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Alaa Abdul-Zahra Khashen Al-Azzawi (Arabic: علاء عبدالزهرة خشَن العزاوي‎ , born 22 December 1987 in Baghdad, Iraq), is an Iraqi football player who currently plays for Al-Shorta in the Iraqi Premier League. He is also a member of Iraq national team. He can be deployed as an attacking midfielder or a second striker, and since 2016 plays a striker. He is the fifth-most capped player in the history of the Iraq national team.

Alaa Abdul-Zahra
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Personal information
Full name Alaa Abdul-Zahra Khashen Al-Azzawi
Date of birth (1987-12-22) 22 December 1987 (age 31)[1]
Place of birth Baghdad, Iraq
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)[2]
Playing position Attacking midfielder, Forward
Club information
Current team
Number 10
Youth career
Al-Difaa Al-Jawi
2003–2004 Al-Zawraa
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2006 Al-Zawraa 30 (9)
2006–2007 Mes Kerman 11 (4)
2007 Shabab Al-Ordon 2 (1)
2008 Al-Merrikh 18 (11)
2009–2010 Al-Khor 35 (24)
2010–2011 Al Kharaitiyat 42 (16)
2011–2012 Al-Wakrah 10 (4)
2012 Qatar SC 9 (2)
2012–2014 Duhok 47 (26)
2014 Tractor Sazi 5 (0)
2014–2015 Al-Shorta 17 (6)
2015–2017 Al-Zawraa 53 (32)
2017– Al-Shorta 61 (45)
National team
2004–2006 Iraq U-20 8 (9)
2006–2008 Iraq U-23 28 (15)
2007– Iraq 114[3] (15)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 30 March 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 2 January 2018

Club careerEdit

Early lifeEdit

Affectionately nicknamed 'the Kaká of Iraq'[4] Alaa's road towards fame looked relatively straightforward. At the age of 16, he got his playing career off to a dream start when he was discovered and signed by Iraqi powerhouses Al-Zawraa.


In 2004 at the age of 16, Alaa Abdul-Zahra made a move to Al-Zawraa. He was part of Al-Zawraa's squad for the AFC Champions League in 2005 with the number 29 shirt. A year later he won with them the Iraq Super League in 2006.

Mes KermanEdit

After the AFC Youth Championship 2006, Alaa Abdul-Zahra signed a one-year contract with the newly promoted Iranian Premier League club Mes Kerman. He played 11 times for them and scoring 4 goals, as the team finished in 7th place,[5] before moving to play in Jordan.

Shabab Al-OrdonEdit

Alaa Abdul-Zahra signed with Duhok FC Before the start of Iraq Super League (2007-2008) but he didn't go to Iraq, Instead he signed another contract with the Jordanian club Shabab Al-Ordon, and claimed that signing with Duhok FC was incomplete.

On 29 December 2007 in his first appearance with Shabab Al-Ordon, Alaa Abdul-Zahra scored his first goal with his new team against Hussein Irbid in Jordan Cup, helped his team to win 3–2 and qualify to the quarterfinals, then on 3 Jan 2008 Alaa Abdul-Zahra played his 2nd and last match with Shabab Al-Ordon this season against Al-Arabi Irbid in Jordan League, which they won 2–3.


Alaa Abdul-Zahra and his Olympic team's mate Saad Attiya signed a Contract with Sudan giant club Al-Merrikh.[6] He won Sudan Premier League and Sudan Cup 2008, and scored 9 goals.

Time in QatarEdit

After the success in the Sudanese League, Alaa signed a contract with the Qatari side Al-Khor.[7] which he played with 14 league matches scoring eight goals. After the great months he spent in Al-Khor Alaa moved to another Qatari club this time with Al Kharaitiyat. Scoring 16 goals in 42 occasions, the club finished 8th in the league that season.

In June 2011, Alaa signed a one-year deal with Qatar side Al-Wakrah.[8] playing 10 times and scoring 3 goals, the team finished 7th in the league.

In June 2012, Alaa signed a Half Season with Qatar side Qatar SC.[9] and scored 2 goals.


Before the start of the 2012-13 season, Abdul-Zahra signed with Duhok FC and made a total of 47 appearances in the 2012–13 Iraqi Premier League and 2013–14 scoring 31 goals.

Tractor SaziEdit

On 20 July 2014, Abdul-Zahra joined Tractor Sazi with signing a one-season contract with the club.[10] He played his first match for Tractor Sazi on 8 August 2014 against Zob Ahan. after a Less than two months with Tabrizi side, decided leave Tractor Sazi. After pressure from the national team coach to leave the club, And his desire to play the striker instead of the midfielder. He officially released on 10 September 2014.[11]


Alaa Abdul-Zahra signed with Al-Shorta in September 2014.[12] and scored 8 goals. the club finished 3rd in the league that season.

