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Arbil FC
Arbil Sport Club.jpg
Full name Arbil Sports Club
Ground Franso Hariri Stadium
(Capacity: 40,000)
Chairman Iraq Dr. Abdallah Majid Dazabi
Manager Iraq Thayer Ahmad
League Iraq Iraqi Premier League
2008-09 Champions
Home colours
Away colours

Arbil Sports Club (Arabic: اربيل ‎, Kurdish: یانه‌ی وه‌رزشی هه‌ولێر) is a sports club based in the city of Arbil, Iraq. The club is also known as Hewlêr, the Kurdish name for Arbil. Currently, they are highly ranked within Iraq winning the title of Iraq's Premier league for the third consecutive year in 2009. For the first time in its history, Arbil became champions of the Iraqi Premier League after beating Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya (1-0) in the final game on Friday, July 6, 2007. On 24 August 2008 Arbil retained their status as Iraqi Premier League champions with a well deserved win over Baghdad based Al-Zawraa. On 16 July 2009 Arbil became the champion of Iraq's super league for the third consecutive year after beating Najaf FC. Overall they are the 9th team to win the Iraqi Premier League.

Arbil Sport Club is the first Iraqi-Kurdish team to qualify for the Asian Champions League and the Arab Champions League. In 2009 they will take part in the AFC Cup for the first time in their history alongside Al-Zawraa. Arbil FC is the first Iraqi team to get players from outside Iraq


Club information


Franso Hariri Stadium

Franso Hariri Stadium is the stadium where Arbil Sport Club play their home games. It is a multi-use stadium in Arbil, Iraq. The stadium holds 40,000, making it the second largest in Iraq after the Al Shaab Stadium in Baghdad. It was built in 1992.

After the assassination of Franso Heriri on February 18, 2001, who activlely supported rebuilding the stadium, the Kurdistan Regional Government renamed it in his memory.

In July, 2009 Franso Hariri Stadium became Iraq national football team's home venue after the green-light from AFC to host the Iraqi national and clubs teams in Arbil.[1]

Franso Hariri Stadium photo :


Champions (3): 2006-07, 2007-08 and 2008-09
3rd (1): 2005-06

2008: Group Stage

2009: Quarter-Finals

2007-2008: 1st Round

Individual Honours

2009 FIFA Confederations Cup

The following players have played in the FIFA Confederations Cup whilst playing for Arbil :

Iraq B National Team

Arbil participated in the 2007 King's Cup as Iraq B team.


First-team squad

No. Position Player
1 Iraq GK Ahmad Ali Jaber
3 Iraq DF Yassir Raad
4 Iraq DF Rafid Badr Al-Deen
5 Iraq DF Nabeel Abbas
6 Iraq MF Mahdi Karim
7 Iraq FW Karrar Tariq
8 Iraq MF Dldar Ibrahim Aziz
9 Iraq MF Suhail Naeim
10 Iraq FW Muslim Mubarak
11 Iraq FW Luay Salah
12 Iraq MF Herdi Noor Al-Din
13 Iraq DF Alaa Abdul-Hussein
14 Guinea FW Ismaël Bangoura II
15 Iraq FW Hussein Karim
16 Senegal MF Fallou Seni Camara
17 Iraq FW Ahmad Salah Alwan (captain)
18 Iraq FW Haidar Qaraman
No. Position Player
19 Iraq MF Deyar Rahman
20 Iraq DF Hussein Abdul-Wahed
21 Iraq GK Sarhang Mohsen
22 Iraq GK Didar Hamed
23 Iraq MF Shirzad Ismail
24 Iraq MF Wissam Zaki
25 Iraq MF Ahmad Abd Ali
26 Iraq MF Halgurd Mulla Mohammed
27 Iraq MF Ali Jassim Mohammed
30 Iraq DF Ahmad Ibrahim
31 Iraq MF Kayfi Abdul-Rahman
32 Iraq DF Salah Al-Deen Siamand
Iraq GK Sardar Adel
Iraq DF Haidar Abdul-Jabar
Iraq FW Ali Mansour Alwan

Statistics 2008/09

Final statistics for the Iraqi Premier League 2008-09.

  • Top Scorers:
    • Ahmad Salah Alwan - 15 goals
    • Louay Salah - 11 goals
    • Ali Mansoor - 7 goals
    • Muslem Mubarak - 6 goals

Recent History

Season Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P AFCCL AFCC ACL Notes
2000-01 12 16 3 7 6 10 20 29
2001-02 6 38 20 12 6 61 32 72
2002-03 Abandoned due to war
2003-04 Abandoned due to war
2004-05 2nd round 19 8 6 5 29 22
2005-06 3 19 6 7 5 18 16
2006-07 1 19 14 3 2 34 11 1st round
2007-08 1 24 15 6 3 33 10 Group Stage
2008-09 1 27 20 5 2 55 17
  • From 2004/05 season, the competition changed from League system to various rounds including table and knockout rounds.

Famous players

See also


External links


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