Naft Al-Wasat SC

Naft Al-Wasat Sports Club (Arabic: نادي نفط الوسط الرياضي‎, lit. 'Midland Oil') is an Iraqi sports club based in Najaf, Iraq. Its professional football team plays in the Iraqi Premier League, the top tier of the Iraqi football. The club's home stadium is An-Najaf Stadium.

Naft Al-Wasat
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Full nameNaft Al-Wasat Sports Club
Nickname(s)Andaleeb Al-Furat (The Euphrates Nightingales)
Founded2008; 13 years ago (2008)
GroundAn-Najaf Stadium
OwnerMidland Oil Company[2]
PresidentDawood Salem Ahmed
ManagerJamal Ali
LeagueIraqi Premier League
2018–19Iraqi Premier League, 7th
Current season

Founded in 2008, Naft Al-Wasat spent three seasons in the Iraq Division Two and another three in the Iraq Division One until they were promoted from the 2013–14 Iraq Division One to the Iraqi Premier League. In their first season in the Iraqi Premier League, Naft Al-Wasat became the champions by achieving the 2014–15 Iraqi Premier League.

Their futsal club has participated in the AFC Futsal Club Championship.[3]


Naft Al-Wasat SC was found on 1 July 2008 by the Ministry of Oil. The founding board consisted of Riyadh Bahr Al-Ouloom, Abbas Fakhruddin, Firas Nouri, Haitham Abbas, Ali Juwad, Yasin Khudhair, Mustafa Mohammed, Hassan Juwad, Wisam Fawzi and Basim Radhi.[4] The club entered the Iraq Division Two and was promoted to the Iraq Division One in the 2010–11 season. In the 2011–12 season, Naft Al-Wasat made their first transfer from other clubs, signing Karrar Abd from Kufa FC in January 2012.[5] In the 2011–12 season, Naft Al-Wasat barely qualified to the second stage, after having 8 wins, 6 draws and 4 losses, only a point away from Kufa FC.[6] In the second stage, Naft Al-Wasat finished in 4th place of the Group 2, at 12 points, after having 4 wins and 4 losses, ending their first season in the Division One with failure.[7]

In the 2012–13 season, Naft Al-Wasat failed again to qualify. In the groups stage, they became in top of Group D, at 27 points, being won 7 matches, drawn in 5 and lost only one.[8] In the second stage they had a big breakdown, finishing in 5th place in Group 2, after winning only one match, drawing in 5 and losing 3.[9] In the 2012–13 Iraq FA Cup, they reached the third round before being eliminated. In the first round, they defeated Samawa 4–0, and in the second round they eliminated Al-Sinaat Al-Kahrabaiya by beating them 4–3 on aggregate (the first leg was 1–1 and the second leg was 3–2). In the third round, they lost the first leg to Masafi Al-Wasat 2–1 and drew the second leg 2–2, being knocked out 4–3 on aggregate.[10]

After the 2012–13 season, the technical staff was changed, signing the manager, Abdul Ghani Shahad, on 27 August 2013.[11] In the 2013–14 season, Naft Al-Wasat were promoted for the first time in their history. They were in top of Group E at 34 points, 8 points away from Al-Diwaniya FC, which was a big difference from last seasons.[12] In the second stage, Naft Al-Wasat took the Group 4 lead, at 20 points, by winning 6 matches and drawing in two.[13] They ended their season as the leaders of Group 1 in the last stage, claiming promotion to the Iraqi Premier League.[14]

After the end of the 2013–14 season, the club made major changes to get ready for the 2014–15 Iraqi Premier League with the total of 8 players signed,[5] but the most important signing was Noor Sabri.[15] Naft Al-Wasat were one of the teams that weren't expected to qualify to the second stage. Despite losing a third of their games in the first stage, finishing in 4th position out of ten teams in their group, Naft Al-Wasat just about managed to qualify for the final stage, after wins against the likes of Erbil and Al-Zawraa; this itself was considered a big success for the young team.[16] In the second stage, the team surprised everyone by defeating Al Shorta SC (the defending champions and one of the strongest contenders for the league championship) twice.[17] After taking the Group 1 lead, Naft Al-Wasat got qualified to the league final,[18] where they won over Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya via a penalty shoot-out.[19]

Their league title win qualified them for the 2016 AFC Cup. They finished top of Group B with a record of five wins and one loss, but they lost 1–0 in the round of 16 to Al-Jaish. They were not allowed to play their home matches in Iraq in this tournament due to security concerns. In the 2015–16 Iraqi Premier League, Naft Al-Wasat finished in second place in their group, behind eventual champions Al-Zawraa, to qualify for the final stage. In the final stage, Naft Al-Wasat finished as runners-up, again behind Al-Zawraa. As the league's runners-up, Naft Al-Wasat qualified for the 2016–17 Arab Club Championship, where they got revenge on Al-Jaish by knocking them out to qualify for the group stage.


