In the 2005 West Asian Games, a logo featuring black and white bands underneath a red semicircle featured on the kit with the three stars of the flag shown in the white band. This list answers the questions, "Who are the best Iraqi footballers?" The first ban was imposed in 1980 after an Olympic qualifying play-off between Iraq and Kuwait in Baghdad, where the match referee was attacked by enraged home fans and members of the Iraqi team after the Malaysian official’s decision to award a match changing penalty to the Kuwaitis that led to Iraq losing 3–2. The Iraq national football team (Arabic: المنتخب العراقي لكرة القدم‎) represents Iraq in international football and is controlled by the Iraq Football Association (IFA), the governing body for football in Iraq. Iraq defeated Iran in the quarter-finals in penalties, 7–6, after the game ended 3–3 after 120 minutes of play. Iraq's rivalry with Kuwait is once considered as the Arab world's greatest football rivalry of all time; dubbed 'The Arabic El Clasico' until being taken by Iraq's rivalry with Saudi Arabia due to Kuwait's decline.

If you're searching for a particular famous Iraqi soccer player you can use the "search" box to find what you're looking for. Iraq then beat Palestine 2–0 and qualified to knockout stage as the Group D runner-up behind Japan with six points. Venue: Kowloon, Hong KongDate: TBC (2021)Time: TBC, Iraq vs. CambodiaWorld Cup/Asian Cup Qualifiers, Venue: Basra, IraqDate: TBC (2021)Time: TBC.

FIFA and the AFC have jointly decided to postpone Asia's World Cup qualifying matches to 2021. For the women's team, see. [32] Iraq has played 28 matches against Iran with 6 victories, 7 draws, and 15 losses. In 1982, they won the gold medal at the 1982 Asian Games.

In 1996, Iraq was ranked 139th in the world, which is their worst FIFA ranking in their history.

Iraq won their first ever WAFF Championship in 2002, beating Jordan 3–2 in the final after extra time despite being two goals down. On 23 July 2011, Iraq played a FIFA World Cup qualifier on home ground for the first time since 2001. Iraq won their first trophy in 1964 when they hosted and won the Arab Nations Cup, winning three and drawing one of their four games. His death left football fans in grief in Iraq and the region. Iraq failed to advance to the final round of 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifiers as a 1–0 defeat to Qatar saw them finish in third in the group. Iraq football hit by age fraud scandals With players banned from travel, executives sacked and a national squad that just withdrew from the Asian Games, Iraqi football is paying the … The 2000s was widely considered to be the rebirth and rise of one of Iraq's greatest football generation second only to the 1980s generation. The beginnings of the footballing rivalry between them dates back to the 1970s, but it was only after the 1990s that the great rivalry between two Arab nations truly developed since it was previously overshadowed by Iraq's rivalries with Iran and Kuwait. The following players have also been called up to the Iraq squad within the last 12 months. In the 2005 West Asian Games, a logo featuring black and white bands underneath a red semicircle featured on the kit with the three stars of the flag shown in the white band. Iraq played the 2002 World Cup qualifiers at home against Iran (first time since the Iraq-Iran War) Bahrain, and Thailand in the Al-Shaab Stadium in Baghdad. [21], Hakeem Shaker took over as interim coach and finished as runners-up in both the 2012 WAFF Championship and 2013 Arabian Gulf Cup. Due to the Gulf War, FIFA banned Iraq again from 1990 till 1995. Iraq won 4–4 aggregate on away goals and advanced to the final round. Iraq began the 2015 AFC Asian Cup campaign with a 1–0 win over Jordan. After a disappointing 2009 Arabian Gulf Cup, Vieira was sacked and replaced by Bora Milutinovic. In the same year they were knocked out at the second round of 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifiers by Uzbekistan. FIFA, or the International Federation of Association Football, paid tribute to Radhi. They reached the quarter-finals but lost to the United Arab Emirates due to a golden goal scored by Abdulrahman Ibrahim. Following the Gulf War in 1990, Iraq was banned from participating in the Asian Games and in most Arab competitions, leading them to participate in friendly competitions instead. and "Who is the greatest Iraqi soccer player of all time?" Iraqis have considered any matches against Iran is a must-win encounter and treat it differently from any other football matches. The 2019-20 Iraqi Premier League has been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic following a meeting between the Iraq FA and club representatives. The match went into extra time with Harry Kewell heading in a goal in the 117th minute just inside the 18-yard box. On 3 September 2018, Srečko Katanec was appointed as head coach on a three-year contract.

INJ Player injured They produced another big upset by knocking out Asian giants South Korea (who had thrashed Iraq 3–0 in a pre-tournament friendly) in the semis via a penalty shootout in which Noor Sabri made a crucial save.

The rivalry is friendlier and more amicable than Iraq's remaining rivalries, and there is a common sense of solidarity between two countries due to similar conflicts tearing two nations apart.[36]. On 3 July 2013, FIFA re-imposed the ban due to a massive surge in nationwide violence, barely three months after world football's governing body gave Baghdad the go-ahead. Iraq's only goalscorer at a World Cup, the legendary Ahmed Radhi, has passed away due to COVID-19. In the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification, Iraq advanced to the third round but Sidka's contract was not renewed and he was succeeded by Zico in August 2011. In 2007, Iraq were knocked out at the group stage of the Arabian Gulf Cup. In the next match, Iraq faced Japan and lost the match 0–1. A succeeding chant is "the second goal is coming" ("هسه يجي الثاني"); this is usually chanted repeatedly after Iraq score a goal to motivate the players to score another. “Farewell, Abu Faisal, goodbye to my brother Ahmed Radhi,” wrote former star and Iraqi League President Hussein Saeed.