Iraqi Foot­ball Team cap­tain re­tires from foot­ball

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS -

In a state­ment pub­lished on his of­fi­cial web­site, the Iraqi Na­tional Team cap­tain, You­nis Mah­mud has of­fi­cially an­nounced his re­tire­ment from in­ter­na­tional foot­ball. Mah­mud’s last game will be against Aus­tralia dur­ing the World Cup 2014 qual­i­fi­ca­tion stage.

In the past few days, ru­mors have been spread­ing across the me­dia about news that an of­fi­cial ap­proach has been ini­ti­ated by the AlShurta Club of Iraq to sign Iraqi na­tional team player You­nis Mah­mud. The news has been cir­cu­lat­ing across the me­dia af­ter the player ended his sea­son with Qatari club Al-Sadd just a few weeks ago.

But Mah­mud ended the ru­mors as he said that no ap­proach what­so­ever was made by Al-Shurta Club of Iraq to sign him up next sea­son.

The player pre­vi­ously re­vealed his in­ter­est to play for Al-Tal­aba in the Iraqi league. “I like to con­firm and es­pe­cially to Al-Tal­aba Fans that I will only play for if I ever re­turn to the Iraqi league.”

In re­spect to the Iraqi fans, which stood by him in his ups and downs, Mah­mud even­tu­ally de­cided to re­tire from foot­ball com­pletely in­clud- ing the club level. Mah­mud trav­eled with his team to play two matches against Oman and Ja­pan at the 2014 World Cup qual­i­fi­ca­tion stage. Iraq’s dream to reach the World Cup was com­pletely spoiled af­ter los­ing both matches.

Iraqi Na­tional Team cap­tain, You­nis Mah­mud

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