Brwa Hekmat Nouri has become the first ever Iraqi footballer win a major cup competition in Europe following his team’s convincing 4-1 win over IFK Norrköping in the Svenska Cupen final. Nouri captained his side during the game and helped carry his side to a decisive victory over the opposition. This victory also qualified Östersunds FK for next season’s Europa League play-offs.
The expat has already made two appearances for Iraq, one in a friendly with Jordan and the other off the bench in a loss to UAE. Brwa has only recently become eligible to play for the Iraqi national team following extensive difficulties in acquiring the correct paperwork to play for his native homeland. The expat featured for Sweden’s u17 & u19 sides but failed to make any appearances for their national team, hence his eligibility to feature for Iraq.
Nouri has had an eventful career that has been littered with controversy and difficulties. The Swedish-based midfielder struggled during the early stages of his career with an involvement in gangs and drugs, however, he has turned things around as he has matured. Now aged 30, Brwa has matured like fine wine and has completely turned his career around. This latest feat has set the standard for future Iraqi expats who ply their trade in Europe. Previously, only Ahmed Yasin has come close to winning a cup competition in Europe, when his former club Örebro SK lost in the 2014/15 Svenska Cupen final. Additionally, although not a cup competition, Nashat Akram’s FC Twente won the Eredivise in 2009/10.
Iraqfootball.me would like to congratulate Östersunds FK on their fantastic victory in the Svenska Cupen final and wish Brwa every success in his future. We hope to see more of him in the Iraqi national team shirt soon!