Majed Abdullah

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Majed Abdullah
Majed Abdullah in 1984.jpg
Majed in 1984
Personal information
Full name Majed Ahmed Abdullah Al-Mohammed
Date of birth (1959-11-01) November 1, 1959 (age 54)
Place of birth Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Centre forward
Youth career
1975–1977 Al Nassr FC
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1977–1997 Al Nassr FC (League) 168 (190)
1977–1997 Al Nassr FC (Cup) 44 (51)
1983–1998 Al Nassr FC (Continental) 28 (19)
Total 240 (260)
National team
1975–1977 Saudi U17 4 (7)
1977–1994 Saudi Arabia 185 (115)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Majed Abdullah (Arabic: ماجد عبد الله)‎ (born November 1, 1959 in Jeddah) He played as a striker for Al Nassr FC and Saudi national team. He was one of the top international scorers in the world (115 goals). He won Asian Footballer of the Year three times in 1984, 1985 and 1986. He won the AFC Asian Cup twice in 1984 and 1988. He has been the league's top scorer 6 times and was nicknamed the "Arabian Jewel".

Childhood[edit]

Abdullah was born in the Al-Baghdadia District in Jeddah, close to Al-Ittihad Club. Majed is the second son of Ahmed Abdullah. Being a neighbor to a sports club alongside with being the son of a football manager made the child Majed live in a football environment. All the pictures in the house were on the walls and all the conversations between Majed's father and his guests were about football and that made the young Majed a football lover from the beginning.

In the mid-1960s, Majed and his family moved to Riyadh where his father got a job as the manager of Al-Nassr youth team. Majed joined "Al-Jazaeria Elementary School" and the 3 year old kid was passionately watching the older kids playing football. Couple of years later, Majed started participating in the school team and the neighborhood team as a goalkeeper. One day, the team striker was absent and Majed replaced him to guide his team to a 3-1 victory. Majed's Family moved to Hotat Khaled District and the young Majed joined "Al-Motawasta Al-Thania" high school. Majed and his young neighbors formed a team they called "Al-Ittifaq". They tried to participate in one of the most famous tournaments but their request was rejected due to their young age. The kids didn't give up and challenged one of Riyadh's best teams for a place in that tournament and surprisingly they won 3-1 with 2 goals from the young talent "Majed Abdullah". "Al-Ittifaq" was accepted to compete regardless of its members young age, and the team went on to win the championship.

Club career[edit]

Mohammed Al-Hudayan, a teammate at Al-Ittifaq, recommended Abdullah to Al-Nassr president Prince Abdulrahman Bin Saud, as did Al-Ittifaq's trainer Nasseb Awad to Khaled Al-Turki and Al-Nassr coach Brocic Ljubisa (Broshtch). Brocic went to see Abudullah unannounced at Al-Ittifaq's training field in Al-Batha, and requested that the club sign him. Abdullah joined Al-Nassr in November 1975.

Abdullah spent 2 years playing for the youth teams before joining the senior team., making his senior debut in a friendly against the Moroccan team Al-Fath in January 1977. His competitive debut came against Al-Shabab later the same month, followed by his first goal for the club against Al-Wehda in March 1977.Majed spent that season as a substitute but the injury of Al-Nassr number 1 striker Mohammed Saad Al-Abdali gave the young talent the chance where he started the last 4 matches of the season scoring 4 goals which was a huge achievement for a 17 year old player. Majed started his career with the shirt number 14 before switching to his legendary number 9. Majed went on to represent Al-Nassr for more than 20 years scoring 320 goals making him Al-Nassr greatest player ever.

National team[edit]

Under 17 Team[edit]

In August 1977, Majed was chosen to represent the Saudi Arabia under 17 soccer team in Tabriz Championship in Iran. Majed's beginning was stunning. He amazed everyone in the tournament including his own trainer "Jeff Faundon" and went on to score 7 goals in 3 matches (2 against Iran – 2 against Bulgaria – 3 against Russia) to become the tournament's top scorer.

The Senior Team[edit]

Majed made his senior team debut in 1978 in a friendly against Portuguese giants Benfica where he scored 2 goals in his first ever international match when he was only 18. His official debut was against Kenya in the same year. Majed represented Saudi national team continuously for 16 years where injury was the only reason to keep him out the National Team.

Goals[edit]

Majed Abdullah Scored with the club 321 goals Class A (260 official).

