Russia 2018 WCQ Match Review – Iraq 1-1 Japan

Basim Qasim’s first competitive fixture as Iraqi manager ended with mixed responses as his side battled it out with a strong Japanese side. With no chance of qualification and Radhi Shenaishil no longer in charge of the national team, this was an opportunity for Basim Qasim to possibly try out new tactics or take risks he would usually be reluctant to try. A return to … Continue reading Russia 2018 WCQ Match Review – Iraq 1-1 Japan

Torture, Threats and Imprisonment – How Uday Saddam Hussein Destroyed Iraqi Football

Unlike the current state of Iraq’s national team, the 60’s signaled the start of an extraordinary era for Iraqi football. By far the greatest team in the Arab world, Iraq was among the best teams in all of the Continent. The national team contained an array of talented footballers who went on to achieve fantastic successes over the next few decades, winning the Arab Cup … Continue reading Torture, Threats and Imprisonment – How Uday Saddam Hussein Destroyed Iraqi Football

Match Review – Iraq 1-0 Jordan – Basra Hosts Home Fixture as Football Returns To Mesopotamia

Following a recent u-turn from FIFA to partially remove the ban on Iraq from hosting international home matches, the Iraqi FA were quick to celebrate this opportunity by arranging an official friendly tie with neighboring rivals Jordan. Football was well and truly coming home as the Lions of Mesopotamia took to the field on home soil for the first time since 2013. The Basra Sport … Continue reading Match Review – Iraq 1-0 Jordan – Basra Hosts Home Fixture as Football Returns To Mesopotamia

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

Feature: “Iraq’s 2004 Olympics Respite”

The following article is a direct translation of extracts taken from French sports website SoFoot.com, featuring IraqFootball.me’s Hassanane Balal and IraqSports’ Hassanin Mubarak. Both individuals were interviewed by journalist William Vénétitay, whose article can be read in full here. This article remains the property of SoFoot.com and has been solely translated for Iraqi football fans who do not speak French – this article is not the … Continue reading Feature: “Iraq’s 2004 Olympics Respite”

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

Radhi Shenaishil Appointed As Iraq National Team Head Coach

Iraq have somehow qualified from the first stage of the World Cup Qualifiers group after a series of disastrous results and performances. Radhi Shenaishil, who took over from the calamitous Hakeem Shakir, somehow steadied a sinking ship and pushed Iraq to four place in the Asian Cup 2015. Sadly, his appointment was only on a temporary basis, with him soon returning to his club duties with Qatar … Continue reading Radhi Shenaishil Appointed As Iraq National Team Head Coach

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

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: 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 kindly invited me to join him for a coffee at his favourite spot in the capital. They say, “you should never meet your heroes” as the experience is often a disappointment, leaving … Continue reading EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: An Evening With Nashat Akram – Iraq, Goals, Career & World Cup Qualification – Part 1

Ali Adnan Hits Back Against Corrupt Iraqi F.A In A Devastating Attack

Ali Adnan has attacked the Iraqi Football Federation in a scintillating rant, where he claimed that Iraqi fans are unaware of what the players and the coaching staff of the national team have been put through during recent times. Iraq’s young wingback has started in Iraq’s last three World Cup qualifiers under current manager Yahya Alwan, featuring in a slightly more attacking position than his … Continue reading Ali Adnan Hits Back Against Corrupt Iraqi F.A In A Devastating Attack