Iraq League 06/23 16:30 - Al Najaf v Al Shorta SC D 0-0
Iraq League 06/18 17:30 - Al Shorta SC v Al Zawra'a W 2-0
Iraq League 06/07 18:45 - Al Shorta SC v Baghdad FC W 2-0
Iraq League 05/29 18:00 - Al Shorta SC v Al Karkh L 1-2
Iraq League 05/21 13:00 - Al Shorta SC v Newroz SC L 2-3
Iraq League 05/17 17:00 - Al Quwa Al Jawiya v Al Shorta SC W 0-2
Iraq League 03/08 15:30 - Al Shorta SC v Al Naft SC W 1-0
Iraq League 02/25 12:45 - Al Shorta SC v Naft Al-Basra W 2-0
Iraq League 02/20 15:00 - Erbil SC v Al Shorta SC W 0-1
Iraq League 02/14 15:00 - Al Shorta SC v Al Kahrabaa D 0-0
Iraq League 02/08 17:15 - Al Talaba v Al Shorta SC W 0-1
Iraq League 01/16 16:00 - Al Shorta SC v Al Diwaniya W 2-1


Matches played 26 14 12
Wins 20 10 10
Draws 4 2 2
Losses 2 2 0
Goals for 43 24 19
Goals against 13 10 3
Clean sheets 18 9 9
Failed to score 3 1 2

Wikipedia - Al-Shorta SC

Al-Shorta Sports Club (Arabic: نادي الشرطة الرياضي, lit. 'Police Sports Club') is an Iraqi sports club based in Al-Rusafa, Baghdad. It has teams in 18 different sports, more than any other Iraqi club, and the best known section of the club is the football team, whose origins date back to 1932. In 1974, following the Iraq Football Association's decision to implement a clubs-only policy for domestic competitions, Al-Shorta were established as a sports club.

Al-Shorta are one of Iraq's most successful clubs, having been crowned the inaugural Arab Club Champions Cup winners in 1982, and are the current Iraqi Premier League champions, winning their fifth title in the 2021–22 season. Al-Shorta have reached the final of the Iraq FA Cup on five occasions without success, but are joint-record winners of the Iraqi Elite Cup having become the first team to win the trophy three consecutive times.

Al-Shorta hold numerous Iraqi Premier League records, including the joint-longest unbeaten run (39), the most consecutive wins in a season (11) and the most consecutive games scored in (37). In the 2021–22 season, Al-Shorta set a record for the earliest league title win (seven rounds remaining) and became the first club to beat all other teams in a 20-team season.


The football team Montakhab Al-Shorta (Police Select Team) was formed in 1932 to represent the Police Schools in Baghdad and participated in the second edition of the Prince Ghazi Cup in the 1932–33 season. Montakhab Al-Shorta's first trophy came in 1938, when they won the Taha Al-Hashimi Cup. In the 1940s, the Police were represented by two individual teams: Madaris Al-Shorta (Police Schools) and the newly-formed Al-Quwa Al-Siyara (Mobile Force).

For the inaugural Baghdad league season in 1948–49, it was decided that Al-Quwa Al-Siyara would play as Montakhab Al-Shorta in the top-flight, while Madaris Al-Shorta would compete in the second division. Montakhab Al-Shorta were relegated from the top-flight, while Madaris Al-Shorta withdrew from the second division before it started. In the 1950–51 season, Madaris Al-Shorta entered the newly-formed third division and Al-Quwa Al-Siyara returned to their original name in the second tier, and the two teams were both leading their respective divisions before the season was abandoned. From the 1951–52 season, Madaris Al-Shorta and Al-Quwa Al-Siyara combined to play as Montakhab Al-Shorta in the top-flight and also established a B team which participated in the region's second division. In 1960, the Police Games Committee was formed to control Police sports in Iraq, and they decided to separate Al-Quwa Al-Siyara from Montakhab Al-Shorta as well as forming several other new Police teams.

After finishing as runners-up in 1957–58 and 1960–61, Montakhab Al-Shorta won their first Iraq Central FA League title in the 1962–63 season. Aliyat Al-Shorta, a new Police team that had been founded in 1961, were promoted to the region's top-flight in 1963 after winning the third and second divisions in succession. From this point, it was decided that the Montakhab Al-Shorta A and B teams would no longer compete in the Iraq Central FA League – the A team would be replaced in the top division by Madaris Al-Shorta and the B team was disbanded. Instead, the Montakhab Al-Shorta select team was formed from the best players of the individual Police sides during this time to compete against visiting foreign teams and also to participate in the Republic Championship, which they won in 1968 and 1969 led by coach Mohammed Najeeb Kaban. The most successful of the individual Police teams was Aliyat Al-Shorta who won four league titles and reached the final of the 1971 Asian Champion Club Tournament where they refused to face Israeli side Maccabi Tel Aviv.

