Amar Muhsin’s First Ever Interview In Iraqi Colours

We had the pleasure of meeting Amar Muhsin and interviewing him alongside Andre Alsenati and his previous manager, Jowad Al-Jabori, as part of our Football Uncovered series. It has been fantastic to see him quickly finalise his paperwork in order to represent the Iraqi national team, as per his desires. The following is a transcript of his recent interview with Noor Nazaar from Al Taghier … Continue reading Amar Muhsin’s First Ever Interview In Iraqi Colours

Exclusive Interview With Gonzalo Rodriguez: “You must invest in good coaches and provide the youth teams with coaches that can develop the future of Iraqi football”

I have been following the Iraqi national team, as I always do, from Mexico. One of the reasons Iraq has been on a poor run recently is that there have been too many changes to the staff and coaches in a short period of time, which results in confusion and difficulties for the players in understanding the coaching styles. Making such big changes to a … Continue reading Exclusive Interview With Gonzalo Rodriguez: “You must invest in good coaches and provide the youth teams with coaches that can develop the future of Iraqi football”

Interview with Rewan Amin – “There Is A Big Responsibility On Iraqi Players To Bring Hope Back To Our Country & I am ready To Represent My People”

Football runs in my blood. My dad was a professional football player and he played with different teams across Kurdistan. My family lived in Duhok, Kurdistan, for a long time. I was born in 1996, but we soon moved to Netherlands when I turned three. We were five people in the family and my parents wanted us to have better futures, so we fled the … Continue reading Interview with Rewan Amin – “There Is A Big Responsibility On Iraqi Players To Bring Hope Back To Our Country & I am ready To Represent My People”

Exclusive Interview: Sumar Almadjed – ” To wear the Iraq shirt is an honour, and as Iraqi players, we need to do our best”

Growing up in Sweden, I didn’t really appreciate what it meant to be Iraqi until after I was much older and I started visiting Iraq when I want to see my family in Nasriya. Despite having quite a European upbringing, my family have always encouraged me to speak Arabic at home and to understand the importance of my heritage. When I went to Iraq, I … Continue reading Exclusive Interview: Sumar Almadjed – ” To wear the Iraq shirt is an honour, and as Iraqi players, we need to do our best”

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