Al-Shorta SC

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Al-Shorta Sports Club (Arabic: نادي الشرطة الرياضي, lit.'Police Sports Club') is an Iraqi sports club based in Al-Rusafa, Baghdad. It has teams in 18 different sports, more than any other Iraqi club, and the best known section of the club is the football team, whose origins date back to 1932. In 1974, following the Iraq Football Association's decision to implement a clubs-only policy for domestic competitions, Al-Shorta were established as a sports club.

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Full nameAl-Shorta Sports Club
Nickname(s)Al-Qithara (The Harp); القيثارة
Founded1932; 90 years ago (1932), as Montakhab Al-Shorta
1974; 48 years ago (1974), as Al-Shorta SC
GroundAl-Shaab Stadium
OwnerMinistry of Interior
PresidentAbdul-Halim Fahem
Head coachMoamen Soliman
LeagueIraqi Premier League
2020–21Iraqi Premier League, 4th of 20
WebsiteClub website
Current season
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Al-Shorta are one of Iraq's most successful clubs, having been crowned the inaugural Arab Club Champions Cup winners in 1982, and are the current Iraqi Premier League champions, winning their fifth title in the 2021–22 season. Al-Shorta have reached the final of the Iraq FA Cup on five occasions without success, but are joint-record winners of the Iraqi Elite Cup having become the first team to win the trophy three consecutive times.

Al-Shorta hold numerous Iraqi Premier League records, including the joint-longest unbeaten run (39), the most consecutive wins in a season (11) and the most consecutive games scored in (37). In the 2021–22 season, Al-Shorta set a record for the earliest league title win (seven rounds remaining) and also became the first club to beat all other teams in a 20-team season and the first club to win all Baghdad derbies home and away in one season.


The first Police football team was formed in 1932 to represent the Police Schools in Baghdad, participating in the second edition of the Prince Ghazi Cup in the 1932–33 season.[1] The team's first trophy came in 1938, when they won the Taha Al-Hashimi Cup.[2] The team became known as Madaris Al-Shorta (Police Schools) in the 1940s after a new Police team called Al-Quwa Al-Siyara (Mobile Force) was formed.

For the inaugural Baghdad league season in 1948–49, it was decided that a Police select team would play in the top-flight, while Madaris Al-Shorta would compete in the second division.[3] The Police select team (Montakhab Al-Shorta) were relegated from the top-flight that season, while Madaris Al-Shorta withdrew from the second division before it started.[4] In the 1950–51 season, Madaris Al-Shorta entered the newly-formed third division and Al-Quwa Al-Siyara competed in the second tier instead of the Police select team,[5] and the two teams were both leading their respective divisions before the season was abandoned.[6]

Montakhab Al-Shorta players lining up before a match in 1937.

From the 1951–52 season, Madaris Al-Shorta and Al-Quwa Al-Siyara combined to form the Police select 'A' and 'B' teams to compete in the region's top-flight and second division respectively.[4] Montakhab Al-Shorta 'A' finished as runners-up of the top-flight in 1957–58, while Montakhab Al-Shorta 'B' finished as second division runners-up in 1958–59.[7] In 1960, the Police Games Committee was formed to control Police sports in Iraq, and they decided to expand the Police force's sporting activities for the 1960–61 season. Al-Quwa Al-Siyara were reinstated as an individual team within the IFA's football pyramid, entering the regional second division along with newly-formed Police teams Aliyat Al-Shorta and Shortat Al-Najda,[8] while the Police select 'A' and 'B' teams continued to compete in the top-flight and second division respectively.[9][10] After finishing as Iraq Central FA League runners-up again in 1960–61, Montakhab Al-Shorta 'A' won the league title for the first time in the 1962–63 season.[11]

At the end of that season, Aliyat Al-Shorta secured promotion to the top-flight, meaning there were two Police teams in the top division.[12] As a result, Madaris Al-Shorta would compete in the top-flight instead of the Police select 'A' team from the 1963–64 season, while the Police select 'B' team were disbanded. From this point, the Police select team would only compete in the Republic Championship and in matches against visiting foreign teams.[13] Formed from the best players of the individual Police teams, the Police select team (Montakhab Al-Shorta) won the Republic Championship in both 1968 and 1969. The select team was led by the coach of Aliyat Al-Shorta, Mohammed Najeeb Kaban, and included many of the star players from Aliyat Al-Shorta, a team that went on to win four league titles and reach the final of the 1971 Asian Champion Club Tournament where they refused to face Israeli side Maccabi Tel Aviv.[14]

