Rio 2016 Summer Olympics

 

Soccer

Iraq begins the campaign for Olympic gold this Thursday, August 4th 2016 at 12:00 PM EST against Denmark. They will then play host country Brazil on Sunday, August 7th 2016 at 9:00 PM EST for their second game, and will finish the group stages against South Africa on Wednesday, August 10th, 2016.

Younus+Mahmood+Ali+Adnan+Kadhim+Iran+v+Iraq+0wL9ssLMiwMlThe team will be led in part by defender, Ali Adnan Kadhim. Born in Baghdad in 1993, Kadhim (22) was made for soccer stardom. His father and uncle both played the sport professionally and his uncle, Ali Kadhim was seen as one of the best Iraqi soccer players the world has seen, constantly breaking records for club and country in the 60′s-80′s. Kadhim will try to follow his family’s footsteps as he joins the Iraqi team in Rio for the Olympics. Kadhim started his career at Baghdad FC playing left back, and has trained at Barcelona FC’s famous “La Masia” youth academy. At the age of 20 he moved from Baghdad to Turkey, following interests from big teams such as Sevilla, Arsenal, Chelsea and A.S. Roma. At the start of the 2015-2016 season Kadhim moved to Italy to play with Udinese Calcio. Since the start of the season Kadhim has made 28 appearances for the team and scored once against defending champions Juventus.

How to Watch

For those wanting to watch the tournament, NBC has exclusive rights to the broadcasting of the Olympics and will be televised on NBC, NBCSN or any NBC affiliated channel. All games and events will be streamed on their website, NBCOlympics.com. For those in the Middle East wanting to watch the tournament,  ASBU has the exclusive rights to the games.

Other Iraqi Athletes

Salwan Jasim Abbood Abbood – Weightlifting

Abdulridha Waheed – Boxing (Will carry the flag during the opening ceremony)

Hussein Al Aameri – Judo

Mohammed Al Khafaji – Rowing

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