Iraq–Kuwait football rivalry

Iraq's rivalry with Kuwait was once considered as the Arab world's greatest football rivalry of all-time, until being taken over by Iraq's rivalry with Saudi Arabia due to Kuwait's decline. [1]The rivalry began in the mid-1970s. Because of the Gulf War, Iraq and Kuwait were in complete avoidance and never met for more than a decade; Iraq and Kuwait have played 36 matches against each other with 16 victories for Iraq, 10 draws, and 10 victories for Kuwait.

Iraq–Kuwait rivalry
Other namesIraq vs Kuwait
LocaleAsia
West Asia
Teams Iraq
 Kuwait
First meeting13 November 1964
(56 years ago)
Latest meetingIraq 2–1 Kuwait
Friendly
(27 January 2021)
Statistics
Meetings total36
Most winsIraq (16)
Largest victoryIraq 3-0 Kuwait
1978 Asian Games
(18 December 1978)

Major tournament matchesEdit

1972 AFC Asian Cup qualification

Iraq  1–1  Kuwait
Aziz   15' Bu Hamad  
Penalties
3–4

1972 AFC Asian Cup qualification

Iraq  1–0  Kuwait
Nouri   90+4'

1976 AFC Asian Cup

Kuwait  3–2 (a.e.t.)  Iraq
Ibrahim   11'
Kameel   77'100'
Abdul-Jalil   46'
Hassan   85'
Attendance: 60,000

