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The Iraqi national football team (Arabic: منتخب العراق لكرة القدم) is the national team of Iraq and is controlled by the Iraq Football Association. They are the reigning champions of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC).

During the rule of the government of Saddam Hussein, Saddam's son, Uday Hussein, was in charge of the Iraqi Olympic Committee and, by extension, the national football team. Under Uday's leadership, motivational lectures to the team included threats to cut off players' legs, while missed practices resulted in prison time and losses resulted in flogging with electric cable or baths in raw sewage. Despite the war in Iraq, the football team, then guided by Adnan Hamad, continued playing international tournaments with good results. Its Under-23 team qualified for the 2004 Summer Olympics and then represented the country in the Asian Cup, where reached the quarterfinals, as they had done in 1996 and 2000. At the 2004 Olympics, Iraq defeated Portugal, Costa Rica, and Australia finally coming 4th. After winning the 2007 AFC Asian Cup Iraq was nominated for the Prince of Asturias Award.

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Sorry, what's KUTGW?
 

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Younes Mahmoud! :proud:

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Iraq's Younes Mahmoud Khalef Wins Giacinto Facchetti Award
05/11/2007 15:55

Younes Mahmoud Khalef has won the 2007 "Giacinto Facchetti" award for inspirational footballing figures.

Iraq's Younes Mahmoud Khalef has won the second annual Giacinto Facchetti award.

The 10,000 euro prize, awarded each year to an inspirational figure "who embodies the spirit of football", was created in the honour of the eponymous former Inter player and president, who died last year after a battle with cancer.

2006's winner, former Vicenza hitman Julio Gonzalez, was given the accolade after refusing to give up professional football after suffering from the loss of an arm.

Now, with Khalef having led his team to victory in 2007's Asian Cup final against Saudi Arabia, the panel of four judges have deemed him the ideal winner.

Candido Cannavò, Gianfelice Facchetti, Gianni Petrucci and Carlo Verdelli decided that the Iraqi striker's services to the game, made in spite of the state of his country, merited the award.

The Gazzetta dello Sport and Facchetti's widow, Giovanna, arranged a gala event in Italy at which the player accepted his prize.

He remarked, "It is an important day for me.

"This prize is a huge thing for me which I will always remember."

Mahmoud, 24, plays his club football for Qatari side Al-Gharafa.

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FC Twente signs Nashat Akram

19-05-2009


FC Twente has strengthen its players group for next season with the Iraqi international Nashat Akram. After the medical inspection and the work permit has been issued, the 24 year-old midfielder will sign a three-year contract with FC Twente with the option for another season.

Nashat Akram, 75 caps, comes from Al-Gharafa, Qatar. Before that, he played in the United Arabian Emirates, Saoudi Arabia and in the Iraqi league. In 2007, Akram was nominated for the Asian Footballer of the year voting and last season he signed a contract with Manchester City. However, In England his work permit was denied.

Nashat Akram is happy with the contract: “A dream comes true to play in Europe. FC Twente is a growing club with a great trainer. Next month I will compete in the Confederations Cup with Iraq in South Africa and I am looking forward to start at FC Twente after that”, according to the captain of the Iraq national team.

Trainer/Coach Steve McClaren: “We are following Nashat a year already. I know him since his trial at Manchester City. He is a young and very talented player, who has gained a lot of experience for his age. Last year it did not work out to sign him and therefore I am happy that we made it now . The Dutch league will be a challenge for him.”

Nashat Akram will join the Iraq squad from now on in the preparations towards the Confederations Cup. From the beginning of July Akram will be part of the players group of FC Twente. Then he will also be officially presented.
so what's he like? and what kind of midfielder?
 

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so what's he like? and what kind of midfielder?
hes like gago :|

maybe like guti without the temper. he defends though. makes passes, looks for teh through ball, likes to dictate play. i said gago because he likes to drop back and get the ball and spray it out. hes also got an amazing shot on him.

city wanted to sign him during eriksons time but he couldnt get a visa.
 

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hes like gago :|

maybe like guti without the temper. he defends though. makes passes, looks for teh through ball, likes to dictate play. i said gago because he likes to drop back and get the ball and spray it out. hes also got an amazing shot on him.

city wanted to sign him during eriksons time but he couldnt get a visa.
Sounds good.
How highly is he rated in Asian football btw? is he seen as one of the big names in it or does he still have some way to go?
 

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The guy has the potential to be a great player, i watched him in the Asian Cup in 2007, he was wanted by a lot of EPL sides but couldn't get a work permit i believe. Great skill, vision and composure on the ball.
 

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Sounds good.
How highly is he rated in Asian football btw? is he seen as one of the big names in it or does he still have some way to go?
He has great potential and can dictate the game, and just like Redhat mentioned he got quite a powerful shot. I'm so glad he finally left those shitty Gulf leagues and decided to better himself and improve his game in Europe.
 

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Sounds good.
How highly is he rated in Asian football btw? is he seen as one of the big names in it or does he still have some way to go?
he was voted either best or 2nd best asian player in 2007. everyone knows about him, hes one of the highest earning foreigners in the Gulf leagues coz he played in saudi and qatar as well as UAE actually, bar the guys that come directly from europe ofcourse.

as i said City wanted to sign him but he couldnt get visa.
 

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hi mate,
it`s gonna be a good one for both sides, iraq nt need to warm themselves well once again. the team is preparing for the asian cup 2011 qualifying games. anyway, i`ll check the date. :)
 
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