2018–19 Iraqi Premier League

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Iraqi Premier League
Season2018–19
ChampionsAl-Shorta
(5th title)
2020 AFC Champions LeagueAl-Shorta
Al-Zawraa
2019–20 Arab Club Champions CupAl-Shorta
Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya
Al-Zawraa
2021 AFC Champions LeagueAl-Shorta
Al-Zawraa
Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya
Matches played380
Goals scored848 (2.23 per match)
Biggest home winAl-Zawraa 5–0 Al-Talaba
(2 June 2019)
Biggest away winAl-Diwaniya 1–7 Al-Shorta
(7 December 2018)
Highest scoringAl-Diwaniya 1–7 Al-Shorta
(7 December 2018)
Al-Hudood 3–5 Al-Karkh
(15 February 2019)
Al-Shorta 5–3 Al-Kahrabaa
(10 May 2019)
Longest winning run6 games
Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya
Al-Shorta
Longest unbeaten run27 games
Al-Shorta
Longest winless run16 games
Al-Bahri
Longest losing run5 games
Al-Samawa

The 2018–19 Iraqi Premier League (Arabic: الدوري العراقي الممتاز 2018–19‎) was the 45th season of the Iraqi Premier League, the highest division for Iraqi association football clubs, since its establishment in 1974. The season started on 14 September 2018 and ended on 24 July 2019.

A two-horse title race ensued for most of the season and Al-Shorta ended up as champions by finishing five points ahead of Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya at the top of the table. During this season, Al-Shorta managed to equal the record of 39 consecutive Iraqi Premier League matches undefeated set by Al-Zawraa in 1994. The club's manager Nebojša Jovović became the first manager from Europe to win the Iraqi Premier League title.

Teams[edit]

Team[1][2][3][4] Location[2] Stadium[5] Capacity[6]
Al-Bahri Basra Al-Fayhaa Stadium 10,000
Al-Diwaniya Diwaniya Al-Diwaniya Stadium 5,000
Al-Hudood Baghdad Al-Taji Stadium 5,000
Al-Hussein Baghdad Five Thousand Stadium 5,000
Al-Kahrabaa Baghdad Al-Taji Stadium 5,000
Al-Karkh Baghdad Al-Karkh Stadium 5,000
Al-Minaa Basra Al-Fayhaa Stadium 10,000
Al-Naft Baghdad Al-Sinaa Stadium 10,000
Al-Najaf Najaf Al-Najaf International Stadium 30,000
Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya Baghdad Al-Shaab Stadium 40,000
Al-Samawa Samawa Al-Samawa Stadium 5,000
Al-Shorta Baghdad Al-Shaab Stadium 40,000
Al-Sinaat Al-Kahrabaiya Baghdad Al-Taji Stadium 5,000
Al-Talaba Baghdad Al-Shaab Stadium 40,000
Al-Zawraa Baghdad Al-Shaab Stadium 40,000
Amanat Baghdad Baghdad Amanat Baghdad Stadium 5,000
Erbil Erbil Franso Hariri Stadium 25,000
Naft Al-Junoob Basra Al-Fayhaa Stadium 10,000
Naft Al-Wasat Najaf Al-Najaf International Stadium 30,000
Naft Maysan Amara Maysan Olympic Stadium 25,000

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Al-Shorta (C) 38 27 8 3 73 22 +51 89
2020 and 2021 AFC Champions League group stage[a]
2019–20 Arab Club Champions Cup first round
2 Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya 38 25 9 4 58 27 +31 84
2021 AFC Champions League preliminary round 2[b]
2019–20 Arab Club Champions Cup first round
3 Al-Zawraa 38 17 14 7 57 40 +17 65
2020 and 2021 AFC Champions League preliminary round 2[c]
2019–20 Arab Club Champions Cup preliminary round
4 Al-Naft 38 16 15 7 60 39 +21 63
5 Naft Maysan 38 15 14 9 57 47 +10 59
6 Al-Karkh 38 15 12 11 44 35 +9 57
7 Naft Al-Wasat 38 11 17 10 38 37 +1 50
8 Amanat Baghdad 38 12 14 12 36 35 +1 50
9 Al-Hudood 38 12 14 12 35 41 −6 50
10 Al-Kahrabaa 38 10 18 10 41 41 0 48
11 Erbil 38 12 12 14 34 36 −2 48
12 Al-Najaf 38 9 17 12 41 43 −2 44
13 Al-Talaba 38 10 14 14 47 52 −5 44
14 Al-Diwaniya 38 9 17 12 32 43 −11 44
15 Naft Al-Junoob 38 11 9 18 37 53 −16 42
16 Al-Sinaat Al-Kahrabaiya 38 9 14 15 30 38 −8 41
17 Al-Minaa 38 8 16 14 34 42 −8 40
18 Al-Samawa 38 8 9 21 26 59 −33 33
19 Al-Bahri 38 6 11 21 39 66 −27 29 Relegated to Iraq Division One
20 Al-Hussein 38 5 12 21 29 52 −23 27
Source: Kooora
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion

