One of the many tragedies behind Iraq’s current security worries is one that is often overlooked. In a country that lives and breathes football, especially with the national team being the only source of happiness for many in a war torn nation, to be unable to watch your national team compete in front of the iraqi jumhoor (fanbase) really does put things into perspective. Every football player will tell … Continue reading Russia 2018 WCQ Match Review: Iraq 1-1 Australia
Following the departure of Ali Hosni, whose tenure lasted all but a few days at Rizespor, it seems that the Turkish club are set to lose on yet another Iraqi youngster. Ali Faez has revealed his frustration at the lack of playing time granted to him at his new side, who he had only joined last the summer. The youngster is said to be interested in moving clubs … Continue reading Iraq’s Ali Faez Reveals He’s Keen To Leave Turkish Outfit Rizespor
On the back of a 4-0 victory over Thailand, Iraq were in high spirits as they took to the Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. Beating UAE was the bare minimum needed in order to keep qualification for Russia 2018 alive. However, Iraq’s recent form against their Gulf rivals has been poor to say the least, with their most recent match coming in the … Continue reading Russia 2018 WCQ Match Review: Iraq 0-2 UAE
History was made as Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya became the first Iraqi club to win one of Asia’s most coveted prizes. The Baghdad-based club successfully beat off Bengaluru FC in a fairly one-sided final to take home the AFC Cup trophy at the Suheim Bin Hamad Stadium (Qatar SC Stadium). Both sides were making their debuts in the prestigious final but it was the Iraqis who celebrated well into … Continue reading Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya 1-0 Bengaluru FC: Iraq’s Air Force Club Are Crowned Champions Of Asia!
Yaser Kasim has come under intense scrutiny following a devastating attack by international football agent Najim Mohamad. The Swindon midfielder’s attitude was put into question amid his imminent exclusion from the Iraqi squad to face UAE later this month. Najim, himself an Iraqi national, runs the UAE-based Hattrick Sports Services football agency and currently represents many of Iraq’s European-based footballers including Ali Adnan and Dhurgham Ismail. Najim … Continue reading “Yaser Kasim Does Not Consider Himself An Iraqi & Shouldn’t Play For The National Team”
It is no secret that the Iraqi national team’s performances and results over the last year have fallen far short of expectations. In fact, even the most biased and hardcore Iraqi fans have not been without their own criticisms of the current national team, so much so that a selected number of fans and media outlets have described this current squad as one of the nation’s weakest ever. A major … Continue reading Feature: Is Mohannad Abdul-Raheem The Right Man To Lead Iraq’s Attack?
Player Ratings GK – Mohammed Hameed – A relatively quiet evening for our keeper. However, even though he wasn’t tested much, Hameed maintained his focus and comfortably saved long-range efforts, punched away corners and came out to gather through balls when needed. Also, he has to be credited for his excellent distribution across the pitch. He guessed the correct way for both penalties but wasn’t able … Continue reading Player Rating: Iraq 1-2 Saudi Arabia (WCQ Russia 2018)
For a more detailed match report of the Iraq 0-2 Australia match, Click Here. Player Ratings GK – Mohammed Hameed – Made a crucial save seconds into the game. Got down well to make a few other saves. Could only look on as Australia struck bar twice and scored two other goals. . (6.5/10) RB – Alaa Mhawi – Comfortably dealt with the Australian attack on the … Continue reading Player Rating: Iraq 0-2 Australia (WCQ Russia 2018)
The team at IraqFootball.me are delighted to see how far this website has come in such a short period of time. This project started with only one interview available to post but has rapidly expanded into one of the biggest platforms for Iraqi football available online today. We fully appreciate that we couldn’t have done it without our loyal fanbase and their support, and for this … Continue reading IraqFootball.me Reaches 10,000 Views – Thank You For The Support!
Iraq kicked off their final 2018 World Cup qualification campaign with a whimper. The first match saw Iraq take on reigning Asian Cup champions Australia, in a sold out Perth Rectangular Stadium, Perth. On the back off an early exit in the 2016 Rio Olympics, Iraq were hoping to kick start their campaign with a positive result but a win was going to be a tough … Continue reading Russia 2018 WCQ Match Review: Iraq vs. Australia