In 1974, the Iraq Football Association (IFA) decided to implement a clubs-only policy for domestic competitions, forming the Iraqi National Clubs First Division which was only open to clubs and not institute-representative teams such as the individual Police teams.[15] With the IFA dictating that only a single club would be allowed to represent the Police in the new top-flight, Al-Shorta Sports Club was established on 18 August 1974 by the Iraqi Olympic Committee, being attached to the Ministry of Interior.[13] The Police Games Directorate, which controlled Police sports in Iraq, were strongly opposed to the IFA's new clubs-only policy and decided to field a team of amateurs for Al-Shorta to compete in the inaugural 1974–75 season in protest.[2] After suffering heavy defeats in their first two games,[16] the amateur players were replaced by players from the Shortat Al-Najda and Kuliyat Al-Shorta teams,[2] before ten Aliyat Al-Shorta players joined the team for the 1975–76 season which led to an improved third-place finish.[17] In 1976, Al-Shorta won the first of three Arab Police Championships while representing the Iraq Police team, with further titles coming in 1978 and 1985. Al-Shorta won their first national league title in the 1979–80 season, finishing ahead of rivals Al-Zawraa on goal difference under the leadership of former player Douglas Aziz.[18] This qualified them for the inaugural Arab Club Champions Cup in 1981–82, and Al-Shorta became the first ever Arab champions with a 4–2 aggregate win over Al-Nejmeh in the final.[19]


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Starting line-up for 3–2 win against Al-Sulaikh which secured the 1997–98 league title.[20]

In 1983, the club changed their name to Qiwa Al-Amn Al-Dakhili (Internal Security Forces) while Iraq was at war; that name only lasted for one season before they returned to the name Al-Shorta.[21] On 23 December 1990, Al-Shorta played their first match at their new Al-Shorta Stadium, which was built with the help of volunteers and club workers, beating Al-Tijara 3–2. In the 1993–94 season, Al-Shorta striker Younis Abid Ali scored 36 league goals which remains an Iraqi record for most goals scored by a player in one league season.

There were three contenders for the 1997–98 Iraqi Premier League title going into the final day of the season; Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya were on top of the league with Al-Shorta in second and Al-Zawraa third. Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya were playing Al-Zawraa at the same time as Al-Shorta were playing Al-Sulaikh. Al-Shorta were 2–1 down to Al-Sulaikh before an 84th-minute goal from Mufeed Assem and a 91st-minute penalty kick from league top scorer Mahmoud Majeed earned a dramatic 3–2 victory, which was enough to overtake Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya (who had drawn 1–1 with Al-Zawraa) and achieve their second Premier League title and first for eighteen years. In the process, Al-Shorta broke the Iraqi records for most consecutive wins in a league season (11) and most consecutive league games scored in (37). That season also saw them reach the quarter-finals of the Asian Cup Winners' Cup, earning wins over Al-Seeb and Bargh Shiraz before being eliminated in the quarter-final.

Al-Shorta reached the quarter-finals of the 1999–2000 Asian Club Championship before making history by becoming the first club to win the Iraqi Elite Cup three times in a row, winning the trophy in 2000, 2001 and 2002. They were also in the lead of the 2002–03 league competition before it was cancelled due to the Iraq War.[22] In April 2003, the club's former goalkeeper and captain Raad Hammoudi became Al-Shorta's president and he saved the club from bankruptcy after the war.[23] Al-Shorta participated in the 2003 edition of the Arab Club Champions Cup and the 2004 and 2005 editions of the AFC Champions League but were knocked out in the group stage each time.

Starting line-up for 3–0 win against Al-Talaba which secured the 2012–13 league title.

After an unstable post-war period which culminated in a relegation battle in the 2010–11 season,[24] Al-Shorta returned to the top of Iraqi football in the 2012–13 season, securing their third Iraqi Premier League title with a final-day 3–0 victory over rivals Al-Talaba at Al-Shaab Stadium. Al-Shorta finished in first place in the Premier League in 2013–14 under Brazilian coach Lorival Santos but the season was ended prematurely due to the worsening war situation in the country. Al-Shorta also appeared in the 2014 AFC Champions League qualifiers, losing 1–0 to Al-Kuwait, and they were eliminated from the group stage and round of 16 at the 2014 and 2015 AFC Cups respectively. Al-Shorta won the Premier League title again in 2018–19, led by Montenegrin coach Nebojša Jovović, equalling the Iraqi record for most consecutive league games unbeaten (39) in the process.[25] Al-Shorta won the Iraqi Super Cup for the first time in 2019 with a penalty shootout win over Al-Zawraa, before reaching the quarter-finals of the 2019–20 Arab Club Champions Cup and being eliminated from the group stages of the 2020 and 2021 AFC Champions Leagues, the former on goal difference.[26][27]


