2007 in Iraqi football

Despite the nation being torn apart by civil war, Iraqi football in 2007 went as scheduled for the most part. Iraqi clubs participated in international competition, the Olympic team went through qualifications, and the national team played in different tournaments. No games by the national team or the Iraqi clubs were played in Iraq due to violence.

National teamEdit

2007 FriendliesEdit

Jordan  1 – 1  Iraq
Awath Ragheb   10' Ahmad Mnajed   25'
Jordan  0 – 0  Iraq
South Korea  3 – 0  Iraq
Yeom Ki-Hun   51'
Lee Chun-Soo   79'
Lee Kun-Ho   86'
Uzbekistan  2 – 0  Iraq
Ibragimov   3'
Bakayev   73'
Qatar  3 – 2  Iraq
Sayd Ali Bechir   34'
Sebastián Quintana   70'
Saad Al-Shammari   83'
Ahmad Salah   20'
Emad Mohammed   80'

2007 Gulf CupEdit

The Arabian Gulf Cup 2007, the 18th edition, took place in the United Arab Emirates, from 17 January 2007 to 30 January 2007. Iraq did not get beyond the group stage, and the tournament ended in accusations and allegations against the head coach of the national team.

Group stageEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Saudi Arabia 3 2 1 0 4 2 +2 7
  Bahrain 3 1 1 1 4 4 0 4
  Iraq 3 1 1 1 2 2 0 4
  Qatar 3 0 1 2 2 4 −2 1
Qatar  0 – 1  Iraq
Hawar Mohammed   39'
Bahrain  1 – 1  Iraq
Al-Marzouqi   8' Hawar Mohammed   11'
Saudi Arabia  1 – 0  Iraq
Al-Qahtani   12' (pen)

West Asian Football Federation ChampionshipEdit

The 2007 West Asian Football Federation Championship took part in the Jordanian capital Amman. The six entrants were Iraq, Iran, Syria, Palestine, Lebanon and host nation Jordan. The finals took place between 16th and 24 June 2007.

Group stageEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Iran 2 1 1 0 2 0 +2 4
  Iraq 2 1 1 0 1 0 +1 4
  Palestine 2 0 0 2 0 3 −3 0
Source: RSSSF.com
Iran  0 – 0  Iraq
   
Iraq  1 – 0  Palestine
Hawar Mohammed   86'  

Semi finalsEdit

Syria  0 – 3  Iraq
  Younis Mahmoud   10' (pen.)
Ahmad Mnajed   42'
Salih Sadir   85'

FinalEdit

Iraq  1 – 2  Iran
Salih Sadir   86' (pen.) Hossein Badamaki   9'
Hashem Beikzadeh   21'

Asian Cup 2007Edit

The Asian Football Confederation's 2007 AFC Asian Cup finals was held in July 2007 (Starting on July 7, 2007, ending on July 29, 2007). The competition was co-hosted by four nations – Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. Iraq won the tournament.

Group stageEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Iraq 3 1 2 0 4 2 +2 5 Advance to knockout stage
2   Australia 3 1 1 1 6 4 +2 4
3   Thailand (H) 3 1 1 1 3 5 −2 4
4   Oman 3 0 2 1 1 3 −2 2
Source: Asian Cup 2007
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
(H) Host
Thailand  1 – 1  Iraq
Suksomkit   6' (pen) Report Younis Mahmoud   32'
Attendance: 30,000
Referee: Kwon (KOR)
Iraq  3 – 1  Australia
Nashat Akram   23'
Hawar Mohammed   60'
Karrar Jassim   86'
Report Viduka   47'
Attendance: 6,000
Referee: Karim (BHR)
Oman  0 – 0  Iraq
(Report)
Attendance: 500
Referee: Maillet (SEY)

Quarter-finalsEdit

Iraq  2 – 0  Vietnam
Younis Mahmoud   2'   66' Report

Semi-finalsEdit

FinalEdit

Iraq  1 – 0  Saudi Arabia
Younis Mahmoud   76' (Report)
Attendance: 60,000
Referee: Shield (AUS)


 2007 AFC Asian Cup Winners 
 
Iraq
First title

2010 World Cup QualifiersEdit

Pakistan  0 – 7  Iraq
FIFA Report
AFC Summary
Nashat Akram   19'
M. Karim   24',   49',   88',   90'
Jassim Ghulam   71'
Emad Mohammed   83'
Attendance: 2,500
Iraq  0 – 0  Pakistan
Attendance: 8,000
Referee: Al Fadhli (Kuwait)

Kings's CupEdit

Arbil FC participated in the 2007 King's Cup as Iraq B team.

