Then Al-Sadd's Iraqi forward Younes Mahmoud celebrates after scoring a goal during a Qatar Stars League match in Doha, on February 19, 2013
Then Al-Sadd's Iraqi forward Younes Mahmoud celebrates after scoring a goal during a Qatar Stars League match in Doha, on February 19, 2013 © Karim Jaafar - Al-Watan Doha/AFP/File
Then Al-Sadd's Iraqi forward Younes Mahmoud celebrates after scoring a goal during a Qatar Stars League match in Doha, on February 19, 2013
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Last updated: January 12, 2015

Iraq icon Mahmoud to decide future after Asian Cup

Banner Icon Iraq's Asian Cup-winning hero Younis Mahmoud said he'll decide his next move following the current tournament in Australia, after spending the past year without a club.

Mahmoud famously scored the winner in Iraq's 1-0 win over Saudi Arabia in the 2007 final, but he has been unemployed since his departure from Saudi outfit Al Ahli last January.

Despite his lack of regular football, the "Lions of Mesopotamia" talisman, who turns 32 next month, is now appearing in his fourth Asian Cup.

"I've had a lot of contract offers from Qatari league, also from China," Mahmood said on the eve of Iraq's opening Group D game against Jordan, according to the tournament website.

"I think after the Asian Cup, I'll sit down with the coaching staff and decide my future in football," he added.

Iraq kick off their bid for a second Asian Cup title against Jordan in Brisbane at 7:00 pm (0900 GMT) on Monday.

They are without a full-time coach after the sacking of Hakim Shakir just weeks before the start of the tournament.

Coach Radhi Shenaishil has been loaned from Qatar Sports Club for the duration of the competition.

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