Iraq beat North Korea 2-0 at the Zabeel Stadium in Dubai on Friday with goals from Mustafa Nadhim and Amjad Kelaf. The North Koreans were unable to call on their foreign based players and senior side and fielded their U-22 side. The Iraq FA had paid $75,000 to set-up the friendly game.
IRAQ 2-0 NORTH KOREA
Mustafa Nadhim 9, Mohanad Abdul-Rahim 67
IRAQ: 1 Jalal Hassan; 23 Mahdi Karim, 6 Dhargham Ismail (2 Ali Husni 83′), 7 Ali Bahjat, 20 Ali Rahema; 9 Mustafa Nadhim, 8 Karrar Jassim (11 Saif Salman 57′), 14 Ahmed Abbas (13 Mahdi Kamil 63′); 21 Amjad Kelaf (5 Hamadi Ahmed 74′), 3 Mohanad Abdul-Rahim (4 Marwan Hussein 78′), 10 Younis Mahmoud [c] (19 Alaa Abdul-Zahra 70′).
COACH: Hakim Shaker
NORTH KOREA: 21 An Tae-Song; 2 Jong Kwang-Sok (23 Hyon Jong-Hyok 41′), 3 Ryu Kwang-Ho, 5 Jang Kuk-Chol,
16 Pak Myong-Song (22 Ju Jong-Chol 88′); 4 Sim Hyon-Jin, 11 Jong Il-Gwan [c], 14 Yun Il-Gwang (8 Ri Hyon-Song 46′),
20 So Kyong-Jin; 15 Jo Kwang, 10 Kim Ju-Song.
COACH: Yun Jong-Su
REFEREE: Mohammed Abdul-Karim Al-Zarouni (UAE)
LINESMEN: Jassim Abdullah Yousef (UAE) & Sabet Obaid Surour Sabet Al-Ali (UAE)
FOURTH OFFICIAL: Hamad Ahmed Abdullah Al-Shaikh Hashmi (UAE)
CAUTIONS: So Kyong-Jin 48′, Ryu Kwang-Ho 62′, Saif Salman 77′, An Tae Song 87′.
Adidas have taken the unprecedented step of confirming that they have ‘no relationship’ with Iraqi club Duhok, who play in a similar jersey to the Colombian national side – a team sponsored by the German sportswear designer.
The company released a statement insisting that they “neither sponsor nor produces sports equipment for Duhok” and stressed “We value our relationship with the Colombian FA and are investigating as a matter of urgency, the similarities between these two facilities.”
“The design of the Colombia national team jersey is unique to the Colombian FA and was inspired by symbols of Colombian culture,” says Adidas.
It added that Adidas were investigating the situation urgently and would take the necessary measures to protect our trademarks and registered designs nationally and internationally.”
Iraqi clubs are known for wearing jerseys of other teams, and only last season, Lazio’s tifosi were up in arms by the use of a club design by Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya.
It seems the new Iraq has yet to catch up to the rest of the word regarding copyrights and trademarks.
Goalkeepers: Mohammed Hamed (Al-Naft), Jalal Hassan (Arbil), Ali Yasin (Naft Al-Janoub), Haidar Raad (Al-Naft)
Defenders: Mustafa Nadhim (Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya), Ali Bahjat (Al-Shurta), Walid Salim (Al-Shurta), Ali Adnan (Çaykur Rizespor, Turkey), Ali Rahema (Al-Wakra, Qatar), Salam Shaker (Al-Khor), Dhargham Ismail (Al-Shurta), Mohammed Abdul-Zahra (Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya), Mohammed Jabar Rabat (Al-Minaa), Faisal Jassim (Duhok), Ahmed Ibrahim (Ajman, UAE), Ali Faiz (Arbil),
Midfielders: Saif Salman (Arbil), Ali Husni (Al-Minaa), Humam Tariq (Al-Ahly Dubai, UAE), Ahmed Yasin (Örebro SK, Sweden), Yaser Kasim (Swindon Town, England), Hulgard Mulla Mohammed (Arbil), Karrar Jassim (Al-Talaba)
Forwards: Marwan Hussein (Al-Zawraa), Mohanad Abdul-Rahim (Duhok), Hamadi Ahmed (Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya), Mustafa Ahmed (Nadi Baghdad), Younis Mahmoud (Unattached), Amjad Kelaf (Al-Shurta),