Emad Mohammed

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Emad Mohammed
Personal information
Full name Emad Mohammed Ridha
Date of birth (1979-07-24) 24 July 1979 (age 35)
Place of birth Karbala, Iraq
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Center Forward, Second Striker, Winger
Club information
Current team
Al-Zawra'a
Number 7
Youth career
1992–1998 Karbalaa
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2002 Al-Zawra'a
2002 Al-Ittihad
2002–2003 Al-Zawra'a
2003–2004 Al-Ittihad
2004–2005 Al-Wakrah 30 (11)
2005–2006 Foolad 14 (8)
2006–2010 Sepahan 104 (57)
2010–2011 Zamalek 2 (0)
2011 Shahin Bushehr (loan) 11 (3)
2011–2012 Sepahan 22 (9)
2012–2014 Al-Zawraa 30 (15)
National team
2000–2011 Iraq 103 (27)
Teams managed
2014– Al-Zawraa
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 March 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 25 October 2013

Emad Mohammed Ridha (Arabic: عماد محمد رضا‎, born 24 July 1979) is an Iraqi football striker.

Career[edit]

At first glance, Emad Mohammed does not appear to have the physical prowess to which young, aspiring strikers often aspire. However, that has not stopped the diminutive forward giving nightmares to opposition defenders. Small but stocky, blessed with lightning pace and an eye for goal, Mohammed is the epitome of the traditional Asian striker, relying on agility and intelligence more than physical stature. As a youth, Mohammed was inspired by his eldest brother, Khaled, who played for a local club. But it was Emad who quickly proved to be the family's greatest footballing talent. Indeed, by the age of 15, he has already been brought into the Iraq U-16 national team by coach Adnan Hamad.

Under the tutelage of Hamad, Mohammed developed quickly and eventually graduated to the national U-19 side. The Karbala-born striking prodigy impressed throughout the AFC Youth Championship 2000, scoring four times, including twice in the final against Japan as Iraq won the Asian title.

He was surprisingly brought into the 24-man 2000 Asian Cup squad a few weeks before the finals in Lebanon after scoring two goals in 4 games for the Iraqi B team in a tournament in Indonesia and also scoring 2 goals to help a weakened Al-Zawraa team to beat Emirates club Al-Ain 2-1 in the first round of the 2000 Asian Club Championship. He broke into the Al-Zawraa's first team during season 1998-1999 and was voted Iraqi Leagues’ young player of the year and striker of the year for 2000. He went onto make his full international debut on January 31st 2000 against Lebanon in Beirut in a 0-0 draw. [1]

In 2001, he was offered a transfer contract to Italian giants AC Milan but was denied by son of Iraqi president back then Uday Saddam Hussein; who was the president of the Iraqi FA.

Mohammed's meteoric rise to fame soon earned him a lucrative contract with Qatari giants Al-Gharrafa. Then, in 2005, he signed a deal with Iranian club Foolad before joining giants Sepahan just a year later.

Having thrived at continental level, Mohammed also showed himself to be capable of making an impact on the global stage when he played a key role in Iraq's fairy tale run to the semi-finals at the Olympic Football Tournament Athens 2004. After opening his account in the opening 4-2 victory over Portugal a result which helped pave the way to the last eight, the striker further showcased his predatory instincts in the quarter-final match against Australia, where he scored the only goal with a spectacular bicycle-kick.

Although he did not feature in the Iraq squad that won the AFC Asian Cup in 2007, Mohammed did make his presence felt that same year at the FIFA Club World Cup in Japan, scoring two goals in the opening four minutes in Sepahan's 3-1 win over Waitakere United.

He was left out of Iraq's opening 1-1 draw with China in Asia's third round of qualifying for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, but has reclaimed his regular place in the five subsequent outings. The talented hitman duly proved his worth with two goals, again haunting Australia by netting the only goal before going on to score the equaliser in Iraq's 2-1 away win against China.

Mohammed's 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa dream was brought to an abrupt end when Iraq failed to reach Asia's final qualifying round after their loss to Qatar last June. Yet disappointed as he was, with the FIFA Confederations Cup South Africa 2009 just around the corner, the Iraqi marksman has a fresh chance to showcase his talent to the world.

On 25 June 2007 Emad renewed his contract with Sepahan for another season in a deal thought to be worth in the region of $600,000.[2] He had a good season with Sepahan in Persian Gulf Cup 2006-07 where he was the top scorer for Sepahan in the league and ACL. In Persian Gulf Cup 2009-10, he had perhaps his best season thus far in his career, scoring 19 goals and becoming the top goal scorer for the season and the champion of the Iran Pro League with Sepahan.

On 17 June 2010, Emad arrived in Cairo and signed an unannounced-value three-year-contract with Egyptian giants Zamalek SC in a mammoth deal after refusing his previous Iranian club and Al-Ahly temptations.

Club Career statistics[edit]

  • Last Update: 6 March 2012
Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Qatar League Emir of Qatar Cup Asia Total
2004-05 Al-Wakra Qatar Stars League 30 11 0 0 30 11
Iran League Hazfi Cup Asia Total
2005-06 Foolad Persian Gulf Cup 14 8 0 0 5 0 19 8
2006-07 Sepahan 21 9 2 0 10 3 33 12
2007-08 26 8 1 1 4 1 31 10
2008-09 29 14 1 0 5 2 35 16
2009-10 28 19 1 0 4 0 33 19
Egypt League Egypt Cup Africa Total
2010-11 Zamalek Egyptian Premier League 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Iran League Hazfi Cup Asia Total
2010-11 Shahin Bushehr Persian Gulf Cup 11 3 0 0 11 3
2011-12 Sepahan 22 9 1 0 3 1 25 10
Total Qatar 30 11 0 0 30 11
Total Iran 151 70 6 1 31 7 188 78
Total Egypt 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Career total 183 75 6 1 31 7 220 89
  • Assist Goals
Season Team Assists
06–07 Sepahan 3
07–08 Sepahan 1
08–09 Sepahan 1
09–10 Sepahan 1
10-11 Shahin Bushehr 4
11-12 Sepahan 2

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list the Iraq' goal tally first.[3]

Honours[edit]

Country[edit]

Club[edit]

Individual[edit]

Famous matches[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Hassanin Mubarak. "Player Database". www.iraqsport.com. 
  2. ^ "Emad renews contract with Sepahan". aljazeerasport.net. Retrieved 25 June 2007. 
  3. ^ Roberto Mamrud & Hassanin Mubarak. "Emad Mohammed Ridha Gharib - Century of International Appearances". RSSSF. Retrieved 2013-10-25. 

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Iran Arash Borhani
Persian Gulf Cup top scorer
2009–10
Succeeded by
Iran Reza Norouzi