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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.

Iraq Iraq U-23
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Asiad Asia
AssociationIFA
ConfederationAFC (Asia)
Head coachAbdul-Ghani Shahad
CaptainBashar Resan
FIFA codeIRQ
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Second colours
Olympic Games (Since 1992)
Appearances2 (first in 2004)
Best resultFourth place (2004)
Asian Games (Since 2002)
Appearances2 (first in 2006)
Best resultSilver medal asia.svg Silver Medal (2006)
AFC U-23 Championship
Appearances3 (first in 2013)
Best resultChampions (2013)

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HistoryEdit

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.

The final was against local rivals Saudi Arabia, and Mohannad Abdul-Raheem scored the only goal to win the tournament for Iraq. This victory secured Iraq's first Asian Cup U-23 title.

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.

In the third place match, Iraq came back from behind to beat Qatar 2–1 to qualify for 2016 Olympics.

2016 Rio OlympicsEdit

 
Iraq line-up before a match with Brazil at the 2016 Rio Olympics

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

Iraq qualified for the 3rd tournament by topping the group in the qualification stage in Saudi Arabia in July 2017.

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

Iraq qualified for the tournament by topping the group in the qualification stage in Iran in March 2019.

Competitions RecordEdit

Olympic tournamentsEdit

Olympic GamesEdit

MatchesEdit

Recent results and fixturesEdit

  Win   Draw   Lose

8 March 2019 FriendlyQatar  0–1  IraqAspire 5, Doha

Coaching staffEdit

Position Name
Head coach   Abdul-Ghani Shahad
Assistant coaches   Abbas Obeid
  Haidar Jabbar
Goalkeeping coach   Abdulkareem Naeem
Team manager   Abdul-Karim Farhan
Fitness coach   Sardar Mohammed
Team doctor   Ghalib Abbas

TeamEdit

Current squadEdit

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Hussam Mahdi (1997-01-06) 6 January 1997 (age 22) 0 0   Al-Minaa
12 1GK Ali Kadhim Hadi (1997-10-24) 24 October 1997 (age 21) 3 0   Naft Al-Wasat
22 1GK Arian Ibrahim Sevok (1998-03-25) 25 March 1998 (age 21) 0 0   Almere

2 2DF Mustafa Mohammed (1998-01-14) 14 January 1998 (age 21) 3 0   Al-Zawraa
3 2DF Muntadher Sattar (1997-01-04) 4 January 1997 (age 22) 3 0   Al-Sinaat Al-Kahrabaiya
4 2DF Najm Shwan (1997-07-09) 9 July 1997 (age 22) 3 0   Al-Zawraa
5 2DF Abdulabbas Ayad Khalaf (2000-03-18) 18 March 2000 (age 19) 3 0   Al-Hedood
15 2DF Alaa Raad (1998-02-20) 20 February 1998 (age 21) 3 0   Naft Al-Junoob
16 2DF Hassan Raad (2000-09-23) 23 September 2000 (age 18) 2 0   Al-Karkh
16 2DF Reyad Poles (2000-04-28) 28 April 2000 (age 19) 0 0   Syrianska FC

6 3MF Amir Al-Ammari (1997-07-27) 27 July 1997 (age 21) 3 2   Jönköpings Södra IF
8 3MF Ali Qasim Yousif (1997-02-17) 17 February 1997 (age 22) 3 0   Al-Najaf
11 3MF Sajjad Jasim (1997-03-08) 8 March 1997 (age 22) 0 0   Al-Karkh
13 3MF Ihab Jarir (1997-01-11) 11 January 1997 (age 22) 3 0   Syrianska FC
17 3MF Hasan Abdulkareem (1999-01-01) 1 January 1999 (age 20) 0 0   Al-Shorta
18 3MF Sajjad Jabbar (1998-06-25) 25 June 1998 (age 21) 3 1   Naft Maysan
20 3MF Sadeq Zamil (1999-07-15) 15 July 1999 (age 20) 1 0   Naft Al-Junoob
20 3MF Mahdi Hameed (2000-10-29) 29 October 2000 (age 18) 1 0  
23 3MF Mohammed Mezher (1998-03-24) 24 March 1998 (age 21) 2 0   Naft Maysan

7 4FW Murad Mohammed (1997-04-01) 1 April 1997 (age 22) 3 3   Al-Kahraba
9 4FW Wakaa Ramadan (1999-04-17) 17 April 1999 (age 20) 1 0   Al-Naft
9 4FW Ahmed Abdulrazzaq (1998-03-12) 12 March 1998 (age 21) 1 0   Al-Diwaniya
14 4FW Hussein Jabar (1998-03-09) 9 March 1998 (age 21) 1 1   Al-Karkh

