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The Iran and Iraq national football teams are sporting rivals[1][2][3] who have played each other since 1962.

Iran–Iraq rivalry
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Other namesIran vs Iraq
LocaleAsia
Teams Iran
 Iraq
First meeting1 June 1962
(57 years ago)
Latest meetingIran 0–0 Iraq
2019 AFC Asian Cup
(16 January 2019)
Next meetingUnknown
Statistics
Meetings total28
Most winsIran (15)
Top scorerIran Ali Daei (4)
Largest victoryIran 4–0 Iraq
1964 Olympic qualification
(2 January 1964)

According to The Malay Mail, "Emotions are always high when Iran and Iraq meet on the football pitch".[4]

The most recent matches between the two teams were the quarter-final of the 2015 AFC Asian Cup where Iraq knocked Iran out on penalties (Iran who were hoping for their first title in nearly 40 years were knocked out at the quarter-final stage for the third time in a row, whereas 2007 Asian Cup champions Iraq reached the semi-final for the second time in the past three editions of the tournament), and a friendly match in March 2017 hosted in Iran, where Iraq won the game by one goal to end Iran's two-year unbeaten streak.

OriginsEdit

The rivalry is not such a football-inspired ill-feeling between the two, but more of geography, religion and history.[1] Iran and Iraq are neighbouring countries, sharing a long history. In contemporary era, especially during the reign of Saddam Hussein, the two countries had bad relations and fought the Iran–Iraq War for 8 years.[2][3]

In 2001, for the first time in decades, an Iran-Iraq match was not held at a neutral venue.[3]

Major tournament matchesEdit

1972 AFC Asian Cup

Iran  3–0  Iraq
Kalani   34'70'78'
Attendance: 5,000
Referee: Sivapalan Kathiravale (Malaysia)

1976 AFC Asian Cup

Iran  2–0  Iraq
Nouraei   45'
Roshan   58'
Attendance: 50,000

1994 FIFA World Cup qualification

Iraq  2–1  Iran
Radhi   20'
Kadhim   38'
Daei   21'

1996 AFC Asian Cup

Iran  1–2  Iraq
Daei   90' (pen.) Report Fawzi   37'
Sabbar   69'
Attendance: 15,000

2000 AFC Asian Cup

Iran  1–0  Iraq
Daei   77' Report

2002 FIFA World Cup qualification

Iraq  1–2  Iran
Emad Mohammed   20' Report Karimi   30'
Daei   84'
Attendance: 40,000

2002 FIFA World Cup qualification

Iran  2–1  Iraq
Mahdavikia   27'
Karimi   71'
Report Drain   52'
Attendance: 100,000
Referee: Kim Young-Joo (KOR)

2011 AFC Asian Cup

Iraq  1–2  Iran
Mahmoud   13' Report[permanent dead link] Rezaei   42'
Mobali   84'

2015 AFC Asian Cup

Iran  3–3 (a.e.t.)  Iraq
Azmoun   24'
Pouraliganji   103'
Ghoochannejhad   119'
Report Yasin   56'
Mahmoud   93'
Ismail   116' (pen.)
Penalties
Hajsafi  
Pouraliganji  
Nekounam  
Hosseini  
Ghafouri  
Jahanbakhsh  
Teymourian  
Amiri  
6–7   Abdul-Amir
  Salem
  Ismail
  Adnan
  Mahmoud
  Kasim
  Hussein
  Shaker
Attendance: 18,921

