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Ayoub Odisho

Personal information
Full nameAyoub Odisho Barjam
Date of birth1960
Place of birthBaghdad, Iraq
Playing positionDefender
Club information
Current clubArbil

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Ayoub Odisho Barjam (born 1960 in Baghdad) is an ethnic Assyrian Christian former Iraq national coach, who is currently coach of Arbil FC.

Ayoub was a tough tackling full-back, who played for Al-Talaba during a playing career that spanned 14 years. The right-sided defender joined the Students club in 1976, making his debut in a 1-0 win over Al-Shurta a year later. The defender, was one of the best defenders in the Iraqi league during the 1980s. He played alongside the likes of Hussein Saeed, Wathiq Aswad, Ali Hussein Shihab, Haris Mohammed and Adnan Dirjal during his career with the great club, helping Al-Talaba to three league titles in 1981, 1982 and 1986.

He made his international debut on the 9th February 1979 in the 1-1 draw with East Germany in a friendly game in Baghdad and went onto make 38 appearances for Iraq, including playing at the 1982 Gulf Cup in the UAE and the Asian Games victory in New Delhi that same year but due to injuries a year on he lost his place in the side to Khalil Allawi. He made his last international appearance in a friendly with Bahrain in 1987.

After retiring in 1991, he went onto coach Al-Talaba and Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya, leading them to three trophies in the 1996-1997 season. The coach also had a lengthy spell in Lebanon managing Salam Zgharta, Al-Akhaa Ahli Aley and Safa FC.

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