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Assyrian Sports Hall of Fame - Soccer





Brief History

Youarish Isaac Benyamin was born in Nineveh province (Mosul).

As a young child he and his family moved to Kirkuk, where he was later employed by the I.P.C. (Iraqi Petroleum Company).

As a young adult he joined the football team, representing I.P.C.

He played side by with Aram Karam, Azo Younan, Fadel Elias, Korshed Nameq and Isaac Yacoub Isaac.


In 1942, he represented the Mosul Primary Schools Select team, playing against other cities in Iraq.


In 1944, moved to Kirkuk and joint  (IPC), were he selected to represent the (IPC) Football Team in many games inside and outside Iraq. The team was the Championship winners for all Middle East Associated Companies for 5 years.


Youarish later played for the Kirkuk National team. He competed both nationally and internationally against many prestigious teams from Aljaza’ar, Lebanon, Syria, Turkey, Iran and other countries.


In 1956, and after playing for the Assyrian 1st Division soccer team, and Kirkuk City Select team more than 10 years, he was selected to represent the First Assyrian National Soccer Team which played against The Iranian Taj Club in Baghdad and Tehran.


In 1962, he became the first soccer coach for the Assyrian Youth team in Kirkuk where he stayed for 8 years.


Youarish was a well behaved player on and off the field and was respected by his fellow team mates. His style of playing on the field was similar to English players from across the globe showing great discipline and sposrtsmanship.

Youarish was also a member of the Assyrian National Team, who played against the Iranian Team TAJ club in the 1950s.


In 1965 Youarish started coaching the football team from the Assyrian Sports Club. They achieved great results, winning many games throughout the year.


In addition to Football (Soccer), his athletic talents included Tennis and Swimming.


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