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Assyrian Sports Hall of Fame - Soccer



Coach Jargis Elias
with Jabar Khazal
Brief History

Simply put, a coaching mind that did not stop producing triumphs and stars. He was like a father to his players through a magnificent way of dealing with his men that he made from nothing to superstars that stayed for many years.
Jargis Elias, or as he was also known as 'Abu Ghazi', was before his time when it came to coaching soccer due to his gentle nature and strong personality that made his players do things they did not know they were capable of with the soccer ball.
Despite his small posture for the game, he was a giant in his profession due to great mind and understanding for the game.
He was known for riding his bicycle for miles looking for new raw talent that he can make into a star, which eventually brought up Iraqi soccer greats like Ali Kathem, Saad Abdul hameed, Hazem Jasaam, Samir Muhameed Ali, Ibrahim Ali, Thamer Yousif, Hassani Alwan, Fatah Muhameed, Kathem Laabi, Muqdad Jarjis, and many more.
He had a great talent for seeing in the future of his player what they can do before anyone would even give them a chance to. Like when he played a young kid with the name Ali Kathem despite everyone's wishes in an important game against Quwa Al-Jawiya, were he scored a magnificent goal and went on to be one of Iraq's greats ever.
He had absolutely no fear in using any player from the second team to replace a player from the first team, because he always believed that the first team players need to be motivated to do better and there will be a time when you will need a player to replace your superstar.
He believed like any successful coach in fitness, as he did not do with the regular training sessions for his players, but he always had an extra session or two a week to give just that extra edge they needed.

Al-Sikak 1962 Al-Sikak 1970
Al-Sikak 1970-71 Al-Sikak 1973

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