Iraqi Premier League 2013-14 Champions
Iraqi Premier League 2012-13 Champions

Al Shorta - الشرطة

Al Qeetharah (The Harps) - القيثارة

History

Al Shorta were founded on 14 November 1932, and are the third-oldest team in Iraq. They were founded under the name 'Montakhab Al Shorta' (Police Select XI) and this name lasted until 1962. In Montakhab Al Shorta's early years, the squad was formed of policemen in Iraq who were chosen to represent the Iraqi Police force in football tournaments. The first three tournaments that they competed in were the 1932-33, 1933-34 and 1934-35 editions of the Prince Ghazi Cup, but they failed to win any of them.


Overall, Al Shorta have won 27 trophies since their foundation. The first of them came in 1938, when Montakhab Al Shorta won the Taha Hashemi Cup after defeating Al Quwa Al Jawiya 1-0 thanks to Harbi Shabaa’s goal (pictured left is the team with the trophy). Montakhab Al Shorta then defeated Al Quwa Al Jawiya again a year later, this time it was 2-0, in the final of the Al Quwa Al Jawiya Cup, a tournament created by the runners-up themselves. In the same year, Montakhab Al Shorta crushed Al Karkh 5-1 in the final of the Olympic Club Cup to secure their third piece of silverware in two years.

Montakhab Al Shorta in 1937

In 1962, two years after the foundation of the Police Games Directorate, the club was split into a number of teams, all organised by the Police Games Directorate. These teams included Madrasa Al Shorta (Police School), Aliyat Al Shorta (Police Machinery), Kuliya Al Shorta (Police Academy), Shorta Al Najda (Police Debuties) and Shorta Al Murour (Police Traffic).


The League of the Institutes began with the 1961-62 season, but Police teams did not enter the competition until the 1962-63 season, with Madrasa Al Shorta winning the title in that season. However, after just two seasons, Madrasa Al Shorta were relegated to the second division and a new Police team began to dominate Iraqi football. Under the management of Mohammed Najib Kaban, Aliyat Al Shorta won the Iraqi third division in 1962, and were promoted to the League of the Institutes after winning the second division in 1963 by defeating Al Omma 2-0 in the final game. They impressed in their first season in the top flight in 1963-64, finishing in third place, before two second-place finishes in 1965 and 1966. They were on course to win their first title in the 1966-67 season, but the competition was cancelled due to the Six-Day War in 1967 with Aliyat Al Shorta on top of the league.

The next few years would bring great success to Aliyat Al Shorta. They became the first team to win the national title three times in a row, storming to the 1967-68, 1968-69 and 1969-70 League of the Institutes titles, and lifted the Republics Cup twice in a row in 1968 and 1969, defeating Al Jaish in the 1969 final. In 1971, Aliyat Al Shorta finished second in the league, but much more significantly reached the final of what is now known as the AFC Champions League. They were scheduled to face Isreali club Maccabi Tel Aviv in the final, but rather than trying to become the only Iraqi team to win an AFC competition, they decided to withdraw from the final due to political reasons but received a hero’s welcome on their return to Baghdad due to their heroics in the tournament and pride in refusing to play the Israeli club in a decision that is still hotly debated today among supporters.


Aliyat Al Shorta would go on to win the league for the fourth time in their history and for the fifth time in the history of the Police clubs in the 1971-72 season (still under the management of Mohammed Najib Kaban), before two consecutive second-place finishes in 1973 and 1974. Meanwhile, Kuliya Al Shorta won the Iraqi second division in the 1973-74 season, adding another trophy to the long list of Al Shorta’s honours.

