Iraq U-20s named AFC Na­tional Team of Year

Iraqi de­fender, Ali Ad­nan, wins the ti­tle of men’s AFC Youth Player in 2013

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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

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