Assyrian legends of Iraqi football: Zia Shawel


ZIA SHAWEL (b.1932-d.2010)

Zia Shawel was an outstanding player who started his athletic career in his early teens in Habbaniya where he played for the Levy Civilian and C.C. teams.

In 1952 he joined the B.P.C. team of the city of Basra for which he played until 1953.

In 1955 he moved to Baghdad and was appointed as a team captain and coach for the Assyrian Sport Club, which was newly formed, due to his coaching abilities and playing skills as well.

In 1956 Zia was representing the Assyrian Sports Club, which played against the Iranian Taj Club, and won the game with the final score of 6 to 3.

In 1957 he joined the Public Transport Services and played alongside some marvelous players such as Youel Gorgis, Aram Karam, Kako Gorgis, Sargis Shimshon, and the great team captain, the late Hormis Goriel.

In the same year Zia was designated to represent the Baghdad Al-Ahly XI, which played against quite a number of foreign teams which visited Iraq.

He was also called upon to play for the Iraq, and participated at the Pan Arab Games held in Beirut, Lebanon in 1957.

In 1959 Zia again was playing for the Iraq National XI which visited the Eastern European countries, and played against some teams from Bulgaria, Romania, Czechoslovakia, and East Germany.

Undoubtedly Zia was a great player of all times. His playing skills and qualifications maintained his position in the field and enabled him to play in different positions such as right, center and left halfback, and center forward.

In 1960 he left Iraq to study in West Germany and joined Eintricht Frankfurt. Unfortunately he was unable to renew his contract with this team for another team so he worked as a coach for local team called Kelsterbach until 1967, when he left Germany and immigrated to Canada.

In 1971 he chose Australia as his permanent residence where he formed the Assyrian Ninevah Club, where he was involved in athletic activities and rendered his services to the Assyrian Nineveh Club as advisor and expert in team formation.

Number of games played for foreign teams: 45



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