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Erbil SC

Erbil SC
Full name Erbil Sports Club

Yellow Castle

Founded 1968 (1968)
Ground Franso Hariri Stadium
Ground Capacity 40,000
Chairman Dr. Abdallah Majid Dazabi
Manager Thair Ahmed
League Iraqi Premier League
2014–15 Iraqi Premier League, 11th

Erbil Sport Club (Arabic: نادي أربيل الرياضي‎, ) is a sports club based in the city of Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan. The club is also known as Nadi Hewlêr, the Kurdish name for Erbil. 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, Erbil became champions of the Iraqi Premier League after beating Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya (1–0) in the final game on Friday, 6 July 2007. On 24 August 2008, Erbil retained their status as Iraqi Premier League champions with a well-deserved win over Baghdad based Al-Zawraa. On 16 July 2009 Erbil 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.

Erbil 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. Erbil SC is the first Iraqi team to get players from outside Iraq.


  • History 1
    • Foundation 1.1
    • (2004–) and onwards 1.2
    • Nadhim Shaker and glory years 1.3
  • Franso Hariri Stadium 2
  • Rivalries 3
  • Honours 4
  • Performance in AFC competitions 5
  • Individual Honours 6
  • Players 7
  • Recent history 8
  • Managerial history 9
  • See also 10
  • Notes 11
  • External links 12



Erbil SC was founded in 1968 and spent many years in mid-table obscurity, occasionally challenging the top Iraqi sides.

(2004–) and onwards

After the turn of the century and the beginning of the Iraq War, Erbil FC has dramatically improved and have become a real powerhouse in Iraqi club football. Top Iraqi international players have begun coming north to ply their trade with nice wages.

Nadhim Shaker and glory years

In the summer of 2005, Shaker left rivals Duhok FC to coach Erbil. In the 2005–06 season, Erbil started slow, only just managing to finish third in Group A just ahead of Sirwan FC on goal difference to advance to the second round. Erbil topped their group in the second round to advance to the end of season play-offs where they met southern giants Najaf FC in a two-legged home and away tie. Erbil were beaten by Najaf by a 4–1 scoreline which basically dented all hope of reaching the play-off final for the title. In the home leg, Erbil were winning 1–0 when the match got suspended with a replay taking place five days later with the match resulting in a 1-all scoreline. This meant Erbil were knocked out of a chance of winning the championship but would instead take part in the third-place play-off match. This match didn't take place as in the other semi-final match between the two Baghdad giants, Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya and Al-Zawraa. The second match of the leg was cancelled as the Al-Quwa players walked off the pitch, resulting in their disqualification and Erbil getting the automatic third-place finish. All in all, it was a strong first season under Shaker and that summer the team improved personnel ready for the next season.

Franso Hariri Stadium

Franso Hariri Stadium is the stadium where Erbil Sport Club play their home games. It is a multi-use stadium in Erbil. 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 18 February 2001, who actively 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 Erbil.[1] However, due to technical problems, FIFA abandoned the idea of having more national games being hosted in the stadium.


Erbil SC's main rival is Duhok SC with whom they contest the Iraqi Kurdistan derby, sometimes called the North Iraq derby.


Champions (4): 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09 and 2011–12.
Runner-up (3): 2010–11, 2012–13, 2013–14
3rd (1): 2005–06.

2007–2008: 1st Round

Performance in AFC competitions

2008: Group Stage
2009: Quarter-Finals
2011: Semi-finals
2012: Runners-up
2013: Round of 16
2014: Runners-up
2015: Group Stage

Individual Honours

2009 FIFA Confederations Cup

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


First-team squad

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
No. Position Player
1 GK Rebaz abdulla
5 DF Burhan jumaa
33 DF dldar xdr
4 DF niaz maghdid
22 DF niaz muhamad
25 DF nadim karim
15 DF kamaran ali
23 DF kosrat bayz
6 DF muhamad xalid
13 DF fahd nazm
19 DF diyar rahman
3 DF harde syamand
29 MF barzan sherzad
No. Position Player
10 MF Mohammad Khalid Jaffal
8 MF ivan khalid
7 MF sirwan xdr
9 MF rekar hashem
18 MF rabar khalid
14 MF muhamad sharifa
12 FW Bassel Moustafa
27 FW salih muhamad
11 FW ramyar azad
17 FW Milad Zeneyedpour
16 MF Miran Khesro
21 GK Sarhang Muhsin (Captain)
20 GK Dler Hatem

Recent history

Season Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P AFC CL AFC Cup Arab CL 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 5 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
2009–10 4 42 29 6 7 79 22
2010–11 2 26 17 5 4 54 21 Semifinals
2011–12 1 38 23 14 1 65 22 83 Finals
2012–13 2 34 21 7 6 67 34 70 Round of 16
2013–14 2 21 12 6 3 29 15 42 Finals
2014–15 11 18 5 10 3 21 17 Group Stage
  • From 2004/05 season, the competition changed from League system to various rounds including table and knockout rounds.
  • From 2011/12 season, the competition went back to the single league system.
  • From 2014/15 season, the competition returned to a system with various rounds.

Managerial history

Name Nationality Years
Yahya Alwan 2004–2005
Nadhim Shaker 2005–2007
Akram Salman 2007–2008
Thair Ahmed 2008–2010
Ayoub Odisho 2010–2011
Nizar Mahrous 2012–2013
Rodion Gačanin 2013
Ayoub Odisho 2013–2015
Ahmad Salah 2015
Thair Ahmed 2015-

Nationality is indicated by the corresponding FIFA country code(s).

See also


  1. ^ AFC green-light to Arbil as venue

External links

  • Official Logo
  • Official Site
  • Club squad on AFC official website
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