Ahmed Radhi is confirmed dead at the age of 56.
Ahmed was best known as a Iraqi football player (Al-Zawraa).
Ahmed Radhi
Personal information
Full nameAhmed Radhi Amaiesh Al-Salihi
Date of birth(1964-04-21)21 April 1964
Place of birthBaghdad, Iraq
Date of death21 June 2020(2020-06-21) (aged 56)
Place of deathBaghdad, Iraq
Height1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position(s)Striker
Youth career
Al-Shorta
Al-Zawraa
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
1982–1984Al-Zawraa
1984–1990Al-Rasheed
1990–1993Al-Zawraa
1993–1997Al-Wakrah
1997–1999Al-Zawraa
National team
1982–1997Iraq121(62)
Teams managed
1999–2001Al-Shorta
2001Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya
2002Iraq U19
2002–2003Al-Zawraa
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only
Ahmed Radhi Amaiesh Al-Salehi (Arabic: أحمد راضي أميش الصالحي‎, 21 April 1964 – 21 June 2020) was a former Iraqi footballer who played as a forward. He was regarded as one of Iraq's best players of all-time, Radhi scored the only Iraqi goal in the 1986 FIFA World Cup, a low shot to the corner of the net against Belgium in the 2–1 defeat. He was voted the 1988 Asian Footballer of the Year.
Contents
1 Career
2 Personal life
3 Death
4 Career statistics
4.1 International goals
5 Honours
5.1 Player
5.1.1 Club
5.1.2 International
5.1.3 Individual
5.2 Manager
6 References
7 External links
Career
Ahmed Radhi was one of the most outstanding Iraqi goalscorers of his generation.
He was a striker capable of scoring any kind of goal whether a volley from 35 yards, a free-kick or an easy tap-in. He starred at the 1986 World Cup finals in Mexico, scoring Iraq’s first & only goal in the World Cup in a 2–1 defeat against Belgium, he was also denied a goal in Iraq’s first World Cup game against Paraguay when the referee blew the whistle for half time a split-second before his header crossed the line.
After the finals, his club Al-Rasheed were offered $1m by Uruguayan giants Peñarol for their star player, but it was quickly rejected. With Al-Rasheed, he won 3 Iraqi league and two cup titles and a record three Arab Club Championships.
With Iraq he won 2 Arab Cups, 1 Pan-Arab Games & a Gulf Cup, while he also represented Iraq in the Olympics in 1988. In 1988, was voted Asian player of the year and 9th best Asian player of the century in 1999.
Radhi's international career came to a bitter end in 1997; when he failed to save Iraq from a shocking first-round elimination in the 1998 World Cup Asian qualifiers. Two years later, Radhi ended his career as a footballer in 1999, after he led local side Al-Zawra'a to another league title. He became manager of Al-Shorta and led them to win the Iraqi Elite Cup in 2000 by beating his former club Al-Zawraa in the final. He had the opportunity to sign Younis Mahmoud for Al-Shorta but he turned him down after he had a trial. He also managed Al-Zawraa from 2002 to 2003.
In October 2007, he was nominated by the opposition Iraqi Accord Front to the Council of Representatives of Iraq, replacing Abd al-Nasir al-Janabi, who had resigned to join the insurgency.
Personal life
Radhi had three daughters and one son.
Death
Radhi was admitted into Al Nuaman General Hospital in Adhamiyah on 13 June 2020 after contracting COVID-19. He was released from hospital to be readmitted on 18 June after his condition worsened. On 21 June, Radhi was pronounced dead at the age of 56 following complications from COVID-19.
Career statistics
International goals
Scores and results list Iraq's goal tally first.
#
Date
Venue
Opponent
Score
Result
Competition
1.
10 October 1983
Sharjah Stadium, Sharjah
 United Arab Emirates
2–2
2–2
1984 Olympics qual.
2.
25 March 1984
Royal Oman Police Stadium, Muscat
 Qatar
1–2
1–2
7th Arabian Gulf Cup
3.
15 March 1985
Al-Sadaqua Walsalam Stadium, Kuwait City
 Lebanon
5–0
6–0
1986 World Cup qualifier
4.
15 March 1985
Al-Sadaqua Walsalam Stadium, Kuwait City
 Lebanon
6–0
6–0
1986 World Cup qualifier
5.
