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”

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”

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

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?

5 Talking Points From The 2019 Asian Cup: Painful Reflection On Iraq’s Gradual Decline As An Asian Footballing Force

Thrown into an impossible task, Katanec took a broken squad and created a unit capable of challenging the best in Asia. No doubt, Iraq could have performed better, but given the circumstances and expectations around the national team only a few months ago, there are still plenty of positives to take away from the four games played in the 2019 Asian Cup.  We have listed … Continue reading 5 Talking Points From The 2019 Asian Cup: Painful Reflection On Iraq’s Gradual Decline As An Asian Footballing Force

Exclusive: Humam Tariq, Safaa Hadi and Muhanad Ali Kadhim All Linked With Turkish Clubs

With the transfer window open in Europe, there has been a surge of Iraqi players linked with several clubs in the region. Humam Tariq was recently in Turkey undergoing negotiations with second-tier club Elazığspor. The midfielder was previously set to sign with the club in January, but the transfer fell through in the last moment when Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya demanded a hefty transfer fee, which the … Continue reading Exclusive: Humam Tariq, Safaa Hadi and Muhanad Ali Kadhim All Linked With Turkish Clubs

Osama Rashid & Yaser Kasim – A Tale Of Two Sides

Memories of Yaser Kasim making his debut for Iraq against China are now a distant memory for Iraqi fans. Then the star of Swindon, the Iraqi proved pivotal for the Lions of Mesopotamia, who outplayed their opponents in the crucial 2015 Asian Cup qualifier. Despite the two goals from Younis Mahmoud and another from Ali Adnan, Yaser walked away as the game’s hero. His calming … Continue reading Osama Rashid & Yaser Kasim – A Tale Of Two Sides

Introducing A-League’s Mario Shabow – Iraq’s Potential Midfield Prodigy

Australia has a long-standing history with Iraqi football and Mario Shabow is the latest player caught in the crossways between the two nations. Soon to be 20 years old, the youngster has settled down in Australia and has represented their U20 national team 13 times with 5 goals to his name. He was born in Baghdad, Iraq, to Assyrian parents and moved to Australia at … Continue reading Introducing A-League’s Mario Shabow – Iraq’s Potential Midfield Prodigy

5 Reasons Why Iraqi Expats Are Suffering Under The Current FA & National Team

Ahmed Yasin was the first Iraqi player to feature regularly in the national team despite playing in a foreign country his entire career. Thanks to the excellent work of Iraqi Professional Players, an organisations that scouts the world for Iraqi expat footballers, Yasin was able to make his first team debut for Iraq and has continued to feature for his country since. There have been … Continue reading 5 Reasons Why Iraqi Expats Are Suffering Under The Current FA & National Team