Anas Sharbini with Hajduk Split in 2010
|Date of birth||21 February 1987|
|Place of birth||Rijeka, SFR Yugoslavia|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Playing position||Attacking midfielder / Winger|
|2016||→ Osmanlıspor (loan)||0||(0)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 29 June 2016.
Anas Sharbini (Arabic: أنس الشربيني; born 21 February 1987) is a Croatian professional footballer who plays for HNK Rijeka. He plays as an attacking midfielder or winger, and is best known for his dribbling and crossing skills.
Born in Rijeka, Sharbini rose through the ranks of his home-town club HNK Rijeka, starting his professional career with the club in 2005. Despite his young age, he was chosen to captain the side in the 2007–08 season. At Rijeka, he gained a reputation as one of the leagues best dribblers and was famous for often scoring late equalizers. He was also selected by IMScouting as a "Player to Watch". Sharbini was Rijeka's top scorer with 14 goals in 2008–09 and second top scorer with 11 goals in 2007–08. Overall, prior to his transfer, he scored 28 goals in 72 league appearances for Rijeka.
On 13 August 2009 he signed for Hajduk Split in a deal which included bringing his brother Ahmad Sharbini to the Dalmatian club. The talented youngster had some troubles adjusting to his new environment and due to the clubs struggles in finding and then keeping a coach for a longer term, he often found himself on and off the starting XI. He struggled to score as freely as he did at Rijeka but in between his consistent runs, he also put in some top notch performances carrying his struggling club on their way to consecutive second-place finishes in the Prva HNL in 2009–10 and 2010–11.
Sharbini reignited himself as a player in the 2011–12 season under coach Krasimir Balakov, who employed him as a left winger. After receiving heavy criticism for underperforming for some time, he scored a brace against NK Istra 1961 in a 3–0 win for Hajduk.
Return to Rijeka
On 23 May 2013, Sharbini returned to Rijeka. He signed a two-year contract with an option for an additional year. On 29 July 2015, Sharbini signed a new three-year contract with Rijeka, extending his stay at the club until June 2018.
Sharbini won 29 caps and scored 10 goals in various youth levels of Croatia and made his biggest impact with the Croatian U19 team. Due to his fine form in the 2007–08 season, national manager Slaven Bilić called him up to represent Croatia in their Euro 2008 campaign, as a reserve in case of injuries. As a highly rated youngster, he was also called up as a reserve for the Croatian national football team at Euro 2008, and most recently, for the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifier against England in September 2009. Finally, he made his first appearance in the match against Qatar on 8 October 2009, which Croatia won 3–2. He scored his first international goal in his second cap five years later, opening a 1–2 defeat in a friendly match against Argentina in London on 12 November 2014.
International goals and caps
Croatia's goal tally first.
|International appearances and goals|
|2009||1||8 October||Kantrida, Rijeka||Qatar||3–2||Friendly|
|2014||2||12 November||Boleyn Ground, London||Argentina||1–2||Friendly||1|
|2015||3||7 June||Stadion Anđelko Herjavec, Varaždin||Gibraltar||4–0||Friendly||1|
|Club||Season||League||Cup & Supercup||Continental||Total|
|Last Update: 13 December 2015|
Anas is the brother of striker Ahmad Sharbini, who is HNK Rijeka's leading goalscorer in the Croatian First Football League. Ahmad currently plays for NK Rječina in Croatia's fifth tier. The two brothers are born of Albanian, Croatian and Palestinian roots and raised in Rijeka, Croatia, to a local Croatian mother and Palestinian father, Jamal Al-Sharbini, Palestinian born in Damascus, Syria.
Brothers Anas and Ahmad Sharbini are the only siblings to have scored a hat-trick each in a single match in top-tier European football leagues. In the first round fixture of the 2009–10 Croatian First Football League season against NK Lokomotiva, the brothers took turns. Ahmad opened the scoring after four minutes, Anas doubled the lead in the 27th minute and Ahmad made it 3–0 in the 35th minute. In the second half Anas converted a penalty in 51st minute, Ahmad completed his hat-trick in the 68th minute and two minutes later Anas scored his third goal.
Anas Sharbini holds the Croatian First Football League record in the number of assists since 2007–08, the first season for which assist data was collected. In 184 appearances for Rijeka and Hajduk Split, Sharbini set-up 67 goals.
- Sportske novosti Yellow Shirt award (1): 2011–12
- Most assists in the Croatian First Football League: Winner (2010–11, 2011–12, 2013–14), Runner-up (2009–10, 2014–15)
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