Mohanad Ali

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Mohanad Ali
مهند علي
Mohanad Ali.jpg
Mohanad Ali in 2019
Personal information
Full name Mohanad Ali Kadhim Al-Shammari
Date of birth (2000-06-20) 20 June 2000 (age 19)
Place of birth Baghdad, Iraq
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)[1]
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Number 9
Youth career
2005–2006 Timsah Al-Amin
2006–2010 Ammo Baba School
2010–2013 Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya
2013–2014 Al-Shorta
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2014–2019 Al-Shorta 77 (37)
2016–2017Al-Kahrabaa (loan) 31 (12)
2019– Al-Duhail 0 (0)
National team
2013–2014 Iraq U14 10 (12)
2014–2015 Iraq U16 4 (5)
2017– Iraq 19 (10)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 9 July 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 7 June 2019

Mohanad Ali Kadhim Al-Shammari (Arabic: مهند علي كاظم الشمري‎, born 20 June 2000), commonly known in Iraq as Mimi (Arabic: ميمي‎), is an Iraqi footballer who plays as a forward for Qatar Stars League club Al-Duhail and the Iraq national team. He is known for his positioning, shooting, heading, close ball control and dribbling.[2]

Club career[edit]

Youth career[edit]

Mohanad became interested in football as a child and started playing for a local team in the Baghdad Al-Jadida district called Timsah Al-Amin.[3] He enrolled at the Ammo Baba Football School[4] at the age of six without a trial after coaches had been impressed with the striker. He then joined the Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya youth team,[5] and he represented them in the Al-Zawraa Youth Championship;[6] he was top scorer at two local tournaments, and was then called up by the Iraq FA to play for Saad Hashim’s under-14 team, and with an outstanding performance,[7] he grabbed the attention of the managers of Al-Shorta.[8]


Early years[edit]

On 24 September 2013, the player signed a five-year contract with Al-Shorta.[8] His competitive debut for the club was under Brazilian coach Lorival Santos in the 2013–14 Iraqi Premier League wearing the number 26 shirt, being substituted onto the field on 85 minutes in the Baghdad Derby against Al-Talaba on 26 March 2014,[9] making him the youngest player to represent Al-Shorta in the club's history at 13 years and 279 days old, and also the youngest player in the history of the six Baghdad Derby matches.[10] Al-Shorta won the league title with 43 points from 21 games, earning Mohanad his first honour at club level.[11] In the 2014–15 season, Mohanad played in a four-team friendly competition called the Baghdad Cup, scoring a penalty in the semi-final shootout which Al-Shorta lost to Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya.[12]

Mohanad was given the number 8 shirt for the 2015–16 season under coach Hakeem Shaker and he scored his first goal for Al-Shorta on 20 September 2015 against Al-Sinaa in the 2015–16 Iraqi Premier League with a header.[13] He made two starts and nine substitute appearances in the group stage of the league, where Al-Shorta finished 4th in Group 2 to qualify to the Elite Group. In the Elite Group, Al-Shorta finished in 7th position and Mohanad was used as a substitute for three of their six matches.

He spent the 2016–17 season on loan at Baghdad club Al-Kahrabaa,[14] and finished as the top scorer for the club with 12 goals in 31 league matches,[15][16] including scoring four goals in the same match against Al-Karkh on 4 January. The club finished 13th in the league.

2017–18 season[edit]

After the loan, he returned to Al-Shorta and renewed his contract in October 2017 for three years, taking the number 18 shirt. He scored his first two goals of the season against Naft Al-Junoob in a 2–1 victory in January 2018.[17] He continued to score regularly throughout the season, forming a partnership with fellow striker Alaa Abdul-Zahra. He scored his first Baghdad Derby goal against Al-Zawraa on 20 January and scoring in another Baghdad Derby against Al-Talaba on 30 January. He finished his season with the team with 17 goals and assisted 8 times in 32 appearances in the league. The team finished in 4th position.

2018–19 season[edit]

He began his season with his team with a new coach, Nebojša Jovović, to exploit his speed as he also took on increasing defensive and creative duties. Mohanad scored his first goal and provided an assist in a 3–1 away win over Naft Al-Junoob on 21 October. He scored his second and third in a 3–0 win against Al-Sinaat Al-Kahrabaiya. On 7 November, Mohanad scored his fourth goal against former club Al-Kahrabaa.[18] His fifth and sixth goal with his team came on 24 November including an impressive solo effort,[19] and he scored another extraordinary goal against Al-Naft on 4 March 2019.[20] Mohanad scored 20 goals and 10 assists in 31 games, he won league with the club.

His good form at club level saw him on the radar of many of European and Asian clubs.[21] After his successful 2019 AFC Asian Cup campaign with the national team, there were official offers made from Italian clubs Cagliari,[22] Czech club Slavia Prague, Danish club Midtjylland, Belgian club Genk,[23] Turkish club Galatasaray,[24] Greek club AEK Athens and Emirati club Al-Ain but Al-Shorta rejected the offers on 29 January 2019, meaning he would spend the rest of the season at Al-Shorta.[25]

The end of the winter transfer window did not stop clubs from expressing their interest in Mohanad, with Al-Shorta's vice-president Abdul-Wahab Al-Taei stating that offers had also now been made by Turkish clubs Fenerbahçe, İstanbul Başakşehir, Yeni Malatyaspor and Hatayspor,[26] Russian club Akhmat Grozny, Qatari club Al-Wakrah and an unnamed Japanese club. After months of speculation about which club Mohanad would sign with, he completed a move to Qatari club Al-Duhail in July who agreed to pay a $2 million transfer fee.[27]


