Mahmoud after scoring a goal for Iraq.
|Full name||Younis Mahmoud Khalaf|
|Date of birth||3 February 1983|
|Place of birth||Al-Dibs, Kirkuk, Iraq|
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Current club||free agent|
|2003–2004||→ Al-Wahda (loan)||26||(6)|
|2008||→ Al-Arabi (loan)||6||(2)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23 September 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).
Younis Mahmoud Khalaf (Arabic: يونس محمود خلف; born 3 February 1983 in Al-Dibs, Kirkuk, Iraq) is an Iraqi association football striker who plays for Al-Ahli. In the 2007 AFC Asian Cup, he captained the Iraq football team to AFC Asian Cup glory.
- 1 Club career
- 2 International career
- 3 International goals
- 4 Honors
- 5 Famous matches
- 6 First official website
- 7 Charity
- 8 References
- 9 External links
After moving to al-Talaba Younis had to prove himself, he showed the talent that secured him a starting position the season. The same season, alongside Talaba icons such as Alaa Kadhim and Abdul-Wahab Abu Al-Hail and youngsters such as Haidar Abdul-Razzaq and Bassim Abbas, Younis and his team won league title. After the War came during the football season and the season was stopped, Younis secured a move on loan to Abu Dhabi club of Al Wahda.
Younis had one of the least successful experiences in his football career with Al Wahda, playing 26 matches and only scoring 6 goals. He returned to al-Talaba to move to Al Khor.
Younis moved to Qatari club Al Khor in 2004. In a Qatari Stars League match in 2005, he broke three records in one game in a 8–0 victory over Al Shamal. Having scored 6 goals in the match, he was the only player to have scored two hattricks in a league match. He also scored the fastest goal in a league match, taking 30 seconds to score after the game had started. Furthermore, he was the only player that season to score three goals in each half against two different goalkeepers. He assisted in the two other goals in the match.
On 8 February 2013, Younis signed for Qatar Stars League side Al Sadd, joining until the end of the 2012/13 season. He made his league debut on 11 February 2013, in Al Sadd's 3–0 win over Al-Sailiya.
He equalled Nasser Kamile's record for goals in the Crown Prince Cup after scoring against Rayyan on 26 April. He scored what would be his 10th goal, tying him with Kamile, who participated in the tournament since its inception in 1995.
On 16 September 2013, Younis signed for Saudi Premier League side Al Ahli, joining until the end of the 2013/14 season. He made his league debut on 23 September 2013, in Al Ahli's 5–1 win over Al Nahda.
Younis Mahmoud called up to the Iraqi U-19 squad; scored 4 goals from 8 matches but he was also sent-off twice. Younis mahmoud use to play with Shaho Qader in the Iraqi U-19 squad, Shaho scored 8 goals from 6 matches and he got sent-off once against Saudi Arabia, year later he was called to play for Iraq's first team.
In March 2002, while many were questioning his temperament and lack of experience, coach Adnan Hamad named Younis in his squad for Iraq's training camp in Italy and gave him his first start against Serie B club Cagliari Calcio and later went on to score. A month after landing both the Iraqi league and cup, Younis made his first full international debut against Syria but failed to score; his first goal came in dramatic style as he netted in the 90th minute in the WAFF Championship final against Jordan to put the game into extra-time; where Haidar Mahmoud headed in the winner. His 6 goals at the Emir Abdullah Al-Faisal Cup including a hat-trick in the 5-1 win over Al-Nasr turned several heads; he earned even more praise with 7 goals in the 2004 Asian Cup qualifiers with four goals in a 5-1 drubbing of Bahrain. Younis was nominated for the 2003 Asian Young Footballer of the Year.
AFC Asian Cup
Younis scored the winning and only goal in the 2007 AFC finals versus Saudi Arabia giving the Iraqis a one goal lead that eventually secured the Championship title for Iraq, their very first. Younis won the MVP award and shared the Top scorer's sheets with Naohiro Takahara and Yasser Al-Qahtani with 4 goals. In 2007 Younis Mahmoud was Asian Footballer of the Year runner-up.