Return to Al-ZawraaEdit

Alaa Abdul-Zahra returned to Al-Zawraa in July 2015.[13] he became instrumental to the team as Al Zawraa went on to win the Iraqi League 2015–16. The team also finished second in the Iraq FA Cup, after a 2-0 loss to Al Quwa Al Jawiya. The following season, Ala'a finished as the top goal scorer of the Iraqi league for the first time in his career with 23 goals,[14] however Al Zawraa failed to retain the title and finished in a disappointing 4th place. The team reached the final of the Iraqi FA cup once again, where he scored the winner in the 94th minute to win the championship.[15]

Second stint at Al-ShortaEdit

On 13 September 2017, Abdul-Zahra signing a one-season contract with Al-Shorta.[16] He scored many goals continuously after sacked Brazilian coach Marcos Paquetá in 27 March 2018.[17][18] He finished his season with Al Shorta with 22 goals (5pen) in 37 matches in the league. The team finished in 4th position.

International careerEdit

He first made his mark on the international scene with Iraq's youth team at the 2004 AFC Youth Championship in Malaysia. Two years later, he would repeat this feat by figuring prominently at the 2006 AFC Youth Championship, where the striking prodigy finished as the tournament's second-top scorer with four goals despite his team's early exit at the quarter-final stage. From there, he went on to showcase his predatory talents in Asia's qualifying final round for the Olympic Football Tournament Beijing 2008 by topping the scoring charts with a six-goal haul.

At senior level, he featured in two of Iraq's eight qualifying matches for the 2010 FIFA World Cup at South Africa, coming off bench to play in a goalless draw against Pakistan before featuring in the 2–0 loss to Qatar.

Alaa played for the Iraq national team from June 2007 to January 2018, scoring 15 goals.[19]

On October 2019 he was called up by Iraq team for games vs Hong Kong and Cambodia

International goalsEdit

As of 1 June 2017 [20][21]

Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 10 January 2009 Royal Oman Police Stadium, Muscat, Oman   Kuwait 1–1 1–1 19th Arabian Gulf Cup
2. 13 July 2009 Al-Shaab Stadium, Baghdad, Iraq   Palestine 3–0 4–0 Friendly
3. 26 November 2010 May 22 Stadium, Aden, Yemen   Bahrain 1–0 3–2 20th Arabian Gulf Cup
4. 2–1
5. 2 December 2010 May 22 Stadium, Aden, Yemen   Kuwait 2–1 2–2 20th Arabian Gulf Cup
6. 26 March 2011 Khalid Bin Mohammed Stadium, Sharjah, Iraq   North Korea 1–0 2–0 Friendly
7. 2–0
8. 29 June 2011 Franso Hariri Stadium, Arbil, Iraq   Syria 1–2 1–2 Friendly
9. 23 July 2011 Franso Hariri Stadium, Arbil, Iraq   Yemen 1–0 2–0 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
10. 6 September 2011 Jalan Besar Stadium, Singapore   Singapore 1–0 2–0 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
11. 5 July 2012 Prince Abdullah al-Faisal Stadium, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia   Saudi Arabia 1–0 1–0 2012 Arab Nations Cup
12. 16 October 2012 Grand Hamad Stadium, Doha, Qatar   Australia 1–0 1–2 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
13. 11 November 2013 Prince Mohammed Stadium, Zarqa, Jordan   Syria 2–1 2–1 Friendly
14. 26 August 2015 Saida International Stadium, Saida, Lebanon   Lebanon 3–2 3–2 Friendly
15. 1 June 2017 Basra Sports City, Basra, Iraq   Jordan 1–0 1–0 Friendly

Style of playEdit

Abdul-Zahra, a playmaker and offensive play, and is often involved in passing moves which lead to goals, through their vision, technique, ball control, creativity, and passing ability. and More recently play striker.



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  2. ^ "Ala'a Abdul-Zahra Al-Azzawi".
  3. ^ Iraqi league's top scorer Alaa Abdul-Zahra of Al-Shurta has been recalled to the national side by Srečko Katanec
  4. ^ "nicknamed the kaka of iraq".
  5. ^ "Iran Premier League Stats".
  6. ^ "المريخ السوداني يتعاقد مع الثنائي العراقي علاء عبد الزهرة وسعد عطية".
  7. ^ "العراقي علاء عبد الزهرة ينضم لفريق الخور القطري".
  8. ^ "علاء عبد الزهرة يوقع للوكرة القطري".
  9. ^ "العراقي عبد الزهرة ينتقل من الوكرة لنادي قطر".
  10. ^ "Tractor Sazi singning with Alaa".
  11. ^ "Alaa leaves Tabrizi club".
  12. ^ "علاء عبد الزهرة ينضم لكرة الشرطة".
  13. ^ "الزوراء يتعاقد مع لاعبين بينهم علاء عبد الزهرة ومحمد كاصد".
  14. ^ "علاء عبد الزهرة يتوج بلقب هداف الدوري العراقي".
  15. ^ "Iraqi FA cup once again".
  16. ^ "signing with Al Shorta".
  17. ^ "بالتراضي.. الشرطة ينهي خدمات البرازيلي باكيتا" (in Arabic).
  18. ^ "16 Goals since April". Retrieved 29 July 2018.
  19. ^ "Ala'a Al-Azzawi - International Appearances".
  20. ^ "Ala'a Abdul-Zahra". National Football Teams. Retrieved 4 February 2015.
  21. ^ Amin, Tareq (27 March 2011). "Iraq defeats North Korea 2/0 in friendly". Iraqi News. Retrieved 4 February 2015.

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