Four new signings and three departures in January

Al Shorta reject six offers for Mohanad Ali

Al Shorta to train in Erbil before league return

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification or relegation
1Al Shorta141130335+28362020 AFC Champions League
2Al Karkh151032218+13332020 AFC Champions League qualifiers
3Al Zawraa159512110+1132
4Al Quwa Al Jawiya14941229+1331
5Naft Misan147432217+525

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 six years ago, Al Shorta and Al Zawraa played out one of the most memorable Baghdad Derbies of recent times. The Gulls took an early lead through Ali Qasem, but Al Shorta stunned their opponents with two goals in the space of two minutes right at the end of the first half. Waleed Salem scored the first with a terrific near-post finish, and the right-back then turned provider by crossing in for Cameroonian striker Jean Michel N'Lend to head home - a moment that lives on forever through the excellent photo below. Al Shorta went on to win the league that season by just two points, highlighting the importance of the goal and the win.

Video of the Month

This month nine years ago saw the defending Iraqi Premier League champions at the time, Duhok, travel to Al Shorta Stadium to take on the Harps. Al Shorta, under the leadership of their all-time top scorer Younis Abid Ali, entered the game on the back of just two wins in their past eight matches and another setback was expected against the star-studded title holders, but the Police pulled off a truly memorable win as Amjad Kalaf scored this late goal to send the 'Al Qeetharah' support into ecstasy. The win turned out to be a vital one as Al Shorta just survived relegation on goal difference that season.

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