In 2004, Younis was part of the Olympic team in the 2004 Summer Olympics who became 4th place. Younis scored one goal against Portugal. In 2006 Younis Mahmoud was part of the Iraq Olympic team in the 2006 Games, he scored 3 goals as the team claimed the fourth place. after his successful efforts in 2006 and in the Asian Games, Younis nominated for the 2006 Asian Footballer of the Year.
|Iraq national team|
- Best Player of the Year (In Iraqi Districts, "Muhafathat").
- League Top scorer with 19 goals.
- Youngest player to play for the Iraqi National team.
- 2002 WAFF Champions
- Topscorer of 11th Umm Al-Ma’arak Cup.
- Top scorer in the Abha cup in Saudi Arabia with 5 goals.
- AFC Young player of the Year Nominee.
- Voted as one of the top 5 Arab players in 2003-2004.
- Top scorer of the Asian cup first qualification round with 7 goals.
- First Iraqi player to own a personal official website.
- 4th place in the Olympics 2004 finals in Athens, Greece.
- He participated in 5 matches, scoring once against Portugal in the first round.
- Reached the Quarter Final of the Asian Cup 2004 in China.
- Debut with Al-Khor club, Qatar.
- Top Al-Khor goal scorer.
- Scored fastest goal in the Qatari League.
- Scored fastest goal in the Qatari Cup.
- Top Goal scorer in the Qatari Cup for 3 seasons.
- Won the Qatari Cup with Al-Khor Club.
- 2005 West Asian Games Gold medallist.
- Top goal scorer of the 2005 West Asian cup held in Qatar.
- Top Al-Khor Club goal scorer.
- Second top goal scorer in the Qatari league with 20 goals, one goal behind the top goal scorer.
- Scored 6 goal in a Match and broke record in the Qatar league.
- Asian Games Gold Medallist.
- Top scorer for Iraq during the 2007 AFC Asian Cup qualification (4 goals). He scored 2 goals against Palestine and also 2 against Singapore.
- Nominated AFC Player of the Year 2006.
- Nominated Arab Player of the Year 2006.
- After two years of losing out the Qatari league top goal scorer award by a margin of one goal, Younis Mahmoud saw a happier ending to the Qatari league in his third year. Finally, and in a competition that lasted till the last minute of the Qatari league, Younis Mahmoud snatched the Qatari league top goal scorer award. Younis was able to win the top goal scorer race against many foreign professional players and was able to add the top goal scorer award to his name this season.
- Winner of the 2007 AFC Asian Cup.
- Won the AFC Asian Cup MVP.
- shared the top scorers with Yasser Al-Qahtani and Naohiro Takahara with 4 goals.
- Nominated AFC Player of the Year 2007 and finished as Runner-up.
- Nominated Arab Player of the Year 2007.
- Nominated for the Ballon d'Or 2007 and was the 29th best player in the world.
- Nominated by IFFHS for The World's Most Popular Footballer Amongst Currently Active Players in 2007
- Younis Mahmoud won La Gazzetta dello Sport's Facchetti award.
- 2007 AFC Asian Cup All-Star Team.
- Al-Ahram's 2007 Arab player of the Year.
- Iraqi Player of the Year 2007.
- Al-Watan's 2007 Arab player of the Year.
- Zaman's 2007 World player of the Year.
- Al-Hadath magazine's 2007 Arab player of the Year.
- Al Gharafa Player of the Year.
- Iraq's Honor Badge for winning the Asian Cup 2007.
- Won the Sheikh Jassem Cup with Al Gharrafa.
- Won the Qatari Premier League with Al Gharrafa.
- Stormed straight to No.2 in the Arabian Business 2008 Power List.
- Qatari Premier League player of the year 2007/2008
- Won the Qatari League 2008–09 with Al Gharrafa.
- Won the 2009 Emir of Qatar Cup with Al Gharrafa.
