|Full name||Firas Mohamad Al Khatib|
|Date of birth||9 June 1983|
|Place of birth||Homs, Syria|
|Height||1.72 m (5 ft 7 1⁄2 in)|
|2005||→ Al-Ahli (loan)||1||(0)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 31 March 2016|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 27 March 2018
Firas Mohamad Al Khatib (Arabic: فراس محمد الخطيب; born 9 June 1983 in Homs, Syria) is a Syrian footballer who predominantly plays as a forward. He currently plays for Al-Salmiya, which competes in the Kuwaiti Premier League.
Al-Khatib began playing football at Al-Karamah SC, he was included in the club's categories U-14, with whom he played for two seasons. One of the most important achievements of Al Khatib with youth Al Karamah was the victory of the Republic Cup and the title of the league's top scorer twice 1994/1995, 1995/1996. He then went on to play for Al Karamah U-17 in 1997, where he was crowned with the league title in the same year.
He also won the top scorer title. All this helped the young boy reach the youth team. During two seasons with U-19 team, he managed to win the league title and the second scorer.
Al Khatib started his professional career in the Syrian Premier League with Al-Karamah in the Season 1999–00. On 6 October 2000, he scored his first goal in the Syrian Premier League against Al-Futowa which 1–1 finished.
In July 2012, he participated in three games with Nottingham Forest, scoring once in a trial of month. 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 was unable to sign him.
Return to Al Arabi
Al-Khatib ended the season with 20 goals and shared the VIVA Premier League 2014-15 top league scorer with Patrick Fabiano. His total goal tally in all competitions was 24 goals. In 2015–16, he was selected in the VIVS Premier League 1st Team alongside teammate Ali Maqseed. Al-Khatib also won the VPL Golden Boot and top scorer of Al-Arabi with 27 goals; his highest tally in any season with any team.
On September 2017, he joined to Al-Salmiya, and scored 11 goals in his Kuwaiti Premier League.
He plays between 2001-2002 for the Syrian U-17 team, he plays for Syria in the AFC U-17 Championship 2002 in the UAE and he was a part of the Syrian U-23 team in the AFC Olympic qualification Athens 2004.
Al Khatib has been a regular for the Syria national football team from 2001 to 2012. In the FIFA World Cup qualification 2002., he came on as a substitute for Khaled Al Zaher in the match against Philippine on 4 May 2001 in the Al-Hamadaniah Stadium in Aleppo. On 11 May 2001 he scored one goal in the FIFA World Cup qualification 2002 match against Laos the match was finished 9-0 for Syria.
From 2012 to 2017, al-Khatib boycotted the Syrian national team to protest president Bashar al-Assad and his regime's bombing and starving of Khatib's hometown of Homs in response to massive peaceful protests in 2011.But after 2018 he play re-joined the Syrian national team and showing full support of Al Assad
|1.||11 May 2001||Al-Hamadaniah Stadium, Aleppo, Syria||Laos||8–0||9–0||2002 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|2.||9 December 2002||Bahrain National Stadium, Manama, Bahrain||Bahrain||1–0||3–2||Friendly|
|4.||17 December 2002||Kuwait National Stadium, Kuwait City, Kuwait||Yemen||1–0||3–2||2002 Arab Nations Cup|
|6.||21 December 2002||Kuwait National Stadium, Kuwait City, Kuwait||Lebanon||1–0||4–1||2002 Arab Nations Cup|
|7.||15 October 2003||Abbasiyyin Stadium, Damascus, Syria||Sri Lanka||5–0||5–0||2004 AFC Asian Cup qualification|
|8.||18 October 2003||Abbasiyyin Stadium, Damascus, Syria||Sri Lanka||1–0||8–0||2004 AFC Asian Cup qualification|
|11.||7 November 2003||Abbasiyyin Stadium, Damascus, Syria||United Arab Emirates||1–0||1–1||2004 AFC Asian Cup qualification|
|12.||26 March 2004||Abbasiyyin Stadium, Damascus, Syria||Palestine||1–0||1–1||Friendly|
|13.||7 February 2006||Abbasiyyin Stadium, Damascus, Syria||Palestine||3–0||3–0||Friendly|
|14.||22 February 2006||Al-Hamadaniah Stadium, Aleppo, Syria||South Korea||1–1||1–2||2007 AFC Asian Cup qualification|
|15.||1 March 2006||Zhongshan Soccer Stadium, Taipei, Taiwan||Chinese Taipei||4–0||4–0||2007 AFC Asian Cup qualification|
|16.||15 November 2006||Abbasiyyin Stadium, Damascus, Syria||Chinese Taipei||2–0||3–0||2007 AFC Asian Cup qualification|
|18.||8 June 2008||Thamir Stadium, Salmiya, Kuwait||Kuwait||1–1||2–4||2010 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|20.||14 January 2009||Aleppo International Stadium, Aleppo, Syria||China PR||3–0||3–2||2011 AFC Asian Cup qualification|
|21.||18 January 2009||Al-Sadaqua Walsalam Stadium, Kuwait City, Kuwait||Turkmenistan||4–1||5–1||Friendly|
|23.||23 January 2009||Al-Sadaqua Walsalam Stadium, Kuwait City, Kuwait||Kuwait||3–2||3–2||Friendly|
|24.||28 January 2009||Saida International Stadium, Sidon, Lebanon||Lebanon||2–0||2–0||2011 AFC Asian Cup qualification|
|25.||27 January 2009||Saputo Stadium, Montreal, Canada||Haiti||2–0||2–1||Friendly|
|26.||13 January 2011||Qatar SC Stadium, Doha, Qatar||Japan||1–1||1–2||2011 AFC Asian Cup|
|27.||26 August 2017||Hang Jebat Stadium, Malacca, Malaysia||Iraq||1–0||1–1||Friendly|
|28.||13 November 2017||Karbala Sports City, Karbala, Iraq||Iraq||1–0||1–1||Friendly|
|29.||27 March 2018||Basra Sports City, Basra, Iraq||Iraq||1–1||1–1||2018 International Friendship Championship|
- Kuwait Emir Cup: 2004–05, 2005–06, 2007–08
- Kuwait Crown Prince Cup: 2006–07, 2014–15
- Kuwait Super Cup: 2007–08
- Kuwaiti Premier League: 2009–10, 2010–11, 2011–12
- Kuwait Emir Cup: 2009–10, 2011–12
- Kuwait Super Cup: 2009
- Kuwaiti Premier League: 2016–17
- Kuwait Crown Prince Cup: 2016–17
- Kuwait Super Cup: 2016
- Kuwait Emir Cup: 2016–17
- Top Goalscorer Kuwaiti Premier League: 2004–05 (13 goals), 2010–11 (14 goals), 2014–15 (20 goals), 2015–16 (23 goals)
- Top Goalscorer Kuwait Emir Cup: 2004–05 (3 goals)
- Top Goalscorer Kuwait Crown Prince Cup: 2003–04 (3 goals)
- Top Goalscorer Kuwait Federation Cup: 2008–09 (8 goals)
- Top Goalscorer of the Shanghai Shenhua's squad: 2013–14 (11 goals)
- 2011 AFC Annual Awards Nominated
- VIVA Premier League 1st phase Team: 2015–16
- 2015–16 VPL Golden Boot : (23 goals)
- VIVA Premier League Player of the Month: September 2017
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- Firas Al-Khatib at Soccerway
- Firas Al-Khatib at Soccerway