Ahmed Radhi

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Ahmed Radhi
Personal information
Full name Ahmed Radhi Hmaiesh Al-Salihi
Date of birth (1964-04-21) April 21, 1964 (age 50)
Place of birth Baghdad, Iraq
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Forward
Youth career
Al-Shorta
Al-Zawra'a
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1982–1984 Al-Zawra'a 60 (38)
1984–1990 Al-Rasheed 128 (69)
1990–1993 Al-Zawra'a 71 (54)
1993–1997 Al-Wakrah 20 (16)
1997–1999 Al-Zawra'a 59 (34)
National team
1982–1997 Iraq 73 (42)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Ahmed Radhi Hmaiesh Al-Salehi (Arabic: أحمد راضي هميش الصالحي‎, born on April 21, 1964 in Baghdad, Iraq, but originally from Basra) is a former Iraqi football player and a current politician. Widely regarded[by whom?] as Iraq's best player of all-time, Radhi scored the only Iraqi goal in the 1986 FIFA World Cup, a low shot to the corner of the net against Belgium in the 2-1 defeat. He was voted the 1988 Asian Footballer of the Year.

Career[edit]

Ahmed Radhi was perhaps one of the most outstanding Iraqi goalscorers of his generation.

He was a striker capable of scoring any kind of goal whether a volley from 35 yards, a free-kick or an easy tap-in. He starred at the 1986 World Cup finals in Mexico, scoring Iraq’s first & only goal in the World Cup in a 2-1 defeat against Belgium, he was also denied a goal in Iraq’s first World Cup game against Paraguay when the referee blew his whistle a split-second before his header crossed the line.

After the finals, his club Al-Rasheed were offered $1m by Uruguayan giants Nacional for their star player, but it was quickly rejected. With Al-Rasheed, he won 3 Iraqi league and two cup titles and a record three Arab Club Championships.

With Iraq he won 2 Arab Cups, 1 Pan-Arab Games & a Gulf Cup, while he also represented Iraq in the Olympics in 1988. In 1988, was voted Asian player of the year and 9th best Asian player of the century in 1999.[1]

Radhi's international career came to a bitter end in 1997; when he failed to save Iraq from a shocking first-round elimination in the 1998 World Cup Asian qualifiers. Two years later, Radhi ended his career as a footballer in 1999, after he led local side Al-Zawra'a to another league title.

In October 2007, he was nominated by the opposition Iraqi Accord Front to the Council of Representatives of Iraq, replacing Abd al-Nasir al-Janabi, who had resigned to join the insurgency.[2]

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Iraq's goal tally first.

Achievements[edit]

Iraqi League 5 times with 3-Rashid (1987-1988-1989) Zora 2 (1991-1999) Cup Iraq 6 times with Rasheed 2 (1987-1988) with Zora 4 (1991-1993-1998-1999) and Championship 1 - 1991 Arab Cup with 3-Rashid (1987-1988-1989)

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Adnan Dirjal
Iraq captain
1993 - 1996
Succeeded by
Laith Hussein
Awards
Preceded by
Mubarak Mustafa
Qatari League top scorers
1994
Succeeded by
Mohammed Salem Al-Enazi
Preceded by
No Award
Asian Footballer of the Year
1988
Succeeded by
Kim Joo-Sung
Preceded by
N/A
Arab Nations Cup top scorers
1988
Succeeded by
N/A
Preceded by
Abandoned due to War
Iraq Super League top scorers
1986
Succeeded by
Raheem Hameed