2007–08 Iraqi Premier League

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Iraqi Premier League
Season 2007–08
Champions Arbil
Promoted Al-Bareed (Baghdad)
Al-Ramadi (Baghdad)
Al-Shuala (Baghdad)
Peris (North)
Zaxo (North)
Al-Samawa (South)
Kufa (South)
Relegated Al-Adala (Baghdad)
Al-Jaish (Baghdad)
Al-Shuala (Baghdad)
Sirwan (North)
Zaxo (North)
Al-Forat (South)
Al-Shatra (South)
AFC Cup Arbil
Al-Zawraa
Arab Champions League Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya
Goals scored 678
Top goalscorer Asaad Abdul-Nabi
(Al-Kahraba), 14
Biggest home win Karbalaa 5-0 Al-Forat
Biggest away win Al-Jaish 1-8 Al-Kahraba
Al-Shuala 0-7 Al-Jawiya
Highest scoring Al-Jaish 1-8 Al-Kahraba
Al-Ramadi 2-7 Al-Jawiya
Al-Jawiya 6-3 Kirkuk

The 2007–08 Iraqi Premier League season started on 26 November 2007 and ended on 24 August 2008. The season saw Arbil crowned as champions.

For security reasons the league was divided into three groups; Baghdad, North and South, The top six clubs from the Baghdad group and the top four clubs from the North and South groups qualified for the Elite Stage. The Elite Stage consisted of three groups, from which the winners and one runner-up qualified for the Golden Stage, a knockout tournament. The Golden Stage matches were held in Al-Shaab Stadium in Baghdad.

The champions and runners-up (Al-Zawraa) qualified for the 2009 AFC Cup (Iraq is excluded from the AFC Champions League due to not fulfilling the AFC demand of having a fully professional league), while third-placed Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya qualified for the 2008–09 Arab Champions League.

Primary stage[edit]

The Primary Stage formation[edit]

  • 30 clubs in 3 divisions: Baghdad (12), North (9) and South (9).
  • 14 teams qualify to the Elite stage: Baghdad (6), North (4) and South (4).
  • 7 teams relegate to the lower division: Baghdad (3), North (2) and South (2).
  • Mosul withdrew from the North division.

The Primary Stage clubs[edit]

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Al-Adala
Al-Bareed
Al-Jaish
Al-Kahraba
Al-Naft
Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya
Al-Shorta
Al-Shuala
Al-Sinaa
Al-Talaba
Al-Zawraa
Al-Ramadi
Duhok
Peris
Zaxo
Arbil
Mosul
Sirwan
Sulaymaniyah
Kirkuk
Samaraa
Karbalaa
Kufa
Najaf
Maysan
Al-Forat
Al-Shatra
Al-Samawa
Al-Minaa
Naft Al-Janoob
  Qualified to the Elite stage
  Relegated to the 2nd division
(C)   Current League title holder
(N)   Promoted to Iraqi Premier League in this season

Baghdad Division[edit]

Team GP W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Al-Shorta 22 13 8 1 40 14 26 47 Qualified to the Elite stage
2 Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya 22 14 4 4 42 13 29 46 Qualified to the Elite stage
3 Al-Kahraba 22 10 8 4 30 10 20 38 Qualified to the Elite stage
4 Al-Zawraa 22 10 7 5 24 12 12 37 Qualified to the Elite stage
5 Al-Talaba 22 9 9 4 25 17 8 36 Qualified to the Elite stage
6 Al-Sinaa 22 9 8 5 24 16 8 35 Qualified to the Elite stage
7 Al-Bareed (N) 22 8 6 8 25 29 -4 30
8 Al-Naft 22 6 9 7 18 24 -6 27
9 Al-Ramadi (N) 22 5 6 11 26 42 -16 21
10 Al-Jaish 22 3 6 13 14 39 -25 15 Relegated
11 Al-Shuala (N) 22 3 4 15 14 44 -30 13 Relegated
12 Al-Adala 22 3 3 17 10 33 -22 12 Relegated

Results[edit]