Al-Shorta began to wear a harp on their shirts in the 1992–93 season, after television presenter Majid Abdul-Haq coined the now-popular nickname Al-Qithara (The Harp) to refer to the club on his program Letter of the League by likening the team's attractive style of play to the tunes of a musical instrument.[28] In 2002, laurel leaves were added to surround the harp on the shirt, with the Olympic rings added underneath to signify Al-Shorta's status as a multi-sport club.

At the start of the 2005–06 season, Al-Shorta adopted a new crest which was blue with a green outline. A harp featured in the centre with the club's year of foundation and the Iraq flag. This remained the logo for seven years until they changed to a circular white crest with a green outline in the 2012–13 season, which contained the same harp, laurel leaves and rings as before but with the addition of the club's name and year of foundation at the bottom. On 12 December 2013, before the start of 2014 AFC Champions League qualifying play-off, Al-Shorta announced the change to a new logo which was designed by Luay Abdul-Rahman, the artistic director of Al-Shorta's newspaper. The harp in the centre of the logo is gold rather than green, and gold is prevalent throughout the emblem. The club's foundation year and the Iraqi flag feature at the top and bottom respectively along with the club's name in English.


Amjad Kalaf wearing Al-Shorta's home kit in the 2013–14 season.

In 1958, Montakhab Al-Shorta had a yellow and brown kit as well as an all-white kit.[29][30] Since 1974, Al-Shorta have mainly used green home kits, white away kits and purple third kits.[31] However, since the 2016–17 season, Al-Shorta have worn purple as the away kit colour. In 2020, Al-Shorta launched their own clothing brand called Qithara to manufacture kits and other apparel for the club.

Shirt sponsorsEdit

Al-Shorta's shirts have featured a number of different sponsors' logos over the years:[32][33][34][35]

Period Shirt sponsor
1995 Abu Saif Markets
1998–1999 Al-Mansour Tea
1999–2003 Samsung
2003 Peugeot
2003 New Iraq Charitable Foundation
2005 Motorola
2005–2006 Lay's
2006 Kotsons
2007 MTC-Vodafone
2008 Asia Cell (on front)
IraqCom (on back)
2014–2015 Royal Arena Sport


Nashat Akram takes a penalty at Al-Shorta Stadium in 2013.

Ultras Green Harp is an ultras group that was formed in 2012 at the start of the 2012–13 season and has grown to become one of Iraq's largest fan groups. It is a self-financed group that travels to both home and away matches across Iraq, providing flags and banners for fans to wave during the game. Before kickoff, the Ultras Green Harp members often hold up a large banner which can vary depending on the opposition.[36] They are known for setting off fireworks and using flares, as well as using instruments such as drums and air horns. Another prominent fan group called Majaneen Al-Qithara was founded in 2017, while there are several other fan groups in provinces outside Baghdad.


Al-Shorta are one of the top four clubs in Baghdad. The club compete in Baghdad derbies with the other three big clubs in Baghdad: Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya, Al-Zawraa, and Al-Talaba.[37] The rivalry with Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya developed during the Iraq Central FA League era while the rivalries with Al-Zawraa and Al-Talaba were born after the foundation of the Iraqi Premier League. Of the three, Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya are the most local to Al-Shorta, as their stadium is located only 500 metres away from Al-Shorta's on the opposite side of Falastin Street.


Al-Shorta StadiumEdit

In the early years, Montakhab Al-Shorta played their home matches on the playing field at the team's headquarters, located on what would become Falastin Street in the early 1960s. After the establishment of the Iraqi Premier League, the club played their home games at the Local Administration Stadium in Al-Mansour and later at Al-Furusiya Stadium owned by the Ministry of Interior. In the 1980s, the club decided to build their own stadium, with construction of the four stands being overseen by president Abdul-Qadir Zeinal and work being carried out by club workers and volunteers. Al-Shorta Stadium was opened for its first match on 23 December 1990 with Al-Shorta beating Al-Tijara 3–2. The stadium was able to hold 8,634 people, while the white hall on the side of the field (named the Abid Kadhim Hall in honour of former player and manager Abid Kadhim) can hold approximately 2,000 people. In 2008, the stands were painted green and white to match the club's colours. The stadium began to be demolished on 4 March 2014 to make way for the construction of Al-Shorta Sports City.[38]

Al-Shorta playing at Al-Shaab Stadium in 2022.

