Russia 2018 WCQ Match Review: Iraq vs. UAE

On the back of a 4-0 victory over Thailand, Iraq were in high spirits as they took to the Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. Beating UAE was the bare minimum needed in order to keep qualification for Russia 2018 alive. However, Iraq’s recent form against their Gulf rivals has been poor to say the least, with their most recent match coming in the … Continue reading Russia 2018 WCQ Match Review: Iraq vs. UAE

“Yaser Kasim Does Not Consider Himself An Iraqi & Shouldn’t Play For The National Team”

Yaser Kasim has come under intense scrutiny following a devastating attack by international football agent Najim Mohamad. The Swindon midfielder’s attitude was put into question amid his imminent exclusion from the Iraqi squad to face UAE later this month. Najim, himself an Iraqi national, runs the UAE-based Hattrick Sports Services football agency and currently represents many of Iraq’s European-based footballers including Ali Adnan and Dhurgham Ismail. Najim … Continue reading “Yaser Kasim Does Not Consider Himself An Iraqi & Shouldn’t Play For The National Team”

Player Rating: Iraq 1-2 Saudi Arabia (WCQ Russia 2018)

Player Ratings GK – Mohammed Hameed – A relatively quiet evening for our keeper. However, even though he wasn’t tested much, Hameed maintained his focus and comfortably saved long-range efforts, punched away corners and came out to gather through balls when needed. Also, he has to be credited for his excellent distribution across the pitch. He guessed the correct way for both penalties but wasn’t able … Continue reading Player Rating: Iraq 1-2 Saudi Arabia (WCQ Russia 2018)

Russia 2018 WCQ Match Review: Iraq vs. Australia

Iraq kicked off their final 2018 World Cup qualification campaign with a whimper. The first match saw Iraq take on reigning Asian Cup champions Australia, in a sold out Perth Rectangular Stadium, Perth. On the back off an early exit in the 2016 Rio Olympics, Iraq were hoping to kick start their campaign with a positive result but a win was going to be a tough … Continue reading Russia 2018 WCQ Match Review: Iraq vs. Australia

Rio 2016 – 7 Things We Learnt About Iraq In The Olympics Men’s Football

Following Iraq’s exit from the Olympics Men’s football, we look back at the many talking points of the tournament. Elimination from the tournament may feel like a crushing blow as of now – especially given that our wounds are still sore and blistered. Therefore, following extensive reflection, we have settled for 7 worthy points to discuss in the hope that we can at least appreciate some of … Continue reading Rio 2016 – 7 Things We Learnt About Iraq In The Olympics Men’s Football

RIO 2016 Match Review: Iraq 0:0 Denmark

The Lions of Mesopotamia kicked off proceedings in the Men’s Olympic Football Tournament Rio 2016 by taking on Denmark in an entertaining first game that somehow failed to record any goals. Prior to kick off, Iraq were seen as major underdogs by both pundits and bookies. 90 minutes later and the team in green had left the Estadio Nacional field with their pride intact following a positive performance. … Continue reading RIO 2016 Match Review: Iraq 0:0 Denmark

Ali Husni Signs For Turkish Side Çaykur Rizespor

Ali Husni Faisal has put pen to paper with Turkish side Çaykur Rizespor for an undisclosed fee. The Iraqi international has signed a five year deal that should keep him at the club until 2021. He will be joining fellow Iraqi international Dhurgham Ismail, who is the club’s current defensive left back. Rizespor play in the Turkish Super Lig, the top division in the country. The … Continue reading Ali Husni Signs For Turkish Side Çaykur Rizespor

Ali Abbas Leaves Sydney FC To Sign With K League’s Pohang Steelers

Following Ali Abbas’ departure from Sydney FC, the left-back has been quick to find a club for him to ply his trade for next season. Abbas’ contract was terminated through mutual agreement between the player and the Australian side after the player expressed his interest at moving abroad to the Far-East of Asia. His transfer comes after a successful spell in Australia, where the 29 … Continue reading Ali Abbas Leaves Sydney FC To Sign With K League’s Pohang Steelers

Feature: When Football Remains Iraq’s Final Glimmer Of Hope – A Tribute To Iskandariya’s 43 Martyrs

A Football Field, Where Dreams And Goals Were Once Paved, Now Sits A Makeshift Memorial Site. Few nations have experienced suffering in the same measure that Iraqis have. Decades of oppression and corruption have stolen the lives and futures of countless individuals across the country. Sadly, the situation only seems to be getting worse by the day with no visible light at the end of a seemingly endless tunnel.   It … Continue reading Feature: When Football Remains Iraq’s Final Glimmer Of Hope – A Tribute To Iskandariya’s 43 Martyrs

04/16 News Round-Up: FIFA Intervene As Saudi Arabia Refuse To Play Iraq, Radhi Hires A New Spanish Goalkeeper Coach & Friendly Match Arranged

Welcome to IraqFootball.me’s new and exclusive News Round-Up, where we will be recapping news regarding the Iraq national team on a fortnightly basis. Remember to subscribe to our website in order to be the first to read our exclusive interviews, news and features. Fifa have intervened with AFC’s decision to ban Iraq from playing their international football matches in Iran. Throughout the World Cup Qualification so … Continue reading 04/16 News Round-Up: FIFA Intervene As Saudi Arabia Refuse To Play Iraq, Radhi Hires A New Spanish Goalkeeper Coach & Friendly Match Arranged