Football often goes by the title of 'the people's game' and is a sport that is truly universal. Football is played by people of all genders, nationalities and religions, it has the power to unite us as we come together to experience one of the sport's world cultures. Football fans are a passionate bunch and nowhere is this truer than in Iraq. Despite experiencing trying times, the Iraq national team are ready to put their names on the map and show the footballing world what they have to offer. Make sure to join in the experience by picking up Iraq football tickets at StubHub!
Iraq football history
Football in Iraq dates back to the early 20th century, however, it was after joining Fifa in 1950 that the national team really established themselves, going on to play their first official match in 1957 at the Pan Arab Games. A member of the Asian Football Federation, Iraq is one of the most successful teams in the region with numerous regional titles. The Iraq men's national team won the Arab Nations Cup twice in the 60's and twice in the 80's.The Lions of Mesopotamia have also tasted success at the Asian Games, the WAFF Championship, the Pan Arab Games and the Gulf Cup of Nations. The men's team have also made it to Fifa's showpiece competition reaching the World Cup in 1986 and more recently qualifying for Fifa's Confederations Cup in 2009.
Iraq football's new stars
The new generation of Iraqi footballers has set about making a name for themselves winning the AFC Asian Cup in 2007 and the award for the AFC National Team of the Year in both 2003 and 2007. The under-20 team also picked up the award in 2013. As ever, the challenge is to maintain their regional success whilst also achieving success on the world stage. With a number of players gracing foreign leagues such as Ahmed Yasin and Allan Mohideen in Sweden, Ali Adnan in Italy and Dhurgham Ismail and Ali Faez in Turkey, the Lions of Mesopotamia are ready to create a new chapter in Iraqi football. Be sure to witness this exciting time for Asian football and get your Iraq tickets on StubHub!