Sydney FC are chasing me, says Iraqi star

Iraqi striker and legend Younis Mahmoud says Hyundai A-League club Sydney FC are one of the clubs chasing his signature but he won’t decide his club future till after the Asian Cup.

Mahmoud, 31, is currently in Brisbane preparing for Iraq’s opening group clash against Jordan. 

And it’s Mahmoud’s friendship with Sky Blue Ali Abbas that has apparently opened lines of communication between the Aussie club and the superstar Iraqi striker, who scored the decisive goal in the 2007 Asian Cup final. 

The 2007 AFC Asian Cup MVP currently does not have a club but says he’s in demand across the region.

“I’ve had a lot of contract offers from Qatari league, also from China,” Mahmood told

“But I was with the Olympic team at the Asian Games and did not have enough time to make a decision. My friend, Ali Abbas of Sydney FC, said Sydney were interested in signing me.”

If Mahmoud, a hero in his country, signed for an Australian club he’d likely attract thousands of Iraqi fans to games. 

“I think after the Asian Cup, I’ll sit down with the coaching staff and decide my future in football,” Mahmoud added.