An Aliyat Al Shorta team photo

In 1974, the Iraqi Football Association decided to form the Iraqi League, an official league for clubs from all around Iraq in what was a new beginning for Iraqi club football. This also saw a new beginning for the representation of the Iraqi Police force in football. Aliyat Al Shorta, Shorta Al Najda and Kuliya Al Shorta were all merged to form one club - Al Shorta Sports Club, the same club we know today. However, the Police Games Directorate were strongly against the formation of this new league system, and in protest decided to send a weak team to the competition. The famous faces of Aliyat Al Shorta were nowhere to be seen in the side, replaced by a plethora of unknown, inexperienced, amateur players. Unsurprisingly, the team lost its first game 3-0 against Al Muwasalat, before embarrassingly conceding eleven goals in a humiliating defeat to Al Naqil in the following game. This resulted in an outrage among Al Shorta supporters, and after talks between the IFA and the Police Games Directorate, it was decided that all players from the side would be released, and replaced by players who had previously been representing Shorta Al Najda and Kuliya Al Shorta. The club managed to bounce back from the terrible start to the season and earned a respectable fifth-place finish. The following season saw the return of the great Aliyat Al Shorta players (the likes of captain Abid Kadhim and Douglas Aziz), which hugely improved the team and saw them improve on their fifth place finish the previous season and earn a third-place finish.


Al Shorta won their first tournament outside of Iraq when they won the 1976 Arab Police Quartet Championship, defeating Al Shorta (Syria) and Al Shorta (Sudan) on their way to winning the competition. They repeated the feat two years later, winning the Arab Police Championship for the second time by defeating Al Shorta (Kuwait) 2-0 in the final. 1978 also saw Al Shorta reach the final of the Iraqi FA Cup for the first time, but they were defeated by Al Tayaran (later to be known as Al Quwa Al Jawiya) on penalties in the final. This was to be their first of five FA Cup final defeats.

An Al Shorta team photo from 1978

In the 1979-80 season, legendary player Douglas Aziz became the manager of the club in his first ever managerial job and led the club to their first Iraqi League title in that season as they leapfrogged Al Zawraa into first place on the final round of the season due to Al Zawraa drawing 1-1 with Al Shabab on the last day. Al Shorta thought they had won the league for the second time in a row in the 1980-81 season as they ended the campaign unbeaten with equal points and goal difference to Al Talaba and more goals scored. However, the IFA decided to change the rules so that the number of wins would be the tiebreaker and Al Talaba had two more wins than Al Shorta, meaning that they were handed the title. This rule had never been used before and has never been used again, and many fans believe that there must have been a conspiracy against Al Shorta for such a decision to be made.


1982 saw the greatest achievement in the club’s great history. Led by Douglas Aziz, Al Shorta won the first ever Arab Champions League, known as the Arab Club Champions Cup at the time. Al Nejmeh of Lebanon defeated Al Ahli of Saudi Arabia 2-1 to earn a two-legged tie with Al Shorta to battle it out for the title, with Ali Hussein Mahmoud’s brace winning the first leg 2-0 for Al Shorta before the second leg ended 2-2, meaning that Al Shorta had won 4-2 on aggregate and were crowned champions of the Arab Champions League, something only one other Iraqi team has done since.

Al Shorta's team from 1980-1982

Al Shorta won another competition outside of Iraq in 1983 when they won the President’s Gold Cup by defeating the Malaysia national team 2-0 in the final, before the club changed their name to Quwat Al Emen Al Dakhili (Internal Security Forces) for the 1983-84 season while Iraq was at war; that name only lasted for that one season before the club was renamed to Al Shorta and the name has remained the same ever since. In 1985, Al Shorta won the Arab Police Championship for the third and final time, with Mohamed Khalaf’s goal enough to defeat Al Shorta (Saudi Arabia) 1-0 in the final and secure the title.


A year later, Al Shorta entered the Saddam International Tournament but failed to advance past the group stages before losing the 1992 Al Intisar Al Salam Cup final 2-0 to Al Najaf. Al Shorta suffered more heartache in the following years, losing the 1996 Iraqi FA Cup final to Al Zawraa, the 1997 Iraqi FA Cup final to Al Quwa Al Jawiya and the 1997 Umm Al Ma’arak Cup final to Al Najaf.