Round robin stageEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1   Thailand 3 3 0 0 6 3 +3 9
2   Iraq B 3 2 0 1 5 3 +2 6
3   North Korea 3 0 1 2 2 4 −2 1
4   Uzbekistan 3 0 1 2 5 8 −3 1
Iraq  1 – 0  North Korea
Zaki   64'

Thailand  2 – 1  Iraq
Phanrit   43'
Abd Ali   83' (og)
Mubarak   49'

Iraq  3 – 1  Uzbekistan
Alwan   58'
Ibrahim   65'
Zaki   78'
Solomin   68' (pen)

FinalEdit

Thailand  1 – 0  Iraq
Vachiraban   67'

Olympic TeamEdit

2007 Olympic FriendliesEdit

Jordan  0 – 0  Iraq
United Arab Emirates  0 – 4  Iraq
Ali Salah 50'
Halkurd Mulla Mohammed 53', 68'
M.A. Karim 90' (pen)
Syria  2 – 2  Iraq
Majed Al-Haj 21', 59' Alaa Abdul-Zahra 7'
Samer Saeed 42'
Syria  1 – 1  Iraq
Alaa Abdul-Zahra 30'
Bahrain  1 – 0  Iraq
Ahmed Bushet 33'
Qatar  1 – 2  Iraq
Mohamed Sayyed 79' Mostafa Karim 85'
Khaldoun Ibrahim 90'

Olympic Games QualificationEdit

The Iraqi Olympic team participated in the qualifications for the 2008 Summer Olympics. Iraq was seeded for the second round. The second round qualifications were held from February 28 to June 6, 2007. Iraq advanced to the final round qualifications, however the team failed to qualify for the Olympics after finishing second behind Australia.

Second roundEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Iraq 6 3 3 0 9 4 +5 12
  North Korea 6 3 2 1 7 4 +3 11
  Thailand 6 1 2 3 3 6 −3 5
  India 6 1 1 4 5 10 −5 4
Iraq  3 – 0  India
Mostafa Karim   50'
Alaa Abdul-Zahra   67'
Haidar Aboodi   69'
(Report)
Attendance: 1,500
Referee: Al-Enzi (Kuwait)

North Korea  2 – 2  Iraq
An Chol-Hyok   44'
Kim Kwang-Hyok   65'
(Report) Alaa Abdul-Zahra   32'
Ali Rehema   90+3' (pen)
Attendance: 58,000
Referee: Shamsuzzaman (Bangladesh)

Iraq  1 – 1  Thailand
Samer Saeed   22' (Report) Teerathep Winothai   47'
Attendance: 3,000
Referee: Al-Yarimi (Yemen)

Thailand  0 – 1  Iraq
(Report) Karrar Jassim   90+1'
Attendance: 3,200
Referee: Takayama (Japan)

India  1 – 1  Iraq
Tarif Ahmed   71' (Report) Karrar Jassim   54'
Attendance: 5,000
Referee: Basma (Syria)

Iraq  1 – 0  North Korea
Karrar Jassim   64' (Report)
Attendance: 5,000
Referee: Irmatov (Uzbekistan)

Third (Final) RoundEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Australia 6 3 3 0 7 1 +6 12
  Iraq 6 3 2 1 12 4 +8 11
  North Korea 6 1 2 3 3 6 −3 5
  Lebanon 6 1 1 4 4 15 −11 4
Iraq  0 – 0  Australia
(Report)
Attendance: 1,500
Referee: Sun (China)

Lebanon  0 – 5  Iraq
(Report) Samer Saeed   22'
Alaa Abdul-Zahra   59',   89'
Ali Abbas   72'
Karrar Jassim   76' (pen)
Attendance: 0
Referee: Al-Saeedi (UAE)