After achieving the 2014–15 Iraqi Premier League, Naft Al-Wasat became the second team to be crowned as the Iraqi Premier League champions in their first season, the other being Al-Zawra'a in the 1975–76 season.[20] Naft Al-Wasat are also the first team from Najaf to achieve the league and the fifth team that isn't from Baghdad to achieve it since its start in 1974.[21] When the final match of the 2014–15 season, between Naft Al-Wasat and Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya, ended in a 6–5 win for Naft Al-Wasat via a penalty shoot-out, Noor Sabri remained undefeated in every penalty shoot-out throughout his career since 1999.[22]


The season-by-season performance of the club over the recent years:

Season League Rank P W D L F A GD Pts Cup
2011–12 Iraq Division One 3 – Group 2 26 12 6 8 29 23 +6 42
2012–13 Iraq Division One 5 – Group 2 23 8 11 4 29 20 +9 35 R32
2013–14 Iraq Division One 1 – Group 1 25 18 7 0 45 12 +33 61
2014–15 Iraqi Premier League 1 25 13 6 6 24 15 +9 45
2015–16 Iraqi Premier League 2 24 14 7 3 34 20 +14 49 R16
2016–17 Iraqi Premier League 5 36 19 11 6 45 26 +19 68 RU
2017–18 Iraqi Premier League 9 38 10 19 9 42 38 +4 49
2018–19 Iraqi Premier League 7 38 11 17 10 38 37 +1 50 R16
2019–20(1) Iraqi Premier League 5 3 0 2 3 2 +1 9 R16(2)

As of 3 June 2020.[23] Rank = Rank in the league; P = Played; W = Win; D = Draw; L = Loss; F = Goals for; A = Goals against; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points; Cup = Iraq FA Cup.
in = Still in competition; — = Not attended; 1R = 1st round; 2R = 2nd round; 3R = 3rd round; R16 = Round of sixteen; QF = Quarterfinals; SF = Semifinals.

1 The league was abandoned midway through and was declared null and void.
2 Naft Al-Wasat had not yet been eliminated from the cup but it was abandoned midway through.


First-team squadEdit

As of 18 October 2020

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK   IRQ Ali Kadhim Gatfan
2 MF   IRQ Ibrahim Khalaf
4 MF   CIV Didier Florent Koré
5 DF   IRQ Ruslan Hanoon
6 MF   IRQ Sajad Jassim
7 MF   IRQ Hussein Abdul-Wahid
10 MF   IRQ Sajjad Raad Hatem
11 FW   MAR Omar Mansouri
12 GK   IRQ Ali Kadhim Hadi
13 MF   IRQ Karrar Jassim
14 MF   IRQ Khaldoun Ibrahim (Captain)
15 MF   IRQ Murtadha Jamal Rahim
17 MF   IRQ Nabeel Sabah
19 FW   SLE Sheka Fofanah
No. Pos. Nation Player
20 MF   IRQ Mohammed Hassan
21 MF   IRQ Haider Ahmed
24 DF   IRQ Faisal Jassim
25 MF   IRQ Al-Muntasser bellah Foad
26 MF   IRQ Abdullah Saadoun
27 DF   IRQ Mohammed Mudhar
28 MF   IRQ Zaid Najah
29 MF   IRQ Sajjad Hassan
30 GK   IRQ Muqtada Qasim
31 GK   IRQ Mustafa Zohair
32 MF   IRQ Saif Jbayer
33 DF   IRQ Mustafa Abdul-Jalil
34 MF   IRQ Abdullah Abdul-Amir
66 DF   IRQ Zaid Tahseen

Current technical staffEdit

Position Name Nationality
Manager: Jamal Ali  
Assistant manager: Luay Salah  
Assistant manager: Hassan Hadi  
Goalkeeping coach: Noori Abd Zaid  
Fitness coach: Haider Abdul Qader  
Technical and Statistical Analyst: Moayed Ibrahim  
Director of football: Nabeel Abbas  
Administrative director: Firas Bahrul-Oloom  

Updated to match played 3 July 2020

Kit suppliersEdit

Period Kit manufacturer
2020– Joma

Managerial historyEdit





2016: Round of 16


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