An Al Shorta team photo next to the Arab Police Championship trophy in 1985

Al Shorta ended the streak of disappointment in the 1997-98 season. Managed by Abdelilah Abdel-Hamed, Al Shorta won the Iraqi League for the second time in one of the closest, most exciting endings to a season in the history of football. Al Quwa Al Jawiya, Al Shorta and Al Zawraa were all in the running for the title on the final day. Al Quwa Al Jawiya were top of the league, and played out a 1-1 draw with third-placed Al Zawraa. This point was enough to win them the league provided Al Shorta did not defeat Al Sulaikh in a game that was going on at the same time. With the scores locked at 2-2 going into injury time, Al Shorta won a penalty and Mahmoud Majeed rolled it home to win the league for Al Shorta in the dying seconds of the season, leaving the celebrating Al Quwa Al Jawiya players distraught and embarrassed. This qualified Al Shorta to the Al Muthabara Cup (Super Cup) final where they would play cup winners Al Zawraa but they were defeated 1-0. This season also saw them reach the quarter-finals of the Asian Cup Winners’ Cup, earning wins over Al Seeb and Bargh Shiraz before their quarter-final exit.

Al Shorta players celebrate winning the Iraqi League for the second time in 1998

Al Shorta also reached the quarter-finals of the 1999-2000 Asian Club Championship (later to be known as the AFC Champions League), just missing out on a semi-final spot in what was another respectable tournament for the club. The first few years of the 2000s brought both joy and pain to Al Shorta fans. Al Shorta became the first side to win the Umm Al Ma’arak Cup three times in a row in 2000, 2001 and 2002, but also lost their fourth and fifth Iraqi FA Cup finals in 2002 and 2003, both against Al Talaba. 2002 also saw Al Shorta win yet another competition outside of Iraq, the Al-Quds International Championship, by defeating Iraqi side Al Najaf 1-0 in the final, and this tournament was their sixth and last success in a tournament outside of Iraq.


Al Shorta participated in the 2003 edition of the Arab Champions League and the 2004 and 2005 editions of the AFC Champions Leagues but failed to win a game in any of the three competitions and were knocked out in the group stages in all three years. However, 2004 did see a better tournament for Al Shorta as they finished fourth in the Algomhuria International Cup, losing the third-place play off on penalties to Egyptian club Al Ittihad Al Sakandary.

An Al Shorta team photo from the 2007-08 season before the derby with Al Zawraa

Later in the 2000s era, Al Shorta’s domestic results began to falter and by the 2010-11 season, Al Shorta were no longer a real force to be reckoned with in Iraq and under the guidance of legendary striker Younis Abid Ali, Al Shorta were almost relegated, surviving the drop on goal difference thanks to Amjad Kalaf’s heroics on the final day of the season as he scored both goals in a 2-0 win over Al Naft. Former Al Shorta player Basem Qasem took over the club in the 2011-12 season leading them to a seventh place finish (a great improvement on the previous season), and midway through the campaign, Ayad Bunyan became Al Shorta’s president: a man who would change the club significantly in the next few years.


Basem Qasem left the club with Iraqi manager Thair Jassam taking over for the 2012-13 season, and the club immediately began to see improvements in their performances and results. Al Shorta managed to win their first trophy since their Al-Quds International Championship triumph eleven years previously when they defeated Al Zawraa 1-0 to win the Baghdad Cup, and just two years after avoiding relegation by the skin of their teeth, Al Shorta sensationally won their third ever Iraqi League title to secure the double. Despite being on top of the table for the majority of the season, the 2012-13 title was not secured until the final day when Al Shorta thrashed Al Talaba 3-0 at Al Shaab Stadium to finish a point ahead of Erbil and three ahead of Al Quwa Al Jawiya.

Al Shorta players celebrate winning the Iraqi Premier League in the 2012-13 season

The next season, Al Shorta successfully defended their Iraqi League title for the first time, as Brazilian Lorival Santos became only the second foreign manager ever to win the Iraqi League; Al Shorta also appeared in the AFC Champions League qualifiers, losing 1-0 to Al Kuwait S.C. This meant that they would play in the AFC Cup but after four goalless draws from six games, Al Shorta failed to reach the knockout stage of the tournament. They managed to get to the knockout stage of that tournament in the next season but were knocked out at the round of 16 stage by Al Kuwait S.C.


