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Salih Sadir

Salih Sadir
Personal information
Full name Salih Sadir Salih Al-Sadoun
Date of birth (1981-08-21) 21 August 1981
Place of birth Najaf, Iraq
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder, second striker
Club information
Current team
Zakho FC
Number 7
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2003 Najaf FC ? (?)
2003–2004 Al Talaba ? (?)
2004–2005 El Zamalek 11 (2)
2005–2008 Al-Ansar 82 (41)
2008–2009 Al-Ahed 29 (33)
2009 Rah Ahan F.C. 5 (1)
2010–2011 Safa Beirut SC 3 (?)
2011 Peykan Tehran ? (2)
2011–2013 Duhok SC ?
2013–present Zakho FC (?)
National team
2003– Iraq 61 (7)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12 November 2009.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 16 October 2012

Salih Sadir Salih Al-Sadoun (Arabic: صالح سدير صالح السعدون‎, born 21 August 1981) is an Iraqi midfielder. He currently plays for Zakho. Previously, Sadir played with Rah Ahan F.C. in the Iran Pro League on loan. He also plays for the Iraq national football team since 2003. His younger brothers are Ayad Sadir (Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya) and Qaed Sadir (Najaf FC).


  • Career 1
  • International goals 2
  • Honours 3
    • Country 3.1
    • Clubs 3.2
    • Indivsual 3.3
  • External links 4


The talented player from the southern city of Najaf, is one of Iraq's most gifted individuals, who excelled playing for the Olympic team in the qualifying rounds – his performances compensated for the absence of Nashat Akram in Iraq's midfield. Before the war, he was named one of the two best players in the 2003–2004 season by an Iraqi FA panel and became a regular in Stange's Olympic squad making his debut in the 2–1 defeat to Qatar in the former Oman and Perth Glory coach's first game in charge of Iraq. Saleh Sadeer was one of Bernd Stange's favourite players when the German first arrived in Iraq. He scored an important goal in the 1–1 draw with Vietnam in Hanoi that helped Iraq to progress to the second round. He started his playing career with Sha’abiya team Nasour Al-Jumhuriya before joining Al-Najaf where he progressed through the youth ranks under coach Zuhair Khadim. In 1999, he was promoted into the first team by Najih Hemoud and became a regular. Under coach Hemoud, Al-Najaf became one of Iraq's most entertaining teams with Saleh Sadeer – and captain Falah Hassan, Abbas Wahoudi, Saeed Muhsin, Ali Hashim and Qasim Jalout. In 2003 after the war, he moved to Talaba where he made several outstanding performances in the Arab Champions League – which earned him a move to Egyptian giants Zamalek for next season. After playing one season with Al Zamalek, he joined Lebanon league champions Al-Ansar where he helped them to two consecutive Lebanon league titles. salih moved to Zakhoon 14 September 2013.

International goals

Scores and results list Iraq's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 8 September 2004 Chungshan Soccer Stadium, Taipei  Chinese Taipei 1–0 4-1 2006 FIFA World Cup qual.
2. 8 September 2004 Chungshan Soccer Stadium, Taipei  Chinese Taipei 2–0 4-1 2006 FIFA World Cup qual.
3. 3 December 2004 Al-Maktoum Stadium, Dubai  Yemen 2–1 3-1 Friendly match
4. 25 July 2006 Abbasiyyin Stadium, Damascus  Syria 2–0 2-1 Friendly match
5 6 September 2006 Khalifa Bin Zayed Stadium, Al Ain  Palestine 1–1 2–2 2007 AFC Asian Cup qualification
6. 22 June 2007 Amman International Stadium, Amman  Syria 3–0 3-0 2007 WAFF
7. 24 June 2007 Amman International Stadium, Amman  Iran 1–2 1-2 2007 WAFF








External links

  • Salih Sadir at
  • The Salih Sadir Thread
  • Salih Sadir on
  • Asian Cup Profile
  • Profil On
Preceded by
Ali Daie
West Asian Championship Topscorer
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Ali Daie
West Asian Championship MVP
Succeeded by
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