Jiloan Hamad, Justin Meram & The Lost Generation Of Expats

It’s the hope that kills you when it comes to Iraqi football. Knowing the talents that we have at our disposal and what our players can do when they turn up simply makes it even more painful to watch us lose. It’s amazing how the smallest margins can impact on the success and likelihood of Iraq’s qualification for Qatar 2022. All we had to do … Continue reading Jiloan Hamad, Justin Meram & The Lost Generation Of Expats

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”

WCQ Preview – Iraq vs. Iran

Iraq’s two recent wins over Cambodia and Hong Kong have put them in pole position to qualify for the next stage of World Cup Qualifiers. However, awaiting Iraq in the final match of Group C is Iran, who have recently had a change of fortune since their difficult start to the qualification campaign. A change of manager has led to Iran winning three games consecutively … Continue reading WCQ Preview – Iraq vs. Iran

Interview With Kaleem Shabout: Introducing Iraq & CD Leganés’ New 6ft 5 Central Defender

How are you finding life in Leganés, Spain? My transition here has been really straightforward. I speak Spanish quite well as I studied the language for 7 years at high school. I moved here in January and it was a smooth process. I’ve really enjoyed meeting people here, who are mostly welcoming. The city is clean and there’s a lot to do. It’s an extremely … Continue reading Interview With Kaleem Shabout: Introducing Iraq & CD Leganés’ New 6ft 5 Central Defender

5 Things We Miss Most From Watching The Iraq National Football Team

With football still on-hold in most countries, and the existing quarantine measures likely to be extended over the coming few days, we thought it would be a good idea to reminisce over what we miss the most about watching Iraq play. Whilst winning is an incredible feeling, it’s the little things that make being an Iraqi football fan that slight bit more meaningful. Here are … Continue reading 5 Things We Miss Most From Watching The Iraq National Football Team

Review: Reflections on Iraq’s 2019 Gulf Cup Campaign – A Step In The Right Direction, Or More Of The Same?

Defeat is always difficult to stomach. However, it’s significantly more painful when it comes against a team that you have failed to beat in four consecutive attempts within a five month period. Katanec will be pulling his hair out after yet another loss to Bahrain, who have now knocked Iraq out of both the 2019 WAFF and the 2019 Gulf Cup, going on to win … Continue reading Review: Reflections on Iraq’s 2019 Gulf Cup Campaign – A Step In The Right Direction, Or More Of The Same?

2022 WCQ Match Review – Iraq 0-0 Bahrain

All eyes were on Iraq following last week’s incredible victory over Iran. A victory would have all but secured qualification to the next round for the Lions of Mesopotamia, but Bahrain have notoriously been a difficult opposition for Iraq to beat. The last two fixtures with Bahrain have resulted in one loss and one draw, thus the prospect of a comfortable win today were minimal. … Continue reading 2022 WCQ Match Review – Iraq 0-0 Bahrain

Interview with Brwa Nouri – How Football Saved My Life & Why I’m Open To Returning To The Iraqi National Team

I am of a Kurdish origin, from Iraq. My mom was born in Sulaymaniyah and my father was born in Halabja. We moved to Sweden to seek refuge from the government who were in power at the time. It was a difficult journey to get to Sweden and we had to pass through many different countries before we settled there. We chose Sweden because it … Continue reading Interview with Brwa Nouri – How Football Saved My Life & Why I’m Open To Returning To The Iraqi National Team

2022 WCQ Match Review – Iraq 2-1 Iran

Despite all the difficulties this Iraqi team has experienced over recent months, what with the ongoing protests currently occupying the country and resulting in both home games for Iraq being played in Jordan, Iraqi fans will forever remember this day. Katanec changes things up with a defensive approach to this huge fixture, with Rebin Sulaka called up as a sweeper to play alongside a trio … Continue reading 2022 WCQ Match Review – Iraq 2-1 Iran

2022 WCQ Match Reviews – Two Wins In Two, But Fans Are Still Left Feeling Disappointed With Katanec

Match Reviews For Iraq 2-0 Hong Kong & Iraq 4-0 Cambodia Two consecutive victories should have left Iraqi fans feeling satisfied, yet fans were left with more questions than answers as Iraq secured all six points against group minnows Hong Kong and Cambodia. The initially excitement of seeing competitive football return to Iraq soon fizzled out after a narrow victory over Hong Kong in the … Continue reading 2022 WCQ Match Reviews – Two Wins In Two, But Fans Are Still Left Feeling Disappointed With Katanec