Zakho SC

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Zakho Sport Club, also spelled as Zaxo Sport Club (Kurdish: یانا زاخو یا وه‌رزشی / Yana Zaxo ya Werzişî) is a sports club based in Zakho, Iraqi Kurdistan. Zakho SC's biggest rivals are also their neighbours Duhok SC, with whom they contest the Bahdinan Derby.

Zakho (Zaxo)
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Full nameZakho Sport Club
Nickname(s)Sons Of Khabour
Kurdish: Kurên Xabîrî
Arabic: أبناء الخابـور
Short nameZSC
Founded3 June 1987; 35 years ago (3 June 1987)
GroundZakho International Stadium
ChairmanBilind Shafeeq Mohammed
Sporting directorTaha Zakholi
CoachFiras Al-Khatib
LeagueIraqi Premier League
Kurdistan Premier League
2020–21Iraqi Premier League, 9th of 20
Kurdistan Premier League, 1st of 14 Group A
Current season


Football in Zakho was played unofficially from the early 1920s with many local amateur games as well as school competitions regularly being held in Zakho or nearby districts. This eventually led to the formation of the first ever football team in Zakho in 1948. This was made up of local workers and young men.[1]


In 1986 the management team of the Zakho Youth Sporting Center which consisted of president Yousef Dawad Jabo as well as members: Ali Omran, Bashar Rahmallah, Khaled Hussein, Neshan Kerob, Khalat Ramadan and Khwaste Furman came up with the idea of starting Zakho Football Club to replace the Sporting Center or to be a part of it. According to the National Olympic Committee of Iraq one of the requirements for the creation of the club was that there was to be actual participation of the Sporting Center in sports competitions for at least one year before the club could be registered. So the sporting committee set up teams for different age groups and started competing in different Friendly Matches.[1]

Regional ChampionshipEdit

In 1986 Zakho competed in a regional tournament in Duhok under the name of Zakho Youth Center against Duhok Police, Duhok Youth Center, Duhok students and Duhok SC. Zakho went on to win the competition after defeating all the participants including Duhok FC on penalties. In addition to the regional tournament that the Sporting Center achieved, they also found success in other sports such as Basketball, Wrestling, Weightlifting and Bodybuilding which improved their establishment bid significantly. Finally on June 3, 1987 the club was officially registered.[1]

Debut seasonEdit

Since the club's inception in 1987 the club did not participate in any competition mandated by the Iraqi FA until 1990 for various reasons. Eventually they participated in the 1990/91 Third Division where they were in the Northern Group alongside At-Ta'mim club, Serwan club, Alkarma and Qurqosh. Each team would play home and away where the winner would go to the final of the 3rd league - the winner of this would be promoted to the Second Division. Zakho would top the group with 15 points but the 1991 uprisings in Iraq led to the cancellation of the remainder of the Iraqi football calendar. Zakho fans everywhere were extremely upset.[1]

1991–92 seasonEdit

The following season saw Zakho to return to sporting activities after head of the Olympic Committee Uday Hussein guaranteed not to interfere with any Northern Iraqi sportsmen. Zakho were once again in the Northern group after being drawn with Duhok SC, Qaraqosh, Al Karama and Tel Afar. Zakho topped the group after 5 wins and 3 draws and qualified to the final round.

In the final round Zakho were to play each of Samawa FC, The Neighborhood and Al Hillah. The format was each team to play each other in a single-legged tie. Zakho won the group with 7 points and were crowned Iraqi Third Division champions and qualified to the second division.[1]

New stadiumEdit

On June 3, 2015 Zakho FC celebrated the opening of their new stadium, known as Zakho International Stadium with an unofficial friendly against the Iraqi national team. The match was notable as Shwan Jalal made his Iraq debut and kept a clean sheet in a 2-0 victory for Iraq. Despite this, the new stadium has been a success and the club's fans hope there will be bright times ahead for Zakho FC.[2]

Premier LeagueEdit

Zakho continued to compete in the Iraqi Premier League. In 2015-16 the club narrowly missed out on progression to the elite league, finishing 5th in their area group just one point behind the final elite league spot.[3]

Zakho now competes in the unified Iraqi Premier League which has eliminated the initial stages based on area for one league containing all clubs. Zakho finished 16th in the 2016-17 season having won twice and drawn 16 times during the seasons 32 games. Zakho lost the other 14 games.

Current squadEdit

As of 9 February 2021

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
3 DF   IRQ Omar Abdullah
4 DF   BRA Hélio
5 MF   MLI Idrissa Traoré
6 MF   IRQ Ali Essam
7 MF   IRQ Ahmed Zero Kerko
8 MF   IRQ Saif Salman
9 FW   IRQ Ahmed Dawood
10 FW   IRQ Ziyad Ahmed
11 MF   IRQ Ahmed Ayad
12 GK   IRQ Mohammed Shaker
13 MF   IRQ Amjad Waleed
14 FW   COL Juan David Castañeda
15 FW   PAK Kaleemullah Khan
16 GK   IRQ Hemeen Mahmoud
17 FW   IRQ Mohammed Jawad
18 DF   IRQ Saad Ghanem
No. Pos. Nation Player
19 MF   IRQ Moayad Abdul Basitt
20 DF   IRQ Ihab Kadhim
21 MF   IRQ Riber Nazi
22 DF   IRQ Essam Yassin
23 DF   IRQ Waleed Salem (Captain)
25 MF   IRQ Ahmed Adel
28 GK   IRQ Emad Eisa
29 MF   IRQ Ramdhan Seddiq
31 MF   IRQ Haroun Ahmed
32 DF   IRQ Ahmed Mohammed
33 GK   IRQ Ahmed Khalaf
55 MF   IRQ Omar Adnan
DF   BRA Bruno Oliveira
DF   BRA Caíque Oliveira
MF   IRQ Brwa Nouri (on loan from Bali United)

Current technical staffEdit

Position Name Nationality
Coach: Abdul-Wahab Abu Al-Hail  
Assistant coach: Saeed Hussein  
Fitness coach: Rodrigo Almeida  
Goalkeeping coach: Nabil Awad  
Team manager: Taha Abdul Hakeem  
Team supervisor: Shvan Abdi  
Club doctor: Makram Halabi  
Reserve team coach: Khamis Humoud  
Reserve ass. coach: Nawzad Ali  
U-19 Head coach: Hussein Abdullah Al-Samawi  
U-16 Manager: Bahdin Ali  
U-13 Manager: Adnan Khairallah  
Director of football: Taha Zakholi  
Administrative Coordinator: Dr. Sherzad Zakariya  
Director of public relations: Dilzhar Adnan  

Updated to match played 28 June 2020

Managerial historyEdit


  • Iraqi 3rd Division
    • Winners (1) : 1991–92


  • Kurdistan Cup
    • Winners (2) : 2010–11, 2011–12
  • Kurdistan Super Cup
    • Winners (2) : 2010–11, 2011–12


  1. ^ a b c d e "نادي زاخو الرياضي ... ذكرى 29 عاما على التأسيس .. البداية". (in Arabic). June 3, 2016.
  2. ^ "منتخب العراق يسجل فوزا في افتتاح ملعب زاخو". (in Arabic). June 6, 2015.
  3. ^ "مدرب زاخو العراقي: الحظ سرق منا بطاقة العبور للأدوار النهائية". (in Arabic). April 10, 2016.

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