MatchesEdit

Source:[2]
# Date Competition Home team Score Away team Goals (home) Goals (away) Venue
1 13 November 1964 1964 Arab Nations Cup Kuwait   0–1   Iraq Ismail   60'   Kuwait City
2 4 April 1966 1966 Arab Nations Cup Iraq   3–1   Kuwait Yousif  , Dhiab  , Atta     Al-Kashafa Stadium, Baghdad
3 28 January 1971 Friendly Iraq   2–0   Kuwait Hajim  , Kadhim     Al-Shaab Stadium, Baghdad
4 19 November 1971 Friendly Iraq   3–1   Kuwait Nouri   1', Aziz   75', Nouri   76'   Al-Shaab Stadium, Baghdad
5 10 December 1971 1972 AFC Asian Cup qualification Iraq   1–1   Kuwait Aziz   15' Bu Hamad     Kuwait City
6 24 December 1971 1972 AFC Asian Cup qualification Iraq   1–0   Kuwait Nouri   90+4'   Kuwait City
7 7 January 1972 1972 Palestine Cup Iraq   3–1   Kuwait Yousif  , Kadhim  , Hatim     Al-Shaab Stadium, Baghdad
8 20 August 1975 1976 Olympic qualification[a] Kuwait   1–2   Iraq Kadhim   29'58'   Tehran
9 8 April 1976 1976 Gulf Cup Kuwait   2–2   Iraq Abdul-Jalil   46', Kadhim   49'   Grand Hamad Stadium, Doha
10 15 April 1976 1976 Gulf Cup Kuwait   4–2   Iraq Subhi   9'50'   Grand Hamad Stadium, Doha
11 11 June 1976 1976 AFC Asian Cup Kuwait   3–2   Iraq Ibrahim   11', Kameel   77'100' Abdul-Jalil   46', Hassan   85'   Aryamehr Stadium, Tehran
12 18 December 1978 1978 Asian Games Iraq   3–0   Kuwait   Rajamangala Stadium, Bangkok
13 29 March 1979 1979 Gulf Cup Iraq   3–1   Kuwait Hassan   9', Ahmed   47', Abdul-Sahib   90' Juma'a   75'   Al-Shaab Stadium, Baghdad
14 9 November 1982 Friendly Kuwait   1–0   Iraq   Al-Sadaqua Walsalam Stadium, Kuwait City
15 26 November 1982 1982 Asian Games Iraq   1–2   Kuwait Hussein   73' Al-Suwayed   35', Al-Anberi   37'   Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi
16 4 December 1982 1982 Asian Games Kuwait   0–1   Iraq Saeed   82'   Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi
17 22 March 1984 1984 Gulf Cup Iraq   3–1   Kuwait Saeed   47'75', Allawi   80' Fulaiteh   59'   Royal Oman Police Stadium, Muscat
18 3 April 1986 1986 Gulf Cup Iraq   1–2   Kuwait Jassim   74'   Bahrain National Stadium, Riffa
19 21 February 1987 Friendly Kuwait   2–0   Iraq   Al-Kuwait Stadium, Kuwait City
20 18 December 1987 1988 Olympic qualification[a] Kuwait   2–1   Iraq Suleiman   6', Al-Hajiri   22' Karim Allawi   65'   Al-Kuwait Stadium, Kuwait City
21 8 March 1988 1988 Gulf Cup Iraq   1–0   Kuwait Radhi   39'   King Fahd International Stadium, Riyadh
22 15 October 1989 Friendly Iraq   1–0   Kuwait   Al-Shaab Stadium, Baghdad
23 8 November 1989 1989 Peace and Friendship Cup Iraq   2–1   Kuwait Radhi   26'90' Al-Saleh   70'   Al-Sadaqua Walsalam Stadium, Kuwait City
24 28 February 1990 1990 Gulf Cup Iraq   1–1   Kuwait Hussein   15' Al-Hadad   48'   Jaber Al-Ahmad International Stadium, Kuwait City
25 26 November 2005 Friendly Kuwait   0–0   Iraq   Peace & Friendship Stadium, Kuwait City
26 21 March 2008 Friendly Kuwait   0–0   Iraq   Jaber Al-Ahmad International Stadium, Kuwait City
27 10 January 2009 2009 Gulf Cup Iraq   1–1   Kuwait Abdul-Zahra   66' Khalaf   37'   Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex, Muscat
28 17 November 2010 Friendly Iraq   1–1   Kuwait Mahmoud   45'   Sharjah Stadium, Sharjah
29 2 December 2010 2010 Gulf Cup Kuwait   2–2 (a.e.t.)[b]   Iraq Al-Mutawa   1', Al-Enezi   58' Hawar   6', Abdul-Zahra   14'   May 22 Stadium, Aden
30 29 March 2011 Friendly Kuwait   1–0   Iraq   May 22 Stadium, Aden
31 13 July 2011 Friendly Iraq   0–2   Kuwait Al-Fadhli   66', Al-Fadhel   84'   Amman International Stadium, Amman
32 9 January 2013 2013 Gulf Cup Iraq   1–0   Kuwait Ahmad   29'   Khalifa Sports City Stadium, Isa Town
33 14 November 2014 2014 Gulf Cup Iraq   0–1   Kuwait Al Enezi   90+2'   Prince Faisal bin Fahd Stadium, Riyadh
34 22 December 2014 Friendly Iraq   1–1   Kuwait Mahmoud   85' (pen.) Ali Maqseed   45' (pen.)   Al-Rashid Stadium, Dubai
35 10 September 2018 Friendly Kuwait   2–2   Iraq Mhawi   46' (o.g.), Al Hajri   77' M. Ali   5', Faez   65'   Ali Sabah Al-Salem Stadium, Kuwait City
36 27 January 2021 Friendly Iraq   2–1   Kuwait Dawood   79', Hussein   89' (pen.) Al-Rasheedi   22'   Basra International Stadium, Basra
  1. ^ a b Not a full FIFA international
  2. ^ Kuwait won on penalties.

StatisticsEdit

Matches held in Iraq 7
Matches held in neutral venue 18
Matches held in Kuwait 11
Total matches 36
Matches won by Iraq 16
Matches won by Kuwait 10
Goals scored by Iraq 53
Goals scored by Kuwait 43

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Storied Gulf Cup rivalry between Iraq and Kuwait survives war". The National. Retrieved 2021-08-20.
  2. ^ "Iraq national football team: record v Kuwait". www.11v11.com.