Al Shorta’s recent successes are largely down to the influence of Ayad Bunyan who was able to attract both professional foreign players and top Iraqi players to the club. Not only did he help the club to win trophies, but he also changed the club’s logo, proposed an idea for a new stadium which is currently in construction and got Al Shorta both a kit manufacturer in Nike and a kit sponsor in Royal Arena Sport among other achievements and he is now regarded as a true club legend.

An Al Shorta team photo from their title-winning 2013-14 season

RECENT SEASONS


After starting the 2006-07 season brilliantly by being the only team to win all their games in the first group, including two victories over Al Quwa Al Jawiya, Al Shorta were eventually knocked out in the final (elite) stage of the competition, finishing four points away from the semi-finals.


In 2007-08, they topped their first (twelve-team) group, defeating Al Zawraa twice and Al Quwa Al Jawiya once; they lost just one game in the group and earned 47 points from 22 games, but finished third in their final (elite) stage group, one place away from the next round.


In 2008-09, they disappointingly finished in eighth place in a North Group containing fourteen teams, but were only eight points behind the team whom finished third in the group (Al Quwa Al Jawiya).


In 2009-10, Al Shorta were very close to the semi-finals. They were 2-0 up to Al Najaf knowing that a win would qualify them, but they drew the game 2-2 and Al Talaba qualified one point ahead of them. In this season, they also managed to beat Erbil away from home 1-0; Al Quwa Al Jawiya and Al Talaba were the only other teams who managed to do this.


In 2010-11, Al Shorta survived relegation to the Iraqi Division 1 by the skin of their teeth in one of the worst seasons in their history; they finished in eighth place in their group and only avoided the drop on goal difference (Al Shorta and Al Mosul both earned 35 points but Al Shorta had +5 goal difference whilst Al Mosul had 0 goal difference).


In the 2011-12 season (where the Iraqi League returned to the normal league format), Al Shorta dramatically improved on their last campaign as they were on course for a top-four finish for most of the season and were even challenging for an AFC Cup spot, but a terrible run of six losses in a row towards the end of the season led them to finishing in seventh place in the Iraqi League ahead of Al Zawraa.


Al Shorta had a fantastic 2012-13 season, winning the Iraqi Premier League for the first time since 1998 and losing just two games in their entire 34-game league campaign. They clinched the league title on the last day of the season by beating Al Talaba 3-0, sparking wild celebrations in the national stadium. They also defeated Al Zawraa 1-0 to win the 2013 Baghdad Cup. As league champions, Al Shorta qualified for the AFC Cup for the first time in their history.


The 2013-14 season was another successful one for the club as they won their second league title in a row, albeit in totally different circumstances. After playing 21 games, they were top of the league with games in hand over most of the teams in the league but the competition was ended prematurely due to unrest in the country. The IFA decided that the standings were to remain the same, meaning that Al Shorta were the champions for the fourth time in their history, therefore qualifying for their second consecutive AFC Cup. They played in their first ever AFC Cup in this season but failed to advance past the group stages, playing out four goalless draws from six games.


The 2014-15 season saw the Iraqi League return to a group stage format and the season started very well for Al Shorta under the management of Egyptian Mohamed Youssef as they topped their first group with twelve wins, four draws and no defeats, finishing a huge fifteen points ahead of Al Minaa in second place. However, similarly to the 2006-07 and 2007-08 seasons, Al Shorta were knocked out at the final stage after surprisingly sacking Mohamed Youssef and replacing him with Thair Jassam, with the Police finishing in second place in their group (one win away from the final). They thus qualified for the third place match with Al Minaa but their opponents did not turn up to the game, therefore Al Shorta finished the season in third place. They reached the round of 16 in the 2015 AFC Cup but were eliminated by Al Kuwait S.C.

