2012–13 Iraqi Elite League

The 2012–13 Iraqi Elite League was the 39th season of the competition since its establishment in 1974. The season began on 19 October 2012 and finished on 4 September 2013. Al-Shorta were crowned Premier League champions for the third time, finishing on 72 points, two points ahead of nearest competitors Erbil.

Iraqi Premier League
Season2012–13
Dates19 October 2012 – 4 September 2013
ChampionsAl-Shorta
(3rd title)
RelegatedAl-Kahrabaa
Sulaymaniya
Al-Sinaa
Kirkuk
AFC Champions LeagueAl-Shorta
AFC CupErbil
Matches played305
Goals scored776 (2.54 per match)
Top goalscorerAmjad Radhi
(25 goals)
Biggest home winAl-Zawraa 7–0 Kirkuk
(29 April 2013)
Erbil 8–1 Al-Minaa
(27 June 2013)
Biggest away winAl-Sinaa 0–6 Al-Minaa
(12 April 2013)
Highest scoringErbil 8–1 Al-Minaa
(27 June 2013)
Longest winning run6 games
Zakho
Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya
Longest unbeaten run20 games
Al-Shorta
Longest winless run14 games
Kirkuk
Longest losing run12 games
Kirkuk

Having only managed a seventh place finish in the previous season, Al-Shorta's results improved significantly under the presidency of Ayad Bunyan and they were able to outperform favourites Erbil, Duhok, Al-Zawraa and Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya.[1]

On the final day of the season, three teams were all still in the race for the title. Al-Shorta needed a win against Al-Talaba to secure the league, whilst Erbil had to defeat Al-Najaf and hope that Al-Shorta failed to win their game if they wanted to retain their title. Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya needed both Al-Shorta and Erbil to slip up and needed to defeat Masafi Al-Wasat by a large goal margin in order for them to go home with the trophy.

All three teams ended up winning their respective matches, making Al-Shorta the champions. It was the club's first league title since the 1997–98 season.[2]

SWAT incidentEdit

On 23 June 2013, after a match with Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya, seven football players of Karbalaa and their manager were beaten by the anti-terror police. They used sticks and batons against the eight men.

Five of them were in critical condition, and on June 30, Mohammed Abbas Al-Jabouri, the club's manager, died in hospital.[3] Several teams refused to play their matches in round 25 as a result of the incident.

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Al-Shorta (C) 34 20 12 2 62 29 +33 72 Qualification for the AFC Champions League preliminary round 1
2 Erbil 34 21 7 6 68 34 +34 70 Qualification for the AFC Cup group stage
3 Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya 34 21 6 7 60 33 +27 69
4 Al-Zawraa 34 18 11 5 61 29 +32 65
5 Duhok 34 16 10 8 54 35 +19 58
6 Baghdad 34 13 14 7 36 28 +8 53
7 Zakho 34 14 10 10 48 41 +7 52
8 Al-Minaa 34 15 7 12 54 48 +6 52
9 Al-Naft 34 13 7 14 43 43 0 46
10 Naft Al-Junoob 33 9 12 12 47 49 −2 39[a]
11 Al-Najaf 34 10 8 16 34 43 −9 38
12 Karbalaa 34 9 10 15 40 49 −9 37
13 Masafi Al-Wasat 34 10 7 17 27 39 −12 37
14 Al-Talaba 34 9 8 17 35 47 −12 35
15 Al-Kahrabaa (R) 33 9 7 17 30 49 −19 34[a] Relegation to the Iraq Division One
16 Sulaymaniya (R) 34 9 7 18 37 60 −23 34
17 Al-Sinaa (R) 34 4 13 17 23 46 −23 25
18 Kirkuk (R) 34 4 6 24 17 74 −57 18
Source: Soccerway
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Al-Kahrabaa and Naft Al-Junoob refused to play each other in round 25 after the hospitalisation of Karbalaa's coach Mohammed Abbas Al-Jabouri. On July 27, before round 30, the IFA decided not to deduct either team any points.

