Zahra playing for Melbourne Heart in 2011
|Full name||Adrian Zahra|
|Date of birth||24 September 1990|
|Place of birth||Melbourne, Australia|
|Height||1.69 m (5 ft 6 1⁄2 in)|
|Playing position||Midfield, Winger/Wingback|
|North City Lions|
|2009||→ Western Suburbs (loan)||(4)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 02:34, 27 August 2014 (UTC).
Zahra started his career being coached by Billy Vojtek in the youth system of Melbourne Knights before progressing to the senior side for the 2007/08 season. He played nearly every game for the Knights in 2008 off the bench, but was soon loaned out to Western Suburbs SC in 2009 in the league below, the Victorian State League Division 1. In 2010, Zahra returned to the Knights and capped off a sensational year with the club by receiving the 2010 Victorian Premier League U21 Player of the Year Award.
While still with Melbourne Knights, Zahra made a trial appearance for new A-League side Melbourne Heart, in an exhibition match against Premier League team Everton on 14 July 2010, which Heart lost 2-0. Melbourne Heart went on to sign Zahra midway through their inaugural 2010-11 A-League season on a short-term contract upon the completion of the 2010 Victorian Premier League season. His contract was originally four weeks in length. He made his début for the Heart in October 2010, in the first ever Melbourne derby. After an impressive extended trial period, in which he scored two goals for Heart, he was signed by the club in December for an extra two years, his contract starting at the beginning of the 2011–12 season.
Zahra continued his excellent run in his first season with the Heart, starting almost every game after his debut, but his season was cut short after an infamous incident during the third Melbourne derby on 22 January 2011. He was tackled by Melbourne Victory's Kevin Muscat late in the game, which made world-wide headlines. As a result, Zahra sustained a serious knee injury in his right leg. Muscat received a red card for the tackle and was subsequently handed an 8-match ban. Zahra was substituted out of the match, being unable to continue playing. He missed the remainder of the season due to the injury. Surgery was required on his knee. Zahra eventually made a full recovery.
On 27 April 2012, Zahra signed with the Perth Glory. He made eight appearances for Perth in his first season there, including one goal against Adelaide United in Round 27. The following season, Zahra made 10 appearances, scoring two goals. After the completion of his contract at the end of the 13/14 season, Zahra left the Glory.
Zahra then signed his first overseas contract, penning a deal with Maltese side Valetta. His stay there was only short lived, making five appearances and scoring two goals before being released in early December, 2014.
Return to Melbourne Knights
Zahra's return to Melbourne Knights FC was confirmed by the club on the 16th of February, 2015, days before the start of the 2015 NPL Victoria season.
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- Adrian Zahra video press interview on The World Game (SBS)
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