Mohanad Ali set to stay at Al Shorta next season

Coach Thair Jassam replaced by Haitham Al-Shaboul

Ali Faez to join Al Kharaitiyat of Qatar

Top four:
Qualification or relegation
1Al Zawraa38261026626+40882019 AFC Champions League group stage
2019-20 Arab Champions League
2Al Quwa Al Jawiya3825946623+43842019 AFC Champions League qualifying play-off
2019-20 Arab Champions League
3Al Naft38241225920+3984
4Al Shorta38241136924+4583

We sat down with Lorival Santos, the Brazilian manager who made history by becoming the first coach from outside of Asia to win the Iraqi Premier League as he led the Harps to their landmark tenth overall league title in the 2013-14 season. Read our exclusive interview with him here!

Photo of the Month

This month five years ago, Al Shorta produced one of the all-time great Iraqi Premier League comebacks. At home, the Harps, leading the league at the time, were surprisingly losing 2-0 to lowly Karbalaa with only 19 minutes remaining and a defeat, or even a draw, would have severely dented their hopes of winning a first league title in ten years. However, as true champions would, Al Shorta never gave up and reduced the deficit to one when Minusu Buba headed home Innocent Awoa's looping cross. The legendary Nashat Akram made the scores level minutes later with one of Al Shorta's best ever goals, rifling the ball in from outside the box, and Hussein Kareem made it a win for the ages by turning home Dhurgham Ismail's through ball with five minutes left on the clock. The stadium went wild as the players ran to celebrate with the goalscorer, as the photo below depicts perfectly. The three points gained would prove crucial as 'Al Qeetharah' won the league by just two points.

Video of the Month

This month eight years ago saw Al Shorta pull off a famous win in the Elite Stage of the 2009-10 Iraqi Premier League. The Harps were playing away against Erbil, who had won the league in each of the past three seasons, in what was billed as the toughest game of the entire season. However, Al Shorta dominated the Northern side and managed to pull off a 1-0 victory courtesy of a Younes Shakor piledriver from outside the box. The win saw Al Shorta move to the top of the group, but Erbil would eventually overtake the Police thus causing them to just miss out on the semi-finals of the competition.

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