Hussein Yasser

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Hussein Yasser
Personal information
Full name Hussein Yasser El-Mohammadi Abdulrahman
Date of birth (1982-10-09) 9 October 1982 (age 32)
Place of birth Doha, Qatar
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Number 10
Youth career
1992–1993 El-Ahly Cairo
1993–2000 Al-Khor
2001-2002 Al-Rayyan
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2004 Manchester United 0
2002–2004 Royal Antwerp (loan)
2004–2005 AEL Limassol 16 (4)
2005 Al-Sadd Qatar 13 (1)
2005–2006 Manchester City 0 (0)
2006–2007 Al-Rayyan 15 (2)
2007–2008 Sporting Braga 8 (0)
2008 Boavista (loan) 11 (0)
2008–2010 Al-Ahly 20 (1)
2010–2011 Zamalek 33 (8)
2011–2013 Lierse 32 (0)
2013– Al-Wakrah 22 (3)
National team
2001–2011 Qatar 69 (20)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 04:05, 11 July 2013 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14:29, 6 January 2012 (UTC)

Hussein Yasser El-Mohammadi Abdulrahman (Arabic: حسين ياسر المحمدي عبد الرحمن; born 9 October 1982) is a Qatari-Egyptian footballer who plays as a midfielder and striker for Qatari club Al-Wakrah and the Qatar national team.


Yasser was born to an Egyptian family. His father was a footballer in Egypt who transferred to Qatar as a coach for Al-Khor and subsequently Yasser was born in Qatar.[1] He is registered by FIFA as a Qatari and not an Egyptian national. His brothers are also footballers. His youngest brother, Ahmed Yasser, plays for the Qatar Under-20 team.[2] Mohammed Yasser, his younger brother, is a former national player and currently plays for Umm Salal.[3]

Club career[edit]

Manchester United and Royal Antwerp[edit]

Yasser's first professional club was Manchester United.[4] He was suggested to the club by René Meulensteen, who was then coach of the Qatar national team.[5] He was soon farmed out to Royal Antwerp on loan in order to achieve a Belgian passport and qualify for a British work permit as an EU national. However, the agreement was terminated after two years,[4] although he did manage to get a Belgian passport.[6]

Manchester City[edit]

In August 2005, Manchester City manager Stuart Pearce signed him on the recommendation of former City player Ali Benarbia, who played with Yasser in Qatar.[7] However, Yasser made only one first team appearance, in a League Cup match against Doncaster Rovers.[8] He was released in January 2006. Afterwards, he stated that leaving City was "the biggest mistake of his life".[9]


After a short time with Cypriot club AEL Limassol in 2004–05, Hussein returned to Qatar, playing for Al-Sadd, winning the Qatar Stars League and the Heir Apparent Trophy. In 2006–07, after departing Manchester City, he signed with his previous club, Al-Rayyan, for one season.

Sporting Braga[edit]

During the summer of 2007, Hussein signed a deal with Portuguese club Sporting Braga. He became the first Qatari to play in the UEFA Cup. On 4 October 2007, he scored his first goal with his new team in UEFA Cup in a 4–0 win against Swedish side Hammarby.

Moving to Egypt[edit]

In May 2008, Hussein joined El-Ahly Cairo of Egypt on a three-year contract. He is legally considered an Egyptian player in Egypt, despite being registered by FIFA as a Qatari player, because he is also an Egyptian citizen. Thus, he was not considered part of El-Ahly's foreign player quota. Out of favor for most of the season, he mutually terminated his contract with El-Ahly on 27 January 2010 and paid $300,000 as a compensation.[citation needed] Hours later, he signed a contract for three-and-a-half years with local rivals Zamalek.

He showed very good form and was highly praised by Zamalek coach, Hossam Hassan. He scored his first goal against El-Entag El-Harby. He scored his second goal against his former club, Al-Ahly, in the Cairo Derby which ended in a 3–3 draw. He also scored a goal in the first seconds of a match between El-Ahly and Zamalek in the Egyptian Cup that ended 3–1. He would duplicate his achievement one year later by once again scoring in the derby against his former club, thus breaking a new record by scoring three goals in three matches played against Al-Ahly. After a long legal battle with Zamalek, which involved the club dragging Hussein to FIFA,[10] due to the fact that he signed with Belgian club Lierse S.K. when his contract was valid until 2014, he finally escaped Zamalek in the summer. The main cause of his departure from Zamalek was delayed payments.[11]


Yasser signed a two-year contract for Lierse on 11 August 2011.[6] He made his league debut 22 October in a match against Sint-Truiden after coming on as a substitute for Gonzague Vandooren.

Return to Q-League[edit]

After his contract with Lierse expired, he signed a one-year contract with Al-Wakrah of Qatar Stars League in 10 July 2013.[12]

International career[edit]

Yasser played in the 2007 Gulf Cup, held in the United Arab Emirates in late January. Qatar team did not win, but Hussein impressed many. There was a request for him to enter one of the Emirati clubs, but he said that he still had a contract with Al-Rayyan and was not thinking far into the future.

He was called up to the Qatar squad for the 2011 AFC Asian Cup, held on home soil. He featured in the hosts' first game against Uzbekistan, but was substituted later on as his team lost 2–0. He was an unused substitute for Qatar's other two group games against China and Kuwait in which they emerged victorious. He was later kicked out of the Qatar squad because he missed training and displayed a poor attitude.[13] He has not been called up to the Qatar squad since being excluded.



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