Ali Faez

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Ali Faez Atiyah
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Faez playing for Iraq at 2019 AFC Asian Cup
Personal information
Full name Ali Faez Atiyah
Date of birth (1994-09-09) 9 September 1994 (age 25)
Place of birth Baghdad, Iraq
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Al Shorta
Youth career
2009–2010 Al-Sinaa
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2011 Al-Sinaa 20 (2)
2011–2013 Al-Karkh 39 (1)
2013–2015 Erbil SC 22 (1)
2015–2016 Al Shorta (5)
2016–2019 Çaykur Rizespor 3 (0)
2017–2018Al-Shorta (loan) 24 (1)
2018–2019Al-Kharaitiyat (loan) 0 (0)
2019– Al Shorta
National team
2009–2010 Iraq U17
2011–2013 Iraq U20 13 (2)
2012–2016 Iraq U23 4 (1)
2013– Iraq 26 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 29 November 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 29 November 2019

Ali Faez Atiyah (Arabic: علي فائز عطية‎; born 9 September 1994[1] in Baghdad, Iraq) is an Iraqi football defender and an Olympian [2] who plays for Çaykur Rizespor and the Iraqi national team. He has established himself as a 'dead ball' specialist or setpiece taker.[3]

Club career[edit]

The former graduate of the Ammo Baba Football School was born in 1994 and first made his league debut for Al-Talaba and then Al-Karkh where he became a regular in one of the Iraqi league’s youngest team before he moved north to four-time Iraqi league winners Erbil SC half-way through the 2012-2013 season for a one and a half year deal worth 40m Iraqi dinars.[4] before he joined Al Shorta.

Ali has played at every age group level for the Iraqi national team from U-14s to the senior team and by the age of just 21 had already represented Iraq at the Asian Cup, the WAFF Championship and the Gulf Cup.[5]

In July 2016 Ali signed for Turkish Team Çaykur Rizespor. However, after a season which saw limited playing time and a relegation from the Süper Lig, Ali Made his debut in Center Back for Çaykur Rizespor on August 20, 2016, as a center back playing the full 90 Minutes vs Konyaspor. Ali requested to leave the club, which was granted by a loan to former club Al Shorta.

In June 2018, he signed a one year contract with Al Kharaitiyat SC.[6]

Ali supported Al-Zawraa while he was growing up and cites Spanish midfielder Xabi Alonso as his favourite player and is a Real Madrid fan.[4] The defender, a dead-ball specialist, taking both free-kicks and penalties, can be deployed in the centre of defence, at right back and as a defensive midfielder.

International career[edit]

Ali is one of a select few to have played at every level for Iraq from Ishbal (Cubs) to the senior side after making his international debut last year in the 6-0 defeat to Chile in Copenhagen.[4] On 14 August 2013, Ali played his first international match for Iraq against Chile in a friendly match.[7] When he was handed his international debut by Serbian Vladimir Petrović in 2013 at the age of 18 years, 11 months and 5 days, he became one of the youngest players to represent Iraq.[5] However, he was given a baptism of fire in his first game when he came up against Chilean stars Alexis Sánchez and Arturo Vidal – a game which ended in a 6-0 defeat at the Brøndby Stadion in Copenhagen.[5] Ali scored his first goal for the senior side against Qatar in the Arabian Gulf Cup with a sublime free-kick.,[8] he scored a penalty on the following match to score in two back to back games.[9]

Iraq national team goals[edit]

Scores and results list Iraq's goal tally first.[10]
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 26 December 2017 Al Kuwait Sports Club Stadium, Kuwait City  Qatar 1–1 2–1 23rd Arabian Gulf Cup
2. 29 December 2017 Al Kuwait Sports Club Stadium, Kuwait City  Yemen 2–0 3–0 23rd Arabian Gulf Cup
3. 10 September 2018 Ali Sabah Al-Salem Stadium, Al-Farwaniyah  Kuwait 2–1 2–2 Friendly




Iraq U-23
Iraq U-20


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  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-08-26. Retrieved 2016-08-24.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ Nanapazl Time for Iraq
  4. ^ a b c Mubarak, Hassanin. "Profile of Iraq's 23-Man 2015 Asian Cup Squad".
  5. ^ a b c Mubarak, Hassanin. "Iraq Olympic Team Profile".
  6. ^ "Al Kharaitiyat sign Iraq defender Faez". 3 June 2018. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  7. ^ Iraq vs. Chile
  8. ^ "Free Kick Goal".
  9. ^
  10. ^ "Faez Attiya, Ali". National Football Teams. Retrieved 4 January 2018.

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