The Iraq national football team (Arabic: المنتخب العراقي لكرة القدم) represents Iraq in international football and is controlled by the Iraq Football Association (IFA), the governing body for football in Iraq. Most of Iraq’s home matches are played at the Basra International Stadium. Iraq are one of the more successful national teams in Asia, having made one FIFA World Cup appearance in 1986, losing their three games to Paraguay, Belgium and Mexico. They are one of eight AFC nations to have won the AFC Asian Cup, claiming the title in 2007 in spite of difficult conditions and limited preparation. Iraq defeated some of the favourites in the competition including Australia, South Korea and Saudi Arabia. This qualified them for the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup where they earned two points in the group stage, and they later finished fourth at the 2015 AFC Asian Cup. Iraq’s team is famous across the continent, especially among West Asians, with passionate football fans, and the national team is also seen as a symbol for Iraq to fight against negative reputation that has hurt the country. The team reached an all-time high of 39th in the FIFA World Rankings in October 2004.