Hussein Saeed Announces a Component of Development Programs

Hussein Saeed

Hussein Saeed

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During an interview with Al-Hurriya channel, Captain Hussein Saeed, President of the Iraqi Central Football Federation, announced a component of his development programs for Iraqi football, most notably the establishment of the Iraqi Professional League starting in 2010-2011 season. On this topic, Saeed said, “We understand that attracting professional players requires a financial budget. We will start by specifying 10 clubs that have the ability to participate in the Iraqi Professional League. After this, we will increase the number of clubs during consecutive seasons until we reach a stable suitable number.”

He added, “We have now started with the most important issue; that is to prepare Iraq to host international games once again. Playing home games will give us a great advantage in terms of qualifying to big tournaments. We are struggling with being distant from our fans. For decades, we were forced to play abroad.”

Saeed criticized few journalists for not conveying the truth. On this note, he stated, “I do not know why some journalists and the sports media hate an individual who contributed to Iraqi football. I do not need a testimony from anybody. I served my country as a player and coached for a short period with Al-Talaba before I became involved in management. I also was honored by previous governments and the current one. I was honored by Drs. Ayad Allawi, Ibrahim Al-Jaafari, and Nouri Al-Maliki. I do not know why there is hatred towards me?”

In conclusion, Saeed, one of best 25 players in the history of Asian football since its establishment, demanded conveying the truth about the news of the Iraqi Football Federation.

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    2009-7-12

    My dear brother, perform you work. We are proud of people like you. If we don’t trust you, who should we trust? You are good for the Iraqi soccer. The Iraqi proverb says, “The dogs will bark but the shepherd keeps moving on.”

  • 2009-7-12

    Peace be upon you. A salute to Captain Abu Omar, Hussein Saeed, the nice hero. There are players who contributed to the Iraqi soccer game and were recognized internationally, such as Ammo Baba, Falah Hassan, Ali (Abid) Kadhim, and Hussein Saeed. We will never forget those heroes. Abu Omer, don’t pay attention to those who are trying to reach your level through illicit ways. You are a hero and deserve praise and honor. God bless you and all those who are sincerely working to raise the name of Iraq. The Iraqis will never forget you.

  • 2009-7-12

    Mr. Hussein Saeed, The forced imposition of opinions and methods has gone the way of Saddam. You and those like you are not welcome in the new Iraq.

  • 2009-7-12

    I hope that all the Iraqi athletes try to improve the sports situation and improve the standard of the Iraqi sport. My wishes to all the teams participating in the professional soccer league in Iraq.

  • 2009-7-12

    Dirty soccer game. Iraq has no soccer game.

  • 2009-7-12

    Peace be upon you. To Mr. Hussein Saeed, the head of the Iraqi Federation. What have you done to the Iraqi sport while you are in the administration? I will not forget that you served Iraq when you were good and nice player. Now you and Younis Mahmoud, Nashat, and Adnan Hamad are plotting against the Iraqi team. Just remember that Mahmoud doesn’t play well with the team. I say that you are not welcomed in the Management and the team, you Younis and Nashat. Thank you.

  • 2009-7-12

    I love the Ahli Club.

  • 2009-7-12

    Peace be upon you and God's mercy and blessings. I send my greetings and appreciation to Mr. Hussein Saeed. My dear sir, you stated that you had truthful intentions to serve Iraqi football. This is what we believe, God willing, and we know that those who work make mistakes, while those who sit down without work do not make mistakes. We appreciate all your work and everything you did in the past and present to serve Iraqi football. Nonetheless, I have a question for you. Why don’t you complete the work of the Football Federation during its legally specified timeframe? Why do you always ask for extensions, which create tension between you and other sports officials? Don’t you think that you had your chance in administrative work? If you do not think so, and it is your right to disagree, then elections are designed for the assessment of candidates. Sitting at the table is what we require, my dear sir, Abu Omar.

  • 2009-7-12

    I am happy.