Al-Najaf FC

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Full nameAl-Najaf Football Club
Nickname(s)Ghizlan Al-Badiah (Desert Gazelles)
Founded1961; 57 years ago (1961)
GroundNew Najaf Stadium
ChairmanSabah Hassan
ManagerAbdul-Ghani Shahad
LeagueIraqi Premier League
2017–18Iraqi Premier League, 6th

Al-Najaf Football Club (Arabic: نادي النجف لكرة القدم‎) is an Iraqi football club based in Najaf. They are members of the Iraqi Premier League. Al-Najaf played in the 2007 AFC Champions League.


In 1960, the city of Najaf began an active movement to establish a sports club after the athletes then felt the need of the city to a sports club that absorbed the energies of young people and their creations which are almost lost in the amateur leagues. Some of the dignitaries of the city were contacted for this purpose.[1] The request was submitted to the Ministry of the Interior, which was responsible for the authorisation of sports clubs in Iraq at that time. The name of Al Ghiri Sports Club was proposed for this institution. In 1961, the Ministry of the Interior approved their request to establish the club and thus wrote the birth certificate of the first sports club in the city of Najaf and consisted of the first administrative body of Messrs. Naji Hassan Hasswa as president and Maki Hadi Maala Vice-President and Alwan Elsafer as secretary.[2] At the beginning of the establishment of the club, the Ministry of the Interior allocated an annual grant of 60 dinars divided into two instalments, and the club relied on this grant and monthly subscriptions from its members.


Winners (1): 1997

Performance in AFC competitions[edit]

2007: Group Stage


The An-Najaf Stadium (Arabic: ستاد النجف‎) is a football stadium in Najaf, Iraq. It is currently used mostly for football matches and is the home stadium of Al Najaf. The stadium holds 12,000 people.

New Holy Al-Najaf Stadium is a purpose built football stadium being constructed in Najaf, Iraq. Once completed it will have the capacity to hold 30,000 people and become the new home of the Al Najaf. The stadium is protracted to open sometime in the middle 2014.


The season-by-season performance of the club over the recent years:[3]

Season League Rank
2000–01 Iraqi Elite League 6
2001–02 Iraqi Elite League 5
2002–03 Iraqi First Division 3
2003–04 Iraqi Premier League Cancelled
2004–05 Iraqi Premier League 6
2005–06 Iraqi Premier League 2
2006–07 Iraqi Premier League 3
2007–08 Iraqi Premier League 5
2008–09 Iraqi Premier Division 2
2009–10 Iraqi Premier Division 11
2010–11 Iraqi Premier Division 11
2011–12 Iraqi Elite League 9
2012–13 Iraqi Elite League 11
2013–14 Iraqi Premier League 15
2014–15 Iraqi Premier League 17
2015–16 Iraqi Premier League 13
2016–17 Iraqi Premier League 9

As of 10 August 2017.

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