Majed Goals with Club[edit]

From 1977 to 1998, Majed scored for the club Al Nassr FC 321 goals* (260 goals Class A in 240 matches).

Season League Cup* Gulf Asia* Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1976–1977 5 4 4 5 - - - - 9 9
1977–1978 12 12 2 2 - - - - 14 14
1978–1979 13 18 3 6 - - - - 16 24
1979–1980 13 17 - - - - - - 13 17
1980–1981 15 21 4 4 - - - - 19 25
1981–1982 6 9 1 1 - - - - 7 10
1982–1983 11 14 3 3 4 3 - - 18 20
1983–1984* - - - - - - - - - -
1984–1985 4 1 - - - - - - 4 1
1985–1986 12 15 2 1 - - - - 14 16
1986–1987 11 15 4 5 - - - - 15 20
1987–1988 6 5 3 2 - - - - 9 7
1988–1989 15 19 4 5 - - - - 19 24
1989–1990 12 13 3 5 - - - - 15 18
1990–1991 11 10 4 5 4 5 - - 19 20
1991–1992 2 3 - - - - 2 1 4 4
1992–1993 5 4 1 0 - - - - 6 4
1993–1994* - - - - - - - - - -
1994–1995 8 8 1 1 - - - - 9 9
1995–1996 3 0 2 2 4 5 6 0 15 7
1996–1997 4 2 1/2 0/4 3 3 3 1 13 10
1997–1998 - - - - - - 2 1 2 1
Total 168 190 44 51 15 16 13 3 240 260
  • Majed scored 61 goals in friendly matches with Al Nassr club + 260 goals (Official matches) = 321 goals.
  • The Cup: King's Cup 1977-1990 (33m/39g), Crown Cup 1991-1997 (9m/8g), SF Cup in 1997 (2m/4g).
  • Asia: Champions League 1996 and 1997 (9m/1g), Cup Winners Cup 1991 and 1998 (4m/2g).
  • 1984 and 1994: Did not play in the season because of joining with the national team.


Majed Goals with National Team[edit]

Majed Abdullah Scored with the national team 115 goals Class A (79 official).

From 1978 to 1994, Majed scored for National Team 229 goals* (115 goals Class A in 185 matches).

