|Full name||Adnan Hamad Majid Al-Abbassi|
|Date of birth||February 1, 1961|
|Place of birth||Samarra, Iraq|
|Playing position||Striker as player|
|1982 - 1986||Iraq||17||(6)|
|1994-1996||Al-Zawraa (Youth Team)|
|2003-2004||Iraq Olympic team|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Adnan Hamad Majid Al-Abbassi (born February 1, 1961), is a former Iraqi international soccer player, in the position of striker. He has had many spells as Iraq Coach more recently in 2008. However on June 26 the Iraq Football Association sacked Hamad following the team’s failure to progress to the final round of qualifying for the 2010 World Cup.
Adnan was born in Samarra, Iraq, the son of a wealthy land-owning family. Hed started his career with the Samarra in 1975 juniors at the age of 14 before. In 1982 Adnan was called up by the famous Iraq national coach Wathiq Naji to join the Salah-Al-Deen club, where he spending only one season with Salah-Al-Deen club which they won the Iraq Super League cup of the 1982-83 season.
Yugoslav coach Miodgard Stankovic known as Aba later called the young Adnan into the Iraq Under-19 team. later he moved to Baghdad and signed for Al-Zawraa. In 1984 he was called up by Ammo Baba to the Iraq national football team for the 1984 Gulf Cup. He later went onto make over 20 appearances for the national team winning the 1985 Pan-Arab Games & and 1985 Arab Cup. He also played for Al-Talaba and Al-Tayaran club teams in Iraq.
After being plagued by injuries during the latter parts of his career, he went into coaching and managed his home club Samarra in a player-coach role in the 1992-93 season. During this time he also managed to score 33 goals for the club. He later became the coach of Al-Zawraa and was assistant coach of the Iraq national football team to Yahya Alwan during the 1996 AFC Asian Cup in the United Arab Emirates.
Hamad spent time in Europe studying coaching techniques before coaching abroad in the UAE with Dubai SC. He first coached the Iraq national team in February 2000 and led the team to third place at the 2000 West Asian Football Federation Championship in Amman. He was then replaced by Milan Zivadinovic only two months before the 2000 AFC Asian Cup in Lebanon.
Adnan was back as the national coach of Iraq for the second time a year later after Milan Zivadinovic was sacked. Hamad led Iraq to the second round of the 2002 FIFA World Cup qualifiers before he was replaced by Croatian Rudolf Belin after two consecutive defeats to Bahrain and Saudi Arabia in the opening three matches of the tournament.
His third period as coach of Iraq came in 2002 when he helped Iraq to the WAFF Championship win in Damascus with a dramatic 3-2 win over Jordan in extra-time before being replaced with the German Bernd Stange. He regained his position as coach when Bernd Stange left in 2004 a year after the 2003 invasion of Iraq by the United States.
As of 26 March 2013[update]
Adnan Hamad's coaching talents have long been recognised at both the national and international level.
- Iraqi coach of the year, four times from 1999 to 2002.
- AFC coach of the month in May 2000, November 2000, September 2002, and August 2003.1
- AFC Coach of the year 2004.
- 10th best Coach of the year 2004 in the world.
-  Iraq Sports Online
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