Brwa Hekmat Nouri has become the first ever Iraqi footballer win a major cup competition in Europe following his team’s convincing 4-1 win over IFK Norrköping in the Svenska Cupen final. Nouri captained his side during the game and helped carry his side to a decisive victory over the opposition. This victory also qualified Östersunds FK for next season’s Europa League play-offs. The expat has already made two appearances … Continue reading Brwa Nouri Creates History For Iraq as Östersunds FK Wins The Svenska Cupen
As per the norm in Iraq, any form of positive progress must be resisted with maximum hostility. Every one step in the right direction will inevitably be met by ten other steps backwards. The Iraqi national team is of course no exception to this rule, where countless accounts of corruption and unethical behaviour has created a spiral of failure for all those involved in the sport. Sadly, this … Continue reading Feature: “One Step Forward, Ten Steps Back” – Radhi Shenaishil Fired As Iraq Coach
The lingering hopes of the most optimistic Iraqi fans were finally put to bed as Iraq’s World Cup qualification campaign for Russia 2018 came crushing down against bitter foes Saudi Arabia. Political and religious reasons make this fixture a tasty one, but with the most recent Saudi victory still lingering over bitter Iraqi tongues, revenge was in the air and the world watched in anticipation. … Continue reading Russia 2018 WCQ Match Review: Saudi Arabia 1-0 Iraq
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)