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Al-Najaf Football Club (Arabic: نادي النجف لكرة القدم‎) is an Iraqi football club based in Najaf. They are members of the Iraqi Premier League. Al-Najaf played in the 2007 AFC Champions League.

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Full nameAl-Najaf Football Club
Nickname(s)Ghizlan Al-Badiah (Desert Gazelles)
Founded1961; 58 years ago (1961)
GroundNew Najaf Stadium
ChairmanRadwan Al Kindi
ManagerHassan Ahmed
LeagueIraqi Premier League
2018–19Iraqi Premier League, 12th
Current season



In 1960, the city of Najaf began an active movement to establish a sports club after the athletes then felt the need of the city to a sports club that absorbed the energies of young people and their creations which are almost lost in the amateur leagues. Some of the dignitaries of the city were contacted for this purpose.[1] The request was submitted to the Ministry of the Interior, which was responsible for the authorisation of sports clubs in Iraq at that time. The name of Al Ghiri Sports Club was proposed for this institution. In 1961, the Ministry of the Interior approved their request to establish the club and thus wrote the birth certificate of the first sports club in the city of Najaf and consisted of the first administrative body of Messrs. Naji Hassan Hasswa as president and Maki Hadi Maala Vice-President and Alwan Elsafer as secretary.[2] At the beginning of the establishment of the club, the Ministry of the Interior allocated an annual grant of 60 dinars divided into two instalments, and the club relied on this grant and monthly subscriptions from its members.


New Najaf Stadium is a purpose built football stadium that is the current home stadium of Al-Najaf. It opened in 2018, with a capacity of 30,000 people. Until 2018, the club played its home matches at An-Najaf Stadium (Arabic: ستاد النجف‎).

Current squadEdit

First-team squadEdit

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

No. Position Player
2   DF Karrar Aamer
3   DF Ali Kadhim (captain)
5   DF Muhanad Rzayej
6   FW Kaleemullah Khan
7   MF Ali Qasim Ghazi
8   MF Tahir Hameed
9   MF Ali Qasim
11   FW Mueen Ahmed
13   MF Ali Rashid
14   FW Ahmed Salam
16   MF Milad Nouri
19   MF Karim Dali
25   MF Bassam Qabil
26   MF Ali Riyadh
27   FW Kingsley Eduwo
29   DF Papa Koami Awounyo
No. Position Player
33   DF Mustafa Abdul Jalil
  GK Haider Raad
  MF Ameer Razzak
  FW Ali Aiyad
  DF Ahmed Abdul Hussein
  MF Ridha Fadhel
  MF Ameer Sabah Khudhair
  MF Akwetey Mensah
  GK Dalovan Mahdi
  DF Mohammed Saeed Mujbel
  GK Mahdi Hashim
  MF Mustafa Moayad
  FW Murtaja Adel Nasser
  MF Rafed Moayad
  MF Rafed Jbayer
  DF Essam Yassin
  MF Murtadha Hdayeb

Current technical staffEdit

Position Name Nationality
Manager: Hassan Ahmed  
Assistant manager: Bahaa Kadhim  
Assistant manager: Chasib Sultan  
Goalkeeping coach: Mohammed Abdul Zahra  
Administrative director: Ali Hashim  

Last updated: 23 July 2019


Performance in AFC competitionsEdit

2007: Group Stage

Managerial historyEdit

Since the club’s promotion to the Iraqi Premier League in the 1987–88 season so far, twenty-four coaches have led the team[4][5] :





  • Al-Nasr wal-Salam Championship
    • Winners (1): 1992
  • Al-Mahabba Cup
    • Winners (1): 2003

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ تاريخ الاندية الرياضـية العراقية (in Arabic). 27 September 2010.
  2. ^ عميد الرياضة النجفية .. محمد الفضلي : رحلة خمسين عاماً من العطاء الثر (in Arabic). 24 August 2016.
  3. ^ Al-Najaf—Iraqi Premier League
  4. ^ نادي النجف … ثمانية عشر مدربا خلال 29 موسما .. وحمود قاد الفريق في 449 مباراة (in Arabic). 4 June 2016.
  5. ^ نادي النجف … شهد قاد الفريق في 245 مباراة وحقق انجازات يشار لها بالبنان (in Arabic). 16 June 2016.

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