Iraq U-20s named AFC National Team of Year
Iraqi defender, Ali Adnan, wins the title of men’s AFC Youth Player in 2013
award will be a source of pride for the national youth team and for all of Iraq,” Tabra said
Adnan scored the stoppage-time equalizer as Iraq opened their campaign in Turkey by coming from two goals down to draw 2-2 with England and was also on target as the Iraqis came agonizing close to a place in the final, with Uruguay needing a leveler three minutes from time to send the semi-final into extra-time and then penalties.
The hugely talented 19year-old also displayed his composure and set-piece ability by successfully converting in the shootout defeat against the South Americans and in the Iraqi team’s triumph over Korea Republic 5-4 on penalties to book their place in the semis and gain revenge for their shootout defeat at the hands of the East Asians in the 2012 AFC U-19 Championship final.
Ali Adnan (R) of Iraq celebrates with his team mates after scoring his team's first goal during the FIFA U-20 World Cup Semi Final match between Iraq and Uruguay in Turkey on July 10, 2013