Al-Shorta Sports City StadiumEdit

Early in the 2012–13 season, Al-Shorta announced plans to build a sports complex called Al-Shorta Sports City, which will include a new all-seater stadium with natural grass, a training pitch with an artificial surface and athletic tracks. On 20 December 2013, the chairman of the construction company Nordic Sport announced the initiation of construction of Al-Shorta Sports City, and on 7 January 2015, AKG Engineering released a video showing what the sports complex should look like once construction is completed.[39] The stadium, which will have a capacity of 10,218, will have purple and green seats and the words 'Police Club' alongside the club's name in Arabic will be spelled out with white seats in the main stand, which will have a roof over it. Also at Al-Shorta Sports City will be a four-star hotel, a club office, an indoor swimming pool with 1,500 seats, a multi-purpose closed hall with 2,500 seats, a full-quality relaxation club (with sports facilities), restaurants, theatres and a shopping centre. Construction on the stadium has been suspended since December 2015.[40][41][42]

Al-Shaab StadiumEdit

Al-Shorta currently play their home matches at the historical national stadium, Al-Shaab Stadium, which is located in the same area as the club's old ground.


First-team squadEdit

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK   IRQ Ahmed Basil
2 DF   IRQ Khudhor Ali
3 DF   IRQ Karrar Amer
4 DF   IRQ Saad Natiq
5 DF   IRQ Niaz Mohammed
6 MF   IRQ Sadeq Zamel
7 FW   SYR Mahmoud Al-Mawas
8 MF   IRQ Mohammed Jaffal
9 FW   IRQ Ali Yousif
10 FW   IRQ Alaa Abdul-Zahra (captain)
11 MF   IRQ Bassam Shakir
12 GK   IRQ Yassin Karim
13 MF   IRQ Ali Husni
14 MF   NIG Abdoul Madjid Moumouni
16 MF   IRQ Mohammed Mezher
17 MF   IRQ Hussein Younis
19 MF   IRQ Mohammed Qasim Majid
20 DF   IRQ Haidar Ali Hussein
No. Pos. Nation Player
21 GK   IRQ Mohammed Abbas
22 FW   IRQ Ammar Ghalib
23 DF   IRQ Waleed Salem (vice-captain)
24 DF   IRQ Faisal Jassim
25 MF   IRQ Abdul-Razzaq Qasim
26 FW   IRQ Mohammed Qasim Nassif
27 MF   IRQ Ameer Sabah
29 FW   IRQ Mohammed Dawood
30 MF   SYR Fahd Al-Youssef
31 MF   IRQ Ahmed Zeero
32 DF   IRQ Hassan Ashour
33 FW   IRQ Hussein Sadeq
34 DF   IRQ Mustafa Maan
35 MF   IRQ Ali Mahdi
36 GK   IRQ Abbas Karim
37 DF   IRQ Haidar Adel
38 MF   IRQ Abbas Mohammed
39 FW   IRQ Dhulfiqar Younis

Out on loanEdit

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
GK   IRQ Abdul-Aziz Ammar (on loan at Al-Karkh until the end of the 2021–22 season)
DF   IRQ Bilal Khudhair (on loan at Al-Hudood until the end of the 2021–22 season)
MF   IRQ Amoori Faisal (on loan at Al-Karkh until the end of the 2021–22 season)
MF   IRQ Atheer Salih (on loan at Al-Sinaa until the end of the 2021–22 season)
MF   IRQ Haidar Abdul-Salam (on loan at Al-Minaa until the end of the 2021–22 season)


Technical staffEdit

Position Name Nationality
Head coach: Moamen Soliman  
Assistant coach: Ahmad Salah  
Assistant coach: Hussein Abdul-Wahed  
Fitness coach: Mazin Abdul-Sattar  
Goalkeeping coach: Amrou Abdul-Salam  
Technical analyst: Amrou Fathi  
Team manager: Hashim Ridha  


