Jiloan Hamad, Justin Meram & The Lost Generation Of Expats

It’s the hope that kills you when it comes to Iraqi football. Knowing the talents that we have at our disposal and what our players can do when they turn up simply makes it even more painful to watch us lose. It’s amazing how the smallest margins can impact on the success and likelihood of Iraq’s qualification for Qatar 2022. All we had to do … Continue reading Jiloan Hamad, Justin Meram & The Lost Generation Of Expats

Jiloan Hamad: “I Want To Serve Iraq But My Principles Mean I Cannot Accept The Way The Team Is Currently Managed”

Exclusive Iraq Football Podcast Interview with Jiloan Hamad Welcome back to our website, Jiloan. Congratulations on your move to Orebro. How have you found this season at your new club? It’s been good. I’m happy to back in Sweden and enjoying playing my football. It was a tough start to the season because of injuries but I’ve been playing a lot of matches lately and … Continue reading Jiloan Hamad: “I Want To Serve Iraq But My Principles Mean I Cannot Accept The Way The Team Is Currently Managed”

WCQ Preview – Iraq vs. Iran

Iraq’s two recent wins over Cambodia and Hong Kong have put them in pole position to qualify for the next stage of World Cup Qualifiers. However, awaiting Iraq in the final match of Group C is Iran, who have recently had a change of fortune since their difficult start to the qualification campaign. A change of manager has led to Iran winning three games consecutively … Continue reading WCQ Preview – Iraq vs. Iran

Interview With Kaleem Shabout: Introducing Iraq & CD Leganés’ New 6ft 5 Central Defender

How are you finding life in Leganés, Spain? My transition here has been really straightforward. I speak Spanish quite well as I studied the language for 7 years at high school. I moved here in January and it was a smooth process. I’ve really enjoyed meeting people here, who are mostly welcoming. The city is clean and there’s a lot to do. It’s an extremely … Continue reading Interview With Kaleem Shabout: Introducing Iraq & CD Leganés’ New 6ft 5 Central Defender

Ahmed Jalal’s Injury Is A Timely Reminder Of The Dangers Faced By Iraqi Footballers

Iraqi football faces its fair share of challenges. Likewise, Iraqi fans are more than happy to vocalise their thoughts on the state of the league, their club’s form and of course our beloved national team. However, Ahmed Jalal’s recent injury has shook the league and fans are reminded once again that football is, after all, nothing more than just a game. Both Al-Shorta and Al-Quwa … Continue reading Ahmed Jalal’s Injury Is A Timely Reminder Of The Dangers Faced By Iraqi Footballers

5 Things We Miss Most From Watching The Iraq National Football Team

With football still on-hold in most countries, and the existing quarantine measures likely to be extended over the coming few days, we thought it would be a good idea to reminisce over what we miss the most about watching Iraq play. Whilst winning is an incredible feeling, it’s the little things that make being an Iraqi football fan that slight bit more meaningful. Here are … Continue reading 5 Things We Miss Most From Watching The Iraq National Football Team

Interview With Amir Aldaraji – Introducing The U23 Iraqi National Team Expat Based In The USA

One of the rising talents in the world of Iraqi football, Amir has been training with the U23 Iraq football team and has impressed coaches with his talents. Currently based in the USA, he is now assessing his next move in order to further his career. We sat down with Amir Aldaraji for this exclusive interview with IraqFootball.me: Being an Iraqi has always been a … Continue reading Interview With Amir Aldaraji – Introducing The U23 Iraqi National Team Expat Based In The USA

Review: Reflections on Iraq’s 2019 Gulf Cup Campaign – A Step In The Right Direction, Or More Of The Same?

Defeat is always difficult to stomach. However, it’s significantly more painful when it comes against a team that you have failed to beat in four consecutive attempts within a five month period. Katanec will be pulling his hair out after yet another loss to Bahrain, who have now knocked Iraq out of both the 2019 WAFF and the 2019 Gulf Cup, going on to win … Continue reading Review: Reflections on Iraq’s 2019 Gulf Cup Campaign – A Step In The Right Direction, Or More Of The Same?

2022 WCQ Match Review – Iraq 0-0 Bahrain

All eyes were on Iraq following last week’s incredible victory over Iran. A victory would have all but secured qualification to the next round for the Lions of Mesopotamia, but Bahrain have notoriously been a difficult opposition for Iraq to beat. The last two fixtures with Bahrain have resulted in one loss and one draw, thus the prospect of a comfortable win today were minimal. … Continue reading 2022 WCQ Match Review – Iraq 0-0 Bahrain

Interview with Brwa Nouri – How Football Saved My Life & Why I’m Open To Returning To The Iraqi National Team

I am of a Kurdish origin, from Iraq. My mom was born in Sulaymaniyah and my father was born in Halabja. We moved to Sweden to seek refuge from the government who were in power at the time. It was a difficult journey to get to Sweden and we had to pass through many different countries before we settled there. We chose Sweden because it … Continue reading Interview with Brwa Nouri – How Football Saved My Life & Why I’m Open To Returning To The Iraqi National Team