Recent callupsEdit

  • The following players have also been called up to Iraqi squad for the last 12 months.
Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Ahmed Basil (1996-08-19) 19 August 1996 (age 22) 6 0   Al-Shorta 2018 AFC U-23 Championship, January 2018
GK Ali Abdul-Hassan (1996-09-19) 19 September 1996 (age 22) 0 0   Al-Talaba 2018 AFC U-23 Championship, January 2018
GK Hayder Mohammed (1996-10-23) 23 October 1996 (age 22) 0 0   Al-Zawraa 2018 AFC U-23 Championship, January 2018

DF Ahmed Abdul-Ridha (1997-04-02) 2 April 1997 (age 22) 5 0   Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya 2018 AFC U-23 Championship, January 2018
DF Hamza Adnan (1996-02-08) 8 February 1996 (age 23) 10 0   Al-Minaa 2018 AFC U-23 Championship, January 2018
DF Burhan Jumaah (1996-07-01) 1 July 1996 (age 23) 5 0   Al-Najaf 2018 AFC U-23 Championship, January 2018
DF Ali Lateef (1996-01-18) 18 January 1996 (age 23) 6 0   Al-Shorta 2018 AFC U-23 Championship, January 2018
DF Khudhur Ali (1998-06-19) 19 June 1998 (age 21) 0 0   Al-Najaf 2018 AFC U-23 Championship, January 2018
DF Alaa Mhawi (1996-06-03) 3 June 1996 (age 23) 13 1   Al-Shorta 2018 AFC U-23 Championship, January 2018
DF Ruslan Hanoon (1996-03-04) 4 March 1996 (age 23) 0 0   Naft Maysan 2018 AFC U-23 Championship, January 2018
DF Ali Kadhim Mohammed (1997-09-26) 26 September 1997 (age 21) 3 0   Al-Najaf 2018 AFC U-23 Championship, January 2018

MF Ali Raheem (1995-02-17) 17 February 1995 (age 24) 3 0   Al-Zawraa 2018 AFC U-23 Championship, January 2018
MF Hussein Ali (1996-11-29) 29 November 1996 (age 22) 6 1   Qatar SC 2018 AFC U-23 Championship, January 2018
MF Mohammed Jaffal (1996-06-01) 1 June 1996 (age 23) 2 1   Al-Minaa 2018 AFC U-23 Championship, January 2018
MF Bashar Resan (1996-12-22) 22 December 1996 (age 22) 16 5   Persepolis 2018 AFC U-23 Championship, January 2018
MF Ibrahim Bayesh (2000-01-01) 1 January 2000 (age 19) 3 0   Al-Zawraa 2018 AFC U-23 Championship, January 2018
MF Safaa Hadi (1998-10-14) 14 October 1998 (age 20) 6 0   Al-Zawraa 2018 AFC U-23 Championship, January 2018
MF Amjad Attwan (1997-03-12) 12 March 1997 (age 22) 14 2   Al-Najaf 2018 AFC U-23 Championship, January 2018
MF Ahmed Mohsin Jaber (1995-01-24) 24 January 1995 (age 24) 4 0   Al-Naft 2018 AFC U-23 Championship, January 2018

FW Farhan Shakor (1995-10-15) 15 October 1995 (age 23) 4 0   Al-Najaf 2018 AFC U-23 Championship, January 2018
FW Ayman Hussein (1996-03-22) 22 March 1996 (age 23) 14 11   CS Sfaxien 2018 AFC U-23 Championship, January 2018
FW Alaa Abbas (1997-07-27) 27 July 1997 (age 21) 0 0   Al-Zawraa 2018 AFC U-23 Championship, January 2018
FW Waleed Kareem (1997-06-10) 10 June 1997 (age 22) 0 0   Al-Naft 2018 AFC U-23 Championship, January 2018

Previous squadsEdit

Olympic Games
AFC U-23 Championship
Asian Games

Wild card playersEdit

HonoursEdit

Major tournamentsEdit

Fourth place: 2004
Winners: 2013
Third place: 2016
Runners-up: 2006
Third place: 2014

Minor tournamentsEdit

  • Prince Abdullah Al-Faisal Friendship Cup
Winners: 2003
  • Rajiv Gandhi Gold Cup
Winners: 1998

See alsoEdit

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