Elrich playing for the Central Coast Mariners in 2009
|Full name||Ahmad Elrich|
|Date of birth||30 May 1981|
|Place of birth||Sydney, New South Wales, Australia|
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Playing position||Right Winger|
|2006||→ Lyn Oslo (Loan)||6||(1)|
|2008–2010||Central Coast Mariners||15||(1)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 25 May 2011.
Ahmad Elrich (born 30 May 1981 in Sydney) is a former Australian footballer. In May 2011 on a Granville Street, Elrich was pulled over by New South Wales police officers. During the traffic stop police found an illegal handgun in his vehicle. As a result he was arrested on the scene and later charged with three counts of illegally carrying a loaded firearm in a public place.
Ahmad began his professional career at the Parramatta Eagles, his home club. Ahmed was born just West of the club's home ground.
At the end of his first season with the Eagles he toured Lebanon with a team of Lebanese-Australians. He was offered a contract with Nejmeh SC in Beirut but declined in favour of returning to Australia.
Returning to Australia he signed with new NSL club Parramatta Power in the clubs inaugural squad. Ahmed cemented a first-team spot as a free-flowing winger here, including a memorable 2003-04 season where he was one of the league's leading assist getters, and played in the Grand Final at just 22. His time at the Parramatta Power was cut short, as the club and NSL met its demise.
After signing for Fulham and making his debut against Liverpool in a Premier League match, Elrich's first team appearances were few and far between, but despite signing a 3-year contract in 2006, his future at the club looked in doubt after not being given a squad number for the 2007-08 season and Fulham confirmed Elrich's departure on 4 September 2007.
Return to Australia
Elrich signed a contract with the Wellington Phoenix in the A-League as their marquee player on 21 September 2007. Elrich scored his first goal, in his first home game, for the Wellington Phoenix against Central Coast Mariners on 21 October 2007, which he described as the 'best goal of his career'. At the end of the 2007-08 season, Ahmad left the Wellington Phoenix to move back to Australia, moving to Central Coast Mariners to link up with several former Parramatta Power teammates. After limited appearances and poor form Ahmad Elrich was released by the Central Coast Mariners at the end of the 2009-2010 A-league season.
National team statistics
|Australia national team|
- Results list Australia's goal tally first.
|2 June 2004||Adelaide||Fiji||1 goal||6-1||2006 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|9 October 2004||Honiara||Solomon Islands||1 goal||5-1||2004 OFC Nations Cup|
|12 October 2004||Sydney||Solomon Islands||1 goal||6-0||2004 OFC Nations Cup|
|26 March 2005||Sydney||Iraq||1 goal||2-1||Friendly match|
|22 February 2006||Manama||Bahrain||1 goal||3-1||2007 AFC Asian Cup qualification|
- Cockerill, Michael (23 January 2004). "Elrich fills in the gaps". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 25 May 2011.
I'm a Lebanese Muslim and I've achieved things.
- Cheng, Kevin (25 May 2011). "Former Socceroo and A-League star Ahmad Elrich to face 11 gun charges". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 7 December 2013.
- "Meet the Families - Ahmad Elrich". The Ultimate Goal: Football, migration & the 2010 World Cup. Sydney, Australia: Migration Heritage Centre NSW. Archived from the original on 20 May 2011. Retrieved 25 May 2011.
- Cockerill, Michael (27 March 2004). "Elrich helps Socceroos get one up on friendly foes". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 25 May 2011.
- "Elrich races his way to the big time". Sydney Morning Herald. 11 June 2011. 11 June 2005. Retrieved 25 May 2011.
- "Ahmad Elrich joins". Fulham Official Website. 9 June 2005. Retrieved 13 April 2014.
- "Elrich joins FC Lyn". Fulham Official Website. Retrieved 13 April 2014.
- "Transfer Round-Up". FulhamFC.com. Archived from the original on 30 September 2007. Retrieved 4 September 2007.
- "Ex-Socceroo Elrich signs with Phoenix".
- "Elrich On Gun Charges".
- Ahmad Elrich at National-Football-Teams.com