Iraqi Premier League 2018-19 Champions

In pictures: Al Shorta crowned 2018-19 Iraqi Premier League champions

Manager Nebojša Jovović to leave Al Shorta for Tunisian club CS Sfaxien

Mohanad Ali joins Qatar's Al Duhail and Maarouf Yussuf's loan spell ends

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification or relegation
1Al Shorta (C)3827837322+5189
2020 AFC Champions League
2019-20 Arab Club Champions Cup
2Al Quwa Al Jawiya3825945827+31842019-20 Arab Club Champions Cup
3Al Zawraa38171475740+1765
4Al Naft38161576039+2163
5Naft Misan38151495747+1059

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!

Photo of the Month

This month in 2013, Al Shorta played Karbalaa at home in a league game that will forever stay in the memory of the club's supporters. Al Shorta were leading the league at the time but mid-table Karbalaa had shocked the country by taking a 2-0 lead. With just twenty minutes left, the Harps needed to become heroes and score three goals to keep their title bid on track, and as true champions would, they did just that. Minusu Buba headed home the first before Nashat Akram rifled in a memorable equaliser from long range, and fan favourite Hussein Kareem secured the unlikely three points with a clinical finish from Dhurgham Ismail's perfect through ball. His iconic celebration was forever captured in the photo below as fans went wild in the stands. The comeback was complete and it was a crucial victory as Al Shorta ended up clinching the 2012-13 title by just two points.

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