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Iraq–Saudi Arabia football rivalry

Iraq and Saudi Arabia are two fierce rivals of the Arab World. Their matches are often considered to be one of the most heated up rivalries in the world.

Iraq–Saudi Arabia rivalry
Other namesIraq vs Saudi Arabia
LocaleAsia
West Asia
Teams Iraq
 Saudi Arabia
First meeting29 March 1976
(43 years ago)
Latest meetingSaudi Arabia 1–1 Iraq
Friendly
(15 October 2018)
Statistics
Meetings total33
Most winsIraq (16)
Largest victorySaudi Arabia 1–7 Iraq
4th Persian Gulf Cup
(29 March 1976)

Although received lesser attention comparing to rivalry with Iran of both sides, it is one of the oldest rivalries in Asia.[1] Emotions often run high when two teams meet each others.

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Reason behind the rivalryEdit

The main reason behind this rivalry to exist is mainly due to political differences, and historical grievances. During the Gulf War at 1990s, Iraq invaded Kuwait, an ally of Saudi Arabia, and both fought a short but bloody war that would remain heavily affect on their relations.[2] Further more, accusations from Iraq that Saudi Arabia is instigating terrorism like ISIS and Al-Qaeda, further deepened enmity between two nations.

MatchesEdit

Source:[3]
# Date Competition Home team Score Away team Goals (home) Goals (away) Venue
1 29 March 1976 Arabian Gulf Cup Saudi Arabia  
1–7
  Iraq   Doha
2 31 August 1976 Friendly Saudi Arabia  
0–0
  Iraq Unknown
3 14 December 1978 Asian Games Iraq  
1–1
  Saudi Arabia   Bangkok
4 8 April 1979 Arabian Gulf Cup Iraq  
2–0
  Saudi Arabia Falah Hassan   24'
Hassan Farhan   36'
  Al Shaab Stadium, Baghdad
5 21 March 1981 FIFA World Cup qualifiers Saudi Arabia  
1–0
  Iraq Amin Mohammad   -'   Riyadh
6 24 March 1982 Arabian Gulf Cup Iraq  
1–1
  Saudi Arabia  
7 1 December 1982 Asian Games Saudi Arabia  
0–1
  Iraq Haris Mohammed   17'   Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi
8 31 July 1983 Palestine Cup Iraq  
1–0
  Saudi Arabia  
9 17 March 1984 Arabian Gulf Cup Iraq  
4–0
  Saudi Arabia Nadhim Shakir   25'
Hussein Saeed   57'70'84'
  Royal Oman Police Stadium, Muscat
10 10 July 1985 Arab Nations Cup Iraq  
3–2
  Saudi Arabia Anad Abid   12'18'
Hameed Rasheed   28'
Saleh Nu'eimeh   12' (pen.)
Mohamed Abd Al-Jawad   88'
  King Fahd Stadium, Taif
11 30 March 1986 Friendly Iraq  
1–2
  Saudi Arabia   Manama
12 1 October 1986 Asian Games Saudi Arabia  
1–1 (a.e.t.)
  Iraq Mohammed Al-Shehrani   39' Haris Mohammed   51'   Seoul Olympic Stadium, Seoul
13 16 March 1988 Arabian Gulf Cup Iraq  
2–0
  Saudi Arabia Ahmad Radhi   59'
Basil Gorgis   72'
  King Fahd International Stadium, Riyadh
14 15 July 1988 Arab Nations Cup Iraq  
2–0
  Saudi Arabia Ahmad Radhi   13'35'   Amman
15 24 October 1993 FIFA World Cup qualifiers Iraq  
1–1
  Saudi Arabia Ahmed Radhi   1' Saeed Owairan   36'   Khalifa International Stadium, Doha
16 8 December 1996 AFC Asian Cup Saudi Arabia  
1–0
  Iraq Fahad Al-Mehallel   26'   Al-Maktoum Stadium, Dubai
17 31 August 2001 FIFA World Cup qualifiers Saudi Arabia  
1–0
  Iraq Obeid Al-Dosari   45'   Bahrain National Stadium, Manama
18 5 October 2001 FIFA World Cup qualifiers Iraq  
1–2
  Saudi Arabia Abdul-Wahab Abu Al-Hail   31' Abdullah bin Shehan   1'77'   Amman International Stadium, Amman
19 26 July 2004 AFC Asian Cup Saudi Arabia  
1–2
  Iraq Hamad Al-Montashari   57' Nashat Akram   51'
Younis Mahmoud   86'
  Sichuan Longquanyi Stadium, Chengdu
20 5 December 2005 West Asian Games Iraq  
5–1
  Saudi Arabia Haidar Abdul-Amir   8'
Emad Mohammed   19'
Nashat Akram   30'
Younis Mahmoud   51'78'
Naif Al-Qadi   53'   Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan
21 8 December 2005 West Asian Games Iraq  
2–0
  Saudi Arabia Luay Salah   33'
Razzaq Farhan   85'
 
