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Eriksson turns down Iraq manager position

According to 'Sky Sports' former England boss Sven-Goran Eriksson has turned down the opportunity to manage Iraq.

Former England boss Eriksson offered Iraq manager position

Sven-Goran Eriksson has been offered the role of Iraq's national team manager by the country's football association.

Sven-Goran Eriksson to coach Iraq

'Sky Sports News' is reporting that Sven-Goran Eriksson has agreed a deal in principle to take over as head coach of Iraq.

World Cup

Iraqis buy into World Cup fever, without breaking the bank

With the World Cup in full swing, people around the globe are glued to TV screens -- but for some Iraqis, absorbing the full experience is proving trickier than confronting Lionel Messi on an epic dribble.

Iraq to host first international football tournament following lifting of FIFA ban

Iraq is to host a West Asia Football Federation championship in the southern city of Basra in November, the first international tournament to be staged in the country since the 1990s.

International Friendly

Iraqi city Basra counting on football revenues

With an ultra-modern stadium, the Iraqi city of Basra is hoping to 'kick start its tourism sector' after FIIFA ends three-decade ban on hosting international matches.

International Friendly

FIFA lifts three-decade ban on Iraq hosting international matches

FIFA lifted its three-decade ban on Iraq hosting international football on Friday with the cities of Arbil, Basra and Karbala given the go-ahead to stage official matches.

Saudi Arabia offers to fund new Iraqi stadium

The offer comes as FIFA decides whether to abolish the ban on Iraq hosting international matches.

Asia football boss wants Iraq back in full international fold

The Asian Football Confederation head on Wednesday called for Iraq to be allowed to host competitive international matches, as FIFA gears up to decide on whether to lift a ban on the strife-torn nation.

International Friendly

Football beats politics for fans ahead of Iraq, Saudi clash

With his social media campaign welcoming Saudi Arabia's football team to Iraq -- "Greens, you're at home!" -- Arkan Taqi has broken a taboo in his hometown Basra, close to the Iranian border.

Iraqi League

Football: Iraq urges FIFA to lift ban on hosting internationals

Iraq hopes that hosting Gulf football friendlies, renovating its stadiums and outlawing weapons at matches will have persuaded FIFA to lift a ban on home competitive internationals, its sports minister said.

Iraqi League

Iraqi football fans united by love of European teams

Iraqi football supporters decked out in red cram into a cafe in Baghdad to cheer on their shared love -- Manchester United.

WC Qual. Asia

Japan coach faces review after Iraq World Cup qualifying draw

Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic was facing a performance review on Wednesday after a 1-1 draw with Iraq set back his team's World Cup qualifying campaign.

WC Qual. Asia

Asia: World Cup Qualifying round-up

Ahmad Al Salih's late strike dealt a body blow to China's faltering quest to reach a second World Cup on Tuesday, as Japan's serene progress received a jolt from Iraq.

International Friendly

Iraq play first post-ban friendly at home

Iraq faced Jordan in the southern city of Basra on Thursday in their first match at home since football's governing body FIFA lifted a multi-year ban on international friendlies.

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