Former Iraqi striker Tariq Aziz passes away


Iraqi striker from the 60s, Tariq Aziz passed away at the age of 70 on Saturday afternoon. The former Aliyat Al-Shurta star had had been having treatment at the Medical City in the Iraqi capital after suffering a stroke.

Born in Baghdad in 1944, the son of footballer Aziz Brisam and Fakhriya Ibrahim, began playing with local shaabiya teams in the district of Al-Nahda, and represented the Iraqi nasha’een and school team.

However he made his name as a dominating forward for one of Iraq’s greatest teams of the Sixties, the Police side Aliyat Al-Shurta and won the Iraqi league with the side in 1968, 1969, 1970 and 1972. The line-up of Shaker Ismail, Shamil Tabra, Mudhafar Nouri and later Jassib Shand along with Tariq was one of the most formidable front-lines in Iraq

He made his debut for the Iraqi Army side in 1965 and scored the winning goal in a 2-1 victory over Hungarian side Vasas Budapest, with a bullet header that was to become his trademark in a glittering career. His goals from his head earned him the nickname ‘Golden Head’ and the Fox of Baghdad for his predatory instinct in the penalty area.

He represented Iraq from 1967 to 1971, making his debut against the Libyan B side at the Tripoli Fairs’Cup, and went onto score one of Iraq’s goals in a 4-1 win. Tariq scored three goals in seven official internationals for Iraq, with the last coming in a 2-1 victory over Lebanon in Istanbul.

His three sons Ayad, Ziyad and Abdul-Kader all followed in their father’s footsteps, with Ziyad playing for the national side from 1999 to 2002, while his youngest Abdul-Kader of Al-Karkh has recently been called into the Iraqi Olympic side.

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