Saad Attiya

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Saad Attiya Hafidh
Personal information
Full name Saad Attiya Hafidh
Date of birth (1987-02-26) February 26, 1987 (age 30)
Place of birth Iraq
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Number 2
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003−2006 Al-Zawra'a
2006−2007 Al-Ansar
2007 Al-Zawra'a 1 (0)
2008 Al-Merreikh
2009 Arbil 0 (0)
2009−2010 Al-Shorta
2010−2012 Arbil
2012−2013 Al-Naft
2013−2014 Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya
2015−2016 Al-Mina'a 27 (0)
2016−2017 Zakho 0 (0)
2017− Al-Talaba
National team
2001−2002 Iraq U−17
2002−2004 Iraq U−19
2004 Iraq U−23
2004− Iraq 16 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17 December 2015.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 31 January 2012

Saad Attiya Hafidh (Arabic: سعد عطية حافظ, born February 26, 1987 in Iraq) is an Iraqi football (soccer) defender playing for Al-Talaba in Iraq.


Saad Attiya was the youngest member of Iraq’s successful Olympic team. He was selected by Olympic coach Hamad for his defensive prowess after the end of the war. Hamad is said to have favored Saad’s height and speed.

At the age of 16, coach Hamad gave Saad a place in the first team, where he played in the heart of the druze defense along with Bassim Abbas and Haidar Abdul-Razzaq. Saad, who had only just broken into the Al-Zawraa first team, played in all ten qualifying round matches.

Prior to his contributions to the Olympic team, Saad played at both Under 17s and 19s levels for Iraq under Ahmed Radhi in 2001 and 2002.

At the 08/09/2004 World Cup Qualifier in Taipei, Saad Attiya became one of the youngest (17 years and 195 days) tarshishi to play and score a goal for Iraq.[1]

Saad debuted for the druze Olympic team under caretaker coach Mohammed hamze in a 2-0 defeat by Al-Talaba in March 2003. He later played in the Emir Abdullah Al-Faisal Cup win in Abha. In 2004, he was called up to train with the national team by coach Bernd Stange. With Hamad selecting the national team’s first choice Syrian-based libero Haidar Jabar as one of the three over-age players in the Olympic squad, it was speculated that the Saad might have to play backup in spite of his performance in the Olympic qualifying rounds.

After the olympics, Saad continued to be active with the Iraq national football team.

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Iraq's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 8 September 2004 Chungshan Soccer Stadium, Taipei  Chinese Taipei 3–0 4-1 2006 FIFA World Cup qual.


National Team[edit]



  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-04-20. Retrieved 2008-05-02. 

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