Haidar training with Lebanon in 2018
|Full name||Adnan Mahmoud Haidar|
|Date of birth||3 August 1989|
|Place of birth||Drammen, Norway|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|2009||→ Skeid (loan)||11||(0)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20 April 2019|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 19 November 2019
Adnan Mahmoud Haidar (Arabic: عدنان محمود حيدر; born 3 August 1989) is a professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Lebanese Premier League club Ansar and the Lebanon national team. An all-round midfielder, Haidar is not only a physical presence on the pitch but also has good ball control.
Born and raised in Norway, Haidar represented them at youth level before switching allegiance for Lebanon at senior level.
Haidar was born in Drammen and grew up in Oslo, where he lived in the Klemetsrud neighborhood. He played for Klemetsrud IL until he joined Vålerenga's youth department in 2001 and signed a professional contract with the club in 2008. He made his debut against Lyn on 15 September 2008, appearing as a substitute. In total he made three appearances for Vålerenga in all competitions in the 2008 season, also winning the Norwegian Cup in his first season as a professional. In 2009, he was loaned out to Skeid for the entire season, where he made 11 appearances in the First Division.
He returned to Vålerenga for the 2010 season and scored his first and second ever senior goals for Vålerenga in his first game since returning from loan against Oppsal in the Norwegian Cup of 2010. He then played his first Tippeligaen game of the season against Start in an 8–1 win. He finished the season with six appearances and scoring two goals in all competitions.
In the 2011 season he played ten games in the Tippeligaen, one game in the Norwegian Cup and one game in the UEFA Europa League before getting injured late into the season, it was later confirmed that Haidar had been ruled out for the rest of the season. At the end of the season he was released by Vålerenga and became free agent, but before being released he was offered a new contract at Vålerenga but chose to reject the offer because he wanted more first team football. In total he made 21 appearances and scoring two goals over three seasons for Vålerenga. He later went to Burnley on trial, but returned without a contract. He rejected a new trial proposal at Burnley two weeks later.
In January 2012, Haidar signed for Stabæk as a free agent, and was given the shirt number 10. He made his debut for Stabæk on the first day of the new season, on 25 March 2012 in a 0–0 draw against Aalesund.
Haidar stayed with Stabæk after the team was relegated to the First Division, and was a part of the team that won promotion to the Tippeligaen after only one season at the second tier. After the promotion was secured, the club stated that they wanted to give young players the chance when playing in Tippeligaen, and Haidar, who was one of the oldest players in the Stabæk-team, was released from his contract and free to find himself a new club.
In October 2012, Haidar was called up to represent Lebanon, and made his debut for Lebanon in the friendly match against Yemen on 16 October. Haidar scored his first goal for Lebanon in the 2012 West Asian Football Federation Championship match against Oman on 8 December 2012 when his team won 1–0.
- Scores and results list Lebanon's goal tally first.
|1.||8 December 2012||Ali Al-Salem Al-Sabah Stadium, Al Farwaniyah||Oman||0–1||0–1||2012 West Asian Football Federation Championship|
- As of 1 June 2018
|Skeid (loan)||2009||1. Divisjon||11||0||0||0||—||11||0|
|KFUM Oslo||2017||2. Divisjon||14||3||2||0||—||16||3|
|Al Ansar||2017–18||Lebanese Premier League||13||0||0||0||2||0||15||0|
Honours and achievements
- Lebanese Premier League runner up: 2018–19
- Lebanese FA Cup runner up: 2018–19
- Lebanese Super Cup runner up: 2017
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- "معتوق ومرمر الأفضل هذا الموسم بحسب مهرجان المنار الـ 23". Mulhak (in Arabic). Retrieved 12 June 2019.
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