Category: Iraq

Where to find Iraq vs. Argentina on US TV and streaming

If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Iraq vs. Argentina on US TV in their friendly, you’ve come to the right place. In their latest friendly, the Argentina squad features several stars including Paulo Dybala, Mauro Icardi, Nicolas Otamendi, Angel Correa and others. The match will be shown live on US television and streaming. Match: Iraq vs. Argentina Kickoff: Thursday, 2pm ET Looking to watch Iraq vs. Argentina online from your work, home or on the go? If you live in the USA, there are several options to catch all the action. We Recommend: US Only. Here ... Read more

Iraq play first post-ban friendly at home

Basra (Iraq) (AFP) – Iraq faced Jordan in the southern city of Basra on Thursday in their first match at home since football’s governing body FIFA lifted a multi-year ban on international friendlies. Iraqis’ passion for football cuts across the deep religious and political divisions that have fuelled horrific violence in the country for years, but that same violence has led to periodic bans on matches being held in the country. Now the national team is finally back on the field in Iraq, and fans are both happy and proud about the homecoming. “Now we truly feel the atmosphere of ... Read more

IS ouster clears way for football comeback in Iraq’s Mosul

Mosul (Iraq) (AFP) – It was a grim time for football: jihadists observed matches, jerseys from foreign teams were banned and even whistling was prohibited when the Islamic State group held Iraq’s Mosul. Play was halted for prayers, which occur five times a day, and shorts that exposed players’ knees were also banned by IS. Now, eastern Mosul has been recaptured from the jihadists and efforts are underway to rehabilitate football pitches, even as the battle for the city’s west continues on the other side of the Tigris River. “When we were playing, they were watching us and some of ... Read more

Yamaguchi rescues Japan against Iraq in World Cup qualifier

Saitama (Japan) (AFP) – Substitute Hotaru Yamaguchi’s 95th-minute winner rescued Japan and their stuttering World Cup qualifying campaign as they escaped with a 2-1 victory over Iraq on Thursday. The Blue Samurai were headed for an ignominious draw in Saitama when Yamaguchi smashed a loose ball from a corner through a forest of legs and into the Iraqi goal. The result gave Japan their second win in three final-round qualifiers and boosted under-fire coach Vahid Halilhodzic, who has endured calls for his resignation and has suffered reported player unrest. It also lifts Japan’s hopes of reaching a sixth straight World ... Read more

Late Saudi penalties catch Iraq napping in World Cup qualifier

Shah Alam (Malaysia) (AFP) – Nawaf Al Abed buried two penalties in the last nine minutes as Saudi Arabia came from a goal down to beat regional rivals Iraq 2-1 in World Cup qualifying on Tuesday. War-torn Iraq, playing their home fixture in Malaysia’s Shah Alam, struck early through Mohannad Abdul-Raheem and  looked headed for victory as the clock ticked down. But on 81 minutes, after Saad Natiq brought down Hassan Muath in the box, Abed drilled home a powerful equaliser from the spot. And there was more to come after Abed won another penalty which he converted in the ... Read more

Luongo, Juric fire Australia past Iraq in World Cup qualifier

Perth (Australia) (AFP) – Hotshots Massimo Luongo and Tomi Juric were both on target as Australia overcame a dogged Iraq outfit to win 2-0 in their 2018 World Cup qualifier on Thursday. The home side were strong favourites but they didn’t have it all their own way until QPR’s Luongo and FC Luzern striker Juric scored in a seven-minute, second-half burst. “It was a great way to come back today,” said Juric, who was recalled by coach Ange Postecoglou after missing Australia’s friendlies against Greece in June. “There definitely could have been a few more (goals) on our side, but ... Read more

5 observations from stunning Iraq-Iran Asian Cup Quarter-Final match [VIDEO]

The quarterfinal between Iraq versus Iran was never going to be a run-of-the-mill affair. Coming into the match, Iraq had only beaten their arch rivals once in their previous five AFC Asian Cup meetings losing the other four. Iran, on the other hand, had exited the AFC Asian Cup at the quarterfinal stage in 2011 and 2007, so something had to give. The two sides couldn’t be more contrasting. The Iranian’s well-drilled, experienced and obdurate against a youthful, energetic but inconsistent Iraqi team. What Iran and Iraq served up was an incredible encounter between the two Asian rivals.  It’s safe ... Read more