Iraq national under-23 football team

Iraq national under-23 football team (also known as Iraq Under-23 or Iraq Olympic Team) represents Iraq in international football competitions in Olympic Games and Asian Games, as well as any other under-23, under-22, and under-21 international football tournaments. It is controlled by the Iraq Football Association.

Iraq U-23
Nickname(s)Asiad Asia
AssociationIFA
ConfederationAFC (Asia)
Head coachAbdul-Ghani Shahad
CaptainBashar Resan
FIFA codeIRQ
First colours
Second colours
Olympic Games (Since 1992)
Appearances2 (first in 2004)
Best resultFourth place (2004)
Asian Games (Since 2002)
Appearances2 (first in 2006)
Best result Silver Medal (2006)
AFC U-23 Championship
Appearances3 (first in 2013)
Best resultChampions (2013)

Iraq Olympic Team reached fourth place in the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens won the silver medal in the 2006 Asian Games in Doha, and the bronze medal in the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon.

History

2004 Athens Olympics

After 16 years without participation, Iraq qualified for the 2004 Summer Olympics after winning the 2004 Olympic Asian Qualifiers under head coach Adnan Hamad and were scheduled to play against Costa Rica, Morocco and Portugal in the group stages. At the Olympics Iraq started with a shocking 4–2 win against Portugal. That was followed by a 2–0 win against Costa Rica and a 2–1 loss to Morocco. The quarter-finals saw them beat Australia 1–0, and in the semi-final against Paraguay, Iraq lost 3–1. In the bronze medal match, Iraq lost 1–0 and finished fourth.

2013 AFC U-22 Championship

Iraq's first major honour on U-23 level was the 2013 AFC U-22 Championship. The tournament started with a 3–1 win against Saudi Arabia. That was followed by a 2–1 win against Uzbekistan and a 1–0 win against China. The quarter-finals saw them beat Japan 1–0, and the semi-final against favourites Korea Republic with another 1–0 win.

The final was against local rivals Saudi Arabia, and Mohannad Abdul-Raheem scored the only goal to win the tournament for Iraq. This victory secured Iraq's first Asian Cup U-23 title.

2016 AFC U-23 Championship

The 2016 AFC U-23 Championship final tournament is to be held in Qatar from 12–30 January 2016. Iraq qualified for the tournament by topping the group in the qualification stage in Oman in March 2015.

Iraq advanced from the group stage, beating Yemen 2–0, Uzbekistan 3–2, and a 1–1 tie with South Korea. In the quarterfinals, Iraq beat UAE 3–1 in extra time to progress to the semifinals. Iraq lost 2–1 to Japan.

In the third place match, Iraq came back from behind to beat Qatar 2–1 to qualify for 2016 Olympics.

2016 Rio Olympics

Iraq qualified for the 2016 Olympics by clinching third place at the 2016 AFC U-23 Championship. The first game saw Iraq play against Denmark, and the score turned out as a 0–0 draw, despite Iraq having 18 shots in the match. The second game was played against the hosts and pre-tournament favourites, Brazil, which also ended up as a 0–0 draw, which was hailed as a great result for Iraq. In the third game, Iraq tied South Africa 1–1, despite having a huge 29 shots in the match. This result, coupled with Denmark's defeat to Brazil, saw Iraq get eliminated at the group stage. Brazil eventually went on to win the tournament.

2018 AFC U-23 Championship

Iraq qualified for the 3rd tournament by topping the group in the qualification stage in Saudi Arabia in July 2017.

In the final tournament, with the defending champion Japan not bringing their strongest squad and South Korea fielded a relatively inexperienced squad, Iraq had many chances to repeat 2013 success. In the group stage, they finished at the top of the group after beating Malaysia 4–1 and Jordan 1–0, with a 0–0 draw against Saudi Arabia. Iraq advanced into the quarter-final as the first seed of group C and was scheduled to face off against Vietnam, which was widely regarded to be Iraq's easiest ever opponent in this stage, boosting the enthusiasm among Iraqis. However, thing didn't go as planned, which an unexpected 3–3 draw after extra time meant that the result would be settled via a penalty shoot-out, in which Vietnam emerged victorious with the score of 5–3, thus eliminating Iraq from the tournament in the shock of its supporters.

2020 AFC U-23 Championship

Iraq qualified for the tournament by topping the group in the qualification stage in Iran in March 2019.

In the final tournament held in Thailand, Iraq was grouped in group A together with host Thailand, a resurgence Australia and the unknown Bahrain.

Competitions Record

Olympic tournaments

Olympic Games

Matches

Recent results and fixtures

  Win   Draw   Lose

8 March 2019 FriendlyQatar 0–1 IraqAspire 5, Doha
6 September 2019 FriendlyBahrain 0–2 IraqNational Stadium, Manama
9 September 2019 FriendlyBahrain 1–0 IraqNational Stadium, Manama

Coaching staff

Position Name
Head coach Abdul-Ghani Shahad
Assistant coaches Abbas Obeid
Haidar Jabbar
Goalkeeping coach Abdulkareem Naeem
Team manager Abdul-Karim Farhan
Fitness coach Sardar Mohammed
Team doctor Ghalib Abbas
Team Analyst Ali Alniaimy

Team

Current squad

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Hussam Mahdi (1997-01-06) 6 January 1997 0 0 Al-Minaa
12 1GK Ali Kadhim (1997-10-24) 24 October 1997 3 0 Naft Al-Wasat
22 1GK Arian Sevok (1998-03-25) 25 March 1998 0 0 Zakho

