The Lions of Mesopotamia kicked off proceedings in the Men’s Olympic Football Tournament Rio 2016 by taking on Denmark in an entertaining first game that somehow failed to record any goals. Prior to kick off, Iraq were seen as major underdogs by both pundits and bookies. 90 minutes later and the team in green had left the Estadio Nacional field with their pride intact following a positive performance. … Continue reading RIO 2016 Match Review: Iraq 0:0 Denmark
A Football Field, Where Dreams And Goals Were Once Paved, Now Sits A Makeshift Memorial Site. Few nations have experienced suffering in the same measure that Iraqis have. Decades of oppression and corruption have stolen the lives and futures of countless individuals across the country. Sadly, the situation only seems to be getting worse by the day with no visible light at the end of a seemingly endless tunnel. It … Continue reading Feature: When Football Remains Iraq’s Final Glimmer Of Hope – A Tribute To Iskandariya’s 43 Martyrs
After a fairly impressive debut season in Seria A, reports are starting to emerge that Ali Adnan has been issued with an ultimatum by his club Udinese. The Iraqi international begun the season as a regular starter under previous manager Stefano Colantuono but has recently seen himself on the bench following the managerial appointment Luigi De Canio. Rumour had it that Ali was unsettled in … Continue reading Ali Adnan Set To Leave Udinese
Iraq have been plotted in the ‘group of death’, with them facing the likes of U.A.E, Australia and Japan. The fixtures for the group will commence in September 2016 and conclude the following September. This gives the Iraq FA only six months to organise its national team in order to mount a proper challenge for qualification, something the current side has no hope of doing given … Continue reading Iraq World Cup Qualfiers Fixture List
– Childhood – I was born in Baghdad and come from a family of four – my parents and an older brother. My father and brother are both civil engineers. Nobody in my family is a footballer but we all support football teams and like to play football – my father supports Liverpool and my older brother supports Manchester United, so obviously there’s a bit … Continue reading Exclusive Interview: Meeting Aldin Al Zubaidi – Iraq, Scotland and More.
In 2011, Osama Rashid was selected to represent the Iraqi national team in a friendly match against Kuwait. The midfielder, a surprise call-up and one of the first so called ‘expat’ players to feature for Iraq, looked on as Iraq’s iconic captain Younis Mahmoud felt a pain in his hamstring. After receiving treatment, the physio indicates Younis will have to be replaced. The German coach, Wolfgang Sidka, has a word … Continue reading Feature: Osama Rashid Returns To Save Iraqi Football
Over the past week, a plethora of young Iraqi talent have signed up with Persian Stars Ltd, a football agency run by none other than Behrooz Dezhbod. We had the pleasure of meeting Behrooz a few months ago, where he discussed his interest in working with Iraqi footballers. The football agent was the former representative of Iraqi superstar Nashat Akram as well as current international … Continue reading Feature: Iraqi Footballers Soon To Flood Europe?
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
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
What should have been a routine win turned up to be a near disaster for Iraq as they pulled one back in the dying stages of their World Cup qualifier with Vietnam. The manager fielded a full strength team and still struggled to see any sort of progression following the three nil loss against Jordan last Saturday. The so-called ‘expats’ featured heavily in the team … Continue reading Iraq vs. Vietnam Review – A Late Penalty Rescues Iraq Following Another Abysmal Performance