Noor Sabri with Al-Kadhimiya in the 2000-01 season
|Full name||Noor Sabri Abbas Hassan Al-Bairawi|
|Date of birth||18 June 1984|
|Place of birth||Buhriz, Diyala, Iraq|
|Height||1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16 March 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 27 March 2018
Noor Sabri Abbas Hasan Al-Bairawi (Arabic: نور صبري عباس حسن البيراوي), simply known as Noor Sabri (born 18 June 1984 in Buhriz, Iraq) is an Iraqi football goalkeeper. He played for the Iraqi national team and currently is playing for Naft Al-Wasat in Iraq.
Noor Sabri was the outstanding goalkeeper at the 2007 AFC Asian Cup, conceding just two goals throughout Iraq's title-winning campaign. This record was unmatched by any of the keepers from the other 15 participating sides. Like the majority of the current Iraqi squad, 25-year-old Sabri belongs to the country's golden generation that was nurtured by Adnan Hamad. He broke on to the Asian scene in the AFC Youth Championship 2000, when he warmed the bench until the final game against Japan. Despite serving as the replacement for the suspended first choice Ahmed Ali Jaber, Sabri earned praise for keeping Iraq in contention before Emad Mohammed scored the title-winning goal.
He was quickly back on the sidelines as the team played in the subsequent 2001 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Argentina, where they failed to progress beyond the group stage. However, although he served as a back-up to Jaber with the national youth team, Sabri proved a fast learner at the club level and went from strength to strength with Iraqi first division side Al-Zawraa. His improvement impressed German coach Bernd Stange so much that the youngster was called into the team that eventually booked a surprise berth to the 2004 Summer Olympics. He started in all six of Iraq's games during their campaign and performed admirably as Iraq stormed into the last four. He won the Damascus International Championship in 2005 with Al-Talaba when they defeated Al-Zawraa 5–4 on penalties in the final with Noor saving two penalties and scoring one himself in the shootout. Like many of his team-mates on the Olympic squad, Sabri graduated to the country's senior team. He went on to make the No. 1 jersey his own in the ensuing years and was part of the side that earned Iraq's maiden continental title in 2007.
Sabri impressed throughout the competition as Iraq reached the semi-final, where they were presented with the daunting task of facing the Korea Republic. The two sides remained level at 0-0 after extra time and a penalty shootout beckoned. After both sides were on target in the first three rounds, Sabri made a decisive save by tipping away Yeom Ki-Hun's shot. After Kim Jung-Woo hit the post in their final attempt, it was Sabri and his team-mates who, against all expectations, progressed to the final.
Sabri announced his retirement from international football many times, adding that the reason is to allow young players an opportunity to represent the Iraqi national team. In March 2018, he returned to the national team to play his 100th match!
- 2002 WAFF champions
- 4th place in 2004 Athens Olympics
- 2005 West Asian Games Gold medallist.
- 2007 Asian Cup winner
- 2012 Arab Nations Cup Bronze medallist
- 2014–15 Iraqi Premier League champions
- 21st Arabian Gulf Cup goalkeeper of the tournament.
- 2014–15 Iraqi Premier League goalkeeper of the tournament