2 2DF Mustafa Mohammed (1998-01-14) 14 January 1998 3 0 Al-Zawraa
3 2DF Muntadher Sattar (1997-01-04) 4 January 1997 3 0 Al-Sinaat Al-Kahrabaiya
4 2DF Najm Shwan (1997-07-09) 9 July 1997 3 0 Al-Zawraa
5 2DF Abdulabbas Ayad (2000-03-18) 18 March 2000 3 0 Al-Hedood
15 2DF Alaa Raad (1998-02-20) 20 February 1998 3 0 Al-Zawraa
16 2DF Hassan Raad (2000-09-23) 23 September 2000 2 0 Al-Karkh
16 2DF Reyad Poles (2000-04-28) 28 April 2000 0 0 Syrianska FC

6 3MF Amir Al-Ammari (1997-07-27) 27 July 1997 3 2 Jönköpings Södra IF
8 3MF Ali Qasim Yousif (1997-02-17) 17 February 1997 3 0 Al-Najaf
11 3MF Sajjad Jasim (1997-03-08) 8 March 1997 0 0 Al-Karkh
13 3MF Ihab Jarir (1997-01-11) 11 January 1997 3 0 Syrianska FC
17 3MF Hasan Abdulkareem (1999-01-01) 1 January 1999 0 0 Al-Shorta
18 3MF Sajjad Jabbar (1998-06-25) 25 June 1998 3 1 Naft Maysan
20 3MF Sadeq Zamil (1999-07-15) 15 July 1999 1 0 Naft Al-Junoob
20 3MF Mahdi Hameed (2000-10-29) 29 October 2000 1 0
23 3MF Mohammed Mezher (1998-03-24) 24 March 1998 2 0 Naft Maysan

7 4FW Murad Mohammed (1997-04-01) 1 April 1997 3 3 Al-Kahraba
9 4FW Wakaa Ramadan (1999-04-17) 17 April 1999 1 0 Al-Naft
9 4FW Ahmed Abdulrazzaq (1998-03-12) 12 March 1998 1 0 Al-Diwaniya
14 4FW Hussein Jabbar (1998-03-09) 9 March 1998 1 1 Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya

Recent callups

  • The following players have also been called up to Iraqi squad for the last 24 months.
Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Ahmed Basil (1996-08-19) 19 August 1996 6 0 Al-Shorta 2018 AFC U-23 Championship, January 2018
GK Ali Abdul-Hassan (1996-09-19) 19 September 1996 0 0 Al-Talaba 2018 AFC U-23 Championship, January 2018
GK Hayder Mohammed (1996-10-23) 23 October 1996 0 0 Al-Zawraa 2018 AFC U-23 Championship, January 2018

DF Ahmed Abdul-Ridha (1997-04-02) 2 April 1997 5 0 Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya 2018 AFC U-23 Championship, January 2018
DF Hamza Adnan (1996-02-08) 8 February 1996 10 0 Al-Minaa 2018 AFC U-23 Championship, January 2018
DF Burhan Jumaah (1996-07-01) 1 July 1996 5 0 Al-Najaf 2018 AFC U-23 Championship, January 2018
DF Ali Lateef (1996-01-18) 18 January 1996 6 0 Al-Shorta 2018 AFC U-23 Championship, January 2018
DF Khudhur Ali (1998-06-19) 19 June 1998 0 0 Al-Najaf 2018 AFC U-23 Championship, January 2018
DF Alaa Mhawi (1996-06-03) 3 June 1996 13 1 Al-Shorta 2018 AFC U-23 Championship, January 2018
DF Ruslan Hanoon (1996-03-04) 4 March 1996 0 0 Naft Maysan 2018 AFC U-23 Championship, January 2018
DF Ali Kadhim Mohammed (1997-09-26) 26 September 1997 3 0 Al-Najaf 2018 AFC U-23 Championship, January 2018

MF Ali Raheem (1995-02-17) 17 February 1995 3 0 Al-Zawraa 2018 AFC U-23 Championship, January 2018
MF Hussein Ali (1996-11-29) 29 November 1996 6 1 Qatar SC 2018 AFC U-23 Championship, January 2018
MF Mohammed Jaffal (1996-06-01) 1 June 1996 2 1 Al-Minaa 2018 AFC U-23 Championship, January 2018
MF Bashar Resan (1996-12-22) 22 December 1996 16 5 Persepolis 2018 AFC U-23 Championship, January 2018
MF Ibrahim Bayesh (2000-01-01) 1 January 2000 3 0 Al-Zawraa 2018 AFC U-23 Championship, January 2018
MF Safaa Hadi (1998-10-14) 14 October 1998 6 0 Al-Zawraa 2018 AFC U-23 Championship, January 2018
MF Amjad Attwan (1997-03-12) 12 March 1997 14 2 Al-Najaf 2018 AFC U-23 Championship, January 2018
MF Ahmed Mohsin Jaber (1995-01-24) 24 January 1995 4 0 Al-Naft 2018 AFC U-23 Championship, January 2018

FW Farhan Shakor (1995-10-15) 15 October 1995 4 0 Al-Najaf 2018 AFC U-23 Championship, January 2018
FW Ayman Hussein (1996-03-22) 22 March 1996 14 11 CS Sfaxien 2018 AFC U-23 Championship, January 2018
FW Alaa Abbas (1997-07-27) 27 July 1997 0 0 Al-Zawraa 2018 AFC U-23 Championship, January 2018
FW Waleed Kareem (1997-06-10) 10 June 1997 0 0 Al-Naft 2018 AFC U-23 Championship, January 2018

Previous squads

Olympic Games
AFC U-23 Championship
Asian Games
West Asian Championship

Wild card players

Honours

Major tournaments

Fourth place: 2004
Winners: 2013
Third place: 2016
Runners-up: 2006
Third place: 2014

Minor tournaments

  • Prince Abdullah Al-Faisal Friendship Cup
Winners: 2003
  • Rajiv Gandhi Gold Cup
Winners: 1998

See also

References

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