Iraq League 04/02 12:00 - Al Karkh v Al Talaba D 1-1
Iraq Cup 03/14 11:30 - Al Karkh v Erbil SC L 0-1
Iraq League 03/08 11:30 - Al Karkh v Al Shorta SC L 1-4
Iraq League 03/01 11:30 - Al Karkh v Al Najaf L 0-3
Iraq League 02/24 13:30 - Al Zawra'a v Al Karkh D 1-1
Iraq League 02/20 11:00 - Al Karkh v Naft Al-Wasat D 0-0
Iraq League 02/11 11:00 - Al Karkh v Naft Maysan D 0-0
Iraq League 12/30 11:30 - Newroz SC v Al Karkh D 1-1
Iraq League 12/19 10:30 - Al Karkh v Al Hudod L 0-1
Iraq League 12/08 11:30 - Al Karkh v Karbalaa FC L 1-2
Iraq League 12/04 18:30 - Al Kahrabaa v Al Karkh D 2-2
Iraq League 11/30 16:00 - Al Karkh v Duhok - View


Matches played 29 16 13
Wins 5 4 1
Draws 13 6 7
Losses 11 6 5
Goals for 27 14 13
Goals against 35 17 18
Clean sheets 8 6 2
Failed to score 10 7 3

Wikipedia - Al-Karkh SC

Al-Karkh Sports Club (Arabic: نادي الكرخ الرياضي) is an Iraqi sports club based in Karkh, Baghdad. Its professional football team plays in the Iraq Stars League, the top tier of the Iraqi football. The club's home stadium is Al-Saher Ahmed Radhi Stadium.

Founded in 1963, Al-Karkh was not successful in reaching the top flight of Iraqi football until Al-Rasheed SC's properties and place in the top division were transferred to Al-Karkh when Al-Rasheed were dissolved in 1990. In 2022, Al-Karkh achieved its first Iraq FA Cup title with a 2–1 victory over Al-Kahrabaa in the final.


In the late-1940s, a basketball club was established under the name of Al-Mansour Club, where a lot of national basketball players started. The team won the 1958 Adhamiya Tournament with thousands of people either celebrating in the court or crowding outside of it. In 1974, the club was merged with Al-Karkh Sports Club.

Since it was founded in 1963, Al-Karkh were unsuccessful to get promoted to the Iraq Central FA Premier League or later the Iraqi Premier League. For 27 years, they had been languishing in the lower divisions.

Taking the Al Karkh Stadium as his club's, on 23 November 1983, Uday Hussein founded a new sports club named Al-Rasheed. Al-Rasheed soon won the lower division in their first season followed by three top division league titles, two FA Cups, three Arab Club Champions Cup trophies and a runners-up spot at the AFC Champions League, all between 1983 and 1990.[]

On 18 August 1990, the Iraqi Olympic Committee decided to dissolve Al-Rasheed Sports Club, transfering all of its properties to Al-Karkh Sports Club, and replaced Al-Rasheed with Al-Karkh in the Iraqi Premier League.

When Al-Karkh replaced Al-Rasheed's place in the Iraqi Premier League, the team for the first time in their history played in the top tier of Iraqi football. Most of the Iraq national team players left, retiring, like Adnan Dirjal, Haris Mohammed, and Samir Shaker, or transferring to other teams, like Ahmed Radhi, Laith Hussein, and Habib Jafar. In their first season in the senior division, 1990–91, they finished in 4th place at 38 points.

Being coached by Adnan Dirjal, Al-Karkh, on Dirjal's first season as a coach, finished in the furthest place they have ever been in the league, which is 3rd place in the 1991–92 season, three points away from the leaders. Dirjal received the best Iraqi coach award for the team's performance through the season, while Saad Qais Noaman received the best player award. Al-Karkh also finished in 4th place in the 1st Umm al-Ma'arik Championship.

In the seasons of 1992–93, 1993–94, 1994–95 and 1995–96, Al-Karkh managed to keep an average of 9th place in the league, where Ammo Baba, in the 1994–95 season, made the team reach the lowest he had ever reached with an Iraqi team through his entire managing career, which was 7th place. The Iraq FA Cup editions from 1992 to 1996 didn't witness Al-Karkh succeeding in passing the round of 16, while in the Umm al-Ma'arik Championship, Al-Karkh reached 4th place in the 1993–94 season.[]

In 1996, they participated in the 102nd edition of the IFA Shield, a competition in India. They finished as runners-up, losing 1–0 after extra time to JCT Mills. In the 1996–97 season, Al-Karkh finished in the relegation zone's 14th place at 27 points from 30 matches. The team was relegated to the Iraq Division One for the first time since they have replaced Al-Rasheed in 1990. They were promoted back to the Iraqi Premier League in the 1997–98 season. They maintained an average of 7th place throughout the five seasons after promotion. In the 1999–00 Iraq FA Cup, Al-Karkh reached the semifinals after beating Al-Talaba and Samarra FC, but they lost to Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya 1–0 in both the first and second legs. The team also reached the semifinals in the 9th Umm al-Ma'arik Championship, where they were beaten by Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya. They won the third place match. A season after, Al-Karkh achieved the Umm al-Ma'arik Championship 3rd place again.

In the 2003–04 season, after Sharar Haidar was appointed as the new president of the club, Al-Karkh didn't qualify for the second phase while in the season after, the team only qualified to the second phase. They participated in the Arab Istiqlal Championship in 2005 but were knocked out at the group stage. In the 2005–06 season, Al-Karkh finished in the relegation zone with 12 points out of 12 matches, one point away from Diyala FC that had 13 points, being relegated for the second time to the Iraq Division One. The team stayed in the Division One until the 2009–10 season, where they were among the six clubs that were elected to play the last two Iraqi Premier League places playoff. Under the management of Nasrat Nassir, Al-Karkh won promotion and returned to the Premier League. After two seasons, Al-Karkh was relegated again before returning once again to the Premier League after winning Division One in the 2012–13 season.

In the 2021–22 season, Al-Karkh won their first Iraq FA Cup title with a 2–1 victory over Al-Kahrabaa in the final.

Al Karkh is a professional soccer team based in Baghdad, Iraq. The team was founded in 1966 and has since become one of the most successful teams in the country. Al Karkh has won numerous domestic titles, including the Iraqi Premier League and the Iraqi FA Cup. The team's home stadium is the Al Karkh Stadium, which has a seating capacity of 10,000 spectators. Al Karkh is known for its strong defense and disciplined play, as well as its ability to score goals from set pieces. The team's colors are blue and white, and its logo features a lion, which symbolizes strength and courage. Al Karkh has a loyal fan base and is considered one of the top teams in Iraqi soccer.