Salih Sadir Salih Al-Sadoun (Arabic: صالح سدير صالح السعدون; born 21 August 1981) is an Iraqi former professional footballer who played as an attacking midfielder.

Salih Sadir
Personal information
Full name Salih Sadir Salih Al-Sadoun[1]
Date of birth (1981-08-21) 21 August 1981 (age 40)
Place of birth Najaf, Iraq[2]
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Position(s) Attacking midfielder, second striker
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2003 Al-Najaf (10)
2003–2004 Al-Talaba (0)
2004–2005 Zamalek 11 (2)
2005–2008 Ansar 57 (30)
2008–2009 Ahed 20 (27)
2009–2010 Rah Ahan 5 (1)
2010–2011 Safa 3 (0)
2011 Paykan 12 (2)
2011–2012 Al-Najaf (3)
2012–2013 Duhok (11)
2013–2014 Zakho (0)
2014 Al-Zawraa (1)
2014–2015 Duhok (2)
2015 Al-Talaba (0)
2015–2017 Naft Al-Wasat (10)
2017–2018 Al-Mina'a (2)
2018 Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya (2)
2018–2019 Naft Al-Wasat (6)
2019–2020 Al-Najaf (1)
National team
2002–2012 Iraq 56 (7)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Previously, Sadir played with Rah Ahan and Paykan in the Persian Gulf Pro League. He also played for the Iraq national football team between 2002 and 2011. He has two younger brothers, Ayad and Qaed, both also footballers.[citation needed]

Club careerEdit

Sadir started his playing career with Nasour Al-Jumhuriya before joining Najaf FC where he progressed through the youth ranks under coach Zuhair Khadim.[citation needed] In 1999, he was promoted into the first team by Najih Hemoud and became a regular. Under coach Hemoud, Najaf FC became one of Iraq's most entertaining teams with Saleh Sadeer – and captain Falah Hassan, Abbas Wahoudi, Saeed Muhsin, Ali Hashim and Qasim Jalout.[citation needed]

In 2003 after the war, he moved to Al-Talaba where he made several outstanding performances in the Arab Champions League – which earned him a move to Egyptian giants Zamalek SC for next season.[citation needed] After playing one season with Zamalek SC, he joined Lebanon league champions Al-Ansar where he helped them to two consecutive Lebanon league titles.[citation needed] Sadir moved to Zakho on 14 September 2013.[citation needed]

On 11 February 2022, Sadir announced his retirement from football.[3]

International careerEdit

Sadir played for the Olympic team in the qualifying rounds – his performances compensated for the absence of Nashat Akram in Iraq's midfield.[citation needed] Before the war, he was named one of the two best players in the 2003–04 season by an Iraqi FA panel and became a regular in Stange's Olympic squad making his debut in the 2–1 defeat to Qatar in the former Oman and Perth Glory coach's first game in charge of Iraq.[citation needed] Saleh Sadeer was one of Bernd Stange's favourite players when the German first arrived in Iraq.[citation needed] He scored an important goal in the 1–1 draw with Vietnam in Hanoi that helped Iraq to progress to the second round.[citation needed]

Career statisticsEdit


Scores and results list Iraq's goal tally first, score column indicates score after each Sadir goal.
List of international goals scored by Salih Sadir
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition Ref.
1 8 September 2004 Zhongshan Soccer Stadium, Taipei, Taiwan   Chinese Taipei 1–0 4–1 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification
2 2–0
3 3 December 2004 Al-Maktoum Stadium, Dubai, United Arab Emirates   Yemen 2–1 3–1 Friendly
4 25 July 2006 Abbasiyyin Stadium, Damascus, Syria   Syria 2–0 2–1 Friendly
5 6 September 2006 Khalifa Bin Zayed Stadium, Al Ain, United Arab Emirates   Palestine 1–1 2–2 2007 AFC Asian Cup qualification
6 22 June 2007 Amman International Stadium, Amman, Jordan   Syria 3–0 3–0 2007 WAFF Championship
7 24 June 2007 Amman International Stadium, Amman, Jordan   Iran 1–2 1–2 2007 WAFF Championship






  1. ^ "Salih Sadir". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmermann. Retrieved 21 April 2021.
  2. ^ "Salih Sadir". Global Sports Archive. Retrieved 21 April 2021.
  3. ^ AlrabiaSportsTV
  4. ^ "تقرير مفصل مع الصور الحصرية لكوورة لبنانية عن مهرجان المنار 2006-2007". كووورة. 9 July 2019. Retrieved 10 February 2022.
  5. ^ Al Sahili, Mohamed (4 July 2007). تقرير مفصل مع الصور الحصرية لكوورة لبنانية عن مهرجان المنار 2006–2007. Kooora (in Arabic). Retrieved 10 February 2022.
  6. ^ العراقي سدير أفضل لاعب في استفتاء "المنار". (in Arabic). 10 July 2008. Retrieved 13 February 2022.
  7. ^ مهرجان المنار... والكأس بين العهد والساحل. al-akhbar (in Arabic). 13 May 2009. Retrieved 13 February 2022.

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