FAMOUS PLAYERS AND COACHES


Al Shorta have had many talented and famous Iraqi players play for the club before. One of the most famous players to play for Al Shorta was a man considered by many as one of the greatest ever players to play in the Iraqi League, Hashim Ridha (pictured left), who had four different spells with the club. The striker was the Iraqi League top scorer in the 1998-99 and 2001-02 seasons, scoring many famous and brilliant goals. He returned to the club for the last time in the 2010-11 season, scoring one goal in his final spell against Al Ramadi in a 2-1 loss. He finally retired in 2013, and had a retirement ceremony before a match between Al Shorta and Al Zawraa (two of his former clubs). The ceremony included a mini-testimonial match, in which Hashim Ridha scored a goal for Al Shorta. Hashim Ridha is now the director of football at the club.

Emad Hashim, the goalkeeper who appeared 75 times in the Iraqi national team shirt, played for Al Shorta for 14 years, winning many trophies for the club. Players such as Basem Qasem, Raad Hammoudi, Fatah Nsaief and Shaker Mahmoud played for Iraq in the 1986 FIFA World Cup and are regarded as legends for Al Shorta, along with Saad Qais, who had two different spells with Al Shorta. Younis Abid Ali and Mohammed Tabra, both recent Al Shorta managers, also played for the club. Younis Abid Ali is Al Shorta's all-time top goalscorer and was the Iraqi League's top scorer in the 1993-94 season with 36 goals, the highest amount of goals a player has ever scored in one league season. He has scored the fourth most goals in Iraqi League history with a total of 153 league goals. Another legend is late defender and former Iraq captain Abid Kadhim (pictured left). Abid holds the club record for the most ever appearances for Al Shorta, and is one of Iraq's best ever players. He was a leader on the pitch, leading Aliyat Al Shorta to a number of League of Institutes titles in the 1960's and winning both the 1966 Arab Nations Cup and the 1972 World Military Cup with Iraq. He also coached Al Shorta to the 1985 Arab Police Championship Cup title, further cementing his place as an Al Shorta legend.

Some more recent famous players to play for Al Shorta are Iraq internationals Samal Saeed and his brother Samer as well as forward Mustafa Kareem and current Al Shorta players Mohammed Gassid and Mahdi Kareem, who are both AFC Asian Cup winners. However, the most famous recent player to play for the club is Nashat Akram, who started his senior career with Al Shorta and has played 114 times for Iraq. After leaving Al Shorta in 2003, 'The Maestro' rejoined Al Shorta in 2013 and captained the club to a third league title in his second spell before leaving the club and joining Chinese side Dalian Aerbin. Another brief stint at the club followed before he joined Erbil and retired shortly afterwards. During his three spells at Al Shorta, he scored 20 goals. Current Al Shorta forward Amjad Kalaf is also considered to be a legend by many fans, after saving the club from relegation in 2011 and scoring more league goals than any other Al Shorta player in the 2012-13 championship-winning season (pictured left is Nashat lifting the Iraqi League trophy alongside Amjad in 2013).

Al Shorta's most famous manager is Ammo Baba; he managed the club three times (in 1992, 1997 and 2002) in his 32-year managerial career. Al Shorta was the last team he managed in his career. Former players such as Abid Kadhim, Basem Qasem, Younis Abid Ali, Mohammed Tabra and Douglas Aziz have returned to manage the club, with the latter achieving both Iraqi League success and Arab Champions League success with Al Shorta. Wathik Naji and Anwar Jassam are examples of other coaches that are regarded as true legends to this club, as well as Thair Jassam, who coached Al Shorta to a first league title for fifteen years in 2013 and returned to manage the club in 2015. Brazilian manager Lorival Santos, although not popular with all of the supporters, was the club's second ever foreign manager and the first ever foreign manager to win the Iraqi League with the club. He is also the second foreign manager to win the Iraqi League in the history of the competition.