ADL BRD JSH KAH NFT JAW RAM SHO SHL SIN TAL ZAW
Al-Adala 2-1 0-2 0-3 0-0 0-1 0-2 0-1 0-1 0-2 2-3 1-1
Al-Bareed 2-0 1-0 1-0 1-0 0-2 3-3 1-4 1-1 3-2 0-0 2-2
Al-Jaish 1-0 0-1 1-8 2-2 0-3 1-3 0-0 0-3 0-1 0-0 0-2
Al-Kahraba 1-1 4-2 2-0 0-1 1-0 1-0 1-1 1-0 0-1 2-0 0-0
Al-Naft 2-1 1-0 2-2 0-0 0-0 3-1 1-1 2-1 0-0 0-2 1-2
Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya 0-1 1-1 1-0 0-1 2-0 3-1 1-1 3-01 2-0 1-1 1-0
Al-Ramadi 1-0 2-1 1-2 0-4 2-2 2-7 1-1 1-2 0-2 0-1 0-0
Al-Shorta 3-1 2-0 4-1 0-0 3-0 2-0 4-2 2-1 0-0 1-2 1-0
Al-Shuala 1-2 0-1 1-1 1-0 0-1 0-7 2-3 0-3 1-3 1-3 0-5
Al-Sinaa 2-0 1-2 1-0 1-1 3-0 0-2 0-0 1-1 1-1 2-2 1-0
Al-Talaba 2-0 2-1 1-1 0-0 1-0 1-2 1-1 0-0 3-0 0-0 0-1
Al-Zawraa 1-0 0-0 2-0 0-0 0-0 1-3 2-0 1-2 1-0 1-0 2-0

1 Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya awarded 3-0 victory over Al-Shuala as a penalty for not coming to the match.

North Division[edit]

Team GP W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Arbil (C) 14 9 4 1 21 5 16 31 Qualified to the Elite stage
2 Duhok 14 9 3 2 16 6 10 30 Qualified to the Elite stage
3 Peris (N) 14 6 4 4 20 16 4 22 Qualified to the Elite stage
4 Kirkuk 14 6 3 5 18 17 1 21 Qualified to the Elite stage
5 Sulaymaniyah 14 4 7 3 16 17 -1 19
6 Samaraa 14 3 5 6 10 16 -6 14
7 Sirwan 14 2 4 8 9 14 -5 10 Relegated
8 Zaxo (N) 14 0 4 10 5 24 -19 4 Relegated
9 Mosul - - - - - - - - Withdrew

Results[edit]

ARB DUH KRK PER SMR SIR SUL ZXO
Arbil 0-1 2-0 1-0 4-1 1-0 4-0 0-0
Duhok 1-2 0-1 2-1 0-0 2-1 2-1 1-0
Kirkuk 0-2 0-1 2-3 1-0 3-1 2-2 2-0
Peris 1-1 0-2 1-1 2-0 0-0 3-3 3-01
Samaraa 1-2 0-1 1-1 2-0 0-2 1-1 3-2
Sirwan 0-0 0-0 0-1 0-1 0-1 1-2 3-0
Sulaymaniyah 0-0 0-0 3-1 1-3 0-0 2-0 1-0
Zaxo 0-2 0-32 1-3 1-2 0-0 1-1 0-0
1, 2 Both Duhok FC and Peris FC awarded 3-0 victory over Zaxo FC as a penalty for using a banned player,
Duhok vs. Zaxo match would be ended 0-0.
Peris vs. Zaxo match would be ended 1-1.