ResultsEdit

Home \ Away KAH MIN NFT NJF QWJ SHR SIN TLB ZWR BGD DUH ERB KRB KRK MAS NFJ SUL ZAK
Al-Kahrabaa 0–1 2–1 1–0 0–3 1–1 1–1 0–1 0–1 0–1 1–1 3–5 2–1 2–0 1–0 [a] 1–0 1–2
Al-Minaa 1–0 1–0 3–1 1–3 2–1 1–1 0–0 0–1 2–1 1–2 2–3 4–4 3–0[b] 0–0 0–2 5–2 2–1
Al-Naft 1–2 2–1 4–1 2–2 1–2 3–1 1–2 1–2 2–4 0–0 1–2 1–0 3–2 4–2 2–1 0–2 1–1
Al-Najaf 1–3 1–1 1–0 3–1 1–1 1–0 3–1 1–1 0–0 2–1 0–1 1–1 1–0 1–0 1–0 4–2 1–1
Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya 3–1 1–3 0–0 1–0 4–0 1–0 2–1 3–3 1–0 2–1 3–0 1–0 3–0[a] 2–0 2–0 2–0 1–0
Al-Shorta 0–0 4–1 2–2 2–0 4–1 3–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 4–3 1–1 3–2 1–0 5–0 2–1 4–0 2–0
Al-Sinaa 1–1 0–6 0–1 0–0 2–1 0–1 2–0 1–0 0–0 0–0 1–1 1–2 0–1 1–0 1–1 0–0 0–1
Al-Talaba 2–0 0–3 0–0 2–1 1–2 0–3 2–1 1–2 0–2 2–2 2–2 2–1 2–0 0–1 0–1 3–0[a] 2–3
Al-Zawraa 1–0 0–0 4–0 1–0 1–2 1–2 3–0[c] 1–0 2–2 1–1 0–1 2–2 7–0 2–1 3–2 4–0 4–1
Baghdad 0–0 1–0 1–0 0–3[a] 2–1 1–1 2–1 0–0 1–1 1–2 1–0 1–0 1–1 1–0 1–1 3–2 1–1
Duhok 1–0 1–0 0–1 3–2 1–0 1–1 1–1 1–0 1–3 2–0 1–2 2–1 4–0 2–1 4–2 4–0 2–2
Erbil 2–1 8–1 0–1 4–1 1–1 0–1 1–0 3–1 2–1 1–0 0–1 3–0[d] 6–0 2–1 0–1 4–1 2–1
Karbalaa 0–1 1–0 0–2 1–1 2–4 0–1 1–1 3–2 0–2 2–1 1–1 1–1 4–0 0–0 2–1 0–0 3–2
Kirkuk 1–1 1–1 0–0 1–0 0–3 0–1 2–1 2–1 1–1 0–0 0–4 1–2 0–1 0–1 1–2 1–2 0–1
Masafi Al-Wasat 2–0 0–1 1–2 1–0 0–0 2–3 2–2 1–1 0–1 0–1 1–0 1–1 0–1 3–0 1–0 2–1 2–1
Naft Al-Junoob 4–1 4–3 3–1 3–1 0–1 0–2 2–2 1–1 2–2 0–3 1–1 1–1 2–2 2–0 1–1 1–1 3–3
Sulaymaniya 3–1 0–1 0–2 1–0 1–1 1–1 2–0 2–1 0–2 1–1 1–3 2–3 2–1 6–2 0–1 1–0 0–1
Zakho 5–2 2–3 1–0 1–0 3–2 0–0 2–1 0–1 0–0 0–0 1–0 1–2 1–0 4–0 1–0 2–2 1–1
Source: Soccerway
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
Notes:
  1. ^ a b c d Al-Talaba, Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya and Al-Najaf were awarded 3–0 wins in round 25 because their respective opponents Sulaymaniya, Kirkuk and Amanat Baghdad all withdrew following the hospitalisation of Karbalaa's manager Mohammed Abbas Al-Jabouri. Meanwhile, the Al-Kahrabaa–Naft Al-Junoob match from the same round was not held as both teams refused to play the game.
  2. ^ The Al-Minaa–Kirkuk match was awarded as a 3–0 win to Al-Minaa, as Kirkuk did not turn up for the game.
  3. ^ The Al-Zawraa–Al-Sinaa match was awarded as a 3–0 win to Al-Zawraa, as Al-Sinaa refused to play the game in protest at the IFA reversing its punishment of Al-Zawraa fans and allowing them to attend the game.
  4. ^ The Erbil–Karbalaa match was awarded as a 3–0 win to Erbil, as Karbalaa did not turn up for the game.

Season statisticsEdit

Top scorersEdit

Rank Player Club Goals
1   Amjad Radhi Erbil 25
2   Alaa Abdul-Zahra Duhok 20
3   Mustafa Karim Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya 18
4   Luay Salah Erbil 15
5   Mustafa Jawda Al-Kahrabaa 11
  Haidar Sabah Al-Zawraa

Hat-tricksEdit

Player name[4] Scored for Scored against Goals Result Date of match
  Jean Michel N'Lend Al-Shorta Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya 3 4–1 18 November 2012
  Nasser Tallaa Al-Minaa Sulaymaniya 4 5–2 27 January 2013
  Amjad Radhi Erbil Kirkuk 3 6–0 28 January 2013
  Amjad Radhi Erbil Al-Najaf 3 4–1 28 February 2013
  Hassan Hamoud Al-Minaa Al-Sinaa 3 6–0 12 April 2013
  Alaa Abdul-Zahra Duhok Kirkuk 3 4–0 19 April 2013
  Emad Mohammed Al-Zawraa Kirkuk 3 7–0 29 April 2013
  Mustafa Jawda Al-Kahrabaa Erbil 3 3–5 6 May 2013
  Younis Shakor Zakho Al-Kahrabaa 3 6–2 4 September 2013
  Firas Ismail Zakho Al-Kahrabaa 3 6–2 4 September 2013

Media coverageEdit

Iraqi Elite League Media Coverage
Country Television Channel Matches
  Iraq Al-Iraqiya Sports Channel 3 matches per round

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ FIFA.com
  2. ^ "Iraqi League 2012–2013". Goalzz.com.
  3. ^ "Al-Jazeera SC official website - SWAT Incident". Archived from the original on 2013-07-03. Retrieved 2013-08-10.
  4. ^ "Iraqi Premier League 2012/2013 All Fixtures". Goalzz. Kooora.com. Retrieved 16 May 2019.

External linksEdit