Iraq  2 – 0  North Korea
Khaldoun Ibrahim   21'
Alaa Abdul-Zahra   69'
(Report)
Attendance: 1,500
Referee: Abdou (Qatar)

North Korea  0 – 0  Iraq
(Report)
Attendance: 17,000
Referee: Shamsuzzaman (Bangladesh)

Australia  2 – 0  Iraq
Adrian Leijer   18'
Mark Milligan   58'
(Report)
Attendance: 13,088
Referee: Abdul (Singapore)

Iraq  5 – 2  Lebanon
Alaa Abdul-Zahra   8',   23',   81'
Mustafa Karim   30'
Samer Saeed   37'
(Report) Hassan Maatouk   59' (pen)
Ali Al Saadi   72' (pen)
Attendance: 100
Referee: Al-Ghamdi (Saudi Arabia)

Youth TeamEdit

2007 Youth Team FriendliesEdit

Qatar  1 – 2  Iraq
Adel Ahmad   Ali Saad  
Ali Saad  
Qatar  0 – 3  Iraq
Ali Saad   29'
Amjad Radhi   49'
Bashar Saad   88' (pen)

AFC Youth Championship QualificationEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  United Arab Emirates 4 3 0 1 9 3 +6 9
  Iraq 4 2 0 2 3 4 −1 6
  Kuwait 4 1 0 3 3 8 −5 3
Iraq  1 – 0  Kuwait
Mohammed Abdul-Zahra   16' (Report)
Attendance: 1,000
Referee: Karim (Bahrain)

United Arab Emirates  2 – 1  Iraq
Hamdan Al-Kamli   75' (pen)
Ahmed Al-Abri   86'
(Report) Qais Ali   85'
Attendance: 1,000
Referee: Al-Yarimi (Yemen)

Kuwait  2 – 0  Iraq
Mohammad Dahash   2',   9' (Report)
Attendance: 400
Referee: Basma (Syria)

Iraq  1 – 0  United Arab Emirates
Nadeem Karim   17' (Report)
Attendance: 3,500
Referee: Moradi (Iran)

U-17 TeamEdit

West Asian Football Federation U-17 Championship 2007Edit

Iran  2 – 2  Iraq
Jordan  1 – 0  Iraq
Lebanon  0 – 5  Iraq
Syria  3 – 0  Iraq

AFC U-17 Championship QualificationEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Iraq 5 4 1 0 28 2 +26 13 Disqualified
2   India 5 4 1 0 18 2 +16 13 Final tournament
3   Saudi Arabia 5 3 0 2 13 7 +6 9
4   Lebanon 5 2 0 3 9 15 −6 6
5   Sri Lanka 5 1 0 4 3 22 −19 3
6   Bhutan 5 0 0 5 1 24 −23 0 Disqualified
Source: AFC
Iraq  5 – 0  Lebanon
Mustafa Al-Shammari   37',   67'
Amjed Hussein   74'
Mohammed Jabbar   84'
Ali Aziz   85'
(Report)
Attendance: 100
Referee: Recho (Syria)

Iraq  2 – 2  India
Waleed Al-Lami   29'
Ahmad Marid Kueam   50'
(Report) Bikramjit Singh   80'
Tonmoy Ghosh   87'
Attendance: 300
Referee: Mahfoodh (Bahrain)

Iraq  11 – 0  Bhutan
Mustafa Al-Shammari   7'
Ali Al-Karrawi   22',   38'
Ali Al-Rubayawi   46',   56',   87'
Ali Aziz   51'
Mohammed Jabbar   60',   72'
Mohammed Al-Wuhaili   77'
Amoori Al-Bujasim   85'
(Report)
Attendance: 50
Referee: Al-Badawi (UAE)

Iraq  7 – 0  Sri Lanka
Ali Al-Rubayawi   1'
Ahmad Marid Kueam   10'
Mustafa Al-Shammari   20',   32'
Mohammed Jabbar   45+3'
Omar Nasih   79' (pen)
Murtadha Jawad   81'
(Report)
Attendance: 70
Referee: Mahfoodh (Bahrain)