South Division[edit]

Team GP W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Karbalaa 16 12 2 2 27 12 15 38 Qualified to the Elite stage
2 Najaf 16 9 5 2 23 9 14 32 Qualified to the Elite stage
3 Al-Minaa 16 8 6 2 19 10 9 30 Qualified to the Elite stage
4 Naft Al-Janoob 16 5 6 5 16 14 2 21 Qualified to the Elite stage
5 Maysan 16 4 7 5 16 17 -1 19
6 Kufa (N) 16 4 5 7 13 15 -2 17
7 Al-Samawa (N) 16 3 7 6 11 18 -7 16
8 Al-Forat 16 4 2 10 17 33 -16 14 Relegated
9 Al-Shatra 16 2 2 12 12 26 -14 8 Relegated

Results[edit]

FOR MIN SAM SHT KRB KUF MAY JAN NJF
Al-Forat 1-0 3-0 2-1 2-4 1-4 1-3 0-2 1-2
Al-Minaa 2-0 2-0 1-0 2-1 2-0 2-1 3-3 0-0
Al-Samawa 2-1 0-0 1-0 0-0 1-0 1-1 1-1 1-1
Al-Shatra 2-3 1-1 2-2 0-2 1-0 0-2 0-1 1-3
Karbalaa 5-0 2-1 1-0 1-0 2-1 1-0 2-1 0-0
Kufa 0-0 0-1 1-0 3-2 1-2 2-2 1-0 0-1
Maysan 1-1 1-1 1-1 0-1 0-1 0-0 1-0 2-1
Naft Al-Janoob 2-0 0-0 2-1 3-0 1-2 0-0 0-0 0-0
Najaf FC 3-1 0-1 2-0 1-0 2-1 0-0 4-1 3-0

Elite stage[edit]

Elite Stage formation[edit]

  • 14 clubs in 3 groups.
  • 4 teams qualify to the Golden stage.
The group winners (3 teams) qualify directly to the Golden stage.
The groups' runners-up qualify to the Play-off to decide the 4th qualified team to the Golden Stage.

Elite Stage clubs[edit]

  Qualified to the Golden stage
  Runners-up's Round-robin
(C)   Current League title holder
(N)   Promoted to the Iraqi Premier League in this season

Group A[edit]

Team GP W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Arbil (C) 8 4 2 2 9 5 4 14 Qualified to the Golden Stage
2 Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya 8 4 1 3 10 8 2 13 Qualified to the Play-Off
3 Kirkuk 8 3 1 4 8 10 -2 10
4 Al-Minaa 8 2 3 3 6 8 -2 9
5 Al-Sinaa 8 2 3 3 5 7 -2 9

Results[edit]

MIN JAW SIN ARB KRK
Al-Minaa 1-0 1-1 0-0 1-0
Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya 1-0 1-0 2-1 6-3
Al-Sinaa 2-1 0-0 0-3 2-0
Arbil 2-2 1-0 1-0 1-0
Kirkuk 2-0 2-0 0-0 1-0

Group B[edit]

Team GP W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Duhok 8 5 3 0 12 3 9 18 Qualified to the Golden Stage
2 Karbalaa 8 4 4 0 9 4 5 16 Qualified to the Play-Off
3 Al-Talaba 8 1 4 3 4 7 -3 7
4 Naft Al-Janoob 8 2 1 5 6 11 -5 7
5 Al-Kahraba 8 1 2 5 10 16 -6 5

Results[edit]

KAH TAL DUH KRB JAN
Al-Kahraba 0-1 0-4 1-2 3-1
Al-Talaba 2-2 0-1 0-0 0-1
Duhok 2-2 2-0 0-0 1-0
Karbalaa 2-1 1-1 0-0 2-0
Naft Al-Janoob 2-1 0-0 1-2 1-2

Group C[edit]

Team GP W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Al-Zawraa 6 4 1 1 11 5 6 13 Qualified to the Golden Stage
2 Najaf 6 3 2 1 7 4 3 11 Qualified to the Play-Off
3 Al-Shorta 6 1 2 3 5 9 -4 5
4 Peris (N) 6 0 3 3 1 6 -5 3

Results[edit]

SHO ZAW NJF PER
Al-Shorta 1-3 0-1 2-1
Al-Zawraa 1-1 0-1 2-0
Najaf 3-1 2-3 0-0
Peris 0-0 0-2 0-0

Semifinal qualification playoff[edit]

  • 3 clubs in 1 group.
The Elite Stage groups' runners-up.
  • 1 team qualify to the Golden stage.
  • The Play off is from one round-robin in Al-Shaab Stadium, Baghdad, to decide the 4th qualified team to the Golden Stage.

