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PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification or relegation
1Al Shorta241860507+43602020 AFC Champions League
2Al Quwa Al Jawiya2315623515+20512020 AFC Champions League qualifiers
3Al Karkh2413743419+1546
4Al Zawraa2110832720+738
5Naft Misan239863127+435

Al Sinaat Al Kahrabaiya vs. Al Shorta

2018-19 Iraqi Premier League

Venue: Al Taji Stadium (away)

Date: To be confirmed

Time: To be confirmed

Al Shorta vs. Al Kahrabaa

2018-19 Iraqi Premier League

Venue: Al Shaab Stadium (home)

Date: To be confirmed

Time: To be confirmed

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 in 1971, Al Shorta completed arguably the greatest achievement in Iraqi club history by conquering the continent of Asia. The Harps participated in the fourth edition of the AFC Champions League, becoming the first Iraqi side to play in a major continental club competition. They beat defending Asian champions Taj Tehran 3-2 in their opening game, and after 2-0 and 6-1 victories over Thai and Indian opposition in the group stage, the Violets came up against the Iranian side again in the knockout rounds and overcame them 2-0. It set Al Shorta up for a final against Israeli side Maccabi Tel Aviv but the heroes became legends and refused to play the game, running onto the field waving the Palestinian flag in a show of humanity, morality and unity with Palestine. Israel were later expelled from the AFC with their clubs barred from competing in the tournament again and Al Shorta have gone down in history as the true Asian Champions.

Video of the Month

This month five years ago saw Al Shorta face Al Quwa Al Jawiya in a memorable Baghdad Derby. The teams were deadlocked until the 76th minute when 17 year-old starlet Sherko Kareem burst towards goal and calmly slotted the ball home for the winning goal. It was Al Shorta's third league win in a row and the three points earned were vital on the journey to the 2013-14 league crown, the club's second title in a row, as they became champions by finishing only one point ahead of Erbil.

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