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Douglas Aziz

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Full nameDouglas Aziz Shamasha Eshaya
Date of birth1942
Place of birthHabbaniyah, Al Anbar, Iraq
Playing positionDefender/Midfielder

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Douglas Aziz Shamasha Eshaya ( , born 1942 in Al Anbar, Iraq) is a former Iraq national football player and caretaker coach. He is an ethnic Assyrian and Christian.

A dead-ball specialist, he made his league debut in 1963 and spent 15 seasons with Aliyat Al-Shurta and with merger club Al-Shurta, where he was a key figure in the side along with Abid Kadhim, Majid Ali, Latif Shandal and Riyadh Nouri. After making his international debut in 1967, Douglas quickly became an influence as the midfield general in the heart of the Iraqi team.

With the national team, he played in the 1974 World Cup qualifiers in Australia, where Iraq finished second behind the hosts, the 1972 and 1976 Asian Cups in Thailand and Iran, and in the Olympic qualifiers in 1968 and 1972. Douglas was also an important part of the Iraqi army team that won the 1972 and 1977 CISM World Military Championship.

Douglas played for the Iraqi national team until 1978 and retired from playing a year later. He went onto coach at Al-Shurta and in his first season in charge, led the club to their first ever league title in 1979-1980. He continued to coach the club's youth teams after stepping down as head coach in 1983, but was renamed coach of the first team in 1985.

In 1989, he stepped down as coach of Al-Shurta to work full-time as assistant to Under-19s coach Bill Asprey. Douglas was also assistant coach to Ammo Baba in the national team set-up from 1983-1984.

He coached Al-Khutot, Salah-Al-Deen and Al-Karkh in the 90s before leaving Iraq to settle in Arnhem, Holland.

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