Emad Mohammed

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Emad Mohammed
Personal information
Full name Emad Mohammed Reza
Date of birth (1982-07-24) 24 July 1982 (age 34)
Place of birth Karbala, Iraq
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Center Forward, Second Striker, Winger
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 18 (7)
2004–2005 Al-Wakrah 30 (11)
2005–2006 Foolad 14 (8)
2006–2010 Sepahan 104 (50)
2010–2011 Zamalek 2 (0)
2011 Shahin Bushehr (loan) 11 (3)
2011–2012 Sepahan 22 (9)
2012–2014 Al-Zawraa 30 (15)
National team
2000–2012 Iraq 103 (27)
Teams managed
2014–2015 Al-Zawraa
2015–2016 Najaf
2016– Najaf
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 March 2014.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 25 October 2013

Emad Mohammed Ridha (Arabic: عماد محمد رضا‎‎, born 24 July 1982) is a coach and former Iraqi football striker. He currently manages Najaf in the Iraqi Premier League.


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 on to make his full international debut on January 31, 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.


International goals[edit]

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

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of 15 May 2017
Team Nat From To Record
G W D L Win %
Al-Zawraa Iraq 6 October 2014 30 June 2015 22 9 5 8 40.91
Najaf Iraq 29 October 2015 3 March 2016 11 4 1 6 36.36
Najaf Iraq 1 October 2016 present 26 12 9 5 46.15
Total 59 25 15 19 42.37




Runner Up (1): 2007 with Sepahan



  1. ^ Hassanin Mubarak. "Player Database". iraqsport.com. Archived from the original on 8 March 2003. 
  2. ^ "Emad renews contract with Sepahan". aljazeerasport.net. Archived from the original on 25 June 2007. Retrieved 25 June 2007. 
  3. ^ Roberto Mamrud & Hassanin Mubarak. "Emad Mohammed Ridha Gharib - Century of International Appearances". RSSSF. Retrieved 2013-10-25. 

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