Al Shorta have completed the signings of Hussein Abdul Wahid from Al Zawraa, Miran Khesro from Erbil and youngster Rafid Muayad, while forward Karrar Hameed has returned from his loan spell at Al Hudod.
Hussein Abdul Wahid played for Al Shorta between 2012 and 2015, winning the league twice and captaining the team during the 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons and his return to the club will be a great boost to the midfield. Miran Khesro is, like Hussein Abdul Wahid, an Iraq international midfielder; he is joining the club from Erbil and he has also had the experience of winning the Iraqi Premier League title earlier on in his career. He should prove to be a great threat going forward next season. Rafid Muayad, born in 1998, is a young forward who recently signed a contract with European giants Atlético Madrid to play for their youth team. However, things didn't work out for the young star and he returned to Iraq in the hope of developing his promising career, and Al Shorta should be able to help him with that. Furthermore, another young forward, Karrar Hameed, has signed a new contract with Al Shorta. Karrar was part of the squad that won the league title in 2013-14, scoring an important goal against Naft Misan that season, and spent last season on loan with Al Hudod.
In other news, Al Shorta's new signing Bassam Qabel has decided to terminate his contract with the club despite signing just a few weeks ago. Bassam said that he now feels that he would not be getting as much game time as he first thought if he stays at Al Shorta and manager Mohamed Youssef has allowed him to leave.
Al Shorta will kick off their 2016-17 Iraqi Premier League campaign with a derby against Al Talaba, scheduled to be hosted by Al Shaab Stadium, the home of Iraqi football.
After that game, Al Shorta will face both promoted sides, Al Hussein and Al Bahri. They will end their season with a tough away game against Basra-based side Al Minaa.
The fixtures for the first round of the league, scheduled to start on 15 September, are listed below:
Al Talaba vs. Al Shorta
Al Kahrabaa vs. Al Zawraa
Al Minaa vs. Al Hussein
Zakho vs. Al Quwa Al Jawiya
Al Najaf vs. Al Bahri
Al Hudod vs. Karbalaa
Naft Al Wasat vs. Al Naft
Al Karkh vs. Erbil
Amanat Baghdad vs. Al Semawah
Naft Misan vs. Naft Al Junoob
Al Shorta have signed Egyptian midfielder Ahmed Magdy Al-Husseiny on a season-long loan from Petrojet Football Club.
Ahmed can play in a variety of positions including central midfield, central defence and even right back if required. He is the first foreign player to join Al Shorta in this summer transfer window and at least two more foreigners are expected to join the club before the start of the season.
Meanwhile, Al Shorta have said goodbye to two players and have sent another out on loan. Midfielder Amjad Atwan has joined his former club Naft Al Wasat, while forward Akram Jassim has been released by the club. Young striker Hassan Ali Kadhim has joined Al Kahrabaa on a season-long loan.
Al Shorta have signed Iraqi defender Kosrat Baez Ali from Erbil in what is their 12th signing of the summer.
Kosrat was a regular for Erbil in the 2015-16 campaign, scoring one goal in a 3-1 victory over Al Minaa. He will join the club alongside fellow new defenders Ali Lateef, Essam Yassin and Faisal Jassim as Al Shorta attempt to win the league title for the first time since the 2013-14 season.
Top row of picture (from left to right): Mohammed Abbas, Noor Sabri, Ahmed Basil, Ali Lateef, Essam Yassin, Bassam Qabel, Ahmed Mohammed, Nabeel Sabah, Amjad Waleed, Ahmed Ayad
Bottom row of picture (from left to right): Mahdi Kamil, Saif Salman, Waleed Salem, Faisal Jassim, Amjad Kalaf, Jawad Kadhim, Jassim Mohammed, Abdul-Qadir Tariq, Marwan Hussein
Al Shorta have added a number of players to their squad and have also released a number of players as they get ready to start the 2016-17 season in search for glory.
Al Shorta have added eleven new players to their squad. Four of those eleven are joining from Naft Al Wasat, the 2015-16 Iraqi Premier League runners-up, and those are Noor Sabri (goalkeeper), Essam Yassin (defender), Amjad Waleed (midfielder) and Jassim Mohammed (forward). Two of the new signings are from Al Minaa, and they are Faisal Jassim (defender) and Jawad Kadhim (midfielder). Also joining the club are the following players: Mohammed Abbas (goalkeeper from Al Hudod), Ali Lateef (defender from Al Zawraa), Saif Salman (midfielder, free agent), Bassam Qabel (forward from Al Quwa Al Jawiya) and Abdul-Qadir Tariq (forward from Al Talaba). Eight of these eleven players have played for the Iraq national team which just showcases the quality that these new signings have.
Meanwhile, eight players have renewed their contracts with Al Shorta to stay with the club. They are Ahmed Basil (goalkeeper), Ahmed Mohammed (defender), Waleed Salem (defender), Ahmed Ayad (defender/midfielder), Nabeel Sabah (midfielder), Mahdi Kamil (midfielder), Amjad Kalaf (forward and captain) and Marwan Hussein (forward). Six of these eight players have played for the Iraq national team which again highlights how valuable these players are to the club.
Al Shorta are also saying goodbye to twelve of the players that featured for the club in the disappointing 2015-16 campaign. Foreign players Ahmad Al Salih (defender), Seifeddine Chammari (defender) and Hassan Wasswa (Uganda) are all leaving, as is Ahmed Fadhel, an Iraqi midfielder who had been at the club since 2007; he will join either Al Zawraa or Al Talaba. The following Iraqis are also leaving the club: Jalal Hassan (goalkeeper joining Naft Al Wasat), Haider Raad (goalkeeper joining Naft Al Junoob), Waleed Bahar (defender joining Amanat Baghdad), Ali Faez (defender joining Turkish Süper Lig club Çaykur Rizespor), Ibrahim Naeem (midfielder joining Al Quwa Al Jawiya), Amir Sabah (forward joining Al Talaba), Ali Salah (forward being released) and Hussein Kareem (forward being released).
Al Shorta are still active in the transfer market and are looking to add three foreign players to their squad for the coming season so stay close to this website to find out all the latest news.
Al Shorta have appointed Egyptian coach Mohamed Youssef as manager of the club ahead of the 2016-17 season.
Youssef managed Al Shorta previously in the 2014-15 season, leading the club to an impressive eleven league wins, four league draws and zero league defeats as well as their biggest ever AFC Cup win (a 6-2 victory over Taraji Wadi Al Nes which has since been equalled).
He was surprisingly sacked by the previous administration despite the club's impressive record, and Al Shorta have formally apologised to Youssef for the unprofessional way in which the sacking was conducted.
Since then, the former CAF Champions League winner took on the role of manager of Egyptian club Smouha at the start of the 2015-16 season but was sacked after just three league games. He rejoins Al Shorta at a time of rebuilding and therefore is expected to be given enough time to build his own team and lead the club to good domestic results again after the disappointing 2015-16 campaign.
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