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The 2002–03 Iraq FA Cup was the 25th edition of the knockout competition, the main domestic cup in Iraqi football. It kicked off on 2 September 2002, and the final was played on 23 August 2003 in the Franso Hariri Stadium. This was the first time in the tournament's history that the cup final was not played in Al-Shaab Stadium in Baghdad.[1][2]

2002–03 Iraq FA Cup
CountryIraq
Dates2 September 2002 – 23 August 2003
Teams94
ChampionsAl-Talaba
(2nd title)
Runners-upAl-Shorta

Al-Talaba were the defending champions of the cup after beating Al-Shorta 1–0 in the 2002 final, and exactly the same was repeated one year later as Al-Talaba beat Al-Shorta 1–0 again to lift their second cup, preventing their rivals from completing their first League and FA Cup double in the process. The competition was halted for more than six months after the quarter-finals due to the American invasion of Iraq, but the Iraq Football Association decided to complete the tournament, moving the remaining three matches to the safer northern city of Erbil.[3] The 2003 final was the last cup final until 2016, a full 13 years later.[4][5]

MatchesEdit

First roundEdit

Second roundEdit

Al-Shuala were automatically placed into the third round.

Playoff roundEdit

Al-Nahdha, Al-Sulaikh, Hatteen, Al-Kut and Al-Mashrou withdrew from the competition, leaving 34 teams remaining. A playoff round was held to eliminate two more sides in order to have 32 teams for the Round of 32.

Round of 32Edit

Ghaz Al-Junoob0–3Al-Shorta
  Mahir Ogla
  Haidar Hameed
  Ammar Ahmed
Al-Basra Stadium, Basra
Al-Shorta3–0Ghaz Al-Junoob
Ammar Ahmed   56'89' (pen.)
Mohammed Hadi   61'

Al-Shorta won 6–0 on aggregate.


Al-Nasiriya2–0Al-Mosul
Yousef Barak   40'49'
Al-Mosul3–0Al-Nasiriya
Ahmed Marzouq   42'
Abbas Rasheed   52'
Ali Osama   73'

Al-Mosul won 3–2 on aggregate.


Mateen0–1Karbalaa
Peris Stadium, Duhok
Karbalaa3–0 (w/o)Mateen
Karbalaa Stadium, Karbalaa

Karbalaa won 4–0 on aggregate.


Al-Jaish2–0Kirkuk
Kirkuk1–0Al-Jaish
Sarmed Ismail   29' (pen.)

Al-Jaish won 2–1 on aggregate.


Duhok1–0Al-Talaba
Khalid Mushir   25'
Al-Talaba3–1Duhok
Alaa Kadhim   2'
Mahdi Karim   16'25'
  88' Ahmed Khalaf

Al-Talaba won 3–2 on aggregate.


Samaraa2–2Al-Sinaa
Ayad Shalan   20'73'   20' Adil Abdul-Massih
  80' Ali Hussein
Al-Sinaa1–1Samaraa
Qusay Munir   90'   38' Mohammed Jassim
Al-Sinaa Stadium, Baghdad

3–3 on aggregate. Al-Sinaa won on away goals.


Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya1–1Al-Ramadi
Odai Abdul-Khaliq   25'   80' Mohammed Hamed
Al-Ramadi3–2Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya
Saad Owad   13'
Mohammed Hamed   14'
Ahmed Mansi   70'
  20' (pen.) Jassim Swadi
  88' Sadiq Shaker

Al-Ramadi won 4–3 on aggregate.


Erbil2–1Al-Difaa Al-Jawi
Hamid Qasim   50'
Muklas Ahmed   60'
  7' Raddad Suhail
Al-Difaa Al-Jawi2–0Erbil
Mahmoud Karim   68'
Ali Mansour   78'
Al-Difaa Al-Jawi Stadium, Baghdad

Al-Difaa Al-Jawi won 3–2 on aggregate.


Zakho1–1Al-Najaf
Zakho Stadium, Zakho
Al-Najaf1–0Zakho
Ali Hashim   1'

Al-Najaf won 2–1 on aggregate.