- Won the 2009 Qatari Stars Cup with Al Gharrafa.
- Won the Qatari League 2009–10 with Al Gharrafa.
- Qatari League 2009–10 Top scorers (21 goals) with Al Gharrafa.
- Won the 2010 Qatar Crown Prince Cup with Al Gharrafa.
- 24 March 2002 Younis Mahmoud Scored on his debut for Iraq vs Cagliari Calcio - (not International match)
- 7 September 2002 Iraq was down 1-2 to Jordan, In the last minutes Younis substituted in and scored his first International goal against Jordan in the 89th minute and extended the match to extra time, and because of it Iraq won the first WAFF Championship
- 8 April 2005 Al-Khor 8-0 Al-Shamal (Scored 6 goals and broke record)
- 17 August 2005 Iraq 5-2 Apollon Limassol (Friendly match) Younis scored 4 goals.
- 28 December 2006 Al-Garrafa 1-1 Al-Sadd (Scored in the 27th second)
- 11 October 2006 Scored 2 goals against Singapore, the 1st one was a solo act (Dribbled 4 players), the second goal from almost half field.
- 6 December 2006 Malaysia 0-4 Iraq (Scored 2 goals in 1 minute)
- 21 July 2007 Vietnam 0-2 Iraq (Scored the fastest goal in the Asian Cup (65 sec) and also scored the 2nd goal from a free kick)
- 29 July 2007 Saudi Arabia 0-1 Iraq (Scored the winning goal in the final of Asian Cup)
First official website
AFC 2003 Young Player of the Year nominee Younis Mahmoud was the first Iraqi footballer to have his own official website – which was formally launched on 27 April 2004.
The website played a big role in Younis's popularity and was a first of a kind that took the Iraqi player and fans interaction to another level.
"I am glad to say that the site will be the first ever official Iraqi player’s website" says webmaster Mohammed Ghazi Al-Khakani.
Al-Khakani, an Iraqi who studied at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada, regularly visits his family in Abu Dhabi, where he was raised but the Christmas holiday 2003 proved to be a very different affair.
"I was driving my car and noticed from a distance someone wearing a jacket with the name IRAQ imprinted on it. This grabbed my attention so I stopped my car to take a closer look and recognised that the person was Younis Mahmoud."
Since then the pair have become good friends and can be seen on some videos on the website and during some goal celebrations with Younis. It was Mohammed who then came up with the idea of an official website for the player. Younis excited about the idea, agreed, giving his friend the green light to go ahead and work on his personal website.
The site is updated and include a biographical profile on the player, with latest news, photos, videos, and the player’s views on upcoming matches and events.
"Inshallah (God willing) this will get me and my fans a huge step closer to each other" said Younis Mahmoud after the launch of the his site.
Interview conducted by Hassanin Mubarak of Iraqsport.
- After winning the 2006-2007 Qatar League Top scorers, he earned 100,000 Dollar as award from Qatar Football Association, he donated them for building a mosque in his home town in Kirkuk.
- After winning the La Gazzetta dello Sport's Facchetti award he got cheque of 10,000 Euro, he donated the money to Iraqi charity.
- "Apr 2005 news archive". Retrieved 12 October 2012.
- "السفاح يروج لاغلى البطولات في كتارا" (in Arabic). Al Kass. 29 April 2013. Retrieved 30 April 2013.
- Roberto Mamrud. "Younis Mahmoud Khalaf - Century of International Appearances". RSSSF. Retrieved 2013-10-25.
- Younis Mahmoud Olympic Games of 2004 in Athens per match stats
- Younis Mahmoud nominated for the Ballon d'Or 2007
- Ballon d'Or Shortlist Announced
- Ballon d'Or final list
- Nominated by IFFHS for The World's Most Popular Footballer 2007
- Iraq captain wins Facchetti award
- "Power 100, The World's Most Influential Arabs, Rank List 2008". Arabian Business. ITP Publishing Group. Retrieved 24 September 2008.