Bader Al-Mutawa with Qadsia in 2007
|Full name||Bader Ahmed al-Mutawa|
|Date of birth||10 January 1985|
|Place of birth||Kuwait City, Kuwait|
|Height||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|2007||→ Qatar SC (loan)||1||(0)|
|2011||→ Al Nassr (loan)||21||(13)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 March 2021|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20:18, 25 March 2021 (UTC)
Bader Ahmed al-Mutawa (Arabic: بدر أحمد المطوع; born 10 January 1985 in Kuwait City) is a Kuwaiti professional footballer who plays for Qadsia and the Kuwait national team, where he usually operates as a second striker. He wears the jersey number 17 for both club and country. He is currently the most-capped active international player with 181 caps.
Al-Mutawa's performance for both club and national teams lead to his being nominated for best Asian player in 2006 and 2010, though Al-Mutawa didn't win the prize.
He was awarded the Kuwaiti league's top scorer for local players in the 2008–09 season with 10 goals.
On 23 July 2012, he began training with Nottingham Forest as their new owners, the Al-Hasawi family, arranged a one-month trial for the striker. He impressed manager Sean O'Driscoll enough that the club were looking to sign him on a permanent basis but he was denied a work permit and the club wasn't able to sign him.
Al-Mutawa's first major competition on international level was the 2003 Arabian Gulf Cup, hosted by Kuwait. The home side finished sixth with only five points from six matches (only Yemen, the newcomer to the Gulf Cup finished the tournament with less points, sparing Kuwait the embarrassment of ending up at the bottom of the table of the gulf cup for the first time in their history). Al-Mutwa scored once in Kuwait's only victory of the tournament, a 4–0 win against Yemen.
Al-Mutawa played in the 17th Arabian Gulf Cup in 2004, scoring a goal in the 87th minute against Saudi Arabia in Kuwait's opening match. Al-Mutawa excelled in this tournament, forming a strike partnership with captain and star striker Bashar Abdullah. They managed to score five goals between them. This partnership was short lived as Bashar retired from international football shortly after the tournament and Kuwait was eliminated in the semi-finals by Qatar after topping Group B with two victories and one draw with Bahrain.
At the 18th Arabian Gulf Cup in 2007, Al-Mutawa scored goals against Yemen and in the final group match against the United Arab Emirates, but Kuwait exited the tournament for the first time in their history without winning a single game.
- Scores and results list Kuwait's goal tally first.
|1.||4 September 2003||Jalan Besar Stadium, Jalan Besar||Singapore||2–1||3–1||2004 AFC Asian Cup qualification|
|2.||27 September 2003||Mohammed Al-Hamad Stadium, Hawalli||Singapore||2–0||3–0|
|3.||5 October 2003||Palestine||2–0||2–1|
|4.||8 October 2003||Palestine||2–0||4–0|
|6.||1 January 2004||Kazma SC Stadium, Kuwait City||Yemen||3–0||4–0||16th Arabian Gulf Cup|
|7.||31 March 2004||Darulmakmur Stadium, Kuantan||Malaysia||1–0||2–0||2006 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|8.||9 June 2004||Kazma SC Stadium, Kuwait City||Hong Kong||2–0||4–0|
|9.||19 July 2004||Shandong Provincial Stadium, Jinan||United Arab Emirates||2–0||3–1||2004 AFC Asian Cup|
|10.||17 November 2004||Kazma SC Stadium, Kuwait City||Malaysia||1–0||6–1||2006 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|11.||11 December 2004||Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Doha||Saudi Arabia||2–1||2–1||17th Arabian Gulf Cup|
|12.||17 December 2004||Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium, Doha||Yemen||2–0||3–0|
|13.||18 March 2005||Sheikh Khalifa International Stadium, Al-Ain||Armenia||2–0||3–1||Friendly|
|14.||19 July 2005||Stade de Genève, Geneva||United Arab Emirates||1–1||1–1 (6–7 p)|
|15.||17 August 2005||Pakhtakor Markaziy Stadium, Tashkent||Uzbekistan||1–0||2–3||2006 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|16.||3 February 2006||Al Kuwait Sports Club Stadium, Kuwait City||Singapore||2–0||2–0||Friendly|
