Abdul-Wahab Abu Al-Hail

Abdul-Wahab Abu Al-Hail
Abdul-Wahab Abu Al-Hail, 2019.jpg
Abu Al-Hail with Akhaa Ahli Aley in 2019
Personal information
Full name Abdul-Wahab Abu Al-Hail Labid Al-Zirjawi
Date of birth (1975-12-21) 21 December 1975 (age 45)
Place of birth Baghdad, Iraq
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Position(s) Central midfielder
Club information
Current team
Ansar (manager)
Youth career
1987–1992 Al-Rasheed
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1993–1999 Al-Talaba 35+ (7+)
1999–2001 Al-Akhaa Al-Ahli (6)
2001–2003 Al-Shaab (6)
2003–2006 Esteghlal Ahvaz 69 (3)
2006–2009 Sepahan 88 (9)
2009–2010 Foolad 7 (0)
2010–2013 Al-Talaba (7+)
Total 199+ (38+)
National team
1997–2009 Iraq 59 (8)
Teams managed
2013–2015 Al-Talaba
2016–2020 Al-Akhaa Al-Ahli
2020– Ansar
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Abdul-Wahab Abu Al-Hail Labid Al-Zirjawi (Arabic: عبد الوهاب أبو الهيل لابد الزيرجاوي‎; born 21 December 1975) is an Iraqi professional football manager and former player who is the manager of Lebanese Premier League club Ansar.

Club career[]

Abu Al-Hail started his career by playing for Al-Talaba in Iraq. He has also played for Al-Shaab of the UAE. In 2003, he moved to the Iranian Pro League club Esteghlal Ahvaz. After three seasons he joined the Esfahani club Sepahan. And stayed there for another 3 season where he won the Hazfi Cup once during his time and played many matches in ACL and CWC. He moved to Foolad for 2009–10 season but he was rejected by the new coach Majid Jalali.

Abu Al-Hail started his career with Al Talaba in 1992.[1][2] He left the club in 1999, moving to Al-Akhaa Al-Ahli of Lebanon,[1][2][3] and then to Al-Shaab of the United Arab Emirates.[1][2] In 2003, he moved to Iran, playing for Esteghlal Ahvaz, Sepahan and Foolad.[1][2] While at Esteghlal, Abu Al-Hail was given the captain's armband: it was the first time in the history of the Iranian league that a foreign player had became captain.[2]

International career[]

Abdul-Wahab Abou Al-Hail was a key member of the Iraqi national team and one of the most coveted properties in Iraqi football.[3] A jewel in midfield, equipped with remarkable ball control, accurate passing, shooting and is particularly threatening at free-kicks.[3] His coach Milan Zivadinovic once described him as 'Our Ronaldo', due to his importance to the side and his short 'Ronaldoesque' hair cut.[3] He came into the international scene during the Nehru Cup in 1997, missing a penalty in the shoot-out win over India.[3]

At international level, Abu Al-Hail featured prominently in Iraq's qualifying campaign for the 2002 FIFA World Cup under then coach Rudolf Belin. Olympic manager Adnan Hamad called the midfielder into his squad for the 2004 Summer Olympics.

Abu Al-Hail was a member of the Iraq national football team. and was part of Iraq Olympic team in the 2004 Olympic Games, reached the 4th place. Abu Al-Hail was not selected in Iraq's title-winning 2007 AFC Asian Cup squad as the national authorities stayed faithful to players from the former youth team that had won the AFC Youth Championship 2000.

Managerial career[]

Abu Al-Hail started his managerial career at Al-Talaba in 2013, remaining in charge until 2015.[1] In December 2016,[4] Abu Al-Hail became the head coach of his former club Akhaa Ahli Aley, in the Lebanese Premier League,[5] for the 2016–17 season.[1] In his second season as head coach, he finished fourth in the league.[5] On 21 January 2020, he was appointed head coach of Ansar.[1][6]

Career statistics[]


Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup[a] Continental Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Esteghlal Ahvaz 2003–04 Persian Gulf Cup 24 2
2004–05 Persian Gulf Cup 23 0
2005–06 Persian Gulf Cup 25 1
Total 72 3 0 0
Sepahan 2006–07 Persian Gulf Cup 29 4 12 1
2007–08 Persian Gulf Cup 31 5 0 5 0 5
2008–09 Persian Gulf Cup 28 0 0 5 0 0
Foolad 2009–10 Persian Gulf Cup 7 0 0 0 7 0
Career total 167 12 22 1


Scores and results list Iraq's goal tally first.
List of international goals scored by Abdul-Wahab Abu Al-Hail
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 27 August 1999 Al Hassan Stadium, Amman, Jordan  Lebanon
1999 Pan Arab Games
2 14 April 2001 Al-Shaab Stadium, Baghdad, Iraq    Nepal
2002 World Cup qualification
4 16 April 2001 Al-Shaab Stadium, Baghdad, Iraq  Kazakhstan
2002 World Cup qualification
5 21 April 2001 Almaty Central Stadium, Almaty, Kazakhstan  Macau
2002 World Cup qualification
7 23 April 2001 Almaty Central Stadium, Almaty, Kazakhstan    Nepal
2002 World Cup qualification
8 5 October 2001 Amman International Stadium, Amman, Jordan  Saudi Arabia
2002 World Cup qualification


As of 2 January 2021
Team Nat From To Record
G W D L Win %
Al-Talaba Iraq 12 September 2013 1 March 2015 33 12 8 13 036.36
Al-Akhaa Al-Ahli Lebanon 20 December 2016 20 January 2020 76 33 18 25 043.42
Al Ansar FC Lebanon 20 January 2020 present 18 14 0 4 077.78
Total 127 59 26 42 046.46






  1. ^ Includes Hazfi Cup


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "العراقي أبو الهيل مدربا للأنصار بدلا من محروس". elaph.com.
  2. ^ a b c d e "عبد الوهاب أبو الهيل يعترف لـ(المدى) .. منتخبنا مرتبك فنياً ونصف لاعبيه خارج الفورمة! .. عودة فرحان واكرم ضرورة ملحة". almadapaper.net.
  3. ^ a b c d e Hassanin Mubarak. "Player Database". iraqsport.com. Archived from the original on 21 April 2003.
  4. ^ "عبد الوهاب أبو الهيل مدرباً للإخاء الأهلي عاليه اللبناني". almuraqeb-aliraqi.org.
  5. ^ a b "عبد الوهاب أبو الهيل". al-akhbar.com.
  6. ^ "رسمياً.. عبد الوهاب ابو الهيل مدرباً للانصار اللبناني". قناة السومرية.

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