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Name: Raad Hammoudi Salman
Birthdate: 20.4.58
Still Active: No
Club: Al-Shorta(Played for Koliya Al-Shorta before merger in 74)
Position: Goalkeepers
Ex-club(s): None
Info: Raad Hammoudi is the most successful international goalkeeper in Iraqi football history. The Al-Shorta legend made his international debut in 1976 against Turkey, and later went on to great things with the national team. Raad was an important part of the Al-Shorta side, captaining them to the Iraqi League in season 1979/80. He was goalkeeper of the tournament during Iraq's win in the 1979 Gulf Cup, when he conceded just one goal in six games, he was also in goal when Iraq won the Asian Games in 1982. Raad started his career in 1972 when he joined 2nd division club Koliya Al-Shorta, a club which later merged with Shorta Al-Najda and then Aliyat Al-Shorta to form Al- Shorta. Raad has played in the Olympics and 1986 World Cup in Mexico, where he played 2 games against Paraguay and Belgium. In 1999, Raad was placed by the German based Federation of Football History & Statistics as Iraq's 4th best player of the century behind the likes of Ahmad Radhi, Hussein Saeed and Habib Jafar.

Name: Abdul-Munaim Yousef Ibrahim
Birthdate: 2.10.81
Still Active: Yes
Club: Al-Shorta
Position: Libero/Defender
Ex-club(s): None
Info: Munaim Yousef is one of the best defenders of his generation. The Al-Shorta player was the star in the Iraqi defence during their Asian Youth Championship winning team playing in all the games in the qualifiers in Rajshahi,Bangladesh and all the 7 games in Tehran all the way to the final against Japan in the Shiroudi stadium. Only 3 other players, Al-Zawraa striker Emad Mohamad, Talaba midfielder Hassan Turki and midfielder Mohanad Nassir of Al-Zawraa had played in all the games in the qualifiers in Bangladesh and all 7 games in Tehran, Iran. The defender had already played for the Iraqi B team in a tournament in August 2000 against the likes of Taiwan, Myanmar and hosts Indonesia, 3 months before winning the Asian Youth Championships in Tehran, Iran. He was called up into the Iraqi World Cup qualifiers squad by Milan Zivadinovic and was kept in the squad after the sacking of Milan and the re-appointment of Adnan Hamad, but was one of the many players left out of the final squad.

Name: Ahmad Ali Jaber
Birthdate: 2.8.82
Still Active: Yes
Club: Al-Zawraa
Position: Goalkeeper
Ex-club(s): None
Info: Ahmad Ali is Iraq’s new hope for the future, the Al-Zawraa player was one of the stars at the 2000 Asian Youth Championship in Tehran, Iran alongside many other Asian stars of the future at the games such Japanese striker Ryoichi Maeda, Iranian winger Javad Kazemeyan and Iraq’s very own Imad Mohamad. He was the player who clinched Iraq's place in the final of the Asian Youth Championship against Japan, beating Iran 7-6 on penalties after extra-time. The Iraqi number one hammered home his spot-kick after saving the effort of Iranian striker Mansour Jamalyan and 2 other Iranian players, Ahmad then raced the length of the field to celebrate with the Iraqi fans before collapsing in a heap, overcome by the emotion. But he missed the final due to a yellow card he picked up after time wasting in the 90th minute. After his heroics in Iran, he was voted Iraqi goalkeeper of the year of 2000. He made his 1st appearance for Iraq in the unofficial international game with the Tunisan Olympic team.

Name: Emad Aoda Mohoder
Birthdate: 15.11.81
Still Active: Yes
Club: Duhok
Position: Defender/Midfielder
Ex-club(s): Samawa, Al-Minaa
Info: Emad Aoda is a versatile defender who can operate at central defence or at full back. The defender was part of the Iraqi youth team from the start of the trail for the 2000 Asian Youth Championship playing in the qualifiers at the Rajshahi Stadium in Bangladesh, where he made one substitute appearance in the 6-0 win over the Maldives, Emad scored Iraq’s 5th goal from 25- yards after nearly 25 minutes after coming on. The defender started Iraq’s first game in Tehran, Iran in the 0-0 draw with China and also replaced suspended Basim Abbas in the 6-0 win over Pakistan, Emad made 2 substitute appearances against Korea Republic and in the semi-final win over Iran. The defender only started in the final against Japan taking the place of suspended regular Basim Abdul-Hassan. After the final win in Tehran, he was called up into the Iraqi World Cup qualifiers squad,but he was one of many players omitted after Milan Zivadinovic was sacked and Adnan Hamad was re-appointed.

Name: Salahaddin Saimand Tahir
Birthdate: 3.7.81
Still Active: Yes
Club: Arbil
Position: Defender/Midfielder
Ex-club(s): Aso
Info: Salahaddin Saimand is a magnificent who has been used both in central defence and in a deep midfield position by national coach Adnan Hamad. The star had already played for the Iraq B team in Indonesia in August 2000, before winning the Asian Youth Championship in Tehran, Iran 3 months later. In Iran, Saimand was never a regular, making only one substitute appearance before he was introduced at half-time against Korea due to a change in formation by Hamad, the change gave Iraq the result they wanted knocking out Korea, with Iraq going to the semi-final. Hamad kept the same formation for the semi-final giving him his first start against Iran in the Shiroudi stadium in Tehran not even a missed penalty in the shoot-out win could dampen his performance against the Iranians. After the final win over Japan the central defender was given an unexpected call up to the Iraqi national team by Milan Zivadinovic, making his debut in January 31st 2000 in a 0-0 draw with Lebanon in Beirut.

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