Position Name Nationality
President: Abdul-Halim Fahem  
Vice-president: Ghalib Al-Zamili  
Board secretary: Uday Al-Rubaie  
Financial secretary Ghazi Faisal  
Member of the Board: Sadeq Faraj  
Member of the Board: Abdul-Wahab Al-Taei  
Member of the Board: Ali Al-Shahmani  
Member of the Board: Alaa Bahar Al-Uloom  
Member of the Board: Tahseen Al-Yassri  


In 1958, Montakhab Al-Shorta hired their first foreign manager in Palestinian coach Dennis Nasrawi. Since 1974, Al-Shorta have been coached by eight foreign managers from six countries (Yugoslavia, Brazil (2), Egypt (2), Jordan, Montenegro and Serbia), while the rest of the club's managers have been of Iraqi nationality.[21][12]

Select team
Years Name
1932–1935   Mudhafar Ahmed
1935–1950   Mohammed Saeed Wasif
1950–1951   Mohammed Hussein
1951–1955   Fahmi Al-Qaimaqchi
1955–1956   Sabir Lateef
1956–1957   Fadhel Al-Samarrai
1957–1958   Ahmed Abdul-Razzaq
1958   Amer Ahmed Al-Mukhtar
1958   Dennis Nasrawi
1958–1959   Amer Ahmed Al-Mukhtar
1959–1960   Aziz Hammoudi
1960–1966   Fahmi Al-Qaimaqchi
1966–onwards   Mohammed Najeeb Kaban
Sports club
Years Name
1974   Shaker Ismail
1974–1975   Younis Hussein
1975–1978   Abdul-Qadir Zeinal
1978–1979   Basil Mahdi
1979–1982   Douglas Aziz
1982   Mohammed Tabra
1982–1983   Rajko Menista
1983   Abid Kadhim
1983   Douglas Aziz
1983–1984   Munthir Al-Waadh
1984   Mohammed Tabra
1984–1985   Thamir Muhsin
  Wathiq Naji
1985   Mohammed Tabra
1985–1987   Abid Kadhim
1987–1989   Douglas Aziz
1989–1990   Mohammed Tabra
1990–1991   Douglas Aziz
1991   Mohammed Tabra
1991–1992   Faisal Aziz
1992–1993   Saad Jamil
1993   Douglas Aziz
1993   Ammo Baba
1993–1994   Mudhafar Nouri
1994   Basim Qasim
  Muwafaq Hussein
1994–1995   Mohammed Tabra
  Saad Jamil
1995–1996   Kadhim Al-Rubaie
1996   Basim Qasim
1996–1997   Faisal Aziz
1997   Adnan Jafar
Years Name
1997   Yahya Alwan
1997   Ammo Baba
1997   Ammo Baba
  Ayoub Odisho
1997–1998   Abdelilah Abdul-Hameed
1998   Abdelilah Abdul-Hameed
  Ayoub Odisho
1998   Abdelilah Abdul-Hameed
1998–1999   Faisal Aziz
1999   Ahmed Radhi
1999   Najih Humoud
1999–2000   Ahmed Radhi
2000   Najih Humoud
2000   Adnan Hamad
2000–2001   Ahmed Radhi
2001–2002   Yassin Umal
2002   Ammo Baba
2002   Basim Qasim
2002–2003   Abdelilah Abdul-Hameed
2003   Hassan Farhan
2003   Basim Qasim
2003–2005   Younis Abid Ali
2005   Salih Radhi
2005   Samir Jassim
2005   Hameed Salman
2005–2006   Kadhim Al-Rubaie
2006   Mohammed Khalaf
2006   Yahya Alwan
2006–2007   Shaker Mahmoud
2007   Kadhim Khalaf
2007   Karim Farhan
2007–2008   Thair Ahmed
Years Name
2008   Faisal Aziz
2008–2009   Haitham Mutaab
  Muwafaq Hussein
2009–2010   Rahim Hameed
2010   Hakeem Shaker
2010–2011   Younis Abid Ali
2011   Hakeem Shaker
2011   Nabil Zaki
2011–2012   Basim Qasim
2012   Mohammed Tabra
2012–2013   Thair Jassam
2013–2014   Lorival Santos
2014–2015   Mohamed Youssef
2015   Thair Jassam
2015   Hakeem Shaker
2015–2016   Qahtan Chathir
2016   Radhi Shenaishil
2016   Hashim Ridha
2016–2017   Mohamed Youssef
2017   Nadhum Shaker
2017–2018   Marcos Paquetá
2018   Ahmad Salah
2018   Thair Jassam
2018   Haitham Al-Shaboul
2018–2019   Nebojša Jovović
2019   Ahmad Salah
2019–2020   Aleksandar Ilić
2020   Abdul-Ghani Shahad
2020   Haitham Al-Shaboul
2020–2021   Aleksandar Ilić
2021–   Moamen Soliman



Sports club:

Select team:


Montakhab Al-Shorta players with the Taha Al-Hashimi Cup that they won in 1938.