18 March 1985
Al-Sadaqua Walsalam Stadium, Kuwait City
 Lebanon
1–0
6–0
1986 World Cup qualifier
6.
18 March 1985
Al-Sadaqua Walsalam Stadium, Kuwait City
 Lebanon
2–0
6–0
1986 World Cup qualifier
7.
18 March 1985
Al-Sadaqua Walsalam Stadium, Kuwait City
 Lebanon
3–0
6–0
1986 World Cup qualifier
8.
29 March 1985
King Abdullah Stadium, Amman
 Jordan
3–2
3–2
1986 World Cup qualifier
9.
19 April 1985
Al-Sadaqua Walsalam Stadium, Kuwait City
 Jordan
1–0
2–0
1986 World Cup qualifier
10.
5 May 1985
Yuva Bharati Krirangan, Calcutta
 Qatar
1–0
2–1
1986 World Cup qualifier
11.
6 August 1985
Stade Mohammed V, Casablanca
 Libya
2–0
2–0
1985 Pan Arab Games
12.
14 August 1985
Stade Mohammed V, Casablanca
 Saudi Arabia
1–0
2–1
1985 Pan Arab Games
13.
14 August 1985
Stade Mohammed V, Casablanca
 Saudi Arabia
2–0
2–1
1985 Pan Arab Games
14.
1 November 1985
Al-Shaab Stadium, Baghdad
 Bahrain
3–1
3–1
Friendly match
15.
8 June 1986
Estadio Nemesio Díez, Toluca
 Belgium
1–2
1–2
1986 FIFA World Cup
16.
21 September 1986
Daegu Stadium, Daegu
 Oman
4–0
4–0
1986 Asian Games
17.
23 September 1986
Daegu Stadium, Daegu
 Pakistan
5–1
5–1
1986 Asian Games
18.
27 March 1987
Al-Sadaqua Walsalam Stadium, Kuwait City
 United Arab Emirates
1–1
1–1
1988 Olympics qual.
19.
8 April 1987
National Stadium, Manama
 Bahrain
2–1
3–1
Friendly match
20.
8 April 1987
National Stadium, Manama
 Bahrain
3–1
3–1
Friendly match
21.
1 May 1987
Al-Rashid Stadium, Dubai
 United Arab Emirates
1–0
3–0
1988 Olympics qual.
22.
8 January 1988
Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex, Muscat
 Qatar
4–1
4–1
1988 Olympics qual.
23.
25 February 1988
Stade El Menzah, Tunis
 Tunisia
1–0
2–0
Friendly match
24.
8 March 1988
King Fahd Stadium, Riyadh
 Kuwait
1–0
1–0
9th Arabian Gulf Cup
25.
13 March 1988
King Fahd Stadium, Riyadh
 Qatar
2–0
3–0
9th Arabian Gulf Cup
26.
13 March 1988
King Fahd Stadium, Riyadh
 Qatar
3–0
3–0
9th Arabian Gulf Cup
27.
16 March 1988
King Fahd Stadium, Riyadh
 Saudi Arabia
1–0
2–0
9th Arabian Gulf Cup
28.
9 July 1988
Amman International Stadium, Amman
 Tunisia
1–0
1–1
1988 Arab Nations Cup
29.
15 July 1988
Amman International Stadium, Amman
 Saudi Arabia
1–0
2–0
1988 Arab Nations Cup
30.
15 July 1988
Amman International Stadium, Amman
 Saudi Arabia
1–0
2–0
1988 Arab Nations Cup
31.
19 July 1988
Amman International Stadium, Amman
 Jordan
1–0
3–0
1988 Arab Nations Cup
32.
17 September 1988
Daejeon Hanbat Stadium, Daejeon
 Zambia
1–0
2–2
1988 Olympic Games
33.
19 September 1988
Daejeon Hanbat Stadium, Daejeon
 Guatemala
1–0
3–0
1988 Olympic Games
34.
27 January 1989
Al-Shaab Stadium, Baghdad
 Oman
1–0
3–1
1990 World Cup qualifier
35.
3 February 1989
Al-Shaab Stadium, Baghdad
 Jordan
1–0
4–0
1990 World Cup qualifier
36.
3 February 1989
Al-Shaab Stadium, Baghdad
 Jordan
2–0
4–0
1990 World Cup qualifier
37.
