 0 Iraq Kirkuk
4FW Karzan Abdulla 10 6 Iraq Brusk
4FW Hozan Ismail (1993-03-16) March 16, 1993 (age 22) 10 0 Iraq Sulaymaniya
4FW Nawzad Sherzad 3 2 Iraq Erbil
4FW Younis Shakour 3 0 Iraq Zakho
4FW Aras Muhammed 1 0 Iraq Duhok

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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