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

2022 WCQ Match Review – Iraq 2-1 Iran

Despite all the difficulties this Iraqi team has experienced over recent months, what with the ongoing protests currently occupying the country and resulting in both home games for Iraq being played in Jordan, Iraqi fans will forever remember this day. Katanec changes things up with a defensive approach to this huge fixture, with Rebin Sulaka called up as a sweeper to play alongside a trio … Continue reading 2022 WCQ Match Review – Iraq 2-1 Iran

2022 WCQ Match Reviews – Two Wins In Two, But Fans Are Still Left Feeling Disappointed With Katanec

Match Reviews For Iraq 2-0 Hong Kong & Iraq 4-0 Cambodia Two consecutive victories should have left Iraqi fans feeling satisfied, yet fans were left with more questions than answers as Iraq secured all six points against group minnows Hong Kong and Cambodia. The initially excitement of seeing competitive football return to Iraq soon fizzled out after a narrow victory over Hong Kong in the … Continue reading 2022 WCQ Match Reviews – Two Wins In Two, But Fans Are Still Left Feeling Disappointed With Katanec

Why Is Nobody Talking About The Quota The Iraqi FA Has Placed On Expat Players In Matchday Squads?

Whilst Katanec announces his squad for the upcoming World Cup Qualifiers with Iraq taking on Hong Kong in Basra, then playing Cambodia away from home, some Iraqi fans will be asking why there is such a shortage of expat players present the squad. Firstly, lets examine the term ‘expat’ – The Iraqi FA seem to see their own players who happened to be born outside … Continue reading Why Is Nobody Talking About The Quota The Iraqi FA Has Placed On Expat Players In Matchday Squads?

Exclusive: Has Ali Adnan Been A Success At Vancouver Whitecaps FC?

Iraqfootball.me are delighted to be joined by Manuel Veth in a discussion on how successful Ali Adnan’s transfer to Vancouver Whitecaps has been since he joined the MLS side. Manuel, who covers the Vancouver Whitecaps on ProSoccerUSA.com, can be contacted on Twitter here.   Question 1 – What did you think when you first heard Vancouver were signing Ali Adnan? Answer – I think, like … Continue reading Exclusive: Has Ali Adnan Been A Success At Vancouver Whitecaps FC?

Interview With Jiloan Hamad – My Story So Far & Why I Chose Iraq Over Sweden

I moved to Sweden in 92 and loved it there. They treated me right and I was raised in a family where everything was about respect and learning. My parents were born in Ranya, Northern Iraq. Both speak fluent Arabic and Farsi. They instilled a lot of my culture in me from a young age even though I was born in Baku, Azerbaijan. It was … Continue reading Interview With Jiloan Hamad – My Story So Far & Why I Chose Iraq Over Sweden

2022 WCQ Match Review: Bahrain 1-1 Iraq

Muhanad Ali spared Katanec’s blushes with a vital equaliser in the dying seconds of an eventful game, as Iraq salvaged an important point away to Bahrain in the Group C opener. Despite having a tough game, and a patchy start to his club career in Qatar, Meme kept believing in himself and rose to the challenge when his country needed him most – signs of … Continue reading 2022 WCQ Match Review: Bahrain 1-1 Iraq

2019 WAFF Review – Iraq 0-1 Bahrain: An Honest Reflection On An Eventful Tournament

Blessings can come in many forms. Optimistic Iraqi fans, if there are any left, would like to think that today’s 2019 WAFF Final loss to Bahrain will have many positives to take away. Whilst the loss was disappointing in numerous ways, Iraq demonstrated an excellent ability to host a major international tournament with 9 different teams playing in two separate cities over a span of … Continue reading 2019 WAFF Review – Iraq 0-1 Bahrain: An Honest Reflection On An Eventful Tournament

2019 WAFF Match Review: Iraq 1-0 Lebanon

The 2019 West Asian Football Federation (WAFF) Championship kicked off between Iraq and Lebanon, with the hosts taking all three points following a narrow win thanks to Hussain Ali. Iraq, who are hosting the tournament in Karbala and Erbil, fielded a significantly weaker side that featured mostly players from the domestic and gulf leagues. The likes of Ali Adnan, Osama Rashid, Ahmed Yasin and Frans … Continue reading 2019 WAFF Match Review: Iraq 1-0 Lebanon