Osama Hawsawi

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Osama Hawsawi
Osama Hawsawi.jpg
Hawsawi playing for the national team
Personal information
Date of birth (1984-03-31) 31 March 1984 (age 30)
Place of birth Mecca, Saudi Arabia
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Central defender
Club information
Current team
Al-Ahli
Number 3
Youth career
Al-Wahda FC
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2008 Al-Wehda Club 59 (1)
2008–2012 Al-Hilal 79 (7)
2012 Anderlecht 1 (0)
2012– Al-Ahli 47 (3)
National team
2007– Saudi Arabia 57 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Osama Hawsawi (Arabic: أسامة هوساوي‎, born 31 March 1984) is a Saudi Arabian football (soccer) player who currently plays as a central defender for Al-Ahli and also currently play for the national team. In the Saudi Professional League, Hawsawi was considered the best defender.

Club career[edit]

Hawsawi began his professional football career where Al-Wehda Club and soon after at Al-Wehda, he become a regular in the first team, playing in the central defense. After making 59 appearance and scoring once, Hawsawi would then join Al-Hilal[citation needed]. While at Al-Hilal, Hawsawi was a regular player and under manager Eric Gerets, Hawsawi was appointed captain. Hawsawi won also led the club win the league (in 2008, 2010 and 2011 seasons.)

In April 2012, Hawsawi signed a two-year contract with Belgian side Anderlecht, making him becomes the only member of the current Saudi Arabia national team squad to play in Europe.[1] Hawsawi also become the first Saudi Arabia player to play for the club and also in the league. However, his time at Anderlecht was 'forgetable' due to lack of playing time at the club and only made one appearance for the club when played in the centre back in a 1-1 draw against OH Leuven on 25 August 2012. Hawsawi was also in the squad in the substitute bench when Anderlecht win the Belgian Super Cup but he didn't come on.

In November 2012, Hawsawi finally left Belgium to return to his homeland by joining Al-Ahli for 1.5 million.[2][3]

International career[edit]

He is a member of the Saudi Arabian national team. He appeared for his country in the 2007 Gulf Cup of Nations and was a member of the Saudi team at the FIFA World Youth Championship. He was also called up to the squad to participate in the 2007 AFC Asian Cup.

On Saturday, May 29, 2010, he scored an excellent goal against Spain, after a corner kick which put the Saudi Arabian team ahead 1-0 against Spain, scoring his second goal with the Saudi Arabian national team, Hawsawi won 7 titles with Al-Hilal. 3 League Titles, 4 Prince-Crown cup.

Career statistics[edit]

Club career statistics[edit]

Club Season League Cup ACL Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Al-Wahda 2005-06 18 1 4 0 - - 22 1
2006-07 20 0 1 0 - - 21 0
2007-08 21 0 1 0 4 0 26 0
Total 59 1 6 0 4 0 69 1
Al-Hilal 2008-09 19 0 4 1 7 1 30 2
2009-10 18 2 4 0 10 1 32 1
2010-11 23 3 6 0 7 0 36 1
2011-12 19 2 6 0 6 0 37 1
Total 79 7 14 1 24 2 135 4
Career Total 148 8 20 1 28 2 190 5

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 2 June 2008 King Fahd Stadium, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia  Lebanon 4-1 Win 2010 FIFA World Cup Qual.
2. 29 May 2010 Tivoli Neu, Innsbruck, Austria  Spain 2-3 Lost Friendly
3. 31 December 2010 Manama, Bahrain, Bahrain  Bahrain 1-0 Win Friendly
4. 28 July 2011 Siu Sai Wan Sports Ground, Hong Kong, Hong Kong  Hong Kong 5-0 Win 2014 FIFA World Cup Qual.
5. 20 February 2012 Australia  New Zealand 3-0 Win Friendly
Correct as of 29 May 2010


Honours[edit]

Al-Hilal
R.S.C. Anderlecht


References[edit]

  1. ^ "Official: Saudi Arabia international Osama Hawsawi signs two-year deal with Belgian giants Anderlecht". Goal.com. 17 April 2012. Retrieved 11 December 2012. 
  2. ^ "Osama Hawsawi trades Anderlecht for Al Ahli (in Dutch:Osama Hawsawi ruilt Anderlecht voor Al Ahli)" (in Dutch). Sports Magazine.bel. 21 November 2012. Retrieved 11 December 2012. 
  3. ^ "Anderlecht : Hawsawi rejoint Al Ahli" (in French). Mercato 365. 21 November 2012. Retrieved 11 December 2012.