2019 AFC Asian Cup

Iran  0–0  Iraq
Report
Attendance: 15,038

2022 FIFA World Cup qualification

Iraq  v  Iran

2022 FIFA World Cup qualification

Iran  v  Iraq

MatchesEdit

Source:[5][6]
# Date Competition Home team Score Away team Goals (home) Goals (away) Venue
1 1 June 1962 Friendly Iran  
1–1
  Iraq Kouzehkanani   90' Abbas   47' (pen)   Amjadieh Stadium, Tehran
2 3 June 1962 Friendly Iran  
1–2
  Iraq Kouzehkanani   Ismail   47'; Hamid   60'   Amjadieh Stadium, Tehran
3 12 December 1963 1964 Olympic qualification[a] Iran  
4–0
  Iraq Shirzadegan    ; Arab  ;   Amjadieh Stadium, Tehran
4 2 January 1964 1964 Olympic qualification[a] Iraq  
0–0
  Iran   Baghdad Stadium, Baghdad
5 7 March 1966 Friendly Iran  
2–1
  Iraq Lack of Information Lack of Information   Amjadieh Stadium, Tehran
6 7 March 1969 1969 Friendship Cup Iran  
2–1
  Iraq Ghelichkhani  ; Eftekhari   Dhiab   16'   Amjadieh Stadium, Tehran
7 9 May 1972 1972 Asian Cup Iran  
3–0
  Iraq Kalani   34'70'78'   National Stadium, Bangkok
8 13 September 1974 1974 Asian Games Iran  
1–0
  Iraq Roshan     Aryamehr Stadium, Tehran
9 24 August 1975 1976 Olympic qualification[a] Iran  
1–1
  Iraq   Aryamehr Stadium, Tehran
10 4 June 1976 1976 Asian Cup Iran  
2–0
  Iraq Nouraei   45'; Roshan   58'   Aryamehr Stadium, Tehran
11 5 November 1989 1989 Peace and Friendship Cup Iran  
0–0
  Iraq   Al-Sadaqua Walsalam Stadium, Kuwait City
12 22 October 1993 1994 World Cup qualification Iran  
1–2
  Iraq Daei   21' Radhi   20'; Kadhim   37'   Khalifa Stadium, Doha
13 5 December 1996 1996 Asian Cup Iran  
1–2
  Iraq Daei   90' (pen) Fawzi   37'; Sabbar   67'   Al-Maktoum Stadium, Dubai
14 18 October 2000 2000 Asian Cup Iran  
1–0
  Iraq Daei   77'   Saida Stadium, Sidon
15 7 September 2001 2002 World Cup qualification Iraq  
1–2
  Iran Emad Reza   20' Karimi   29'; Daei   83'   Al-Shaab Stadium, Baghdad
16 12 October 2001 2002 World Cup qualification Iran  
2–1
  Iraq Mahdavikia   27'; Karimi   70' Chathir   51'   Azadi Stadium, Tehran
17 5 September 2002 2002 WAFF Championship Iraq  
0–0 (a.e.t.)[b]
  Iran   Abbasiyyin Stadium, Damascus
18 13 August 2003 2003 LG Cup Iran  
0–1
  Iraq Swadi   52'   Azadi Stadium, Tehran
19 23 June 2004 2004 WAFF Championship Iran  
2–1
  Iraq Nekounam   4'; Borhani   54'   Azadi Stadium, Tehran
20 4 October 2006 2006 LG Cup Iran  
2–0
  Iraq Rezaei   25'; Rajabzadeh   70'   International Stadium, Amman
21 16 June 2007 2007 WAFF Championship[c] Iran  
0–0
  Iraq   International Stadium, Amman
22 24 June 2007 2007 WAFF Championship[c] Iran  
2–1
  Iraq Badamaki   9'; Beikzadeh   21' Sadir   86' (pen)   International Stadium, Amman
23 1 October 2010 2010 WAFF Championship Iran  
2–1
  Iraq Hosseini   57'; Gholami   82' Karim   69'   King Abdullah Stadium, Amman
24 11 January 2011 2011 Asian Cup Iraq  
1–2
  Iran Mahmoud   13' Rezaei   42'; Mobali   84'   Ahmed Bin Ali Stadium, Doha
25 4 January 2015 Friendly Iraq  
0–1
  Iran Azmoun   57'   Wollongong Showground, New South Wales
26 23 January 2015 2015 AFC Asian Cup Iran  
3–3 (a.e.t.)[b]
  Iraq Azmoun   24'; Pouraliganji   103'; Ghoochannejhad   119' Yasin   56'; Mahmoud   93'; Ismail   116'   Canberra Stadium, Canberra
27 18 March 2017 Friendly[d] Iran  
0–1
  Iraq Abdul-Amir   72' (pen.)   Azadi Stadium, Tehran
28 16 January 2019 2019 AFC Asian Cup Iran  
0–0
  Iraq   Al Maktoum Stadium, Dubai
29 14 November 2019 2022 World Cup qualification Iraq     Iran   Basra International Stadium, Basra
30 9 June 2020 2022 World Cup qualification Iran     Iraq   Azadi Stadium, Tehran
  1. ^ a b c Not a full FIFA international
  2. ^ a b Iraq won on penalties.
  3. ^ a b Iran competed in the tournament with its B team squad.
  4. ^ Played behind closed-doors.

StatisticsEdit

VenuesEdit

Matches held in Iran 12
Matches held in neutral venue 14
Matches held in Iraq 2
Total matches 28

All ResultsEdit

Iran Wins 15
Draws 8
Iraq Wins 5
Total matches 28

Top scorersEdit

Rank Player Goals
1   Ali Daei 4
2   Hamid Shirzadegan 3
  Hossein Kalani 3
3 Various players 2

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Duerden, John. "Asia awaits neighbourly rivalry". ESPN. Retrieved November 22, 2014.
  2. ^ a b Montague, James (January 13, 2011). "Pitch Warfare: Iran face Iraq in soccer grudge match". CNN. Retrieved November 21, 2014.
  3. ^ a b c "Iran-Iraq classic rivalry". Iran Daily (4924). November 5, 2014. p. 11.
  4. ^ Montague, James (January 22, 2015). "Iran vs Iraq: Quarter-final clash reignites decades-old rivalry". The Malay Mail. Retrieved January 22, 2015.
  5. ^ Panahi, Majeed (7 August 2014). "Iran – International Matches". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved November 21, 2014.
  6. ^ Courtney, Barrie (21 January 2011). "Iraq – List of International Matches". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved November 21, 2014.