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Al-Najaf Football Club (Arabic: نادي النجف لكرة القدم‎) is an Iraqi football club based in Najaf. They are members of the Iraqi Premier League. Al-Najaf played in the 2007 AFC Champions League.

Al-Najaf
Najaf Football Club Logo.png
Full nameAl-Najaf Football Club
Nickname(s)Ghizlan Al-Badiah (Desert Gazelles)
Founded1961; 58 years ago (1961)
GroundNew Najaf Stadium
Capacity30,000
ChairmanRadwan Al Kindi
ManagerChasib Sultan
LeagueIraqi Premier League
2017–18Iraqi Premier League, 6th
Current season

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HistoryEdit

In 1960, the city of Najaf began an active movement to establish a sports club after the athletes then felt the need of the city to a sports club that absorbed the energies of young people and their creations which are almost lost in the amateur leagues. Some of the dignitaries of the city were contacted for this purpose.[1] The request was submitted to the Ministry of the Interior, which was responsible for the authorisation of sports clubs in Iraq at that time. The name of Al Ghiri Sports Club was proposed for this institution. In 1961, the Ministry of the Interior approved their request to establish the club and thus wrote the birth certificate of the first sports club in the city of Najaf and consisted of the first administrative body of Messrs. Naji Hassan Hasswa as president and Maki Hadi Maala Vice-President and Alwan Elsafer as secretary.[2] At the beginning of the establishment of the club, the Ministry of the Interior allocated an annual grant of 60 dinars divided into two instalments, and the club relied on this grant and monthly subscriptions from its members.

StadiumsEdit

New Najaf Stadium is a purpose built football stadium that is the current home stadium of Al-Najaf. It opened in 2018, with a capacity of 30,000 people. Until 2018, the club played its home matches at An-Najaf Stadium (Arabic: ستاد النجف‎).

Current squadEdit

First-team squadEdit

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
2   DF Karrar Aamer
3   DF Ali Kadhim (captain)
4   DF Mohammed Musa
5   DF Muhanad Rzayej
6   FW Kaleemullah Khan
7   MF Ali Qasim Ghazi
8   MF Tahir Hameed
9   MF Ali Qasim
11   FW Mueen Ahmed
12   GK Hassanin Mohammed
13   MF Ali Rashid
14   FW Ahmed Salam
15   DF Safaa Jabbar
16   MF Milad Nouri
No. Position Player
19   MF Karim Dali
20   MF Ahmed Jabbar
22   GK Abbas Talib
23   FW Hussein Salman
25   MF Bassam Qabil
26   MF Ali Riyadh
27   FW Kingsley Eduwo
29   DF Papa Koami Awounyo
33   DF Mustafa Abdul Jalil
  GK Haider Raad
  MF Ameer Razzak
  FW Ali Aiyad
  DF Ahmed Abdul Hussein
  MF Ridha Fadhel

Current technical staffEdit

Position Name Nationality
Manager: Chasib Sultan  
Assistant manager: Haidar Aboodi  
Goalkeeping coach: Mohammed Abdul Zahra  
Administrative director: Ali Hashim  

Last updated: 1 July 2019
Source: alsumaria.tv

StatisticsEdit

Performance in AFC competitionsEdit

2007: Group Stage

Managerial historyEdit

Since the club’s promotion to the Iraqi Premier League in the 1987–88 season so far, twenty-four coaches have led the team[4][5] :

HonoursEdit

CompetitiveEdit

Runners up (3): 1995–96, 2005–06, 2008–09
Winners (1): 1997

FriendlyEdit

  • Al-Nasr wal-Salam Championship
Winners (1): 1992
  • Al-Mahabba Cup
Winners (1): 2003

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ تاريخ الاندية الرياضـية العراقية (in Arabic). Dorar-aliraq.net. 27 September 2010.
  2. ^ عميد الرياضة النجفية .. محمد الفضلي : رحلة خمسين عاماً من العطاء الثر (in Arabic). Mondialar.com. 24 August 2016.
  3. ^ Al-Najaf—Iraqi Premier League
  4. ^ نادي النجف … ثمانية عشر مدربا خلال 29 موسما .. وحمود قاد الفريق في 449 مباراة (in Arabic). Football-iq.net. 4 June 2016.
  5. ^ نادي النجف … شهد قاد الفريق في 245 مباراة وحقق انجازات يشار لها بالبنان (in Arabic). Football-iq.net. 16 June 2016.

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