Al-Samawa0–1Al-Naft
  28' Odai Abdul-Ridha
Al-Naft2–0Al-Samawa
Odai Abdul-Ridha   77'
Mustaq Khadim   88'

Al-Naft won 3–0 on aggregate.


Al-Shuala0–0Al-Karkh
Al-Karkh1–1Al-Shuala
Ziyad Abdul-Jabar   59'   63' Marthi Mizher

1–1 on aggregate. Al-Shuala won on away goals.


Al-Diwaniya2–0Al-Meshkhab
Burhan Salah   4'
Dhargham Talal   80'
Al-Diwaniya Stadium, Al-Diwaniya
Al-Meshkhab0–0Al-Diwaniya
Al-Meshkhab Stadium, Al-Meshkhab

Al-Diwaniya won 2–0 on aggregate.


Al-Tharthar3–0Al-Shatra
Al-Tharthar Stadium, Baghdad
Al-Shatra2–2Al-Tharthar
Al-Shatra Stadium, Al-Shatra

Al-Tharthar won 5–2 on aggregate.


Al-Alam1–4Al-Basra
Al-Basra3–0 (w/o)Al-Alam
Al-Basra Stadium, Basra

Al-Basra won 7–1 on aggregate.


Brusk3–0Balad
Brusk Stadium, Erbil
Balad0–0Brusk
Balad Stadium, Balad

Brusk won 3–0 on aggregate.


Al-Zawraa2–1Al-Minaa
Hesham Mohammed   55'69'   90+2' Ahsan Hadi

2–2 on aggregate. Al-Minaa won on away goals.

Round of 16Edit

Al-Diwaniya0–3Al-Shorta
Al-Diwaniya Stadium, Al-Diwaniya
Al-Shorta8–1Al-Diwaniya
Ayad Abbas   8'
Abbas Rahim   16'21'31'85'
Ammar Ahmed   45'83'
Taiseer Abdul-Hussein   67'
  20' Maitham Abdul-Wahid

Al-Shorta won 11–1 on aggregate.


Al-Difaa Al-Jawi5–1Al-Tharthar
Al-Difaa Al-Jawi Stadium, Baghdad
Al-Tharthar2–2Al-Difaa Al-Jawi
  1' Mohammed Jassim
  46' Raddad Suhail
Al-Tharthar Stadium, Baghdad

Al-Difaa Al-Jawi won 7–3 on aggregate.


Al-Najaf3–1Al-Sinaa
Al-Sinaa3–3Al-Najaf
Qusay Munir   10'
Mohammed Abdul-Hassan   65'
Adil Abid Zaid   87'
  12' (pen.) Ali Hashim
  45' Nabeel Abbas
  90' Ahmed Owaid
Al-Sinaa Stadium, Baghdad

Al-Najaf won 6–4 on aggregate.


Al-Minaa1–0Al-Jaish
Al-Jaish2–2Al-Minaa
Aqil Karim   42'
Riyadh Sami   70'
  46' Ahsan Hadi
  66' Naif Falah

Al-Minaa won 3–2 on aggregate.


Al-Mosul1–0Brusk
Brusk2–2Al-Mosul
Brusk Stadium, Erbil

Al-Mosul won 3–2 on aggregate.


Karbalaa3–2Al-Shuala
Karbalaa Stadium, Karbalaa
Al-Shuala1–2Karbalaa
Al-Shuala Stadium, Baghdad

Karbalaa won 5–3 on aggregate.


Al-Basra0–0Al-Talaba
Al-Basra Stadium, Basra
Al-Talaba3–0Al-Basra
Yassir Abdul-Razzaq   45'51'
Mohanad Lewis   86'
  20' (pen.) Jassim Swadi
  88' Sadiq Shaker

Al-Talaba won 3–0 on aggregate.


Al-Ramadi0–0Al-Naft
Al-Naft3–2Al-Ramadi
Amer Hadi   32'49'81'   70' Rasheed Ahmed
  85' Saad Owad

Al-Naft won 3–2 on aggregate.

QuarterfinalsEdit

Al-Najaf1–1Al-Minaa
Ali Hashim   21' (pen.)   7' Nawaf Falah
Al-Minaa0–0Al-Najaf

1–1 on aggregate. Al-Minaa won on away goals.


