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FIFA Lifts Ban on Iraq Hosting Int’l Matches

By John Lee. Soccer’s governing body FIFA has lifted its three-decade ban on Iraq hosting international football. FIFA President Gianni Infantino is quoted as saying that this will allow international matches to be played in Erbil, Basra (pictured) and Karbala, where the security situation was considered to be “stable“, but not yet in Baghdad. Iraq […]

Saudi Arabia to Fund Iraqi Football Stadium

By John Lee. Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has promised to build a football stadium in Iraq. The news followed a friendly match between the two countries’ teams in Basra last week. The Iraqi-Saudi Ministerial Coordination Council met on Monday to discuss the measures needed to improve cooperation in the economic, investment, cultural and other sectors. […]

Soccer returns to Mosul after Three-Year Ban

By Mustafa Saadoun for Al Monitor. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.  Three years after the world’s most popular sport was banned in Mosul by the Islamic State (IS), soccer has returned to the city the terrorist group had claimed as its capital. A soccer game between […]

Iraq hopes to bring FIFA Soccer back to its Stadiums

By Mustafa Saadoun for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Iraq has been working to get the FIFA ban on its soccer stadiums lifted by hosting showcase games and wooing international soccer stars to tour the country’s facilities. The latest games were held June 26 and […]

Video: International Football Returning to Iraq

From AFP. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. After a years-long absence predominantly due to security concerns, international football will return to Iraq when the country hosts a second-round match of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Cup.

Iraq backs Jordanian Prince in FIFA Election

By John Lee. Reuters reports that the Iraqi Football Association (IFA) has pledged its support for Jordan’s Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein (pictured) in next month’s FIFA presidential election. IFA president Abdul Khaliq Masood said: “We have decided that Iraq’s vote will go to Prince Ali because Prince Ali has always supported the development of […]

One Team, One Dream, for Iraqi Children

Building on the energy created by a coalition of  four veteran-led organizations, the Iraqi Children Foundation (ICF) and its “Soccer Salam” partners announced this week the launch of  “One Team, One Dream” to provide $20,000 more in aid to Iraqi kids and families fleeing ISIS. After a December airlift of 5 tons of winter aid and soccer balls, the Soccer Salam coalition – ICF, […]

PM Barzani Praises Role of Private Sector

Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani hailed the private sector for its effective contributions to the Kurdistan Region economy since approval of the Investment Law in 2004. Prime Minister Barzani expressed satisfaction with the expansion of investment in the sectors of agriculture and industry. His statements were made during last week’s visit to Dohuk Governorate, […]

FIFA Lifts Ban on Friendlies

By John Lee. FIFA, the international federation governing soccer, has reportedly lifted a ban on playing friendly football matches in Iraq. A spokesman for the Ministry of the Youth and Sport told AIN that the head of FIFA, Joseph Blatter (pictured), has agreed to allow friendly football matches in advance of a complete lifting of […]

Budget Deficit Scuppers Gulf Cup Plans

By John Lee. Kuwait will host the 23rd soccer Gulf Cup in early 2016, after Iraq declined to host the tournament due to a deficit in the State budget. According to Arab News, Iraq will instead bid to host the 24th edition of the Cup. Iraq had been due to host the event in Basra. […]

Video: Iraq Defeats Iran in Asian Cup

From AFP. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Salam Shakir scored the winning spot-kick as Iraq stunned 10-man Iran 7-6 on penalties to reach the Asian Cup semis in a match of high drama between the arch-rivals.