Akram Afif

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Akram Afif
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Afif playing for Al Sadd in 2020
Personal information
Full name Akram Hassan Afif Yahya Afif Alyafei[1]
Date of birth (1996-03-11) 11 March 1996 (age 26)
Place of birth Doha, Qatar
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
Position(s) Left-winger
Club information
Current team
Al Sadd
Number 15
Youth career
2004–2006 Al Markhiya
2006–2009 Al Sadd
2009–2014 Aspire Academy
2012–2014Sevilla (loan)
2014–2015 Al Sadd
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2015–2016 Eupen 26 (8)
2016–2020 Villarreal 0 (0)
2016–2017Sporting Gijón (loan) 9 (0)
2017–2018Eupen (loan) 15 (1)
2018–2020Al Sadd (loan) 48 (44)
2020– Al Sadd 28 (18)
National team
2014 Qatar U19 5 (4)
2014–2015 Qatar U20 7 (1)
2015–2018 Qatar U23 12 (4)
2015– Qatar 83 (24)
Honours
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 00:00, 7 February 2022
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 29 March 2022

Akram Hassan Afif Yahya Afif (Arabic: أكرم عفيف; born 18 November 1996) is a Qatari professional footballer who plays as a left-winger for Qatari club Al Sadd and the Qatar national football team.

Early in his career, he was considered to be one of the most promising players to emerge from Qatar.[2] Akram has been named in a three-man shortlist for the Asian Football Confederation’s men's player of the year for bringing the 2019 Asian Cup to Qatar.[3] He won the Asian Footballer of the Year award in 2019.[4]

Club career[edit]

Youth career[edit]

Akram Afif was born in Doha to a Tanzanian father of Somali origins and a Yemeni mother, he started off in the youth teams of Al-Markhiya and then Al Sadd before joining the Al Sadd as a full-time student in 2009. During his time at Aspire, Afif traveled to Spain on an exchange student program and played for the youth teams of Sevilla and Villarreal.[5][6]

He represented Sevilla in the 2013 Al Kass International Cup, netting a brace and earning an assist in the team's first match, which ended as a 3–0 victory against Aspire Academy.[7]

Afif later joined Villarreal's youth team.[8]

Eupen[edit]

In January 2015, Afif was signed by Eupen.[9] He scored a goal in his debut against Eendracht Aalst on 19 January.[10] On 24 January in his next match against KRC Mechelen, he assisted in three of his side's five goals.[11]

Afif finished his first senior season with two goals in nine matches. On 18 March 2016, he scored a brace in a 4–0 home win against KSV Roeselare.

Villarreal[edit]

On 8 May 2016, it was confirmed that Afif would be rejoining Villarreal, this time on a permanent deal. In doing so, he became the first Qatari-born signing in La Liga history.[12] On 4 August, he was loaned to fellow top tier club Sporting de Gijón in a season-long deal.[13]

Afif made his debut in the main category of Spanish football on 21 August 2016, coming on as a substitute for Burgui in a 2–1 home win against Athletic Bilbao.[14] After nine league matches, he returned to his first senior club Eupen on a one-year loan deal on 14 July 2017.[15] He went back to his home country in January 2018 to play for Al Sadd where he had a very successful season.

International career[edit]

Afif playing for Qatar in 2018

Afif featured in Qatar U20's AFC U-19 Championship qualification campaign in 2014.[16] During the main tournament, he scored the lone goal in the final against DPR Korea to give Qatar the victory.[17]

He was called up to the senior national team in September 2015 by coach Daniel Carreño.[18] He scored in Qatar's 15–0 win against Bhutan on 3 September 2015 during the 2018 World Cup Qualification rounds. He also registered an assist in the match.[19]

During Qatar's successful 2019 AFC Asian Cup campaign, Afif played a paramount role in helping his team lift the trophy, registering 10 assists overall, a new record in the tournament.[20]

Personal life[edit]

Akram was born in Doha, Qatar. He has a brother, Ali Afif, who is a footballer for QSL side Lekhwiya. His father, Hassan Afif, is of Somali descent and was born in Moshi in Tanzania.[21] His father previously played for Simba in Tanzania but later moved to Somalia where he went on to play for Horseed and the Somalia national team. He subsequently moved to Qatar and played for Al Ittihad (later renamed Al Gharafa). After retiring, he managed Al Gharafa from 1986 until 1987 and Al Markhiya from 2001 until 2003 and 2006 until 2007.[22][23] His mother, Fayza, comes from Yemen.[24]