22 15 March 2006 Friendly Saudi Arabia  
2–2
  Iraq Nawaf Al-Temyat   18'
Sami Al-Jaber   59'
Mohammed Nassir   28'
Haidar Abdul-Amir   90+4'
  Prince Abdullah Al-Faisal Stadium, Jeddah
23 24 January 2007 Arabian Gulf Cup Saudi Arabia  
1–0
  Iraq Yasser Al-Qahtani   12' (pen.)   Al-Nahyan Stadium, Abu Dhabi
24 29 July 2007 AFC Asian Cup Iraq  
1–0
  Saudi Arabia Younis Mahmoud   72'   Gelora Bung Karno Stadium, Jakarta
25 22 March 2009 Friendly Saudi Arabia  
0–0
  Iraq   King Fahd International Stadium, Riyadh
26 28 December 2010 Friendly Saudi Arabia  
0–1
  Iraq Younis Mahmoud   24'   Prince Mohamed bin Fahd Stadium, Dammam
27 5 July 2012 Arab Nations Cup Saudi Arabia  
0–1
  Iraq Alaa Abdul-Zahra   16'   Prince Abdullah Al Faisal Stadium, Jeddah
28 6 January 2013 Arabian Gulf Cup Saudi Arabia  
0–2
  Iraq Salam Shaker   18'
Osama Hawsawi   72' (o.g.)
  Khalifa Sports City Stadium, Isa Town
29 15 October 2013 AFC Asian Cup qualifiers Iraq  
0–2
  Saudi Arabia Osama Hawsawi   34'
Nasser Al-Shamrani   78'
  Amman International Stadium, Amman
30 15 November 2013 AFC Asian Cup qualifiers Saudi Arabia  
2–1
  Iraq Taisir Al-Jassim   18'
Nasser Al-Shamrani   60'
Younis Mahmoud   45+1'   Prince Mohamed bin Fahd Stadium, Dammam
31 6 September 2016 FIFA World Cup qualifiers Iraq  
1–2
  Saudi Arabia Mohannad Abdul-Raheem   18' Nawaf Al Abed   81' (pen.)88' (pen.)   Shah Alam Stadium, Shah Alam
32 28 March 2017 FIFA World Cup qualifiers Saudi Arabia  
1–0
  Iraq Yahya Al-Shehri   53'   King Abdullah Sports City, Jeddah
33 28 February 2018 Friendly Iraq  
4–1
  Saudi Arabia Saeed Al-Robeai   21' (o.g.)
Emad Mohsin   47'
Mohannad Ali   51'73'
Hassan Muath Fallatah   57'   Basra Sports City, Basra
34 15 October 2018 Friendly Saudi Arabia  
1–1
  Iraq Abdulaziz Al-Bishi   90+4' Mohanad Ali   71'   King Saud University Stadium, Riyadh

StatisticsEdit

Matches held in Iraq 2
Matches held in neutral venue 22
Matches held in Saudi Arabia 10
Total matches 34
Matches won by Iraq 16
Matches won by Saudi Arabia 10

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