|Full name||Atif Bashir Qureshi|
|Date of birth||April 3, 1985|
|Place of birth||West Berlin, West Germany|
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) |
|Current club||Barry Town|
|2007-2008||Cardiff Grange Quins||8||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:14, 16 April 2011 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Born to a German-Turkish mother and British-Pakistani father, Bashir is a defender who is equally comfortable playing at right-back or in the centre of defence, Bashir spent seven years as a youth at professional clubs such as Hertha Berlin and Cardiff City.
After leaving Cardiff City, Bashir signed for Afan Lido in 2004 and played 11 games and scoring 1 goal for the club. after one season with Lido, he went to Maesteg Park A.F.C. in 2005 and spent only one season play 32 games and scoring 2 goals. He then went to Cardiff Grange Quins in 2007, making 8 appearances and scoring 1 goal. He had a short spell at Haverfordwest County A.F.C. preceded a move to Barry Town, where he impressed and became a fans' favourite also becoming Barry's first international player, making headlines and appearing 45 times and scoring 5 goals for the club. he later on made a move to Bridgend Town in 2010 but in the same year he returned to Barry Town, where he still remains at the club and still a fans favourite to this day.
In July 2010, Bashir had a trial with English Conference National side Luton Town. He impressed the fans in a pre-season friendly match against Dunstable Town, but he was surprisingly not offered a contract by Luton Town manager Richard Money.
In August 2010, he had a trial with another English Conference National side, Histon, playing in a pre-season friendly match against Dagenham & Redbridge. A transfer to Histon looked set to happen, but Histon manager John Beck resigned shortly after Bashir's trial, so he returned to Barry Town for the start of the 2010-11 season.
University of Glamorgan Football
In September 2011, Bashir was awarded a full university football scholarship and has since been involved in all games in the BUCS premier league representing his University at the highest level in England and wales.
Bashir stills plays for Barry town football club, still being a fans favourite to this day. During the 2012-13 season, whilst playing against his former team Haverfordwest, he sustained a shocking injury which put him out for the rest of the season and possibly the rest of the 2013-14 season.
Akhtar Mohiuddin has stated that "...born to a British Pakistani father and a Turkish German mother, Atif could have theoretically played for Germany, Turkey, either of the British Home Nations, as well as Pakistan to whom he eventually chose. He made debut for Pakistan in the 2008 SAFF Championship against the host Maldives, followed by matches against India and Nepal".
In 2008, Bashir was called up to represent Pakistan. Although initially part of the 2008 AFC Challenge Cup squad, he could not join the team because his Pakistani passport had not been made. A few months later, Bashir made his International Debut for Pakistan in the 2008 SAFF Championship against the Maldives, before facing India and Nepal in the first round.
In October 2010, he was also included as one of three overage players in an under-23 Pakistan squad for the 2010 Asian Games in China, where Pakistan faced Thailand, Maldives and Oman in November 2010.
In March 2011, Bashir represented Pakistan in their unsuccessful 2012 AFC Challenge Cup qualifying campaign, appearing at the heart of the defence alongside Zesh Rehman in defeats to Turkmenistan and India. However, he helped Pakistan to victory in their final match, scoring the second goal in a 2-0 win over Chinese Taipei at the MBPJ Stadium with a stunning long-range strike that saw Pakistan finish third in Group B.
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