Akram learned Spanish for his move to Sevilla.[25] In June 2015, he graduated from Aspire Academy.[26]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 29 January 2021[27]
Club Season League National Cup[a] Continental[b] Other[c] Total
Division Apps Goals Assist Apps Goals Assist Apps Goals Assist Apps Goals Assist Apps Goals Assists
Eupen 2014–15 Belgian Second Division 9 2 0 9 2 0
2015–16 16 6 1 1 0 0 17 6 1
2017–18 (loan) Belgian First Division A 15 1 3 1 0 0 16 1 3
Total 40 9 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 42 9 4
Sporting Gijón 2016–17 (loan) La Liga 9 0 0 2 0 0 11 0 0
Total 9 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 0 0
Al Sadd 2017–18 QSL 7 3 4 2 1 0 8 0 3 2 1 0 19 5 7
2018–19 22 26 15 3 2 3 9 3 1 34 31 19
2019–20 19 15 9 2 0 1 8 5 1 6 2 1 35 22 12
2020–21 10 5 7 3 1 5 4 2 0 1 1 0 18 9 12
Total 58 49 35 10 4 9 29 10 5 9 4 1 106 67 50
Career total 107 58 39 14 4 9 29 10 5 9 4 1 159 76 54

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Qatar's goal tally first.[28]
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 3 September 2015 Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium, Doha, Qatar  Bhutan 10–0 15–0 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
2. 6 June 2017  North Korea 2–0 2–2 Friendly
3. 13 June 2017  South Korea 2–0[29] 3–2 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
4. 5 September 2017 Khalifa International Stadium, Doha, Qatar  China PR 1–0 1–2
5. 23 December 2017 Al Kuwait Sports Club Stadium, Kuwait City, Kuwait  Yemen 1–0 4–0 23rd Arabian Gulf Cup
6. 21 March 2018 Basra Sports City, Basra, Iraq  Iraq 1–0 3–2 2018 International Friendship Championship
7. 2–1
8. 24 March 2018  Syria 2–1 2–2
9. 11 September 2018 Khalifa International Stadium, Doha, Qatar  Palestine 2–0 3–0 Friendly
10. 12 October 2018 Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium, Doha, Qatar  Ecuador 1–0 4–3
11. 14 November 2018 Stadio di Cornaredo, Lugano, Switzerland   Switzerland 1–0 1–0
12. 1 February 2019 Zayed Sports City Stadium, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates  Japan 3–1 3–1 2019 AFC Asian Cup Final
13. 15 October 2019 Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah, Qatar  Oman 1–0 2–1 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification
14. 19 November 2019 Central Republican Stadium, Dushanbe, Tajikistan  Afghanistan 1–0 1–0
15. 29 November 2019 Khalifa International Stadium, Doha, Qatar  Yemen 6–0 6–0 24th Arabian Gulf Cup
16. 2 December 2019  United Arab Emirates 1–0 4–2
17. 2–0
18. 4 December 2020 Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium, Doha, Qatar  Bangladesh 2–0 5–0 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification
19. 5–0
20. 13 July 2021 BBVA Stadium, Houston, United States  Panama 1–0 3–3 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup
21. 17 July 2021  Grenada 2–0 4–0
22. 3 December 2021 Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan, Qatar  Oman 1–0 2–1 2021 FIFA Arab Cup
23. 6 December 2021 Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor, Qatar  Iraq 2–0 3–0
24. 26 March 2022 Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan, Qatar  Bulgaria 1–0 2–1 Friendly

Honours[edit]

Afif in an Al Sadd line-up in 2018

Al Sadd

Qatar

Individual

References[edit]

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  13. ^ "El Sporting firma al central Babin por tres años y logra la cesión del delantero del Villarreal Akran Afif" [Sporting sign stopper Babin for three years and get the loan of Villarreal forward Akran [sic] Afif] (in Spanish). La Nueva España. 4 August 2016. Retrieved 4 August 2016.
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  29. ^ On June 13, 2017,Mohammed Musa, in the match between Son Heung-min and Mohammed Musaball, in the final round of the 2018 FIFA World Cup AFC qualification in Qatar, South Korea, was replaced by Son Heung-min, Akram Afif puts the controversy in the serebulation of the salutary salute in the left arm of South Korea's Son Heung-min (Tottenham Hotspur) with the opening goal.
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