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Apr 5 12 6:45 PM

Absolutely but it is certainly worth collecting a brief list anyway, precisly to avoid those problems in future - e.g. if you were to publish the definitive list of full internationals for Iraq, and then in 50 years someone going over the work finds another match that they think you had missed, then your work could lose authority. That's why I think it's preferable to report everything (with appropriate classification, footnotes, whatever). Apart from that there is also the aspect of commerorating the efforts of players in those years - they played many more matches than were counted as official, and it is a shame if these unofficial games are not mentioned at all.

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Apr 6 12 3:55 PM

HM_IRAQ57 wrote:

Iraq played five matches, a select team from Habbaniya, Basra, two matches in Turkey and one other match in Baghdad against a Syrian side. Iraq won two matches, drew one and lost 2. The matches were all played in April/May 1951.


In RSSSF I found:
02.05.1951 Basra Basra XI - Iraq 1-1
06.05.1951 Izmir Turkey B - Iraq 7-0
12.05.1951 Ankara Ankara XI - Iraq 7-5

What's about exact date and final score of the other two?
??.04.1951 Habbaniyah Habbaniyah XI - Iraq ?? (Iraq won).
??.04.1951 Baghdad Iraq - Syrian Side (what Side?) ?? (Iraq won).

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Apr 15 12 1:19 PM

Giampaolo wrote:
HM_IRAQ57 wrote:

Iraq played five matches, a select team from Habbaniya, Basra, two matches in Turkey and one other match in Baghdad against a Syrian side. Iraq won two matches, drew one and lost 2. The matches were all played in April/May 1951.


In RSSSF I found:
02.05.1951 Basra Basra XI - Iraq 1-1
06.05.1951 Izmir Turkey B - Iraq 7-0
12.05.1951 Ankara Ankara XI - Iraq 7-5

What's about exact date and final score of the other two?
??.04.1951 Habbaniyah Habbaniyah XI - Iraq ?? (Iraq won 5-0).
??.05.1951 Baghdad Iraq - Syrian Side (Sikak ) ?? (Iraq won
4-2).


I don't have the dates

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Apr 6 17 2:03 PM

More details on the game between  Iraq - Syrian Side (Sikak )  (Iraq won 4-2). - The Iraqi team was the Iraqi Railway team (Sikak Al-Hadeed) which featured a few guest players from the national side, match was played in 1952.

Also I stopped counting Iraq's matches from 1995-1996 because in each report I have looked at, the team which took part at the Nehru Cup and Merdeka Tournament is clearly labelled "the Iraqi Olympic team" - and all but the goalkeepers were U-23 (the coach for some reason did not trust playing any U-23 goalkeeper in those competitions which cost him in the qualifying campaign) and the same team took part in the Olympic Games qualifying campaign. The Iraq U-23 also played a couple of friendlies with China's Olympic team in 1996.

06/03/96

Nanhai (China)

China

1-4

08/03/96

Shenzhen (China)

China

1-0


Found some other matches - all of whom are unofficial internationals (at current) but two of which could be official internationals.

First is a match played between India's national side in 1996 against an Iraqi XI (playing in the name of Al-Karkh but featuring fringe players from the national side). India were touring Iraq at the time and with Iraq returning to Baghdad at the same time after qualifying for the Asian Cup, most of the key players were foreign based so were unavailable and so for this reason, the team which played India played under the name of Al-Karkh Club.

India's matches in Iraq Tour

August 15 v Al-Karkh (1-1?)

August 18 v Samarra (1-2)

August 22 v Al-Sinaa (?-?)

August 28 v Najaf (0-2)

August 31 v Al-Shurta at Al-Shaab (0-3)


Another match was one involving Tajikistan in 1997, this could be the Tajikistani national side and a short report on their arrival in Baghdad mentioned the president of the Tajik FA was part of the delegation. They played Iraq's U-19s on April 14 (losing 2-1), Al-Najaf (lost 1-0) April 16, and the Iraqi national side on April 19 which they lost 5-1.

In 1999, Jordan travelled to Baghdad and played two matches against an Iraqi team (not sure on the type of formation but the national coach managed the side, I've read it labelled as a Baghdad Stars XI others as the national side). The Iraqi side won 2-0 on April 30 and on May 5 Jordan lost 2-0 to Iraq's U-23 side in Baghdad. The following month Iraq played two friendlies against Jordan.

Some information on the 1992 Amman International Tournament. The competition was financed and organised by the Iraq FA! (they were suspended by FIFA after the 1991 Gulf War and the ban ended in August 1992 and wanted to use the the tournament to announce a return to the football community and try to get the Arab FAs to allow them to take part in the 1992 Arab Cup).  The organisers sent invitations to several FAs and the FAs of 6 nations sent teams to take part with Iraq and Jordan. The Ethiopian FA sent their team - though there are some reports that it was the club side Ethiopian Banks FC or a B team -  some players in the squad were national players like Woldemanuel Feyisa, Zewde Bogele and Hussein Abdullah - the team which played in the tournament was labelled as Ethiopia and wore Ethiopian national jerseys!  The Congo-Brazzaville FA dispatched a B team - though this was not mentioned by the Congolese FA nor by the organisers.

Last Edited By: HMIRAQ57 Apr 6 17 2:11 PM. Edited 2 times.

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