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”

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

Interview With Jiloan Hamad – My Story So Far & Why I Chose Iraq Over Sweden

I moved to Sweden in 92 and loved it there. They treated me right and I was raised in a family where everything was about respect and learning. My parents were born in Ranya, Northern Iraq. Both speak fluent Arabic and Farsi. They instilled a lot of my culture in me from a young age even though I was born in Baku, Azerbaijan. It was … Continue reading Interview With Jiloan Hamad – My Story So Far & Why I Chose Iraq Over Sweden

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

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

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

Exclusive Interview: Meeting Aldin Al Zubaidi – Iraq, Scotland and More.

  – Childhood – I was born in Baghdad and come from a family of four – my parents and an older brother. My father and brother are both civil engineers. Nobody in my family is a footballer but we all support football teams and like to play football – my father supports Liverpool and my older brother supports Manchester United, so obviously there’s a bit … Continue reading Exclusive Interview: Meeting Aldin Al Zubaidi – Iraq, Scotland and More.

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: An Evening With Nashat Akram – Childhood, Manchester City, FC Twente & Iraq – Part 2

Part 2 from our exclusive interview with Iraqi footballing legend Nashat Akram. Click here for ‘An Evening With Nashat Akram – Iraq, Goals, Career & World Cup Qualification – Part 1‘.   Among the hoards of tourists and city workers wandering around central London walks a figure unrecognisable to many, yet still idolised by millions across the world. After bombarding him with requests for an interview, Nashat Akram … Continue reading EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: An Evening With Nashat Akram – Childhood, Manchester City, FC Twente & Iraq – Part 2