Iraq are in Group D with defending champions Japan, FIFA World Cup play-off contestants Jordan and AFC Challenge Cup champions Palestine. The Iraqis kick off their campaign against Jordan in Brisbane on Monday. Their final warm-up was a 1-0 defeat to arch-rivals Iran last week. So you can also be warm-up in FIFA 15 with enough FIFA 15 coins to fight for your honor.
An AFC Asian Cup victory gave war-weary Iraq a reason to smile in 2007 but if they are to win in Australia, they will have to do it without a full-time boss and with a talisman who cannot find a club.
Shakir was dismissed after his side finished bottom of their group at the Gulf Cup, leaving the Iraq Football Association scrambling to find a replacement. With time running out, Qatar Sports Club agreed in mid-December to loan head coach Radhi Shenaishil for Iraq’s Asian Cup campaign in Australia.
Shenaishil was a mainstay of Iraq’s defence for much of the 1990s, and his secondment marks the second time he’s taken charge of the Iraqi national side. The 48-year-old had a brief stint as manager in 2009, when he replaced Asian Cup-winning coach Jorvan Vieira.