Notes:

  1. ^ Al-Shorta qualified for both the 2020 and 2021 AFC Champions League group stages by virtue of their position as 2018–19 league champions due to the abandonment of the 2019–20 domestic season.
  2. ^ Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya qualified for the 2021 AFC Champions League second preliminary round by virtue of their position as 2018–19 league runners-up due to the abandonment of the 2019–20 domestic season.
  3. ^ Al-Zawraa qualified for both the 2020 and 2021 AFC Champions League second preliminary rounds by virtue of their position as 2018–19 Iraq FA Cup winners due to the abandonment of the 2019–20 domestic season.

Results[edit]

Home \ Away BAH DIW HUD HUS KAH KAR MIN NFT NJF QWJ SMA SHR SNK TLB ZWR AMN ERB NFJ NFW NFM
Al-Bahri 0–1 1–2 2–1 0–0 1–3 2–2 2–2 1–1 1–3 0–1 3–1 0–0 1–1 1–4 1–1 0–0 2–3 1–2 2–1
Al-Diwaniya 1–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–2 1–0 0–0 1–3 0–1 3–1 1–7 0–0 2–0 3–2 1–1 0–0 1–0 0–0 3–1
Al-Hudood 0–0 0–0 0–0 2–1 3–5 2–1 1–3 1–0 1–0 3–0 1–2 1–0 1–1 0–2 2–1 2–1 0–1 2–2 1–1
Al-Hussein 1–2 1–2 1–1 3–2 0–0 1–0 2–2 0–0 1–2 0–1 0–2 0–0 2–0 1–2 0–0 1–2 1–1 1–1 1–0
Al-Kahrabaa 1–0 0–0 0–0 1–1 0–1 1–1 3–3 2–2 0–1 2–0 0–2 1–1 3–2 0–1 1–0 0–1 1–1 2–1 1–2
Al-Karkh 3–1 0–1 0–1 2–0 2–2 2–1 1–1 0–2 1–3 2–1 0–0 1–0 2–1 1–0 1–1 0–1 3–0 1–1 1–0
Al-Minaa 1–2 0–0 2–0 3–2 1–2 1–1 0–0 0–0 1–1 3–0 1–0 2–2 0–0 2–1 1–1 0–0 1–0 0–0 1–1
Al-Naft 1–0 2–0 3–0 2–1 1–2 1–0 4–2 0–0 1–2 3–0 0–1 1–0 1–2 1–1 1–1 2–2 2–1 1–2 1–1
Al-Najaf 1–0 1–1 0–1 2–1 1–1 1–1 3–0 2–2 0–1 0–1 0–0 1–3 3–2 3–3 0–2 3–1 1–2 1–2 1–0
Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya 3–1 2–0 2–1 1–0 3–2 1–0 1–1 1–2 1–1 3–0 1–1 1–0 2–1 0–1 1–1 3–0 2–1 1–1 2–3
Al-Samawa 3–0 2–1 0–0 0–1 1–2 0–1 0–0 0–1 1–1 0–2 0–4 1–1 1–3 0–0 0–1 1–0 0–0 1–1 2–1
Al-Shorta 3–1 1–0 1–0 2–0 5–3 1–0 3–0 2–0 1–1 2–3 3–1 3–0 0–0 0–0 2–1 2–1 4–0 2–0 5–1
Al-Sinaat Al-Kahrabaiya 3–2 2–1 0–1 2–0 0–0 2–2 0–0 0–1 0–1 0–1 2–2 0–1 0–0 0–1 2–4 2–1 1–0 0–0 0–0
Al-Talaba 3–2 1–1 1–1 0–0 0–0 1–2 2–1 1–4 1–0 0–2 3–1 0–2 2–3 1–1 0–0 4–0 4–1 2–2 1–1
Al-Zawraa 2–1 3–3 1–1 4–1 0–2 1–1 1–0 2–2 1–0 0–1 3–0 0–0 1–0 5–0 0–1 0–0 2–1 3–3 1–1
Amanat Baghdad 0–0 0–0 1–0 4–2 0–0 1–1 2–1 1–0 1–1 0–1 1–2 1–2 0–1 0–3 1–2 2–0 1–0 0–0 1–0
Erbil 3–1 0–0 3–0 2–0 0–0 1–0 1–0 0–2 0–0 0–0 3–0 0–1 1–1 1–0 4–0 2–0 0–0 1–2 0–0
Naft Al-Junoob 1–1 1–0 0–0 2–1 0–0 0–0 1–2 1–5 3–0 1–1 2–1 1–3 2–0 1–2 1–2 1–2 2–1 1–0 2–4
Naft Al-Wasat 3–0 0–0 1–0 1–0 0–1 1–0 0–1 2–2 2–2 1–2 0–0 0–1 1–0 1–1 0–1 1–0 3–1 0–1 0–0
Naft Maysan 4–2 4–1 2–2 1–0 1–1 2–1 2–1 0–0 3–2 0–0 3–1 1–1 1–2 2–1 3–3 2–1 2–0 2–1 4–1
Source: Goalzz
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Season statistics[edit]