In 1974, the Iraq Football Association (IFA) decided to implement a clubs-only policy for domestic competitions, forming the Iraqi National Clubs First Division which was only open to clubs and not institute-representative teams such as the Police teams. With the IFA dictating that only a single club would be allowed to represent the Police in the new top-flight, Al-Shorta Sports Club was established on 18 August 1974 by the Iraqi Olympic Committee, being attached to the Ministry of Interior. The Police Games Directorate, which controlled Police sports in Iraq, were strongly opposed to the IFA's new clubs-only policy and decided to field a team of amateurs for Al-Shorta to compete in the inaugural 1974–75 season in protest. After suffering heavy defeats in their first two games, the amateur players were replaced by players from the Shortat Al-Najda and Kuliyat Al-Shorta teams, before ten Aliyat Al-Shorta players joined the team for the 1975–76 season which led to an improved third-place finish. In 1976, Al-Shorta won the first of three Arab Police Championships while representing the Iraq Police team, with further titles coming in 1978 and 1985. Al-Shorta won their first national league title in the 1979–80 season, finishing ahead of rivals Al-Zawraa on goal difference under the leadership of former player Douglas Aziz. This qualified them for the inaugural Arab Club Champions Cup in 1981–82, and Al-Shorta became the first ever Arab champions with a 4–2 aggregate win over Al-Nejmeh in the final.

In 1983, the club changed their name to Qiwa Al-Amn Al-Dakhili (Internal Security Forces) while Iraq was at war; that name only lasted for one season before they returned to the name Al-Shorta. On 23 December 1990, Al-Shorta played their first match at their new Al-Shorta Stadium, which was built with the help of volunteers and club workers, beating Al-Tijara 3–2. In the 1993–94 season, Al-Shorta striker Younis Abid Ali scored 36 league goals which remains an Iraqi record for most goals scored by a player in one league season.

There were three contenders for the 1997–98 Iraqi Premier League title going into the final day of the season; Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya were on top of the league with Al-Shorta in second and Al-Zawraa third. Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya were playing Al-Zawraa at the same time as Al-Shorta were playing Al-Sulaikh. Al-Shorta were 2–1 down to Al-Sulaikh before an 84th-minute goal from Mufeed Assem and a 91st-minute penalty kick from league top scorer Mahmoud Majeed earned a dramatic 3–2 victory, which was enough to overtake Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya (who had drawn 1–1 with Al-Zawraa) and achieve their second Premier League title and first for eighteen years. In the process, Al-Shorta broke the Iraqi records for most consecutive wins in a league season and most consecutive league games scored in. That season also saw them reach the quarter-finals of the Asian Cup Winners' Cup, earning wins over Al-Seeb and Bargh Shiraz before being eliminated in the quarter-final.

Al-Shorta reached the quarter-finals of the 1999–2000 Asian Club Championship before making history by becoming the first club to win the Iraqi Elite Cup three times in a row, winning the trophy in 2000, 2001 and 2002. They were also in the lead of the 2002–03 league competition before it was cancelled due to the Iraq War. In April 2003, the club's former goalkeeper and captain Raad Hammoudi became Al-Shorta's president and he saved the club from bankruptcy after the war. Al-Shorta participated in the 2003 edition of the Arab Club Champions Cup and the 2004 and 2005 editions of the AFC Champions League but were knocked out in the group stage each time.

After an unstable post-war period which culminated in a relegation battle in the 2010–11 season, Al-Shorta returned to the top of Iraqi football in the 2012–13 season, securing their third Iraqi Premier League title with a final-day 3–0 victory over rivals Al-Talaba at Al-Shaab Stadium. Al-Shorta finished in first place in the Premier League in 2013–14 under Brazilian coach Lorival Santos but the season was ended prematurely due to the worsening war situation in the country. Al-Shorta also appeared in the 2014 AFC Champions League qualifiers, losing 1–0 to Al-Kuwait, and they were eliminated from the group stage and round of 16 at the 2014 and 2015 AFC Cups respectively. Al-Shorta won the Premier League title again in 2018–19, led by Montenegrin coach Nebojša Jovović, equalling the Iraqi record for most consecutive league games unbeaten (39) in the process. Al-Shorta won the Iraqi Super Cup for the first time in 2019 with a penalty shootout win over Al-Zawraa, before reaching the quarter-finals of the 2019–20 Arab Club Champions Cup and being eliminated from the group stages of the 2020 and 2021 AFC Champions Leagues, the former on goal difference.