On 15 July 2019, he signed a five-year with Qatari side Al-Duhail.[28]

International career[edit]


Mohanad made his debut for Iraq's Under-14s in 2013 at the age of just 13. He was the joint-top scorer at the 2013 Asian Youth Games with six goals in Nanjing in August 2013, where the Iraq U-14s beat Singapore,[29] Kuwait and Thailand in the quarterfinals before they lost to Iran in the semis and the third and fourth match on penalties to North Korea.[30][7] In the first ever edition of the AFC U-14 Championship in 2014,[31] Mohanad won the top scorer award with six goals[32] and his team won the cup.[33] In the 2015 WAFF U-16 Championship, Mohanad won the top scorer award with five goals and his team won the championship.[34][35]


He played his first match for the Iraq national team in a friendly against United Arab Emirates on 17 December 2017,[36] however the match was not counted as an official international game, and so his official debut came against Bahrain in the 23rd Arabian Gulf Cup on 23 December 2017.[15] He scored for Iraq in an unofficial friendly game against Iraqi Premier League club Naft Al-Junoob on 24 February 2018.[37] His first and second international goals for Iraq were in a friendly match against Saudi Arabia on 28 February 2018.[15] He scored his third goal, a header, for Iraq in a 1–1 draw with Syria during the 2018 International Friendship Championship.[38] On 10 September, Mohanad scored his fourth goal against Kuwait.[39] He played against Argentina on 11 October 2018,[40] coming on as a second-half substitute.[41] He scored his fifth goal against Saudi Arabia on 15 October.[42] On 20 November, he scored a goal against Bolivia but it was cancelled due to offside, coming on as a substitute in the 67th minute.[43] His sixth goal with his national team came against China on 24 December, coming on as a substitute in the 62nd minute.[44] He was nominated by AFC as one of the top young talents;[45] he was described as the youngest player who has the potential to changing the shape of the game before 2019 AFC Asian Cup.[2] He scored his seventh goal against Vietnam on 8 January 2019,[46] and his eighth against Yemen on 12 January 2019,[47] followed by a goal against Jordan to help Iraq win the 2019 International Friendship Championship.

Career statistics[edit]


As of 9 July 2019.[48][49]
Club Division Season League Cup Continental Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Al-Shorta IPL 2013–14 1 0 0 0 1 0
2014–15 0 0 0 0 0 0
2015–16 14 1 14 1
Al-Kahrabaa (loan) 2016–17 31 12 2 0 33 12
Al-Shorta 2017–18 32 17 32 17
2018–19 30 19 1 1 31 20
Al-Duhail QSL 2019–20 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career total 108 49 3 1 0 0 0 0 111 50


As of 7 June 2019.[15]
Iraq national team
Year Apps Goals
2017 1 0
2018 10 6
2019 8 4
Total 19 10

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Iraq's goal tally first.[15]
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 28 February 2018 Basra Sports City, Basra  Saudi Arabia 3–0 4–1 Friendly
2. 4–1
3. 27 March 2018  Syria 1–0 1–1 2018 International Friendship Championship
4. 10 September 2018 Ali Sabah Al-Salem Stadium, Farwaniya  Kuwait 1–0 2–2 Friendly
5. 15 October 2018 King Saud University Stadium, Riyadh  Saudi Arabia 1–0 1–1 2018 Superclásico Championship
6. 24 December 2018 Suheim bin Hamad Stadium, Doha  China PR 2–1 2–1 Friendly
7. 8 January 2019 Zayed Sports City Stadium, Abu Dhabi  Vietnam 1–1 3–2 2019 AFC Asian Cup
8. 12 January 2019 Sharjah Stadium, Sharjah  Yemen 1–0 3–0
9. 26 March 2019 Basra Sports City, Basra  Jordan 3–1 3–2 2019 International Friendship Championship
10. 5 September 2019 National Stadium, Manama  Bahrain 1–1 1–1 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification

Style of play[edit]

“We always trust Mohanad. He has good feet, he can connect powerfully with headers and he is very clever in the box."

– Iraq youth coach Saad Hashim commenting on Mohanad[32]

Mohanad is talented with good technique, an adept header of the ball, and ability to score impressive goals, in the air and with both his feet. He is physically strong with good skills, tactical intelligence, opportunist, and confidence in going at opponents with numerical superiority. He also known for his speed, and beat defenders with sudden turns, as well as his vision, which gave him the ability to link-up with and provide assists for teammates.[2][7][45][50][51]

Personal life[edit]

The former international striker Ali Salah is one of his cousins.[52] In his free time, Mohanad enjoys bowling. Mohanad played under the name of Hassan Ali during the 2015–16 season with Al-Shorta and the 2016–17 season with Al-Kahrabaa.[53] While at Al-Kahrabaa, he told the Football-IQ newspaper: "My official data and official documents in the records of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) are under the name Mohanad Ali, which is my real name. All it is is that an error in my personal data then led to me being called the name Hassan. I do not want to return to this issue which bothered me a lot, especially after my forms have been resolved by legal means".[54] Football-IQ confirmed later in the year that an Iraqi court had ruled that his AFC documents under the name Mohanad Ali were correct,[55] granting him the right to cancel his erroneous passport and obtain a new corrected one, thus allowing him to represent Iraq again.[56][57]





Youth team[31][33][34]
Senior team
  • Al-Quds Cup: 2018 (shared)
  • International Friendship Championship: 2019



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