3 February 1989
Al-Shaab Stadium, Baghdad
 Jordan
3–0
4–0
1990 World Cup qualifier
38.
3 February 1989
Al-Shaab Stadium, Baghdad
 Jordan
4–0
4–0
1990 World Cup qualifier
39.
10 February 1989
Al-Shaab Stadium, Baghdad
 Qatar
1–0
2–2
1990 World Cup qualifier
40.
3 November 1989
Al-Sadaqua Walsalam Stadium, Kuwait City
 South Yemen
1–0
6–2
1989 Peace and Friendship Cup
41.
3 November 1989
Al-Sadaqua Walsalam Stadium, Kuwait City
 South Yemen
2–0
6–2
1989 Peace and Friendship Cup
42.
8 November 1989
Al-Sadaqua Walsalam Stadium, Kuwait City
 Kuwait
1–1
2–1
1989 Peace and Friendship Cup
43.
8 November 1989
Al-Sadaqua Walsalam Stadium, Kuwait City
 Kuwait
2–1
2–1
1989 Peace and Friendship Cup
44.
12 November 1989
Al-Sadaqua Walsalam Stadium, Kuwait City
 Uganda
1–0
1–1
1989 Peace and Friendship Cup
45.
3 March 1990
National Stadium, Kuwait City
 United Arab Emirates
1–2
2–2
10th Arabian Gulf Cup
46.
18 August 1992
National Stadium, Irbid
 Ethiopia
1–0
13–0
Friendly match
47.
18 August 1992
National Stadium, Irbid
 Ethiopia
5–0
13–0
Friendly match
48.
18 August 1992
National Stadium, Irbid
 Ethiopia
7–0
13–0
Friendly match
49.
18 August 1992
National Stadium, Irbid
 Ethiopia
10–0
13–0
Friendly match
50.
18 August 1992
National Stadium, Irbid
 Ethiopia
13–0
13–0
Friendly match
51.
20 August 1992
National Stadium, Irbid
 Congo
1–0
3–0
Friendly match
52.
20 August 1992
National Stadium, Irbid
 Congo
2–0
3–0
Friendly match
53.
25 April 1993
Changwon Civic Stadium, Changwon
 South Korea
1–1
1–1
Friendly match
54.
26 May 1993
National Stadium, Irbid
 Yemen
5–1
6–1
1994 World Cup qualifier
55.
28 May 1993
National Stadium, Irbid
 Pakistan
4–0
8–0
1994 World Cup qualifier
56.
30 May 1993
National Stadium, Irbid
 China PR
1–0
1–0
1994 World Cup qualifier
57.
14 June 1993
Chengdu Sports Centre, Chengdu
 Jordan
4–0
4–0
1994 World Cup qualifier
58.
16 June 1993
Chengdu Sports Centre, Chengdu
 Yemen
3–0
3–0
1994 World Cup qualifier
59.
22 October 1993
Khalifa International Stadium, Doha
 Iran
1–0
2–1
1994 World Cup qualifier
60.
24 October 1993
Khalifa International Stadium, Doha
 Saudi Arabia
1–0
1–1
1994 World Cup qualifier
61.
28 October 1993
Khalifa International Stadium, Doha
 Japan
1–1
2–2
1994 World Cup qualifier
62.
23 May 1997
Lahore Stadium, Lahore
 Pakistan
6–2
6–2
1998 World Cup qualifier
Honours
Player
Club
Rasheed
Iraqi League (3): 1987, 1988, 1989
Iraqi Cup (2): 1987, 1988
Arab Cup (3): 1985, 1986, 1987
Zawraa
Iraqi League (2): 1991, 1999
Iraqi Cup (4): 1991, 1993, 1998, 1999
Iraqi Elite Cup (1): 1991
International
Asian Games (1): 1982
Gulf Cup (2): 1984, 1988
Arab Games (1): 1985
Arab Cup (1): 1988
Individual
Chosen in the Asia's Top 10 Players of the Century list by IFFHS.
Asian Footballer of the Year 1988
Top scorer of the 1988 Arab Nations Cup in 1988
Top scorer of the Iraq Super League in 1986 and 1992
Top scorer of the Qatari League in 1994
Manager
Al-Shorta
2000 Iraqi Elite Cup: Winners
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