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Assyrian Sports Hall of Fame - Soccer


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Brief History

Gewargis Ismail Meoza was well known soccer figure in Iraq. He started his soccer career with the Assyrian athletic Club from 1957 - 1959.  He then moved to the Army Club ( known then as the 3rd Division Team ) were he played from 1959 - 1973.  He was selected for the Iraqi National Team were he maintained a permanent spot from 1959 - 1965 as a center forward. He was a fundamental player in the Iraqi National teams as he enforced himself upon his fans by his unique skills and astonishing offensive abilities.


His fans enjoyed his goals as much as he enjoyed scoring them, and especially the winning goal against Syria in the 1966 Pan Arab Championship cup final in Baghdad were he was lifted for a distance of five miles after the game from the stadium to his home in Camp El-Gailani as his feet did not touch the ground.


He was known for his fearless, strongly built, opportunist goal scorer, fast attacking and self confident style of play. Gewargis was known to soccer fans as the spearhead hero of the team, and the surprising figure. In the field he enjoyed goal scoring more than anything else, and indeed lived the triumphal moment.

Gewargis Ismail worked as a coach for the Employees Club (2nd Div.) team in 1973. Then from 1982 to 1985 he was assigned as a coach for the Army Corp. of Engineers team (1st Div.).


He is presently living in Germany with his family. His son, Duglis, followed in his father's footsteps in playing soccer in Canada with the Assyrian Athletic Club of Toronto.


Total International games played: 50.



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