Almoez Ali

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Almoez Ali
Moez Ali at Qatar v Japan – AFC Asian Cup 2019 final 32 (2).jpg
Ali celebrating the 2019 AFC Asian Cup win with Qatar
Personal information
Full name Almoez Ali Zainalabedeen Mohamed Abdulla[1]
Date of birth (1996-08-19) 19 August 1996 (age 25)
Place of birth Khartoum, Sudan[2]
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)[3]
Position(s) Striker, winger[4]
Club information
Current team
Al-Duhail
Number 11
Youth career
2003–2006 Al-Mesaimeer
2006–2013 Aspire Academy
2013–2014 Lekhwiya
2014–2015 Eupen
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2015 FC Pasching/LASK Linz II 4 (5)
2015–2016 LASK 7 (1)
2016 Cultural Leonesa 10 (1)
2016– Al-Duhail 115 (38)
National team
2014–2015 Qatar U20 9 (3)
2016–2018 Qatar U23 7 (6)
2016– Qatar 74 (39)
Honours
Representing  Qatar
Men's Football
AFC Asian Cup
Winner 2019 UAE Team
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 00:00, 10 March 2022
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 29 March 2022

Almoez Ali Zainalabedeen Mohamed Abdulla (Arabic: المعز علي زين العابدين محمد عبد الله; born 19 August 1996) is a professional footballer who plays as a striker for Qatar Stars League side Al-Duhail, whom he captains. Born in Sudan, he plays for the Qatar national team.

Ali is a member of the Qatar squad which won the 2019 AFC Asian Cup, where he scored nine goals, which also serves as the record for most goals scored at an Asian Cup.[5]

Club career[edit]

Ali was born in Sudan and moved to Qatar as a child.[6][7] His mother is a native Sudanese. He started playing for Al-Mesaimeer when he was 7 years old, then moved to Aspire Academy and played youth football at Lekhwiya SC.[8][9] He was also a part of the youth setup for Belgian club Eupen in 2015.[10]

In July 2015, Ali joined the senior team of Austrian club LASK.[11] His first and only league goal for the club's first team came on 27 November 2015 against Floridsdorfer AC.[12] In January 2016, he left the club and joined Cultural Leonesa in Spain's third tier, the Segunda División B.[13] On 3 April 2016, he scored his first goal for Cultural Leonesa in a 1–0 victory over Arandina,[14] becoming the first Qatari footballer ever to score in a Spanish league.[15]

Ali rejoined his former youth club Lekhwiya SC for the 2016–17 season. He scored his first goal for the club on 27 September 2016 in a 5–4 win against Muaither.[16] He went on to make 25 appearances and scoring 8 goals, as well as providing 8 assists and being awarded as the best U23 player of the season as his club won the Qatar Stars League.[17]

In the following season, Almoez Ali was part of the newly rebranded Al-Duhail, as his former club was merged with El Jaish, and was part of the unbeaten QSL title campaign.[18]

International career[edit]

Almoez Ali unofficially made his inaugural appearance for the senior national team in a friendly against Bahrain in December 2013. The match was not recognized by FIFA.[19]

In 2014, Almoez Ali was a part of the Qatar U19 team that won the 2014 AFC U-19 Championship. In 2015, he was part of the Qatar U20 squad for the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup. He played in the three group stage matches, but Qatar did not advance to the knockout stage.[20][21][22]

On 8 August 2016, Almoez Ali made his official senior debut for the national team as a substitute in 2–1 win against Iraq.[23] Furthermore, he was the top scorer in the 2018 AFC U-23 Championship with six goals and played an instrumental role in Qatar's third-place ranking.[24]

2019 AFC Asian Cup[edit]

Ali celebrating after scoring a goal against UAE at the 2019 AFC Asian Cup semi-final.

He was selected for Qatar's squad in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup. He found the net in his team's first group stage game against Lebanon. In the next game against North Korea, he scored a four goals in a span of 51 minutes,[25] the second fastest time to four goals after Iranian Ali Daei, who scored four goals in 23 minutes against South Korea in the 1996 AFC Asian Cup.[26]

The following match, against Saudi Arabia, he increased his tally in the competition to seven goals after scoring both goals in the 2–0 win.[27] In doing so, he became the joint-top scorer in the AFC Asian Cup Group Stage, sharing the record with Ali Daei of Iran, Choi Soon-ho of South Korea and Naohiro Takahara of Japan. He also broke Mansour Muftah's all-time record of five goals scored for the Qatar national team in the AFC Asian Cup.[28]

In the semi-final against United Arab Emirates, Ali scored his eighth goal of the competition in a 4–0 win, equalling Ali Daei's mark established in 1996 as the most goals scored in a single AFC Asian Cup edition.[29] He broke that record in the following game after scoring the opening goal with a bicycle kick at the 2019 AFC Asian Cup Final match against Japan.[30][31]

Eligibility dispute[edit]

On 30 January 2019, soon after the 4–0 defeat at the 2019 AFC Asian Cup semifinal, the UAE FA lodged a formal appeal to the AFC over the eligibility of Sudanese-born Almoez Ali and Iraqi-born Bassam Al-Rawi, claiming that they did not qualify to play for Qatar on residency grounds based on Article 7 of the FIFA statute [32] which states that a player's eligibility to play for a representative team if he has "lived continuously for at least five years after reaching the age of 18 on the territory of the relevant association". It was alleged that Almoez had not lived continuously in Qatar for at least five years over the age of 18, although the player claimed that his mother was born in Qatar.[33] On 1 February 2019, the AFC Disciplinary and Ethics Committee dismissed the protest lodged by the United Arab Emirates Football Association without further comments or explanation.[34][35][36] In August 2020, the case was finally settled at CAS (Court of Arbirtration for Sport, based in Lausanne, Switzerland) with the UAE losing its appeal against the Asian Football Confederation’s (AFC) decision.

