Youssef Mohamad

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Youssef Mohamad
يوسف واصف محمد
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Personal information
Full name Youssef Wasef Mohamad
Date of birth (1980-07-01) 1 July 1980 (age 34)
Place of birth Beirut, Lebanon
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
free agent
Youth career
Safa Sporting Club
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2002 Safa Sporting Club 25 (2)
2002–2004 Olympic Beirut 7 (1)
2004–2007 SC Freiburg 87 (9)
2007–2011 1. FC Köln 120 (10)
2011–2013 Al-Ahli 35 (5)
National team
2000– Lebanon 49 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23 November 2013.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 25 March 2013

Youssef Wasef Mohamad (Arabic: يوسف واصف محمد‎, born 1 July 1980 in Beirut, Lebanon), known as "Dodo" is a Lebanese footballer who last played for Al-Ahli in the UAE Football League, and the Lebanese national team. He is one of the most successful players in the history of Lebanese football as captained 1. FC Köln during his spell with the club in the German Bundesliga, and he is the captain of the Lebanese national team.

Club career[edit]

Mohamad began his career at Safa Sporting Club, signing to the first-team from the clubs junior teams. In 2002 he transferred to Olympic Beirut, a club that was founded in 2000. Mohamed went on to win the Lebanese Premier League and Lebanese F.A Cup titles in 2003.

Mohamad joined Freiburg from Olympic Beirut in 2004. He scored his first goal for Freiburg, a double, in a 3–3 draw against Greuther Fürth on 22 September 2006.[1] During 2004, he transferred to Freiburg in Germanys Bundesliga at the recommendation of his international team mate, Roda Antar. Freiburg would then be relegated to Germanys 2nd division, Mohamad would remain there until he was signed to 1. FC Köln in 2007 along with Roda Antar.

1. FC Köln[edit]

Mohamad signed for Köln on 17 July 2007. Köln were promoted to the German first division for the 2008–09 season after Youssef and his team-mate Roda Antar, made a great season.

In 2009–10 season, he scored against Borussia Dortmund in a thrilling 2–2 draw. After team mate Kevin McKenna equalized, Mohamad took the lead with a right footed goal.[2] Mohamad received three yellow cards throughout the season.

In January 2010, Köln coach Zvonimir Soldo announced that Mohamad would be the captain of the club.

It took 92 seconds for him to see a red card on the opening day of the 2010–11 season for which he received a three match ban.

Al Ahli Club Dubai[edit]

On the 19 August 2011, the official website of the Emarati club announced that they had come to an agreement with 1. FC Köln for the transfer of Mohamad to the UAE League. Mohamad had reportedly signed a two-year contract after successfully passing a medical.[3] It was reported that Köln would not allow Mohamad to leave until they could find a replacement for him, and club board said that it was an honour to have the Lebanese defender.[4]

International career[edit]

Mohamad scored his first international goal in a 3–1 home victory against Kuwait on 25 June 2000.[5]

In 2000, aged 20, Mohamad was selected to represent Lebanon at the 2000 Asian Cup. This opportunity of playing in a major tournament at a young age gave him a big chance to broaden his career. On 12 October, he played a full 90 minutes in Lebanon's opening 4–0 loss against Iran. On 15 October, he was substituted onto the field in the 89th minute for Abbas Chahrour in a 2–2 draw against Iraq. However, he would not take part in Lebanon's 1–1 draw with Thailand on 18 October.[6]

Mohamad scored in a friendly match against Bahrain on 19 September 2003.[7]

During 2007, Mohamad reportedly had a disagreement with Lebanon's assistant coach Adnan Meckdache where he had intensely criticized the Lebanese Football Federation and the national team coach. He was suspended by the Football Federation and would be allowed to return on the condition that he would apologize to the Lebanese F.A. and its national team coach for the critical stance.

Prior to the start of the third round World Cup qualifiers against South Korea and United Arab Emirates during September 2011, it was reported by Lebanese website sports-leb.com that Mohamad had traveled to Goyang to join the squad for the match.[8]

Career statistics[edit]

Club career stats[edit]

  • Last updated: 13 May 2011
Season Team Division Apps Goals
1999–00 Safa Sporting Club 1 ?? ??
2000–01 Safa Sporting Club 1 ?? ??
2001–02 Safa Sporting Club 1 ?? ??
2002–03 Olympic Beirut 1 ?? ??
2003–04 Olympic Beirut 1 07 01
2004–05 SC Freiburg 1 29 00
2005–06 SC Freiburg 2 27 01
2006–07 SC Freiburg 2 31 08
2007–08 1. FC Köln 2 31 05
2008–09 1. FC Köln 1 30 01
2009–10 1. FC Köln 1 31 02
2010–11 1. FC Köln 1 27 02

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Lebanon's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 25 June 2000 Tripoli Municipal Stadium, Tripoli  Kuwait 3–1 3–1 Friendly
2. 19 September 2003 Bahrain National Stadium, Riffa  Bahrain 2–4 3–4 Friendly

Honours[edit]

With Olympic Beirut

References[edit]

  1. ^ "SC Freiburg 3–3 Greuther Fürth" (in German). kicker.de. 22 September 2006. Retrieved 13 May 2011. 
  2. ^ "Dortmund prevail in dramatic encounter". bundesliga.de. 17 January 2010. Retrieved 13 May 2011. 
  3. ^ "Al Ahli add more teeth to squad, sign Lebanese defender Mohamad". The Gulf Today. Retrieved 3 May 2012. 
  4. ^ Melzer, Oliver. "FC Koln’s Youssef Mohammad still not an Al Ahli player despite completing a medical in Dubai". Bettot.com. Retrieved 26 August 2012. 
  5. ^ Courtney, Barrie (2 February 2005). "2000 MATCHES". RSSSF. Retrieved 18 May 2013. 
  6. ^ Stokkermans, Karel (4 March 2011). "Asian Nations Cup 2000 Final Tournament - Extended File". RSSSF. Retrieved 13 May 2011. 
  7. ^ Cazal, Jean-Michek (2 February 2005). "2003 MATCHES". RSSSF. Retrieved 18 May 2013. 
  8. ^ عقد المنتخب يكتمل بانضمام محمد وديوب والسفير اللبناني يولم على شرفه (in Arabic). sports-leb.com. Retrieved 26 August 2012. 

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