|17.||6 September 2006||Kuwait National Stadium, Kuwait City||Australia||2–0||2–0||2007 AFC Asian Cup qualification|
|18.||9 November 2006||Sheikh Khalifa International Stadium, Al-Ain||Chinese Taipei||8–0||10–0||Friendly|
|19.||17 January 2007||Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi||Yemen||1–1||1–1||18th Arabian Gulf Cup|
|20.||23 January 2007||Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi||United Arab Emirates||1–1||2–3|
|21.||23 January 2009||Al-Sadaqua Walsalam Stadium, Kuwait City||Syria||2–2||2–3||Friendly|
|22.||3 November 2009||Cairo||Kenya||3–0||5–0|
|24.||14 November 2009||Al Kuwait Sports Club Stadium, Kuwait City||Indonesia||1–1||2–1||2011 AFC Asian Cup qualification|
|26.||11 August 2010||Tofiq Bahramov Stadium, Baku||Azerbaijan||1–1||1–1||Friendly|
|27.||3 September 2010||Al-Sadaqua Walsalam Stadium, Kuwait City||Syria||2–0||3–0|
|28.||14 November 2010||Al Nahyan Stadium, Abu Dhabi||India||2–0||9–1|
|32.||28 November 2010||Al-Wihda Stadium, Zinjibar||Yemen||2–0||3–0||20th Arabian Gulf Cup|
|34.||2 December 2010||May 22 Stadium, Aden||Iraq||1–0||2–2|
|35.||31 December 2010||Suez Stadium, Suez||Zambia||3–0||4–0||Friendly|
|36.||12 January 2011||Al-Gharafa Stadium, Doha||Uzbekistan||1–1||1–2||2011 AFC Asian Cup|
|37.||16 July 2011||Amman International Stadium, Amman||Saudi Arabia||1–0||1–0||Friendly|
|38.||2 September 2011||Tahnoun bin Mohammed Stadium, Al Ain||United Arab Emirates||2–0||3–2||2014 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|39.||22 December 2011||Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium, Doha||Saudi Arabia||2–0||2–0||2011 Pan Arab Games|
|40.||22 December 2011||Al-Gharafa Stadium, Doha||Palestine||3–0||3–0|
|41.||17 January 2012||Al-Sadaqua Walsalam Stadium, Kuwait City||Uzbekistan||1–0||1–0||Friendly|
|42.||16 October 2012||Al Kuwait Sports Club Stadium, Kuwait City||Philippines||1–0||2–1|
|43.||8 December 2012||Al-Sadaqua Walsalam Stadium, Kuwait City||Palestine||2–0||2–1||2012 WAFF Championship|
|44.||6 January 2013||Khalifa Sports City Stadium, Isa Town||Yemen||2–0||2–0||21st Arabian Gulf Cup|
|45.||18 January 2013||Bahrain National Stadium, Riffa||Bahrain||5–1||6–1|
|46.||6 September 2013||Al-Sadaqua Walsalam Stadium, Kuwait City||North Korea||1–0||2–1||Friendly|
|48.||9 September 2013||Bahrain||1–1||2–1|
|49.||17 November 2014||Prince Faisal bin Fahd Stadium, Riyadh||United Arab Emirates||2–2||2–2||22nd Arabian Gulf Cup|
|50.||3 September 2015||Abdullah bin Khalifa Stadium, Doha||Myanmar||7–0||9–0||2018 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|53.||8 September 2015||New Laos National Stadium, Vientiane||Laos||2–0||2–0|
|54.||5 September 2019||Al Kuwait Sports Club Stadium, Kuwait City||Nepal||5–0||7–0||2022 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|55.||14 November 2019||Chinese Taipei||4–0||9–0|
|56.||19 November 2019||Changlimithang Stadium, Thimphu||Nepal||1–0||1–0|
- Kuwaiti Premier League: 2003–04, 2004–05, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2011–12, 2013–14, 2015–16
- Kuwait Emir Cup: 2003–04, 2006–07, 2009–10, 2011–12, 2012–13, 2014–15
- Kuwait Crown Prince Cup: 2003–04, 2004–05, 2005–06, 2008–09, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2017–18
- Kuwait Federation Cup: 2008, 2008–09, 2010–11, 2012–13
- Al Kurafi Cup: 2006
- Kuwait Super Cup: 2009, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2018, 2019
- GCC Champions League: 2005
- Arabian Gulf Cup top goalscorer: 2010
- IFFHS World's Best International Goal Scorer: 2010
- Asian Footballer of the Year nominee: 2006, 2010; longlist: 2007
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- "WORLD CUP QUALIFYING – AFC 3/9/2015 12:00*". ESPN FC. 3 September 2015. Retrieved 3 September 2015.
- Bader Al-Mutawa at National-Football-Teams.com
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- AFC Player of the Year: It is down to 15 nominees – Asian Football Confederation
- AFC Player of the Year nominees: 33 in contention for top award – Asian Football Confederation