Sport in Iraq

Sport in Iraq

Football is the most popular sport in Iraq. The Iraqi national football team are the 2007 AFC Asian Cup Champions after defeating Saudi Arabia in the final, held in Jakarta, Indonesia. In 2006 Iraq reached the football final of the 2006 Asian Games in Doha, Qatar after defeating former World Cup semifinalists South Korea and eventually finished runners up, winning silver. The football tournament of the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece saw Iraq finish in 4th place, with Italy claiming bronze from a single goal. Football is a considerable uniting factor in Iraq following years of war and unrest. Basketball, Swimming, Weightlifting, Bodybuilding, Boxing, Kick Boxing and Tennis are also popular sports.

Iraq has sports leagues. Some of them are paid for by sponsors of local industries,. For example, Electric Club is paid for by the Ministry of Electricity and Al Naft is paid for by oil revenues.

The Iraqi Football Association ( _ar. الاتحاد العراقي لكرة القدم) is the governing body of football in Iraq, controlling the Iraqi national team and the Iraq Super League. It was founded in 1948, and has been a member of FIFA since 1950 and the Asian Football Confederation since 1971.

Dawri Al-Nokba is the same as the "Iraq Super League."

See also

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"Further Information: Iraq national basketball team"

In Iraq, there are at least two leagues, the Iraqi Basketball Association, the country's professional organization, runs a number of adult and youth leagues, and the Premiere League, for elite players.


List of Basketball Clubs

* Armenia Club
* Electric Club, whose starting guard Ahmed Obeid was kidnapped in Diyala province in November 2006
* Al Shurta Club in Baghdad
* Peshmerga Club, a Kurdish team

List of popular sports figures

* Ammo Baba - a Legendary football coach and player in the 60's
* Ali Jaafar - An Assassinated sports caster
* Najah Ali - Was a boxer in the 2004 Olympics
* Ahmad Radhi - Iraqi player of the Century shared with Hussein Saeed
* Hussein Saeed - Iraqi player of the Century shared with Ahmad Radhi
* Falah Hassan - A football player on the Iraq national team
* Hussein Saeed - A football player on the Iraq national team
* Basil Gorgis - A football player on the Iraq national team
* Thamer Yousif - A football player on the Iraq national team
* Ahmed Radhi - A football player on the Iraq national team
* Laith Hussein - A football player on the Iraq national team
* Habib Jafaar - A football player on the Iraq national team
* Abbas Obeid Jassim - A football player on the Iraq national team
* Younis Mahmoud - The Captain on the Iraq national soccer team
* Nashat Akram - A football player on the Iraq national team
* Emad Mohammed - A football player on the Iraq national team
* Hawar Mulla Mohammed - A football player on the Iraq national team

List of popular Football Clubs

* Al Quwa Al Jawiya- based in Baghdad
* Al Zawraa- based in Baghdad
* Najaf FC – from Najaf
* Al Shurta - based in Baghdad
* Arbil FC from Arbil
* Duhok FC from Duhok
* Mousel FC – from Mosul
* Al Talaba based in Baghdad
* Karbalaa FC from Karbala
* Al Naft based in Baghdad
* Al Minaa based in Basra
* Al Jaish (Iraq) based in Baghdad
* Al Karkh (known as Al Rasheed until 1991).

Iraq has great support in sports (mostly the Football team) from all around the world, because of the current situation in the country.

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