Goals Date Venue Opponent Result Competition
1. 03/05/1978 Riyadh  Pakistan 6/0 International Cup
2.
3. 06/05/1978 Riyadh  Kenya 2/0 International Cup
4. 28/09/1978 Jeddah  Morocco 4/1 Friendly Match
5.
6. 12/12/1978 Bangkok  Qatar* 2/2 Asian Games
7. 24/03/1979 Baghdad  United Arab Emirates 2/1 Gulf Cup of Nations
8. 24/03/1979 Baghdad  Oman 4/0 Gulf Cup of Nations
9. 04/04/1979 Baghdad  Qatar 7/0 Gulf Cup of Nations
10.
11.
12.
13.
14. 30/01/1980 Riyadh  South Korea 1/3 Friendly Match
15. 29/09/1980 Izmir  Malaysia 3/0 Championship Games
16. 30/09/1980 Izmir  Cyprus* 2/0 Championship Games
17. 12/12/1980 Riyadh  Indonesia 8/0 Friendly Match
18.
19.
20.
21.
22. 14/12/1980 Jeddah  Indonesia 3/0 Friendly Match
23.
24. 17/10/1981 Riyadh  South Korea 2/0 Friendly Match
25. 20/10/1981 Riyadh  Venezuela 3/1 Friendly Match
26.
27. 12/11/1981 Kuala Lumpur  China PR 2/4 1982 World Cup qualification
28. 20/10/1981 Auckland  New Zealand 2/2 1982 World Cup qualification
29.
30. 29/03/1982 Abu Dhabi  Qatar 1/0 Gulf Cup of Nations
31. 02/04/1982 Abu Dhabi  Bahrain 2/2 Gulf Cup of Nations
32.
33. 19/10/1982 Riyadh  Kuwait 3/1 World Military Cup qualifying*
34.
35. 12/11/1982 Singapore  Singapore 1/1 Friendly Match
36. 28/02/1983 Abu Dhabi  Kuwait 1/2 World Military Cup qualifying
37. 01/10/1983 New Delhi  India 2/1 1984 Olympiad Los Angeles qualifying*
38. 06/11/1983 Riyadh  India 5/0 1984 Olympiad Los Angeles qualifying
39.
40.
41.
42. 11/11/1983 Riyadh  Malaysia 2/0 1984 Olympiad Los Angeles qualifying
43.
44. 02/12/1983 Riyadh  Somalia 1/0 Arab Nations Cup qualifying
45. 09/12/1983 Riyadh  Sudan 3/0 Arab Nations Cup qualifying
46.
47. 21/02/1984 Riyadh  Algeria 4/2 Friendly Match
48.
49. 10/03/1984 Muscat  Qatar 1/2 Gulf Cup of Nations
50. 15/04/1984 Singapore  New Zealand 3/1 1984 Olympiad Los Angeles qualifying
51.
52. 22/04/1984 Singapore  Kuwait 4/1 1984 Olympiad Los Angeles qualifying
53.
54. 24/04/1984 Singapore  South Korea 5/4 1984 Olympiad Los Angeles qualifying
55.
56. 30/07/1984 Los Angeles  Brazil 1/3 1984 Olympiad Los Angeles Finals
57. 25/09/1984 Khobar  Iceland 1/2 Friendly Match
58. 08/10/1984 Jeddah  Thailand 2/1 Friendly Match
59. 19/10/1984 Jeddah    Nepal 7/0 Asian Cup qualification
60. 22/10/1984 Jeddah  United Arab Emirates 1/0 Asian Cup qualification
61. 24/10/1984 Jeddah  Sri Lanka 5/0 Asian Cup qualification
62.
63.
64. 26/10/1984 Jeddah  Oman 6/0 Asian Cup qualification
65.
66.
67. 02/12/1984 Singapore  South Korea 1/1 Asian Cup
68. 02/12/1984 Singapore  Iran* 1/1 5–4 (pen.) Asian Cup
69. 02/12/1984 Singapore  China PR 2/0 Asian Cup
70. 05/08/1985 Rabat  Yemen 2/0 Arab Games
71. 08/08/1985 Rabat  United Arab Emirates 1/0 Arab Games
72. 14/08/1985 Rabat  Iraq* 1/2 Arab Games
73. 08/09/1985 Taif  Iraq 3/1 Friendly Match
74.
75. 23/03/1986 Manama  Kuwait 1/3 Gulf Cup of Nations
76. 25/03/1986 Manama  Bahrain 1/2 Gulf Cup of Nations
77. 28/03/1986 Manama  Oman 3/1 Gulf Cup of Nations
78.
79. 29/08/1986 Singapore  Ireland 1/1 Friendly Match
80. 21/09/1986 Seoul  Malaysia 3/1 Asian Games
81.
82. 25/09/1986 Seoul  Indonesia 2/0 Asian Games
83.
84. 18/04/1987 Riyadh  Oman 1/0 1988 Olympiad Seoul qualifying
85. 20/04/1987 Riyadh  Bahrain 2/0 1988 Olympiad Seoul qualifying
86.
87. 01/01/1988 Muscat  Iraq 1/1 1988 Olympiad Seoul qualifying
88. 17/02/1988 Riyadh  Scotland 2/2 Friendly Match
89. 09/03/1988 Riyadh  Bahrain 1/0 Gulf Cup of Nations
90. 13/03/1988 Riyadh  United Arab Emirates 2/2 Gulf Cup of Nations
91. 23/06/1988 Melbourne  New Zealand 2/3 Friendly Match
92.
93. 29/06/1988 Melbourne  Hong Kong 3/0 Friendly Match
94. 06/07/1988 Adelaide  Argentina 2/2 Gold Cup
95. 13/07/1988 Melbourne  Brazil 1/4 Gold Cup
96. 13/11/1988 Riyadh  Malaysia 6/0 Friendly Match
97.
98.
99. 16/11/1988 Riyadh  England 1/1 Friendly Match
100. 23/11/1988 Khobar  Tunisia 1/0 Friendly Match
101. 15/12/1988 Doha  Iran 1/0 Asian Cup
102. 15/03/1989 Jeddah  Syria 5/4 1990 World Cup qualification
103. 05/04/1989 Jeddah  Yemen 1/0 1990 World Cup qualification
104. 19/09/1990 Beijing  Singapore 3/0 Friendly Match
105.
106. 24/09/1990 Beijing  Bangladesh 3/0 Asian Games
107.
108. 11/09/1992 Halab  Syria 1/1 Arab Nations Cup
109. 18/04/1993 Singapore  New Zealand 3/1 Friendly Match
110. 22/04/1993 Singapore  Singapore 3/0 Friendly Match
111. 16/05/1993 Riyadh  Malaysia 3/0 1994 World Cup qualification
112.
113. 18/05/1993 Riyadh  Kuwait 2/0 1994 World Cup qualification
114. 27/09/1993 Dammam  Costa Rica 3/2 Friendly Match
115. 04/06/1994 Pomona  Trinidad and Tobago 3/1 Friendly Match
  • Majed scored 114 goals in friendly matches against clubs + 115 goals = 229 goals.
  • Goals (No. 6,16,68,72) There is a dispute in the record Matches and goals
  • World Military Cup in 1983 was at the level of the first team "Class A".
  • Olympiad 1984 and 1988 was at the level of the first team "Class A".


