Interview With Neil Yadolahi – Iraq’s Young Centre Back And Former Burnley Footballer

My dad is born in Najaf, Iraq. His father was Iranian but his mother is Iraqi. He moved to Ireland when he was 22, which is where he married my Irish mother. Most of my father’s family currently live in Iran. My dad would drive me to training at a young age whilst listen to news about Iraq. He’d make sure my brother and me knew … Continue reading Interview With Neil Yadolahi – Iraq’s Young Centre Back And Former Burnley Footballer

Humam Tariq Officially Signs For Turkish Side Elazığspor

Following years of rumours linking Humam Tariq to a range of clubs across Europe, the player has finally found himself a new home in Turkey. The experienced 25 year old was said to have been close to signing for Udinese amongst various other Turkish sides but all previous rumours have appeared to hold no real substance. The left winger endured a mixed tournament in the … Continue reading Humam Tariq Officially Signs For Turkish Side Elazığspor

5 Players To Watch Out For In The U23 Asian Cup 2018

  The U23 Asian Cup is quickly approaching and Iraq is one of the favourites going into the competition. The squad features some experienced players and some fresh exciting talent to boot. The competition sees Iraq drawn with Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Malaysia in a tasty Group C. The competition will be held in China from the 9th January to the 27th of January 2018. … Continue reading 5 Players To Watch Out For In The U23 Asian Cup 2018

“The Iraqi FA Keeps 60% Of The Annual Budget As Salaries” – Younis Mahmoud

As the dust settles from Iraq’s atrocious performance against UAE in the Gulf Cup semi final loss, more and more people are starting to speak out against the appalling corruption that is holding back Iraqi football. Early in the week, Iraqfootball.me was highly critical of the Iraqi FA’s treatment of the ‘Golden Generation’. However, after yesterday’s result, Younis Mahmoud has launched a devastating attack on … Continue reading “The Iraqi FA Keeps 60% Of The Annual Budget As Salaries” – Younis Mahmoud

Gulf Cup 23 Review: Iraq 0-0 UAE – Iraq Crashes Out On Penalties Despite A Promising Tournament

They say insanity is repeating the same thing over and over again, but expecting to see a different outcome. By that very definition, it’s clear that everyone managing the Iraqi national team is suffering with a mental disorder to some extent. Against a poor UAE team, Iraq somehow still struggled to do the basics right despite two convincing wins in the group stages of the … Continue reading Gulf Cup 23 Review: Iraq 0-0 UAE – Iraq Crashes Out On Penalties Despite A Promising Tournament

How Our FA Has Failed Iraqi Football & The ‘Golden Generation’

Nashat Akram and Noor Sabri were recently featured on Abu Dhabi Sport to discuss Iraq’s hopes of hosting the 24th edition of the Gulf Cup. With the president of Iraq’s FA, Abdul Khaliq Masood, also present, the show proved to be a tense affair with some heated dialogue and interesting points raised. Amongst the areas of discussion, questions were asked of the Iraqi FA’s poor … Continue reading How Our FA Has Failed Iraqi Football & The ‘Golden Generation’

Interview With Abdulla Al-Kalisy – Iraq’s Exciting New Zealand Based Winger

Having recently been called up for Iraq’s U23 side, IraqFootball.me was fortunate enough to interview Abdulla Al-Kalisy. Only 21 years of age, this was the first time the youngster has been involved with the Iraqi national team at any level. We sat down and discussed his career to date, including his time with Iraq and playing first team football in New Zealand. Abdulla’s energy and love … Continue reading Interview With Abdulla Al-Kalisy – Iraq’s Exciting New Zealand Based Winger

In-depth Analysis: Is Ali Adnan’s Resurgence The Reason Udinese Have Turned Their Season Around?

Recent years of have seen Udinese lingering in and around the relegation zone for most of the season. In a team that was desperately struggling, many were left to question Ali Adnan’s abilities given that he was unable to earn any gametime in a supposedly poor side. Many raised valid questions, including various media outlets who linked the Iraqi international with moves away from the … Continue reading In-depth Analysis: Is Ali Adnan’s Resurgence The Reason Udinese Have Turned Their Season Around?

Nashat Akram & Hawar Mulla Mohammed Invited By FC Twente To Begin Their Careers As Football Directors

Cult heroes, Nashat Akram and Hawar Mulla Mohammed, have both embarked on a new quest to return Iraqi football to its golden era. Known for their tremendous footballing skills on the pitch, fans can now look to Nashat and Hawar to guide Iraqi football once again, just as they did whilst they were donning the famous green jersey. Both players have been viewed as footballing … Continue reading Nashat Akram & Hawar Mulla Mohammed Invited By FC Twente To Begin Their Careers As Football Directors

Interview: Riyadh Al Azzawi – Returning To Iraq & What Hosting KGP: Baghdad Means For Iraqi Football

The world famous Iraqi kickboxer, Riyadh Al Azzawi, has just returned from his long overdue trip to Iraq. It was the first time he has returned home since leaving as a youngster. He travelled as part of KGP: Baghdad, who organised a massive event in Al Shaab Stadium. Plenty of UK based athletes traveled to Baghdad in order to perform in front of an entire … Continue reading Interview: Riyadh Al Azzawi – Returning To Iraq & What Hosting KGP: Baghdad Means For Iraqi Football