|Pos||Team||Pld||W||D||L||GF||GA||GD||Pts||Qualification or relegation|
|1||Al Shorta||12||9||3||0||27||4||+23||30||2020 AFC Champions League|
|2||Al Karkh||12||8||3||1||17||7||+10||27||2020 AFC Champions League qualifiers|
|4||Al Quwa Al Jawiya||11||7||3||1||17||7||+10||24|
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!
This month five years ago, Al Shorta played Al Minaa their last ever competitive match at the old Al Shorta Stadium. The Harps took the lead through a first half Mustafa Kareem penalty but a goal by Basem Ali with just two minutes left denied them a win in their farewell game. It turned out to be an important point gained as the hosts ended up winning the league by a single point - their second consecutive league title.
This month five years ago saw Al Shorta legend Nashat Akram score his last ever goal for the club. His strike, assisted by a lovely Mahdi Kamil through ball, gave Al Shorta the lead away to Al Karkh in a game they eventually won 2-0 on their way to a second consecutive league title. 'The Maestro' would leave the club to sign for Chinese side Dalian Aerbin soon after. A short return to Al Shorta and a stint at Erbil followed before he retired in 2015.
Last updated on 16/12/2018 at 17:11 GMT
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