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The Iraqi Super Cup (Arabic: كأس السوبر العراقي), previously called Perseverance Cup (Arabic: كأس المثابرة), is Iraqi football's annual match contested between the champions of the previous Iraqi Premier League season and the holders of the Iraq FA Cup at Al-Shaab Stadium. If the Premier League champions also won the FA Cup then the league runners-up provide the opposition. Generally ranked below the Iraq FA Cup and the now-defunct Iraqi Elite Cup in terms of importance, the fixture is a recognised football super cup.[1] Extra-time is not played in the case of a draw; the game goes straight to penalties instead.

Iraqi Super Cup
Iraqi Super Cup Logo.png
Organising bodyIraq Football Association
Founded1997; 22 years ago (1997)
RegionIraq
Number of teams2
Current championsAl-Zawraa (4th title)
Most successful club(s)Al-Zawraa (4 titles)
Television broadcastersAl-Iraqiya TV
Al-Kass Sports
2017 Iraqi Super Cup

Al-Zawraa are the current holders of the cup, having beaten Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya 3–0 on penalties after a 1–1 draw in 2017 to win the cup for a record fourth time.

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HistoryEdit

It was founded in 1997, and the first two editions of the tournament were played at the end of the season, to bring a close to the campaign. But from 1999 onwards, the cup was played before the start of the following Premier League season as a 'curtain-raiser' to the new league campaign. The tournament was cancelled in 2003 due to the Iraq War making it too difficult to hold the game. From then up until 2016, the Iraq FA Cup was either not played or not completed, meaning the cup could not be played. In 2016, the Iraq FA Cup was finally completed, and the newly-named 2016 Iraqi Super Cup was scheduled to be played in August 2016, but was eventually cancelled due to scheduling difficulties. Finally, the tournament was played for the first time in 15 years in 2017, with Al-Zawraa extending their record number of wins to 4.

StatisticsEdit

MatchesEdit

Perseverance Cup
Year Winner Result Runner-up
1997 Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya 3–1 Al-Zawraa
1998 Al-Zawraa 1–0 Al-Shorta
1999 Al-Zawraa 2–2 (aet)
(5–4 pen)
Al-Talaba
2000 Al-Zawraa 1–0 Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya
2001 Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya 1–0 Al-Zawraa
2002 Al-Talaba 2–1 (agget) Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya
2003 Cancelled
Iraqi Super Cup
Year Winner Result Runner-up
2016 Cancelled
2017 Al-Zawraa 1–1
(3–0 pen)
Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya

Most successful clubsEdit

Team Winners Runners-up
Al-Zawraa 4 2
Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya 2 3
Al-Talaba 1 1
Al-Shorta 0 1

List of winning managersEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Refel Hashim, Hassanin Mubarak and Mohammed Qayed. "Iraq - List of Cup Winners". RSSSF. Retrieved 2014-08-11.

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