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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 ended up as the champions with 72 points, two points ahead of nearest rivals Erbil. Al-Shorta were defeated only twice in the entire season and this was their fourth Premier League title; it was also the first time they had won the league since 2003. Having finished above the relegation zone on goal difference just two seasons prior, Al-Shorta were nobody's pick for the title at the start of the season; the likes of Erbil, Duhok, Zakho, Al-Zawraa, Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya and Al-Talaba were touted as the favourites, so it was a surprise that Al-Shorta were the ones to lift the trophy.[1]

Iraqi Premier League
Season2012–13
ChampionsAl-Shorta
(4th title)
RelegatedAl-Kahrabaa
Al-Sulaymaniya
Al-Sinaa
Kirkuk
AFC Champions LeagueAl-Shorta
AFC CupErbil
Matches played305
Goals scored772 (2.53 per match)
Top goalscorerAmjad Radhi
(25 goals)
Biggest home winAl-Zawraa 7–0 Kirkuk
Erbil 8–1 Al-Minaa
Biggest away winAl-Sinaa 0–6 Al-Minaa
Highest scoringErbil 8–1 Al-Minaa
Longest winning run6 games
Zakho
(27 January 2013 - 27 February 2013)
Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya
(4 May 2013 - 24 July 2013)
Longest unbeaten run20 games
Al-Shorta
(20 October 2012 - 27 April 2013)
Longest losing run12 games
Kirkuk
(14 May 2013 - 4 September 2013 (last day of season))

On the very last day of the season, three teams were all still in the enthralling 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 big 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.[2][3][4]

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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 Al-Jaboury, the club's manager, died in hospital.[5]

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 2014 AFC Champions League preliminary round 1
2 Erbil 34 21 7 6 68 34 +34 70 2014 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 33 9 7 17 30 49 −19 34[a] Relegation to Iraq Division 1
16 Al-Sulaymaniya 34 9 7 18 37 60 −23 34
17 Al-Sinaa 34 4 13 17 23 46 −23 25
18 Kirkuk 34 4 6 24 17 74 −57 18
Updated to match(es) played on 4 September 2013. Source: Soccerway
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion.
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Al-Kahrabaa and Naft Al-Junoob refused to play each other after the death of Karbalaa's coach in round 25. On July 27, before round 30, the Iraqi FA decided not to deduct either team any points.

Results tableEdit

Home \ Away KAH MAS MIN NFT QWJ SHR SIN TLB ZWR BAG DUH ERB KRB KRK NFJ NJF SUL ZAK
Al-Kahrabaa 1–0 0–1 2–1 0–3 1–1 1–1 0–1 0–1 0–1 1–1 3–5 2–1 2–0 [a] 1–0 1–0 1–2
Masafi Al-Wasat 2–0 0–1 1–2 0–0 2–3 2–2 1–1 0–1 0–1 1–0 1–1 0–1 3–0 1–0 1–0 2–1 2–1
Al-Minaa 1–0 0–0 1–0 1–3 2–1 1–1 0–0 0–1 2–1 1–2 2–3 4–4 3–0 0–2 3–1 5–2 2–1
Al-Naft 1–2 4–2 2–1 2–2 1–2 3–1 1–2 1–2 2–4 0–0 1–2 1–0 3–2 2–1 4–1 0–2 1–1
Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya 3–1 2–0 1–3 0–0 4–0 1–0 2–1 3–3 1–0 2–1 3–0 1–0 3–0 2–0 1–0 2–0 1–0
Al-Shorta 0–0 5–0 4–1 2–2 4–1 3–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 4–3 1–1 3–2 1–0 2–1 2–0 4–0 2–0
Al-Sinaa 1–1 1–0 0–6 0–1 2–1 0–1 2–0 1–0 0–0 0–0 1–1 1–2 0–1 1–1 0–0 0–0 0–1
Al-Talaba 2–0 0–1 0–3 0–0 1–2 0–3 2–1 1–2 0–2 2–2 2–2 2–1 2–0 0–1 2–1 3–0 2–3
Al-Zawraa 1–0 2–1 0–0 4–0 1–2 1–2 3–0 1–0 2–2 1–1 0–1 2–2 7–0 3–2 1–0 4–0 4–1
Baghdad 0–0 1–0 1–0 1–0 2–1 1–1 2–1 0–0 1–1 1–2 1–0 1–0 1–1 1–1 0–3 3–2 1–1
Duhok 1–0 2–1 1–0 0–1 1–0 1–1 1–1 1–0 1–3 2–0 1–2 2–1 4–0 4–2 3–2 4–0 2–2
Erbil 2–1 2–1 8–1 0–1 1–1 0–1 1–0 3–1 2–1 1–0 0–1 3–0 6–0 0–1 4–1 4–1 2–1
Karbalaa 0–1 0–0 1–0 0–2 2–4 0–1 1–1 3–2 0–2 2–1 1–1 1–1 4–0 2–1 1–1 0–0 3–2
Kirkuk 1–1 0–1 1–1 0–0 0–3 0–1 2–1 2–1 1–1 0–0 0–4 1–2 0–1 1–2 1–0 1–2 0–1
Naft Al-Junoob 4–1 1–1 4–3 3–1 0–1 0–2 2–2 1–1 2–2 0–3 1–1 1–1 2–2 2–0 3–1 1–1 3–3
Al-Najaf 1–3 1–0 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 4–2 1–1
Al-Sulaymaniya 3–1 0–1 0–1 0–2 1–1 1–1 2–0 2–1 0–2 1–1 1–3 2–3 2–1 6–2 1–0 1–0 0–1
Zakho 5–2 1–0 2–3 1–0 3–2 0–0 2–1 0–1 0–0 0–0 1–0 1–2 1–0 4–0 2–2 1–0 1–1
Updated to match(es) played on 4 September 2013. Source: Soccerway
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
Notes:
  1. ^ Al-Kahrabaa and Naft Al-Junoob refused to play each other after the death of Karbalaa's coach in round 25. On July 27, before round 30, the Iraqi FA decided not to deduct either team any points.

Season statisticsEdit

Top scorersEdit

As of September 4, 2013
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[6] 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 Al-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
  Hasan 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

AwardsEdit

Player of the SeasonEdit

The Player of the Season was awarded to Hussein Abdul-Wahid of Al-Shorta.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ FIFA.com
  2. ^ List of Iraqi Premier League Champions
  3. ^ Goalzz.com
  4. ^ Soccerway
  5. ^ Al-Jazeera SC official website - SWAT Incident
  6. ^ "Iraqi Premier League 2012/2013 All Fixtures". Goalzz. Kooora.com. Retrieved 16 May 2019.

External linksEdit