Iraqi Premier League 2018-19 Champions

Abdul-Ghani Shahad appointed manager after Ilić departure

Safaa Hadi leaves Al Shorta to sign for Krylia Sovetov of Russia

Al Shorta to start league title defence with trip to Al Kahrabaa

Iraqi Premier League
PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification or relegation
7Al Zawraa110010+13
8Naft Al Wasat21011103
9Al Shorta10113301
10Al Talaba201112-11
10Amanat Baghdad201112-11
AFC Champions League Group A:
1Saudi Arabia Al Ahli211032+14Round of 16
2United Arab Emirates Al Wahda211021+14
3Iran Esteghlal201123-11
4Iraq Al Shorta201112-11

Al Shorta vs. Amanat Baghdad

Iraqi Premier League

Al Shaab Stadium (home)

26 February 2020

13:30 GMT

Al Ahli vs. Al Shorta

AFC Champions League Group A

King Abdullah Sports City (away)

2 March 2020

17:15 GMT

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 fifth Premier League title and tenth overall league title in the 2013-14 season. Read our exclusive interview with him here!

Flashback Photo of the Month

This month in 2013, Al Shorta and Al Zawraa played out a memorable Baghdad Derby in front of a packed Al Shaab Stadium. Al Zawraa took an early lead but the Harps responded with two goals in as many minutes right at the end of the first half, first through Waleed Salem and then through a powerful header from Jean Michel N'Lend, captured perfectly in the photo below. The legendary Nashat Akram also made his second Al Shorta debut, being subbed on near the end of the match having re-signed for the club days earlier. The Police went on to win the league title that season and this was one of the campaign's most unforgettable victories.

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