Top scorers[edit]

Rank[7] Player Club Goals
1 Iraq Alaa Abdul-Zahra Al-Shorta 28
2 Iraq Marwan Hussein Al-Talaba 23
3 Iraq Alaa Abbas Al-Zawraa 20
4 Iraq Mohanad Ali Al-Shorta 19
Iraq Mohammed Dawood Al-Naft

Hat-tricks[edit]

Player name[8] Scored for Scored against Goals Result Date of match
Iraq Mohammed Dawood Al-Naft Al-Minaa 3 4–2 4 November 2018
Senegal Alassane Diallo Al-Shorta Al-Diwaniya 3 7–1 7 December 2018
Iraq Alaa Abdul-Zahra Al-Shorta Al-Diwaniya 3 7–1 7 December 2018
Iraq Mohammed Dawood Al-Naft Naft Al-Junoob 4 5–1 17 December 2018
Iraq Marwan Hussein Al-Talaba Naft Al-Junoob 3 4–1 1 February 2019
Iraq Sharif Abdul-Kadhim Al-Hudood Al-Karkh 3 3–5 15 February 2019
Iraq Mohammed Jabbar Shokan Al-Minaa Al-Samawa 3 3–0 29 March 2019
Iraq Alaa Abdul-Zahra Al-Shorta Al-Kahrabaa 3 5–3 10 May 2019
Morocco Omar Mansouri Al-Zawraa Naft Al-Wasat 3 3–3 16 May 2019
Iraq Hammadi Ahmad Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya Al-Shorta 3 3–2 23 May 2019
Iraq Alaa Abbas Al-Zawraa Al-Talaba 3 5–0 2 June 2019
Iraq Farhan Shakor Al-Naft Al-Talaba 3 4–1 16 June 2019

Awards[edit]

Award Winner[9] Club
Soccer Iraq Goal of the Season Iraq Mohanad Ali Al-Shorta

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Iraqi Premier League 2018/2019". Goalzz. Kooora.com. Retrieved 5 November 2018.
  2. ^ a b Karel Stokkermans. "Iraq 2018/19". RSSSF. Retrieved 5 November 2018.
  3. ^ "Iraqi Premier League 2018/19". Soccerway. Perform. Retrieved 5 November 2018.
  4. ^ "League Table". Soccer Iraq. Retrieved 14 April 2018.
  5. ^ "A number of league clubs set their stadiums to play in the new season". Kooora.com.
  6. ^ "Stadiums in Iraq". World Stadiums.
  7. ^ "Iraqi Premier League 2018/2019 Scorers List". Goalzz. Kooora.com. Retrieved 16 May 2019.
  8. ^ "Iraqi Premier League 2018/2019 All Fixtures". Goalzz. Kooora.com. Retrieved 16 May 2019.
  9. ^ "Soccer Iraq – Domestic Seasons". Soccer Iraq. Retrieved 29 June 2020.