Al-Mosul1–2Al-Naft
Ahmed Mohammed   87'   14' Ali Abdullah
  34' Ali Salah
Al-Naft0–1Al-Mosul
  30' Thamir Attiya

2–2 on aggregate. Al-Naft won on away goals.


Al-Talaba4–1Karbalaa
Habib Jafar   16'82'
Alaa Kadhim   49'
Yassir Abdul-Razaq   74'
  70' Hussein Farhud
Karbalaa0–1Al-Talaba
  76' Alaa Kadhim

Al-Talaba won 5–1 on aggregate.


Al-Difaa Al-Jawi0–2Al-Shorta
  19'30' Qais Issa
Al-Shorta1–2Al-Difaa Al-Jawi
Nashat Akram   30'   72' Ali Mansour
  76' Arkan Mahmoud

Al-Shorta won 3–2 on aggregate.

SemifinalsEdit

Al-Talaba1–0Al-Minaa
Alaa Kadhim   90+2'

Al-Shorta3–2Al-Naft
Ahmad Mnajed   24'
Ahmad Kadhim   86'
Hamid Qasim   88'
  48'71' Mushtaq Talib

FinalEdit

Al-Talaba1–0Al-Shorta
Ahmad Salah   26'
Attendance: 13,000

BracketEdit

From the Round of 32 onwards:

Round of 32
First legs: 30 September 2002
Second legs: 21 October 2002
  Round of 16
First legs: 17 November 2003
  Quarterfinals
First legs: 3 February 2003
Second legs: 17 February 2003
  Semifinals
20–21 August 2003
  Final
23 August 2003
 Al-Alam 1 0 1  
 Al-Basra (w/o) 4 3 7      Al-Basra 0 0 0  
 Duhok 1 1 2    Al-Talaba 0 3 3  
 Al-Talaba 0 3 3        Al-Talaba 4 1 5  
 Mateen 0 0 0        Karbalaa 1 0 1  
 Karbalaa (w/o) 1 3 4      Karbalaa 3 2 5
 Al-Shuala (a) 0 1 1    Al-Shuala 2 1 3  
 Al-Karkh 0 1 1        Al-Talaba 1  
 Zakho 1 0 1        Al-Minaa 0  
 Al-Najaf 1 1 2      Al-Najaf 3 3 6  
 Samaraa 2 1 3    Al-Sinaa 1 3 4  
 Al-Sinaa (a) 2 1 3        Al-Najaf 1 0 1
 Al-Minaa (a) 1 1 2        Al-Minaa (a) 1 0 1  
 Al-Zawraa 0 2 2      Al-Minaa 1 2 3
 Al-Jaish 2 0 2    Al-Jaish 0 2 2  
 Kirkuk 0 1 1        Al-Talaba 1
 Erbil 2 0 2        Al-Shorta 0
 Al-Difaa Al-Jawi 1 2 3      Al-Difaa Al-Jawi 5 2 7  
 Al-Tharthar 3 2 5    Al-Tharthar 1 2 3  
 Al-Shatra 0 2 2        Al-Difaa Al-Jawi 0 2 2  
 Al-Diwaniya 2 0 2        Al-Shorta 2 1 3  
 Al-Meshkhab 0 0 0      Al-Diwaniya 0 1 1
 Ghaz Al-Junoob 0 0 0    Al-Shorta 3 8 11  
 Al-Shorta 3 3 6        Al-Shorta 3
 Al-Nasiriya 2 0 2        Al-Naft 2  
 Al-Mosul 0 3 3      Al-Mosul 1 2 3  
 Brusk 3 0 3    Brusk 0 2 2  
 Balad 0 0 0        Al-Mosul 1 1 2
 Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya 1 2 3        Al-Naft (a) 2 0 2  
 Al-Ramadi 1 3 4      Al-Ramadi 0 2 2
 Al-Samawa 0 0 0    Al-Naft 0 3 3  
 Al-Naft 1 2 3  

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Iraq Cup 2002/03
  2. ^ Iraqi Cup History
  3. ^ http://www.alwasatnews.com/news/341654.html
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2017-08-08. Retrieved 2017-08-07.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ http://iraqi-sn.com/archives/17696
  6. ^ https://www.gettyimages.co.uk/license/2457392

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