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Mohanad Ali receives offers from Europe

Al-Shorta and Iraq striker Mohanad Ali has generated interest from a variety of clubs across Europe following his impressive Asian Cup exploits.

Among the clubs confirmed to have submitted offers are Cagliari (Italy), Genk (Belgium) and Slavia Prague (Czech Republic), while reports suggest that the likes of European giants Galatasaray and Juventus have also held discussions with the player's agent. However, Al-Shorta are understood to be aiming to keep the teenager for the rest of the season.

Iraq crash out of Asian Cup after Qatar loss

Iraq were knocked out of the round of 16 of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup following a tight 1-0 defeat to Qatar.

The winning goal was scored by Iraqi-born Bassam Al-Rawi who curled a free-kick past Jalal Hassan to send his country of birth home, while setting up a quarter-final tie between Qatar and South Korea.

It is a heartbreaking defeat for Iraq who have looked impressive in the tournament, including in this encounter having created various chances to no avail. Suspicions have been raised about the eligibility of various Qatari players including the goalscorer and the AFC may be forced to look into these claims in the coming days.

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Ahmed Yasin returns to Swedish club BK Hacken

Iraq winger Ahmed Yasin has returned to Swedish club BK Hacken after a spell at Al-Khor in the Qatar Stars League.

The forward had an indifferent Asian Cup campaign, earning one assist against Yemen but being largely ineffective throughout most of the tournament, and Iraqi fans will hope a return to Europe will reignite one of their most talented players' careers.

Iraqi clubs return to Asia's premier competition

Al-Zawraa are set to become the first Iraqi club to compete in the group stage of the AFC Champions League since 2008 as the AFC announced that Iraq's two continental representatives have passed the competition's licensing criteria. AFC Cup holders Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya can also reach the group stage if they overcome Pakhtakor and Al-Nasr in the qualifying rounds.

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Last Updated On 29/01/2019 At 18:02 GMT