Jan
29
2008
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Younes Mahmoud

Younes Mahmoud, the captain of the Iraqi team that surprisingly won the Asian Cup in July, took receipt of another important honour in Milan on 5 November. The 25-year-old striker was presented with the Giacinto Facchetti Award, which was launched by Italian daily La Gazzetta dello Sport last year. Facchetti was a legendary Italian footballer who made 634 appearances for Inter Milan between 1961 and 1978 and later served as club president. He died on 4 September 2006, aged just 64, following a serious illness. Mahmoud was awarded the trophy, a bronze sculpture by the artist Stefano Pierotti and a cheque for 10,000 euros in front of a distinguished audience, including members of Facchetti’s family and FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter. The Iraq skipper, who scored the only goal of the Asian Cup final against Saudi Arabia and was voted player of the tournament, intends to donate the 10,000 euro prize to charity.