TOP GOALSCORERS IN THE LEAGUE


2014-15: Marwan Hussein (15 goals)

2013-14: Mustafa Kareem (7 goals)

2012-13: Amjad Kalaf (9 goals)

2011-12: Amjad Kalaf (11 goals)

2010-11: Amjad Kalaf (10 goals)

2009-10: Hussein Kareem (21 goals)

2008-09: Amjad Kalaf (6 goals)

2007-08: Tassyer Abdulhussein (12 goals)

2006-07: Ali Saad (4 goals)

2005-06: Mustafa Kareem (14 goals)

2004-05: Hashim Ridha and Bashar Saad (5 goals)

2003-04: Hashim Ridha (7 goals)
2002-03: Ahmad Mnajid (19 goals)
2001-02: Hashim Ridha (32 goals)
2000-01: Ahmed Khudhair (19 goals)
1999-00: Mafeed Assem (25 goals)
1998-99: Hashim Ridha (19 goals)

1997-98: Mahmoud Majeed (22 goals)


PLAYER OF THE SEASONS


2014-15: Dhurgham Ismail (Iraq)

2013-14: Hamdy Al-Massri (Syria)

2012-13: Hussein Abdul Wahid (Iraq)

LEAGUE OF THE INSTITUTES HISTORY

Season
Best position
1961-62
Did not participate
1962-63
1st (Madrasa Al Shorta)
1963-64
3rd (Aliyat Al Shorta)
1964-65
2nd (Aliyat Al Shorta)
1965-66
2nd (Aliyat Al Shorta)
1966-67
Season abandoned
1967-68
1st (Aliyat Al Shorta)
1968-69
1st (Aliyat Al Shorta)
1969-70
1st (Aliyat Al Shorta)
1970-71
2nd (Aliyat Al Shorta)
1971-72
1st (Aliyat Al Shorta)
1972-73
2nd (Aliyat Al Shorta)
1973-74
2nd (Aliyat Al Shorta)

IRAQI LEAGUE HISTORY

Season
Position
1974-75
5th out of 10 teams
1975-76
3rd out of 13 teams
1976-77
3rd out of 12 teams
1977-78
6th out of 14 teams
1978-79
2nd out of 13 teams
1979-80
1st out of 12 teams
1980-81
2nd out of 12 teams
1981-82
6th out of 12 teams
1982-83
6th out of 12 teams
1983-84**
8th out of 13 teams
1984-85
Season abandoned
1985-86
6th out of 16 teams
1986-87
5th out of 12 teams
1987-88
9th out of 16 teams
1988-89*
11th out of 29 teams
1989-90
3rd out of 14 teams
1990-91
3rd out of 14 teams
1991-92
5th out of 20 teams
1992-93
4th out of 24 teams
1993-94
4th out of 26 teams
1994-95
6th out of 24 teams
1995-96
3rd out of 12 teams
1996-97
5th out of 16 teams
1997-98
1st out of 16 teams
1998-99
5th out of 16 teams
1999-00
3rd out of 26 teams
2000-01
3rd out of 16 teams
2001-02
3rd out of 20 teams
2002-03
Season abandoned
2003-04
Season abandoned
2004-05*
11th out of 36 teams
2005-06*
9th out of 28 teams
2006-07*
11th out of 23 teams
2007-08*
7th out of 30 teams
2008-09*
15th out of 27 teams
2009-10*
6th out of 36 teams
2010-11*
16th out of 28 teams
2011-12
7th out of 20 teams
2012-13
1st out of 18 teams
2013-14
1st out of 16 teams
2014-15
3rd out of 20 teams

* = Overall position in the league not official but approximated based on positions in the groups.
** = Al Shorta were known as 'Quwat Al Emen Al Dakhili' (Internal Security Forces) during this season.

ULTRAS GREEN HARP


In 2012 (a few games into the 2012-13 season), Al Shorta fans founded a supporters group called 'Ultras Green Harp'. The number of members increased from day one, and the group's logos and banners can now be seen in every stadium that the club play in. The foundation of the Ultras Green Harp group has significantly increased both the number of Al Shorta fans in stadiums and their presence in matches, and the members of the group are now widely considered to be the most passionate group of fans in the Iraqi League. Ultras Green Harp have had two different logos in their history. The group's current logo is shown on the left.

