Ali Mabkhout

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Ali Mabkhout
Ali Mabkhout, UAE&AUS 20190125 Asian Cup.jpg
Mabkhout playing for the United Arab Emirates at the 2019 AFC Asian Cup
Personal information
Full name Ali Ahmed Mabkhout Mohsen Omaran Alhajeri
Date of birth (1990-10-05) 5 October 1990 (age 30)
Place of birth Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Position(s) Forward
Club information
Current team
Al Jazira
Number 7
Youth career
2004–2008 Al Jazira
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009– Al Jazira 227 (165)
National team
2008–2009 United Arab Emirates U20 10 (0)
2012 United Arab Emirates U23 16 (4)
2012– United Arab Emirates 87 (68)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21 March 2021
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 29 March 2021

Ali Ahmed Mabkhout Mohsen Omaran Alhajeri (Arabic: علي أحمد مبخوت محسن عمران الهاجري; born 5 October 1990) is an Emirati professional football player who plays as a forward for UAE Pro League club Al Jazira and the United Arab Emirates national team, for which he is the all-time top goalscorer. He progressed through Al Jazira's youth team and made his way through to the first team in 2009.

Mabkhout's brother Sultan is also a professional footballer.

Club career[edit]

Al Jazira[edit]

Mabkhout made his senior and UAE Pro League debut on 17 April 2009, in a 4–1 home win against Al Sharjah. His second match was against Al Dhafra on 26 April when he scored his first senior goal for Al Jazira. He started next match against rivals Al Ain in the Dubai derby. He scored his second senior goal in the 90th minute and match ended 2–0 to Al Jazira.

He made his AFC Champions League debut against Al Ittihad on 22 April 2009 after coming on as a late substitute.[1] On 19 May 2009, he scored his first Asian Champions League goal in the 49th minute against Esteghlal in a 2–2 draw.[2]

Mabkhout gained momentum after his first season, receiving a reputation for creating goal scoring opportunities. He formed a prolific partnership with Ricardo Oliveira, who was his teammate from 2009 to 2014. This partnership contributed towards the development of Mabkhout's talents in his formative years.[3]

International career[edit]

Youth[edit]

2012 Summer Olympics[edit]

Mabkhout was part of the UAE Olympic team that qualified for the Olympic Games in London. At the Olympics, he played in 3 games, against Uruguay, Great Britain and Senegal.

Senior[edit]

Mabkhout made his senior national team debut on 16 October 2012 at Za'abeel Stadium in Dubai against Gulf Rival Bahrain in a friendly match, Ali Mabkhout has scored his first ever hat-trick and led UAE to a 6–2 win.

21st Arabian Gulf Cup[edit]

Ali Mabkhout played in his first major senior international tournament at the 21st Arabian Gulf Cup in 2013. He was selected by UAE international team coach Mahdi Ali. In the group stage, against Qatar he scored in the 28th minute, in a match which ended 3–1 to UAE. He also scored a goal against Bahrain in the second group match. After qualifying from their group, UAE faced Kuwait in the semifinal, winning 1–0, before beating Iraq 2–1 in the final. This trophy was his first as a first team player.

2015 AFC Asian Cup[edit]

Mabkhout was named in UAE's 23-man squad for the 2015 AFC Asian Cup. He started the opening match of the tournament against Qatar and scored twice in 4–1 win. In the following match against Bahrain, Mabkhout scored the fastest goal ever scored in AFC Asian Cup history in the fourteenth second. UAE won the match 2–1 and qualified to the knockout stage. In the quarter-final, Mabkhout scored the opening goal of a 1–1 draw with Japan at Stadium Australia in Sydney. He went on to convert his penalty kick as the Emiratis defeated the defending champions 5–4 in a penalty shootout.[4] He also scored the winning goal in UAE's 3–2 win over Iraq in third-place match. He then won the Golden Boot as the tournament's top goalscorer with 5 goals.

2022 FIFA World Cup qualification[edit]

On 10 October 2019, Mabkhout scored a hat-trick against Indonesia in a 5–0 win, to become UAE's all-time leading goalscorer.[5][a]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 21 March 2021.[7]
Club Season League Cup1 Continental2 Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Al Jazira 2009–10 UAE Pro League 16 3 6 2 1 1 23 6
2010–11 8 2 6 4 0 0 14 6
2011–12 12 3 3 0 3 1 18 4
2012–13 24 11 2 1 4 1 30 13
2013–14 19 7 0 0 8 3 27 10
2014–15 24 16 0 0 1 1 25 17
2015–16 23 23 1 0 5 2 29 25
2016–17 25 33 1 0 4 1 30 34
2017–18 16 13 3 1 7 5 26 19
2018–19 19 20 0 0 0 0 19 20
2019–20 19 13 1 1 0 0 20 14
2020–21 22 21 0 0 0 0 22 21
Total 227 165 23 9 33 11 283 185
Career total 227 165 23 9 33 11 283 185


1 Cup competitions include the UAE President's Cup and UAE League Cup.
2 Continental competitions include the AFC Champions League.

International[edit]

As of 29 March 2021.[6][8]
United Arab Emirates
Year Apps Goals
2009 1 0
2010 1 0
2012 6 5
2013 11 10
2014 14 5
2015 14 13
2016 8 3
2017 9 6
2018 6 2
2019 13 19
2020 2 2
2021 2 3
Total 87 68

International goals[edit]

Source:[9][6]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Al Jazira

International[edit]

United Arab Emirates U23
United Arab Emirates

Individual[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Mabkhout's three goals against Sri Lanka on 31 August 2019 were initially considered in an unofficial friendly; hence, he become the UAE's all-time leading goalscorer when he scored two goals against the Malaysia on 10 September 2019.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Match Summary - Al Ittihad 1–1 Al Jazira" (PDF). The AFC. Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 June 2012.
  2. ^ "Match Summary - Al Jazira 2–2 Esteghlal" (PDF). The AFC. Archived from the original (PDF) on 7 June 2012.
  3. ^ Paul Oberjuerge (22 January 2014). "Oliveira has made a name for himself in Arabian Gulf League". The National. Retrieved 8 February 2019.
  4. ^ "Asian Cup 2015: UAE complete shock win over Japan to reach semi-final after penalty shootout dramatics". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 23 January 2015.
  5. ^ "Ali Mabkhout: words cannot tell you how happy or how proud I am". The National. 11 October 2019.
  6. ^ a b c "Ali Ahmed Mabkhout Mohsen Omran Al-Hajeri - Goals in International Matches". www.rsssf.com. Retrieved 13 October 2019.
  7. ^ "Ali Mabkhout". Soccerway. Retrieved 29 March 2021.
  8. ^ "Ali Mabkhout". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman. Retrieved 20 March 2021.
  9. ^ "Al-Hajeri, Ali Mabkhout". National Football Teams. Retrieved 30 August 2017.
  10. ^ "AC2015 DREAM TEAM". AFC Asian Cup official twitter. 1 February 2015. Retrieved 8 July 2015.
  11. ^ "AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 Technical Report and Statistics". AFC. 29 May 2019. Retrieved 1 January 2020.

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