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The Iraqi national football team are the 2007 AFC Asian Cup Champions after defeating Saudi Arabia in the final, held in Jakarta, Indonesia. In 2006 Iraq reached the football final of the 2006 Asian Games in Doha, Qatar after defeating former World Cup semifinalists South Korea and eventually finished runners up, winning silver. The football tournament of the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece saw Iraq finish in 4th place, with Italy claiming bronze from a single goal.

Iraq has several sports leagues, some of which are endorsed by local industry sponsors. For example, Electric Club is paid for by the Ministry of Electricity, and Al Naft is supported by the oil industry.

The Iraqi Football Association (Arabic: الاتحاد العراقي لكرة القدم‎) is the governing body of football in Iraq, controlling the Iraqi national team and the Iraq Super League (also known as Dawri Al-Nokba). It was founded in 1948, and has been a member of FIFA since 1950 and the Asian Football Confederation since 1971.

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Basketball

Further Information: Iraq national basketball team

In Iraq, there are at least two leagues, the Iraqi Basketball Association, the country's professional organization, runs a number of adult and youth leagues, and the Premiere League, for elite players.

Basketball Clubs

  • Armenia Club
  • Al-Karic Club
  • Al Shurta Club in Baghdad
  • Peshmerga Club, a Kurdish team

Kickboxing

Iraq has a world-champion kickboxer in Riyadh Al-Azzawi

Wrestling

Iraqi professional wrestler Adnan Al-Kaissie is known as General Adnan.

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