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Al Shorta to use Al Shaab Stadium next season - August 2017

Al Shorta will use Al Shaab Stadium again for their home games next season, following a deal with the Ministry of Youth and Sports.

The 250 million Iraqi dinar deal constructed by new president Ayad Bunyan has come as a sigh of relief to Al Shorta fans as there were previous reports that suggested Al Shorta would have to use the small Al Kadhimiya Stadium for their home games next season.

Ayad Bunyan also promised Al Shorta fans that work on the construction of Al Shorta Sports City would continue as soon as possible; the club has been without a stadium for almost four years.

Ayad Bunyan re-elected as club president - August 2017

At long last, the great Ayad Bunyan is back at Al Shorta.

Bunyan's first spell as club president was from 2012-2014, when he helped transform the club into the biggest and most powerful club in the country, storming to both the 2012-13 and 2013-14 league titles just a couple of years after the club was almost relegated.

Al Shorta were also clear favourites for the 2014-15 title, but Iraqi football was shocked when a vote of no confidence in late 2014 saw Ayad Bunyan ousted from the club, replaced by former Al Shorta captain Riyadh Abdul-Abbas.

The move smelt of corruption and indeed Riyadh was removed from his position as president midway through the 2015-16 season after the previous elections were voided. Al Shorta's results took a huge hit under Riyadh's reign with the club struggling to seventh place that season.

Ayad Abdul-Rahman took over as interim president and was appointed permanently in May 2016; his great work saw Al Shorta recover and put up a title challenge in the 2016-17 season, but nonetheless fans still dreamed of Ayad Bunyan returning one day.

And the dream has finally come true as the Minister of Interior called for new elections which Ayad Bunyan ran for and won, sparking scenes of jubilant celebration among the band of Al Shorta fans that were present. Let's hope that Bunyan can help bring the club back to where they deserve to be: at the very top of Iraqi football. Welcome back, Ayad!

Marwan Hussein to join Sepahan at end of season - July 2017

Al Shorta's top scorer for this season, Marwan Hussein, will sign for Iranian club Sepahan at the end of the 2016-17 Iraqi Premier League season.

Marwan won the league's Golden Boot in the 2014-15 season before moving to Saudi Arabia. He picked up an injury there and returned to Al Shorta midway through the 2015-16 season, scoring numerous important goals for the Harps since.

We would like to wish Marwan all the best for the rest of his career at both club and international level and thank him for his fantastic service to the club.

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