2019 Copa América[edit]

On 16 June 2019, Ali scored in Qatar's 2–2 draw with Paraguay in the 2019 Copa América.[37]

2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup[edit]

Ali was included in Qatar's squad for the 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup. He scored four goals in the competition to clinch the top scorer award.[38]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 8 February 2022[39]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
FC Pasching/LASK Linz II 2015 Austrian Regionalliga 4 5 4 5
LASK 2015–16 Austrian Second League 7 1 2 0 9 1
Cultural Leonesa 2016 Segunda División B 10 1 10 1
Al-Duhail SC 2016–17 Qatar Stars League 25 8 7[a] 1 32 9
2017–18 16 7 10[a] 2 26 9
2018–19 18 3 5[a] 1 23 4
2019–20 19 7 6[a] 3 25 10
2020–21 20 6 3 0 6[a] 0 4[b] 1 33 7
2021–22 14 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 5
Total 112 36 3 0 34 7 4 1 153 44
Career total 133 42 5 0 34 7 4 1 179 50
  1. ^ a b c d e Appearances in AFC Champions League
  2. ^ Two appearances and one goal in FIFA Club World Cup, two appearances in Qatar Cup

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Qatar's goal tally first, score column indicates score after each Ali goal.[19]
List of international goals scored by Almoez Ali
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 5 October 2017 Jassim bin Hamad Stadium, Doha, Qatar  Singapore 1–0 3–1 Friendly
2 2–0
3 14 December 2017 Hamad bin Khalifa Stadium, Doha, Qatar  Liechtenstein 1–0 1–2 Friendly
4 23 December 2017 Al Kuwait Sports Club Stadium, Kuwait City, Kuwait  Yemen 3–0 4–0 23rd Arabian Gulf Cup
5 26 December 2017 Al Kuwait Sports Club Stadium, Kuwait City, Kuwait  Iraq 1–0 1–2 23rd Arabian Gulf Cup
6 7 September 2018 Khalifa International Stadium, Doha, Qatar  China 1–0 1–0 Friendly
7 11 September 2018 Khalifa International Stadium, Doha, Qatar  Palestine 1–0 3–0 Friendly
8 12 October 2018 Jassim bin Hamad Stadium, Doha, Qatar  Ecuador 2–0 4–3 Friendly
9 4–1
10 23 December 2018 Khalifa International Stadium, Doha, Qatar  Jordan 1–0 2–0 Friendly
11 9 January 2019 Hazza bin Zayed Stadium, Al Ain, United Arab Emirates  Lebanon 2–0 2–0 2019 AFC Asian Cup
12 13 January 2019 Khalifa bin Zayed Stadium, Al Ain, United Arab Emirates  North Korea 1–0 6–0 2019 AFC Asian Cup
13 2–0
14 4–0
15 5–0
16 17 January 2019 Zayed Sports City Stadium, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates  Saudi Arabia 1–0 2–0 2019 AFC Asian Cup
17 2–0
18 29 January 2019 Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates  United Arab Emirates 2–0 4–0 2019 AFC Asian Cup
19 1 February 2019 Zayed Sports City Stadium, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates  Japan 1–0 3–1 2019 AFC Asian Cup
20 16 June 2019 Estádio do Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil  Paraguay 1–2 2–2 2019 Copa América
21 5 September 2019 Jassim bin Hamad Stadium, Doha, Qatar  Afghanistan 1–0 6–0 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification
22 2–0
23 5–0
24 16 October 2019 Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah, Qatar  Oman 2–1 2–1 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification
25 29 November 2019 Khalifa International Stadium, Doha, Qatar  Yemen 3–0 6–0 24th Arabian Gulf Cup
26 12 October 2020 Mardan Sports Complex, Aksu, Turkey  Ghana 1–1 1–5 Friendly
27 17 November 2020 BSFZ-Arena, Maria Enzersdorf, Austria  South Korea 1–1 1–2 Friendly
28 4 December 2020 Jassim bin Hamad Stadium, Doha, Qatar  Bangladesh 3–0 5–0 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification
29 4–0
30 4 July 2021 Stadion Aldo Drosina, Pula, Croatia  El Salvador 1–0 1–0 Friendly
31 13 July 2021 BBVA Stadium, Houston, United States  Panama 2–1 3–3 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup
32 17 July 2021  Grenada 4–0 4–0
33 24 July 2021 State Farm Stadium, Glendale, United States  El Salvador 1–0 3–2 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup
34 3–0
35 14 November 2021 Baku Olympic Stadium, Baku, Azerbaijan  Azerbaijan 1–0 2–2 Friendly
36 2–2
37 6 December 2021 Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor, Qatar  Iraq 1–0 3–0 2021 FIFA Arab Cup
38 10 December 2021  United Arab Emirates 2–0 5–0
39 5–0

Honours[edit]

Al-Duhail

Qatar U19

Qatar

Individual

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