Majed Career Statistics[edit]

Majed Abdullah has 50 Achievements in 22 years.

From 1977 to 1998, Majed scored 550 goals (375 goals Class A in 425 matches), achieved 50 achievement in every year even retiring.

Season Goals Scorer Champions Awards Total
Club National Club National Club National Club National Goals Achieve.
1976 1977 9 7* - Top Scorer cycle Tabriz U17 - - - - 9 1
1977 1978 14 6 2nd Scorer league - - - - - 20 1
1978 1979 24 7 Top Scorer league & Cub - - - - - 31 2
1979 1980 17 10 Top Scorer league - League - - - 27 2
1980 1981 25 6 Top Scorer league - League & Cup - Arabian Golden Boot - 31 4
1981 1982 10 6 - Top Scorer Gulf Cup - - - - 16 1
1982 1983 20 11 Top Scorer league Top Scorer Arab Cup qualifying - - - - 31 2
1983 1984 - 23 - Top Scorer Asia Cup & Olympic qualifying - Asia Cup & Qualify to Olympics - Asian Player of the Year 23 5
1984 1985 1 5 - Top Scorer Arab Games - - - Asian Player of the Year 6 2
1985 1986 16 9 Top Scorer league - Cup - - Asian Player of the Year 25 3
1986 1987 20 3 Top Scorer Cup & 2nd Scorer league - Cup - Arabian Silver Boot - 23 4
1987 1988 7 15 Top Scorer Cup - - Asia Cup - 3rd-Best Asian Player 22 3
1988 1989 24 2 Top Scorer league & Cup - League - Arabian Golden Boot 2nd-Best Asian Player 26 5
1989 1990 18 4 2nd Scorer league - Cup - - - 22 2
1990 1991 20 - Top Scorer Cup - - - - - 20 1
1991 1992 4 1 Top Scorer Gulf Cup clubs - - - - - 5 1
1992 1993 4 6 - - - Qualify to World cup - - 10 1
1993 1994 - 1 - - - Second round in World Cup - - 1 1
1994 1995 9 - - - League - AFC Player of the Month June Record holder in the Century Club 9 3
1995 1996 7 - Top Scorer Gulf Cup clubs - Gulf Cup clubs - AFC Player of the Month January - 7 3
1996 1997 10 - 2nd Scorer Gulf Cup clubs - Gulf Cup clubs - - - 10 2
1997 1998 1 - - - Asian Cup Winners - - - 1 1
Total 260 115 17 6 11 5 5 6 375 50
  • 7 goals with the national team U17 has not calculated in total.


Majed Scoring Statistics[edit]

Statistics all goals official and friendly for the club and the national team.

Scoring for Classification Goals
Al Nassr FC Saudi Premier League 190
Al Nassr FC King Cup 39
Al Nassr FC Crown Cup 8
Al Nassr FC Saudi Federation Cup 4
Al Nassr FC Regional and Continental Matches 19
Al Nassr FC Friendly Matches 61
National Team Official Matches 79
National Team Friendly Matches (Against National teams) 36
National Team Friendly Matches (Against Clubs) 114
Total 550


Majed "Icon of hat-trick"[edit]

Majed scored a hat-trick* goals 28 times (a record).

Scoring for Hat-trick Super hat-trick Mister hat-trick Total
Al Nassr FC 14 2 1 17
National Team 7 2 2 11
Total 21 4 3 28
  • Hat-trick 3 goals, Super hat-trick 4 goals, Mister hat-trick 5 goals.
  • Majed scored Super hat-trick in meantime 15 minute against India in 06/11/1983.