SIX INTERESTING FACTS


1. In 2014, a record number of Al Shorta players were called up for a matchday squad by the Iraq national team. Ten players in total were called up for a friendly with Kuwait; these players were Mohammed Hameed, Salam Shakir, Ali Bahjat, Waleed Salem, Dhurgham Ismail, Mahdi Kareem, Amjad Kalaf, Mahdi Kamil, Alaa Abdul-Zahra and Marwan Hussein. Another record was set when seven Al Shorta players started the game (the most in history) with those seven being the entire back-four (Ali Bahjat, Salam Shakir, Dhurgham Ismail and Mahdi Karim) and three attacking players (Amjad Kalaf, Alaa Abdul-Zahra and Marwan Hussein). Also, Waleed Salem was substituted onto the field during the game, which ended 1-1.


The record for number of Al Shorta players called up for an Iraq matchday squad was equalled in March 2015 when Mohammed Gassid, Mohammed Hameed, Salam Shakir, Ali Bahjat, Dhurgham Ismail, Hussein Abdul Wahid, Amjad Kalaf, Mahdi Kamil, Alaa Abdul-Zahra and Marwan Hussein made up ten of the 25 players for the squad chosen for two friendlies against DR Congo.


2. Iraq called up nine Al Shorta players for the 2015 AFC Asian Cup, setting a new record for the highest number of Al Shorta players ever called up by Iraq for a major competition. These nine players were Mohammed Hameed, Salam Shakir, Ali Bahjat, Waleed Salem, Dhurgham Ismail, Amjad Kalaf, Mahdi Kamil, Alaa Abdul-Zahra and Marwan Hussein.


3. Al Shorta are one of five teams to have finished an Iraqi League season without losing a single game; they achieved this in the 1980-81 season. Al Zawraa have done this three times (1976-77, 1978-79 and 2005-06), Al Minaa have done it once (1977-78), Salahaddin have done it once (1982-83) and Al Jaish have done it once (1983-84).


4. Al Shorta are one of just two sides to have played in every single Iraqi Premier League season since its inception in 1974 (41 seasons in total); the other team to have done this is Al Quwa Al Jawiya.


5. In the 1979-80 season, Al Shorta became the first team to play 100 games in the Iraqi League (after its creation in 1974) with a 0-0 draw against Al Quwa Al Jawiya. In the 1984-85 season, they became the first team to play 200 games in the Iraqi League with a 1-1 draw against Al Sinaah, and in the 1988-89 season they became the first team to play 300 Iraqi League games, winning their 300th game by one goal to nil against Al Karkh. Al Shorta became the second team to play 1000 Iraqi League games when they drew 0-0 against Al Sinaah in the 2011-12 season; Al Quwa Al Jawiya were the team that had already played 1000 games at the time.


6. Al Shorta were ranked as the 35th best Asian club of the century (1901-2000), and the 154th best Asian club in the last decade (2001-2010) by the IFFHS (International Federation of Football History and Statistics). Al Shorta were also ranked as the 169th best club in the world by IFFHS from 01/08/2001 to 30/07/2002.


LIST OF MANAGERS


Below is a list of all of Al Shorta's managers since they were founded as a sports club in 1974. All of the managers are Iraqi, unless stated otherwise.