Sports club:

  • Baghdad Cup
  • Al-Quds International Championship
    • Winners (1): 2002
  • Baghdad Day Cup
    • Winners (1): 2000
  • Great Victory Championship
    • Winners (1): 1996
  • Al-Qadisiya Championship
    • Winners (1): 1988
  • President's Gold Cup
    • Winners (1): 1983

Select team:

  • Republic Championship
    • Winners (2): 1968, 1969
  • Hilla Mutasarrif Cup
    • Winners (1): 1957
  • Al-Olympi Club Cup
    • Winners (1): 1939
  • Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya Cup
    • Winners (1): 1939
  • Taha Al-Hashimi Cup
    • Winners (1): 1938



Nashat Akram scored a hat-trick in Al-Shorta's record League win on 18 October 2002 (8–0 against Duhok).
  • First match: Al-Lasilki 1–1 Montakhab Al-Shorta, Prince Ghazi Cup, December 1932[1]
  • First Central FA League match: Al-Kuliya Al-Askariya Al-Malikiya 5–1 Montakhab Al-Shorta, 5 November 1948[43][44]
  • First FA Cup match: Montakhab Al-Shorta awd. (w/o) Kuliyat Al-Huqooq, first round, January 1949[45]
  • First Premier League match: Al-Muwasalat 3–0 Al-Shorta, 4 October 1974[16]
  • First match at Al-Shorta Stadium: Al-Shorta 3–2 Al-Tijara, Premier League, 23 December 1990
  • Record win: 11–0 against Al-Samawa, FA Cup round of 32, 16 November 1998[46]
  • Record League win: 8–0 against Duhok, Premier League, 18 October 2002[47]
  • Record League qualifying win: 10–1 against Al-Hudood, 25 September 2000
  • Record Elite Cup win: 7–1 against Salahaddin, group stage, 5 December 2000
  • Record win in an AFC competition: 5–0 against Al-Wahda, Asian Club Championship second round, 18 November 1999
  • Record win in an UAFA competition: 5–0 against FC Nouadhibou, Arab Club Champions Cup second round, 25 November 2019
  • Most goals scored in one half of a win: 10, in a 10–1 win against Al-Bahri, FA Cup round of 16, 14 December 1998[48]
  • Record defeat: 0–11 against Al-Naqil, Premier League, 12 October 1974[16]
  • Record FA Cup defeat: 0–4 against Al-Zawraa, quarter-final, 1977–78[49]
  • Record Elite Cup defeat: 0–6 against Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya, group stage, February 1996
  • Record defeat in an AFC competition: 0–4 against FK Köpetdag Aşgabat, Asian Cup Winners' Cup quarter-final, 13 February 1998
  • Record defeat in an UAFA competition: 0–6 against Al-Shabab, Arab Club Champions Cup quarter-final, 23 December 2019
Consecutive results
  • Record consecutive League wins: 11, Premier League, from 13 March 1998 to 22 May 1998
  • Record consecutive League matches scored in: 37, Premier League, from 13 October 1997 to 13 November 1998
  • Record consecutive League defeats: 6, Premier League, from 15 July 2012 to 10 August 2012
  • Record consecutive League matches without a defeat: 39, Premier League, from 21 May 2018 to 23 May 2019




Al-Shorta's Younis Abid Ali set a national record for the most goals scored in one league season (36) in 1993–94.

Top goalscorersEdit

Iraqi Premier League (1974–present) matches only.[61]

# Name Goals First year Last year
1   Younis Abid Ali 135 1983 1999
2   Hashim Ridha 99 1998 2011
3   Alaa Abdul-Zahra 63 2014 Present
4   Ali Hussein Mahmoud 60 1974 1983
5   Amjad Kalaf 58 2007 2016
6   Saad Qais 45 1983 2001
7   Faisal Aziz 42 1977 1989
  Mufeed Assem 1996 2003
9   Hassan Bakhit 38 1986 1995
  Marwan Hussein 2014 2021

See alsoEdit


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