Noor Sabri

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Noor Sabri
Noor Sabri with Al-Kadhimiya in 2001.jpg
Noor Sabri with Al-Kadhimiya in the 2000-01 season
Personal information
Full name Noor Sabri Abbas Hassan Al-Bairawi
Date of birth (1984-06-18) 18 June 1984 (age 34)
Place of birth Buhriz, Diyala, Iraq[1]
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Naft Al-Wasat
Number 25
Youth career
1998−1999 Al-Shorta
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999−2000 Al-Kadhimiya (0)
2000−2003 Al-Zawra'a (0)
2003−2004 Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya 4 (0)
2004−2006 Al-Talaba (0)
2006−2007 Mes Kerman 24 (0)
2007−2008 Duhok (0)
2008−2009 Al-Talaba (0)
2009−2010 Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya (0)
2010−2011 Zakho 30 (0)
2011−2012 Najaf (0)
2012−2013 Al-Naft 18 (0)
2013−2014 Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya (0)
2014−2016 Naft Al-Wasat (0)
2016 Al-Shorta (0)
2017 Al-Minaa 7 (0)
2017−2018 Al-Talaba (0)
2018− Naft Al-Wasat (0)
National team
2002−2018 Iraq 100 (0)
* 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,[1] adding that the reason is to allow young players an opportunity to represent the Iraqi national team.[2] In March 2018, he returned to the national team to play his 100th match![3]





Naft Al-Wasat


Personal life[edit]

Noor Sabri is a Shia Muslim[5] and married. He has children.


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