Younis Hussein (1974-1975)

Abdul-Kadir Zeinal (1975-1979)

Douglas Aziz (1979-1982)

Rajko Menista (Yugoslavia, 1982-1983)

Abid Kadhim (1983)

Munthir Al Waadh (1983-1984)

Mohammed Tabra (1984)

Thamir Mushin and Wathiq Naji (1984-1985)

Mohammed Tabra (1985)

Abid Kadhim (1985-1987)

Douglas Aziz (1987-1989)

Mohammed Tabra (1989-1990)

Douglas Aziz (1990-1991)

Mohammed Tabra (1991-1992)

Faisal Aziz (1992)

Saad Jamil (1992)

Douglas Aziz (1992)

Ammo Baba (1992)

Mudhafar Nouri (1992-1993)

Basem Qasem and Muwafaq Hussein (1993-1994)

Saad Jamil (1994-1995)

Kadhim Al-Rubaie (1995-1996)

Mudhafar Nouri (1996)

Faisal Aziz (1996-1997)

Adnan Jafar (1997)

Ammo Baba (1997)

Abdelilah Abdul-Hamed and Ayoub Odisho (1997)

Abdelilah Abdul-Hamed (1997-1998)

Faisal Aziz (1998-1999)

Najih Humoud (1999, he was the Iraq manager at the time but was appointed by the IFA to manage Al Shorta in the 1999-00 Asian Club Championship)

Ahmed Radhi (1999-2001)

Yassin Amal (2001-2002)

Ammo Baba (2002)

Basem Qasem (2002)

Abdelilah Abdul-Hamed (2002-2003)

Hassan Farhan (2003)

Basem Qasem (2003-2004)

Younis Abid Ali (2004-2005)

Salih Radhi (2005)

Hamed Salman (2005)

Kadhim Al-Rubaie (2005-2006)

Mohammed Khalaf (2006)

Yahya Alwan (2006)

Shaker Mahmoud (2006-2007)

Kadhim Khalaf (2007)

Karim Farhan (2007)

Thair Ahmed (2007-2008)

Faisal Aziz (2008)

Maitham Mutaab and Muwafaq Hussein (2008-2009)

Rahim Hamid (2009-2010)

Hakim Shaker (2010)

Younis Abid Ali (2010-2011)

Hakim Shaker (2011)

Nabeel Zaki (2011)

Basem Qasem (2011-2012)

Mohammed Tabra (2012)

Thair Jassam (2012-2013)

Lorival Santos (Brazil, 2013-2014)

Mohamed Youssef (Egypt, 2014-2015)
Thair Jassam (2015)
Hakim Shaker (2015-present)


PICTURES OF HISTORIC GAMES


Pictures of Al Shorta vs. Al Seeb in the 1997-98 Asian Cup Winners' Cup: http://iraqfpg.com/Albums/?aid=408

Pictures of Al Shorta in the Arab and Asian Championships: http://iraqfpg.com/Albums/?aid=295
Pictures of Al Kuwait S.C. vs. Al Shorta in the 2014 AFC Champions League qualifiers: http://iraqfpg.com/Albums/?aid=1399

Pictures of Al Shorta vs. Al Naft in Iraqi League 1998-99: http://iraqfpg.com/Albums/?aid=384

Pictures of Al Shorta vs. Al Quwa Al Jawiya in Iraqi League 1997-98: http://iraqfpg.com/Albums/?aid=393

Pictures of Al Shorta vs. Al Zawraa in Iraqi League 1997-98: http://iraqfpg.com/Albums/?aid=396

Pictures of Al Shorta vs. Al Quwa Al Jawiya in Iraqi League 1996-97: http://iraqfpg.com/Albums/?aid=390

Pictures of Al Shorta vs. Kirkuk in Iraqi League 1999-00: http://iraqfpg.com/Albums/?aid=419

Pictures of Al Shorta vs. Al Quwa Al Jawiya in Iraqi League 2000-01: http://iraqfpg.com/Albums/?aid=423

Pictures of Al Shorta vs. Al Zawraa in Iraqi League 2000-01: http://iraqfpg.com/Albums/?aid=425

Pictures of Al Shorta vs. Al Zawraa in Iraqi League 2001-02: http://iraqfpg.com/Albums/?aid=436

Pictures of Al Shorta vs. Al Jaish in Iraqi League 2005-06: http://iraqfpg.com/Albums/?aid=435
A collection of historical Al Shorta team photos: http://iraqsp.net/thumbnails.php?album=87

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