The Playoff qualified teams[edit]

Playoff group[edit]

Team GP W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya 2 1 0 1 3 3 0 3
2 Najaf 2 1 0 1 3 3 0 3
3 Karbalaa 2 1 0 1 1 1 0 3

Results[edit]

JAW KRB NJF
Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya 0-1
Karbalaa 0-1
Najaf 1-2 FT
2-3 AET
(7-8 PK)

Golden stage[edit]

Golden Stage formation[edit]

  • 4 clubs in a knockout stage.
The Elite stage groups' winners (3 teams) and the winner of the Play off.

Golden Stage qualified teams[edit]

Results[edit]

Semi-finals Final
20 August 2008 - Al-Shaab Stadium, Baghdad
  Al-Zawraa  1  
  Duhok  0  
 
24 August 2008 - Al-Shaab Stadium, Baghdad
      Al-Zawraa  0
    Arbil  1
Third place
21 August 2008 - Al-Shaab Stadium, Baghdad 24 August 2008 - Al-Shaab Stadium, Baghdad
  Arbil  2   Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya  3
  Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya   0     Duhok  0

Semi-finals[edit]

August 20, 2008
Al-Zawraa 1 – 0 Duhok
Abdul-Salam Abood Goal 75' (Pen)


Third-fourth place play-off[edit]

Final[edit]

Champions[edit]

Champions

Arbil FC
Second Title

Awards[edit]

Top scorers[edit]

Last updated: 24 August 2008.

  #   Player Team Goals per Stage   Total  
  Primary Stage     Elite Stage     Play-Off     Golden Stage  
1 Iraq   Asaad Abdul-Nabi    Al-Kahraba   10 4 x x 14
2 Iraq   Hussam Saeed    Al-Zawraa   10 2 x x 12
= Iraq   Taysir Abdul-Hussein    Al-Shorta   10 2 x x 12
4 Iraq   Abdul-Salam Abood    Al-Zawraa   7 3 x 1 11
= Iraq   Yassir Abdul-Mohsen    Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya   10 1 x x 11
6 Iraq   Ayad Shaalan    Al-Sinaa   10 x x x 10
= Iraq   Ahmad Ijdayia    Al-Ramadi   10 x x x 10
8 Iraq   Ahmad Salah    Arbil   4 3 x 2 9
= Iraq   Ali Sabbar    Al-Sinaa   7 2 x x 9
= Iraq   Akram Hashem    Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya   8 1 x x 9
11 Iraq   Luay Salah    Arbil   6 1 x 1 8
= Iraq   Ali Mohammed     Najaf   6 1 1 x 8
= Iraq   Younis Shakor    Kirkuk   5 3 x x 8
14 Iraq   Nawaf Falah    Duhok   3 4 x x 7
= Iraq   Hussam Farhoud    Karbalaa   7 x x x 7
= Iraq   Ali Aoda    Al-Jaish   7 x x x 7
= Iraq   Hussam Aziz    Al-Forat   7 x x x 7
18 Iraq   Ali Mansour    Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya   2 4 x x 6
= Iraq   Saeed Mohsen    Najaf   2 4 x x 6
= Iraq   Sahib Abbas    Karbalaa   3 3 x x 6
= Iraq   Jabir Shakir    Al-Kahraba   3 3 x x 6
= Iraq   Osama Shaial    Al-Minaa   3 3 x x 6
= Iraq   Ali Jabir Abdul-Hussein    Karbalaa   5 1 x x 6
= Iraq   Ahmad Hanon    Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya   5 1 x x 6
= Iraq   Alaa Aasi    Al-Minaa   5 1 x x 6
= Iraq   Halkurd Mulla Mohammed    Sulaymaniyah   6 x x x 6
As of the end of The Golden Stage

4 Substitutions[edit]

The IFA made a new rule: the clubs can use 4 substitutions instead of 3 substitutions. IFA added this section in their last meeting with the clubs' officials and all teams agreed with the new rule.

Sources & References[edit]