Al Shorta drawn with Haifa in Iraqi FA Cup

Eight signings, twelve departures and new coaches

Al Shorta unveil new purple Nike home kit

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification or relegation
6Naft Al Wasat420234-16
7Al Naft312064+25
8Al Shorta312020+25
9Erbil41215505
10Al Diwaniya41214405

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 kicked off the 2013-14 season by defeating fierce rivals Al Zawraa 1-0 in the Baghdad Derby. The game was not broadcast on television, but Mustafa Kareem's goal was still captured perfectly by club photographer Mustafa Al-Musawi in this picture. Those three points would prove to be crucial as Al Shorta won the league that season (their second consecutive title) by finishing just one point ahead of Erbil.

Video of the Month

This month sixteen years ago saw Al Shorta pull off their biggest ever win in the Iraqi Premier League. Inspired by 18 year-old midfielder and future Iraqi legend Nashat Akram, the Harps decimated Duhok by a scoreline of 8-0 at Al Shorta Stadium. Nashat scored a scintillating hat-trick, including a free-kick and a delightful chip over the 'keeper, with Tassyer Abdulhussein, Ahmad Mnajid, Mazen Abdulsattar, Ammar Abdulhussein and Abbas Raheem completing the rout. Al Shorta went on to win the league title that year, and this victory is the match that is most fondly remembered from that historic campaign.

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