U23 Asian Cup Quarterfinal Match Review: Iraq 3-3 Vietnam

Iraq crashed out of the U23 in excruciating circumstances after a thrilling 120 minutes. Vietnam started the better of the two sides. They took an early lead after only 11 minutes following a defensive error inside the Iraqi box. The Lions of Mesopotamia failed to clear the ball from an incoming set piece and the ball fell to Nguyen Cong Phuong, who slotted passed a hapless Ahmed … Continue reading U23 Asian Cup Quarterfinal Match Review: Iraq 3-3 Vietnam

U23 Asian Cup Match Review: Iraq 1-0 Jordan

Iraq sealed their place in the next round of the Asian Cup U23 with a narrow victory over Jordan. It was a tense affair but Iraq dominated for the majority of the game. They came close on many occasions but the lack of killer instinct in front of goal failed to make it a comfortable win. The first half was an open affair, where Iraq … Continue reading U23 Asian Cup Match Review: Iraq 1-0 Jordan

U23 Asian Cup Match Review: Iraq 0-0 Saudi Arabia

The Titan clash between fierce rivals Saudi Arabia and Iraq proved to be a tense affair with neither team able to dominate the opposition. Iraq started the game off strongly, holding the majority of possession and playing in the opposition half. However, they were unable to capitalise on this as they struggled to create any real chances. Both Hussain Ali and Bashar Resan had quiet … Continue reading U23 Asian Cup Match Review: Iraq 0-0 Saudi Arabia

U23 Asian Cup Match Review: Iraq 4-1 Malaysia

Iraq started their U23 Asian Cup campaign at walking pace with an easy victory over Malaysia. The Lions looked completely dominant right from kickoff, with Safaa Hadi and Amjed Atwan running the show. Bashar set up the first with a sensational cross using the outside of his boot, which was headed in by Mohammed Jaffal. Amjed Atwan extended the lead with a low driven shot … Continue reading U23 Asian Cup Match Review: Iraq 4-1 Malaysia

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

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

5 Reasons Why Iraq Struggles To Produce Quality Young Football Players

Only a real sceptic would argue that there were no positives to be taken from the 2017 World Cup U-17 campaign that saw Iraq defeated by Mali in the last 16 round. However, it is important to acknowledge that the team that is supposedly the best in Asia ended up crashing in the final stages of the tournament. The last two fixtures against England and … Continue reading 5 Reasons Why Iraq Struggles To Produce Quality Young Football Players

2017 World Cup U-17 Review – Iraq’s Hopes Come Crashing Down After A Promising Start

Iraq’s exit at the hands of Mali in the last 16 round of the 2017 World Cup U-17 tournament may be considered a reality check given the nature of the defeat. Expectations were high going into India 2017, where Mohamed Dawood could lead the Lions of Mesopotamia to a respectable finish. The highflying forward was recently ranked by The Guardian as one of the world’s … Continue reading 2017 World Cup U-17 Review – Iraq’s Hopes Come Crashing Down After A Promising Start

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

Rio 2016 Match Review: Iraq 1-1 South Africa

Football can often be a force that unites an entire nation when all else has failed. However, there are times when football can crush a country’s spirit after a disappointing result. Having produced two memorable performances in the first two group games – against Denmark and then Brazil – all eyes were on Iraq to take on Bafana Bafana. The Lions of Mesopotamia were expected to put the … Continue reading Rio 2016 Match Review: Iraq 1-1 South Africa