Zakho FC

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Full name Zakho Sport Club (official name)
Founded 1987; 31 years ago (1987)
Ground Zakho International Stadium
Ground Capacity 30,000
Owner Ibrahim Tatlises
Chairman Barzan Mustafa
Manager Salih Razi
League Iraq Division One
2017–18 Iraqi Premier League, 20th
Current season

Zakho Sport Club (Kurdish: یانا زاخو یا وه‌رزشی‎ / Yana Zaxo ya Werzişî) is a sports club based in Zakho, Dohuk, Iraq. Zakho SC's biggest rivals are also their neighbours Duhok SC, always producing the most passionate and fierce matches every season, with whom they contest the Duhok Derby.


Football in Zakho was played unofficially from the early 1920s with many local amateur games as well as school competitions regularly being held in Zakho or nearby districts, this eventually led to the formation of the first ever football team in Zakho in 1948. This was made up of local workers and young men.


In 1986 the management team of the Zakho Youth Sporting Center which consisted of president Yousef Dawad Jabo as well as members: Ali Omran,Bashar Rahmallah,Khaled Hussein,Neshan Kerob,Khalat Ramadan and Khwaste Furman came up with the idea of starting Zakho Football Club to replace the Sporting Center or to be a part of it. According to the National Olympic Committee of Iraq one of the requirements for the creation of the club was that there was to be actual participation of the Sporting Center in sports competitions for at least one year before the club could be registered. So the sporting committee set up teams for different age groups and started competing in different Friendly Matches.

Regional Championship[edit]

In 1986 Zakho competed in a regional tournament in Duhok under the name of Zakho Youth Center against Duhok Police, Duhok Youth Center, Duhok students and Duhok SC. Zakho went on to win the competition after defeating all the participants including Duhok FC on penalties; in addition to the regional tournament that the Sporting Center achieved, they also found success in other sports such as Basketball, Wrestling, Weightlifting and Bodybuilding which improved their establishment bid significantly. Finally on June 3, 1987 the club was officially registered.

Debut season[edit]

Since the club's inception in 1987 the club did not participate in any competition mandated by the Iraqi FA until 1990 for various reasons. Eventually they participated in the 1990/91 Third Division where they were in the Northern Group alongside At-Ta'mim club, Serwan club, Alkarma and Qurqosh, each team would play home and away where the winner would go to the final of the 3rd league - the winner of this would be promoted to the Second Division. Zakho would top the group with 15 points but the 1991 uprisings in Iraq led to the cancellation of the remainder of the Iraqi football calendar. Zakho fans everywhere were extremely upset.

1991/92 season[edit]

The following season saw Zakho to return to sporting activities after head of the Olympic Committee Uday Hussein guaranteed not to interfere with any Northern Iraqi sportsmen. Zakho were once again in the Northern group after being drawn with Duhok SC, Qurqosh, Al Karama and Ta'lfar. Zakho topped the group after 5 wins and 3 draws and qualified to the final round.

In the final round Zakho were to play each of Samawa FC, The Neighborhood and Al Hillah, the format was each team to play each other in a single-legged tie. Zakho won the group with 7 points and were crowned Iraqi Third Division champions and qualified to the second division.

New stadium[edit]

On June 3, 2015 Zakho FC celebrated the opening of their new stadium, known as Zakho International Stadium with an unofficial friendly against the Iraqi national team, the match was notable as Shwan Jalal made his Iraq debut and kept a clean sheet in a 2-0 victory for Iraq. Despite this, the new stadium has been a success and the club's fans hope there will be bright times ahead for Zakho FC.

Premier League[edit]

Zakho continued to compete in the Iraqi Premier League; in 2015-16 the club narrowly missed out on progression to the elite league, finishing 5th in their area group just one point behind the final elite league spot.

Zakho now competes in the unified Iraqi Premier League which has eliminated the initial stages based on area for one league containing all clubs. Zakho finished 16th in the 2016-17 season having won twice and drawn 16 times during the seasons 32 games.Zakho lost the other 14 games.

Current squad[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Iraq GK Monim Flayih
2 Iraq MF Mesroor Radhwan
5 Iraq DF Safa Jabbar
6 Iraq DF Deyar Yakhy
7 Iraq MF Raiber Muhammed
8 Iraq MF Honer Ahmed
15 Iraq MF Abbas Rehema
18 Iraq FW Salih Jaber
19 Iraq FW Ali Saad
20 Iraq DF Jassim Mohammed Haji
21 Iraq MF Broosh Jadir
22 Iraq GK Dalovan Mohammad
25 Iraq MF Sattar Yaseen
Iraq GK Osama Abdul Kareem
Iraq DF Ammar Farhad
No. Position Player
Iraq DF Fares Hasan
Iraq MF Ahmad Abbas Hattab
Iraq MF Akram Jassim
Iraq MF Ali Hasan Kamal
Iraq MF Hussein Abdul-Wahid Khalaf
Iraq MF Jabir Shakir
Iraq MF Mohammed Saad
Iraq MF Nijarvan Shukri
Iraq MF Sahal Naim
Brazil FW Ricardo Allison
Libya FW Salem Fathi Al Mesaltei
Iraq FW Samih Rustum
El Salvador MF Néstor Renderos
Iraq DF Saad Attiya
Zambia MF Isaac Chansa


  • Iraqi 3rd Division
    • Winner 1991/92


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