1988–89 Iraqi National League

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Iraqi Premier League
Season 1988–89
Champions Al-Rasheed
(3rd title)
Relegated Wahid Huzairan
Al-Mosul
Salahaddin
Duhok
Al-Sulaymaniya
Al-Nasr
Diyala
Al-Jamahir
Babil
Al-Diwaniya
Al-Tijara
Al-Minaa
Al-Nasiriya
Al-Samawa
Al-Hurriya
Al-Numaniya
Asian Club Championship Al-Rasheed
Arab Club Champions Cup Al-Tayaran
Arab Cup Winners' Cup Al-Rasheed
Top goalscorer Karim Saddam
(22 goals)

The 1988–89 Iraqi National League was the 15th season of the competition since its foundation in 1974 and the first that was played in a group stage format rather than a round-robin format. Al-Rasheed won the title by defeating Al-Talaba on penalties in the final, to be become the first team to win three Premier League titles in a row. During this season, if a match ended in a draw, it would go to extra time and then penalties if necessary. A team would earn three points if they won a game by two goals or more (after normal or extra time). They would earn two points if they won a game by just one goal (after normal or extra time), and they would gain one point for winning a penalty shootout.[1]

Group stage[edit]

North Group[edit]

Team Result
Erbil Qualified to Elite Stage
Wahid Huzairan
Al-Mosul Relegated to Iraq Division 1
Salahaddin
Duhok
Al-Sulaymaniya

Central Group[edit]

Team Result
Al-Najaf Qualified to Elite Stage
Al-Nasr
Diyala Relegated to Iraq Division 1
Al-Jamahir
Babil
Al-Diwaniya

Baghdad Group[edit]

  1. a The wins column includes wins by two or more goals (3 points), wins by one goal (2 points) and penalty shootout wins (1 point).
  2. b The losses column includes penalty shootout defeats.
Pos Team Pld W[a] L[b] GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Al-Zawraa 20 17 3 38 21 +17 39 Qualified to Elite Stage
2 Al-Rasheed 20 15 5 34 12 +22 37
3 Al-Tayaran 20 15 5 40 29 +11 30
4 Al-Talaba 20 13 7 30 21 +9 28
5 Al-Shorta 20 12 8 19 18 +1 22
6 Al-Jaish 20 9 11 30 25 +5 20
7 Al-Shabab 20 8 12 19 29 –10 14
8 Al-Naft 20 6 14 20 30 –10 12
9 Al-Sulaikh 20 7 13 17 29 –12 10
10 Al-Sinaa 20 4 16 11 24 –13 9
11 Al-Tijara 20 4 16 21 39 –18 8 Relegated to Iraq Division 1

South Group[edit]

Team Result
Al-Bahri Qualified to Elite Stage
Al-Minaa
Al-Nasiriya Relegated to Iraq Division 1
Al-Samawa
Al-Hurriya
Al-Numaniya

Elite stage[edit]

Group 1[edit]

Team Result
Al-Zawraa Qualified to semi-finals
Al-Talaba
Erbil
Al-Minaa Relegated to Iraq Division 1
Al-Nasr

Group 2[edit]

Team Result
Al-Tayaran Qualified to semi-finals
Al-Rasheed
Al-Najaf
Al-Bahri
Wahid Huzairan Relegated to Iraq Division 1

Golden stage[edit]

Semi-finals[edit]

Al-Zawraa 1–1 (a.e.t.) Al-Rasheed
Penalties
2–4
Al-Tayaran 1–1 (a.e.t.) Al-Talaba
Penalties
5–6

3rd Place Match[edit]

Al-Tayaran 4–1 Al-Zawraa
Hatem Ibrahim Goal
Khalil Allawi Goal
Maad Ibrahim GoalGoal
Goal Raed Khalil

Final[edit]

Al-Rasheed 1–1 (a.e.t.) Al-Talaba
Goal Ali Hussein Shihab
Penalties
5–4

Qualification to international competitions[edit]

Team Qualification method Competition(s) qualified to
Al-Rasheed League champions 1989–90 Asian Club Championship
1989 Arab Cup Winners' Cup 1
Al-Tayaran FA Cup runners-up 2 1989 Arab Club Champions Cup 1

1 For reasons unclear, the Iraq Football Association decided to admit Al-Rasheed into the Arab Cup Winners' Cup rather than the Arab Club Champions Cup despite the fact that they were the league champions and not the cup winners.
2 FA Cup runners-up Al-Tayaran were chosen (rather than FA Cup winners Al-Zawraa) due to the fact that Al-Zawraa were to participate in a friendly tournament organised by the Arab Cooperation Council that year.

Top goalscorers[edit]

Pos Scorer Goals Team
1
Karim Saddam
22
Al-Zawraa
2
Natiq Hashim
12
Al-Tayaran
Hussein Saeed Al-Talaba
Saad Abdul-Raheem Al-Zawraa

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