Majed Goals Top 10 by Teams[edit]

The Clubs and national teams That received the most goals by teams.

No. Arab and Asian clubs Total European and Latin clubs Total National Teams Total
1. Saudi Arabia Al Ittifaq 29 Belgium Standard Liege 5  Malaysia 10
2. Saudi Arabia Al Ahli 24 Spain Atletico Marbella 4  Indonesia 9
3. Saudi Arabia Al Hilal 21 Portugal Setubal 4  Qatar 8
4. Saudi Arabia Al Ittihad 19 Brazil Vasco da Gama 3  Kuwait 7
5. Saudi Arabia Al Wehda 19 Brazil Botafogo 3  New Zealand 7
6. Saudi Arabia Al Qadsia 18 Brazil Bonsucesso 3  Oman 7
7. Saudi Arabia Al Nahda 18 Brazil Portuguesa 3  Bahrain 6
8. Saudi Arabia Al Shabab 15 Brazil Americano 3  South Korea 5
9. Saudi Arabia Al Riyadh 15 Argentina Boca Juniors 2  Singapore 4
10. Saudi Arabia Ohod 13 Brazil Sao Paulo 2  Iraq 4


Majed Goals Top 10 by Countrys[edit]

The Clubs and national teams That received the most goals by The Countrys.

No. Countrys The Clubs National Teams Total
1.  Saudi Arabia 241 - 241
2.  Brazil 35 2 37
3.  Singapore 13 4 17
4.  Qatar 6 8 14
5.  Portugal 14 0 14
6.  Oman 6 7 13
7.  Malaysia 0 10 10
8.  Kuwait 3 7 10
9.  Indonesia 0 9 9
10.  England 8 1 9


Majed All Goals by Continents[edit]

All goals of Majed against clubs and national teams by continent.

No. Countrys Clubs National Teams Total
1. Asian 333 87 360
2. Europe 63 5 68
3. South America 38 5 43
4. Africa 1 9 10
5. Oceania 0 7 7
6. North America 0 2 2
Total 435 115 550


Firsts in Majed life[edit]

From the Left Majed Abdullah, Tawfiq Al-Muqrin and Abdullah Abed Rabbo in Iraq 1978.
  • First training camp with Al-Nasr was in London in 1976.
  • First training camp with the National Team (under 17) was also in London in 1977.
  • First coach with Al-Nasr was Ljubiša Broćić
  • First coach with the National Team (under 17) was Jeff Faundon.
  • First shirt number with Al-Nasr was 14.
  • First shirt number with the National Team was 17.
  • First match with Al-Nasr was against Al-Fath from Morocco in a friendly in 15-1-1977.
  • First official match with Al-Nasr was against Al-Shabab in 22-1-1977.
  • First goal with Al-Nasr was against Al-Wehda in 18-3-1977.
  • First international goal was against Iran under 17 in 15-8-1977.
  • First goal with the Saudi Senior Team was in a friendly against Benfica in January 1978.
  • First official goal with the Saudi Senior Team was against Kenya in January 1978.
  • First official Globally goal with the Saudi Senior Team was against Brazil in Olympic Games Los Angeles 1984.
  • First "League Top Scorer" Trophy was in 1978-1979 season.

Lasts in Majed life[edit]

Achievements[edit]

Majed Abdullah with the Asia Cup 1984

Club[edit]

Country[edit]

Individual[edit]

Farewell match[edit]

Majed Abdullah in 2012

On 20/05/2008— after 10 years from Majed's last match— a big farewell match was organised between Al-Nasr and Real Madrid who were just crowned with their 31st La Liga title. 70,000 people packed in King Fahd Stadium and additional 30,000 went back home because there were no more space. The match ended 4-1 in favour of Al-Nasr with 2 goals from Malek Mouath and a goal from Saud Kariri and Nashat Akram. Arjen Robben scored Real Madrid's only goal.

Match details[edit]

20 May 2008 (2008-05-20)
18:15 (GMT)
Al Nassr Saudi Arabia 4-1 Spain Real Madrid
Malek Goal 54, 90+1'
Akram Goal 55'
Kariri Goal 61'
Robben Goal 50'
King Fahd Stadium, Riyadh
Attendance: 70,000
Referee: Mutrif Al-Qahtani

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]