Iraq national under-23 football team
Iraq national under-23 football team (also known as Iraq Under-23 or Iraq Olympic Team) represents Iraq in international football competitions in Olympic Games and Asian Games, as well as any other under-23, under-22, and under-21 international football tournaments. It is controlled by the Iraq Football Association. Iraq Olympic Team reached fourth place in the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens won the silver medal in the 2006 Asian Games in Doha, and the bronze medal in the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon.
|Head coach||Abdul-Ghani Shahad|
|Olympic Games (Since 1992)|
|Appearances||2 (first in 2004)|
|Best result||Fourth place (2004)|
|Asian Games (Since 2002)|
|Appearances||2 (first in 2006)|
|Best result||Silver Medal (2006)|
|AFC U-23 Championship|
|Appearances||3 (first in 2013)|
|Best result||Champions (2013)|
2004 Athens OlympicsEdit
After 16 years without participation, Iraq qualified for the 2004 Summer Olympics after winning the 2004 Olympic Asian Qualifiers under head coach Adnan Hamad and were scheduled to play against Costa Rica, Morocco and Portugal in the group stages. At the Olympics Iraq started with a shocking 4–2 win against Portugal. That was followed by a 2–0 win against Costa Rica and a 2–1 loss to Morocco. The quarter-finals saw them beat Australia 1–0, and in the semi-final against Paraguay, Iraq lost 3–1. In the bronze medal match, Iraq lost 1–0 and finished fourth.
2013 AFC U-22 ChampionshipEdit
Iraq's first major honour on U-23 level was the 2013 AFC U-22 Championship. The tournament started with a 3–1 win against Saudi Arabia. That was followed by a 2–1 win against Uzbekistan and a 1–0 win against China. The quarter-finals saw them beat Japan 1–0, and the semi-final against favourites Korea Republic with another 1–0 win.
2016 AFC U-23 ChampionshipEdit
The 2016 AFC U-23 Championship final tournament is to be held in Qatar from 12–30 January 2016. Iraq qualified for the tournament by topping the group in the qualification stage in Oman in March 2015.
Iraq advanced from the group stage, beating Yemen 2–0, Uzbekistan 3–2, and a 1–1 tie with South Korea. In the quarterfinals, Iraq beat UAE 3–1 in extra time to progress to the semifinals. Iraq lost 2–1 to Japan.
2016 Rio OlympicsEdit
Iraq qualified for the 2016 Olympics by clinching third place at the 2016 AFC U-23 Championship. The first game saw Iraq play against Denmark, and the score turned out as a 0–0 draw, despite Iraq having 18 shots in the match. The second game was played against the hosts and pre-tournament favourites, Brazil, which also ended up as a 0–0 draw, which was hailed as a great result for Iraq. In the third game, Iraq tied South Africa 1–1, despite having a huge 29 shots in the match. This result, coupled with Denmark's defeat to Brazil, saw Iraq get eliminated at the group stage.
2018 AFC U-23 ChampionshipEdit
In the final tournament, with the defending champion Japan not bringing their strongest squad, Iraq had many chances to repeat 2013 success. In the group stage, they finished at the top of the group after beating Malaysia 4-1 and Jordan 1-0, with a 0-0 draw against Saudi Arabia. Iraq advanced into the quarter-final as the first seed of group C and was scheduled to face off against Vietnam. A 3-3 draw after extra time meant that the result would be settled via a penalty shoot-out, in which Vietnam emerged victorious with the score of 5-3, thus eliminating Iraq from the tournament.
2020 AFC U-23 ChampionshipEdit
Islamic Solidarity GamesEdit
AFC U-23 ChampionshipEdit
Recent results and fixturesEdit
Win Draw Lose
|22 March 2019 2020 AFC U-23 Championship qualification||Iraq||5–0||Yemen||Shahid Dastgerdi Stadium, Tehran|
Referee: Muhammad Taqi (Singapore)
|24 March 2019 2020 AFC U-23 Championship qualification||Turkmenistan||0–2||Iraq||Shahid Dastgerdi Stadium, Tehran|
Referee: Pranjal Banerjee (India)
|Head coach||Abdul-Ghani Shahad|
|Assistant coaches|| Abbas Obeid |
|Goalkeeping coach||Abdulkareem Naeem|
|Team manager||Abdulkareem Farhan|
|Fitness coach||Sardar Mohammed|
|Team doctor||Ghalib Abbas|
- The following 23 players were called up for the 2020 AFC U-23 Championship qualification:
- Match date: 26 March 2019
- Opposition: Iran, Turkmenistan and Yemen
- Caps and goals are correct as of: 26 March 2019 match after the match against Iran.
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|1||GK||Husam Mahdi Saleh||0||0|
|12||GK||Ali Kadhim Hadi||24 October 1997||3||0||Naft Al-Wasat|
|22||GK||Arian Ibrahim Sevok||25 March 1998||0||0||Almere|
|2||DF||Mustafa Mohammed||14 January 1998||3||0||Al-Zawraa|
|3||DF||Muntadher Sattar Jabbar||3||0|
|4||DF||Najm Shwan||9 July 1997||3||0||Al-Zawraa|
|5||DF||Abdulabbas Ayad Khalaf||18 March 2000||3||0|
|16||DF||Hassan Raad||23 September 2000||2||0||Al-Karkh|
|16||DF||Reyad Raid Poles||0||0|
|6||MF||Amir Al-Ammari||27 July 1997||3||2||Jönköpings Södra IF|
|8||MF||Ali Qasim Yousif||3||0|
|13||MF||Ihab Naser||11 January 1997||3||0||Syrianska FC|
|17||MF||Hasan Abdulkareem||1 January 1999||0||0||Al-Shorta|
|20||MF||Mahdi Hameed||29 October 2000||1||0|
|9||FW||Wakaa Ramadan||17 April 1999||1||0|
- The following players have also been called up to Iraqi squad for the last 12 months.
- Olympic Games
- AFC U-23 Championship
- Asian Games
Wild card playersEdit
- Fourth place: 2004
- Emir Abdullah Al-Faisal Cup
- Winners: 2003
- Rajiv Gandhi Gold Cup
- Winners: 1998