Saudi Arabia  0 – 3  Iraq
(Report) Mustafa Al-Shammari   6',   59'
Ali Al-Karrawi   38'
Attendance: 500
Referee: Recho (Syria)

Domestic clubs in international tournamentsEdit

2007 AFC Champions LeagueEdit

The 2007 AFC Champions League was the 26th AFC Champions League, played between clubs from nations who are members of the Asian Football Confederation. The top 15 nations in the Asian Football Confederation were invited to nominate one or two clubs to participate in the 2007 competition; Iraq has 2 spots. The two spots were given to the Champion and the runner-up of the Iraqi Premier League, in the 2005-2006 year. Both clubs failed to qualify for the Quarter Finals.

Group AEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Al-Wahda 6 4 1 1 13 6 +7 13
  Al-Zawraa 6 3 2 1 9 6 +3 11
  Al-Arabi 6 2 1 3 10 12 −2 7
  Al-Rayyan 6 0 2 4 3 11 −8 2
Al-Arabi0–1Al Zawraa
(Report) Muslim Mubarak 66'
Attendance: 1,500
Referee: Muhsen Basma (Syria)

Al Zawraa0–0Al-Rayyan
(Report)
Attendance: 1,500
Referee: Lee Gi-young (Korea)

Al-Zawraa1–2Al-Wahda
Ahmad Abd Ali 46' (Report) Abdulrahim Jumaa 13'
Bashir Saeed 74'
Attendance: 500
Referee: Taalat Najm (Lebanon)

Al-Wahda1–1Al-Zawraa
Abdulrahim Jumaa 57' (Report) Haidar Sabah 75'
Attendance: 3,000
Referee: Jasim Karim (Bahrain)

Al-Zawraa3–2Al-Arabi
Wissam Kadhim 21'
Ahmad Ibrahim 70'
Nawaf Falah 78'
(Report) Firas Al Khatib 50', 84'
Attendance: 500
Referee: Mohsen Torky (Iran)

Al-Rayyan1–3Al-Zawraa
Saoud Khames 75' (Report) Selman Mesbeh og 13'
Abdul-Salam Abood 26'
Haidar Sabah 34'
Attendance: 200

Group CEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Al-Karamah 6 3 2 1 11 7 +4 11
  Neftchi 6 3 1 2 6 7 −1 10
  Najaf FC 6 2 2 2 9 8 +1 8
  Al Sadd 6 1 1 4 6 10 −4 4
Najaf FC0–1Neftchi
(Report) Akmal Holmatov 71'
Attendance: 1,500
Referee: Hedayat Mombini (Iran)

Al Sadd1–4Najaf FC
Talal Al-Bloushi 45' (Report) Aqeel Mohammed 47'
Saeed Mohsen 55', 86'(pen)
Karrar Jassim 70'
Attendance: 1,500
Referee: Benjamin Williams (Australia)

Al Karamah1–1Najaf FC
Fahd Aodi 90'(pen) (Report) Falah Hasan Kadhim 71'
Attendance: 35,000
Referee: Jassim Karim (Bahrain)

Najaf FC2–4Al-Karamah
Saeed Mohsen 7'(pen)
Qassim Faraj 86' (pen)
(Report) Jehad Al Hussein 46', 52'
Fahd Aodi 50'
Senghor Koupouleni 65'
Attendance: 40,000
Referee: Saad Al Fadhli (Kuwait)


2007–08 Arab Champions LeagueEdit

Iraq has 2 spots. The two spots were given to the 3rd Place and 4th Place of the Iraqi Premier League.

Round 32Edit

Chirazienne  0–8  Najaf FC
Suhail Naeim 3', 43'
Ali Mohammed 13'
Hatem Saheb 30'
Hussein Karim 53', 56'
Aqeel Mohammed 81'
Ayad Sadir 86'

Najaf FC  1–0  Chirazienne
Suhail Naeim 41'

Al-Talaba  0–2  USM Alger
Billel Dziri 64'
Amar Ammour 81'

Round 16Edit

Najaf FC  0 – 3  Al-Taliya
Yaamen Ahbod   4',   44'
Ahmad Al-Aomer   29'

Al-Taliya  0 – 0  Najaf FC

ReferencesEdit

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