Zico resigns from Iraq post


NOTA OFICIAL: Zico comunica saída da seleção do Iraque
Por Arthur Antunes Coimbra

Venho por meio do meu site informar que, por volta das 12h desta terça-feira, horário de Brasília, enviei comunicação oficial à Fifa, entidade máxima do futebol mundial, e à IFA, que é a associação iraquiana de futebol, declarando que considero meu contrato rescindido por descumprimento da IFA. Em breve prestarei mais esclarecimentos.

 
from Zico’s Official Website

Olsen, Vieira, Sidka and Zico, what do they have in common. They were pushed out by the Mafia in the FA and the national team.

Thank you Zico.

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Al-Shurta striker Jean Michel N’Lend nets hat-trick in Baghdad derby


Cameroon striker Jean Michel N’Lend wrote himself into Iraqi football history when he became the first foreigner to score a hat-trick in the Iraqi league . He netted a hat-trick of headers in a 4-1 victory over Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya in the Baghdad derby on Sunday. Al-Shurta are joint top with 10 points with Duhok and Karbala after four games. In the Iraqi league goalscorers chart Duhok’s Brazilian Jaílton and Al-Sinaa’s Bassam Qabil are in second place with four goals, a goal behind league top scorer Karbala’s Hussein Farhoud. N’Lend has three goals from four matches for Al-Shurta.

31 Foreign players in Iraqi league for 2012-2013 season


Papa Ablaye Diop (Arbil/Senegal)
Sulaman “Sula” Matovu (Arbil/Uganda)
Ivan Bukenya (Arbil/Uganda)
Nadim Sabbagh (Arbil/Syria)
Jaílton Nascimento de Oliveira (Duhok/Brazil)
Burhan Ahmed Sahioni (Duhok/Syria)
Ali Diab Ahmed (Duhok/Syria)
Mamadou Malick N’diaye (Kirkuk/Senegal)
Ahmed Sadiq (Al-Minaa/Yemen)
Alaa Al-Sasi (Al-Minaa/Yemen)
Aurelien Innocent Oko Bota (Al-Minaa/Cameroon)
Mohammed Shawqi (Al-Naft/Egypt)
Hamdi Faisal Al-Masri (Al-Naft/Syria)
Mohammed Al-Dahhas (Naft Al-Janoub/Syria)
Adib Barakat (Al-Najaf/Syria)
Aatef Jenyat (Al-Najaf/Syria)
Innocent Felix Awoa Zoa (Al-Shurta/Cameroon)
Jean Michel N’Lend (Al-Shurta/Cameroon)
Abdel-Kader Saleem Dekka (Al-Sinaa/Syria)
Bakri Tarab (Sulimaniya/Syria)
Mahmoud Al-Amena (Sulimaniya/Syria)
Majid Homsi (Sulimaniya/Syria)
Shaaban Mustafa Al-Najjar (Al-Talaba/Yemen)
Kinan Diab (Al-Talaba/Syria)
Muataz Kailouni (Al-Talaba/Syria)
Habib Mohammed (Al-Talaba/Ghana)
Nasouh Fawaz Nakdali (Zakho/Syria)
Firas Ismail (Zakho/Syria)
Kawa Hesso (Zakho/Syria)
Firas Al-Khatib (Zakho/Syria)
Raja Rafeh (Zakho/Syria)

IRAQ 1-0 JORDAN


WORLD CUP QUALIFIER
14/11/2012, Grand Hamad Stadium, Al-Arabi Stadium, Doha
IRAQ 1-0 JORDAN [HT 0-0]
SCORERS: Hamadi Ahmed 86′ (1-0)

IRAQ: (5-5-1)
[22] Nour Sabri [c] [Al-Naft] [74/0]
[23] Walid Salim [Al-Kahraba] [3/0]
[2] Ahmed Ibrahim [Arbil] [18/0]
[15] Ali Hussein Rahema [Al-Wakra-QAT] [91/1]
[3] Ali Bahjat [Duhok] [3/0]
[4] Khaldoun Ibrahim [Nadi Baghdad] [22/0]
[8] Osama Rashid [VV Excelsior Maassluis-NED] [5/0]
[17] >76′ Nabil Sabah [Arbil] [1/0]
[14] Saad Abdul-Amir [Arbil] [18/0]
[7] Hamadi Ahmed [Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya] [12/1]
[16] >91′ Samal Saeed [Al-Naft] [61/2]
[9] Ahmed Yasin [Örebro SK-SWE] [9/0]
[18] Hussam Ibrahim [Nadi Baghdad] [2/1]
[11] >72′ Amjad Radhi [Arbil] [18/0]
COACH: ‘Zico’ Arthur Antunes Coimbra (Brazil)

JORDAN: Amer Shafih Sabah; 4 Mohammed Al-Dameiri, 6 Saeed Al-Marjan (20 Hamza Al-Dardour 88′), 7 Amer Dib Khalil Mohammed [c], 8 Mohammed Mustafa, 13 Khalil Bani Attiya, 14 Abdullah Dib Salim (9 Uday Al-Saifi 62), 15 Shadi Abu Hashhash, 16 Basim Fathi Othman; 18 Hassan Abdul-Fattah Mahmoud, 5 Thair Bawab Fayadh (10 Ahmed Hayel Ibrahim 62′)
COACH: Adnan Hamad (Iraq)

Referee: Hai Tan (China)
Linesmen: Yuxin Mu (China) & Jige Su (China)
Fourth Official: Ning Ma (China)
Cautions: Ali Bahjat 74′, Saad Abdul-Amir 77′, Hamadi Ahmed 87′.