Firas Al-Khatib

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Firas Al Khatib
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Personal information
Full name Firas Mohamad Al Khatib
Date of birth (1983-06-09) 9 June 1983 (age 33)
Place of birth Homs, Syria
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Al-Arabi SC
Number 10
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2002 Al-Karamah 39 (21)
2002–2003 Al-Naser 21 (13)
2003–2009 Al-Arabi SC 196 (135)
2005 Al-Ahli (loan) 1 (0)
2009–2011 Al-Qadsia 23 (17)
2011–2012 Umm Salal 6 (1)
2012 Al-Qadsia 8 (4)
2012–2013 Zaxo 7 (2)
2013–2014 Shanghai Shenhua 41 (12)
2014–2016 Al-Arabi SC 59 (51)
2016– Kuwait SC 18 (13)
National team
1999–2001 Syria U-17 23 (17)
2001–2003 Syria U-20 33 (39)
2003–2004 Syria U-23 24 (11)
2001– Syria 53 (26)
* 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 28 March 2017

Firas Mohamad Al Khatib (Arabic: فراس محمد الخطيب‎‎; born 9 June 1983 in Homs, Syria) is a Syrian footballer who predominantly plays as a striker. He currently plays for Al-Arabi SC, which competes in the VIVA Premier League. He retired from playing for the Syrian national football team in 2012 for political reasons.[1]

Club career[edit]

Al Khatib at Al-Qadsia.

Al-Karamah SC[edit]

Al Khatib started his professional career at the Syrian Premier League with Al-Karamah in the Season 2000-01. On 6 October 2000 he scored his first goal in the Syrian Premier League against Al-Futowa which 1-1 finished.

On 2001 he spent two trials in Belgium the first was Gent along with Mido, and the second was Anderlecht.

Al Naser Sporting Club[edit]

On August 2002 he transferred to Kuwaiti Club Al-Naser, playing in the Kuwaiti Premier League for the first time. He then moved to Al-Arabi in the Kuwaiti Premier League.

Al-Arabi SC[edit]

With Al-Arabi he won 3 times the Kuwait Emir Cup and the Kuwait Crown Prince Cup twice and the Kuwait Super Cup once, he scored 134 goals for the club through seasons and became a legend in the club.

On June 2005 he was loaned out to Al-Ahli in Qatar for one match playing alongside Pep Guardiola.

Qadsia SC[edit]

On 24 August 2009 Al Khatib moved to Al-Qadsia in the Kuwaiti Premier League with his old teammate Jehad Al-Hussain and signed a two-year contract.[2]

in July 2012 he participated in three games with Nottingham Forest F.C., scoring once in a trial of month.[3] 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.[4]

Zaxo FC[edit]

On 10 September 2012 he tweeted that he signed with Iraqi Premier League club Zaxo FC officially, he scored twice from a freekick.

Shanghai Shenhua F.C.[edit]

He left Iraq to join Sergio Batista's Chinese Super League side Shanghai Shenhua at February 2013 .he scored 11 goals in his Chinese Super League debut.

Al-Arabi SC[edit]

At the end of the 2013-14 football season He became a free agent and went back to Kuwait and declined Kuwait SC offer to sign him and join Al-Arabi SC in a 2-year deal.

As the first derby came along vs Al-Salmiya SC Al-Arabi SC lost 3-2 And fell to second place where Firas Al-Khatib scored his 100th league goal.[5]

VIVA Premier League team of the week 16[6] ending the season with 20 goals sharing the top scorer of VIVA Premier League 2014-15 with Patrick Fabiano.

Ended his first season with 24 goals in all competitions. 2015-16 came here he got into the viva Premier League 1st phase Team alongside teammate Ali Maqseed, and won the VPL Golden Boot and top scorer of Al-Arabi with 27 goals hus highest in any season with any team.

International career[edit]

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 since 2001. In the FIFA World Cup qualification 2002.,[7] 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.

International goals[edit]

Scores and results table. Syria's goal tally first:
Firas Al Khatib: International goals[8]
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
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 International Friendly
3 9 December 2002 Bahrain National Stadium, Manama, Bahrain  Bahrain 3–2 3–2 International Friendly
4 17 December 2002 Kuwait National Stadium, Kuwait City, Kuwait  Yemen 3–0 4–0 2002 Arab Nations Cup
5 17 December 2002 Kuwait National Stadium, Kuwait City, Kuwait  Yemen 4–0 4–0 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
9 18 October 2003 Abbasiyyin Stadium, Damascus, Syria  Sri Lanka 3–0 8–0 2004 AFC Asian Cup qualification
10 18 October 2003 Abbasiyyin Stadium, Damascus, Syria  Sri Lanka 4–0 8–0 2004 AFC Asian Cup qualification
11 7 November 2003 Abbasiyyin Stadium, Damascus, Syria  United Arab Emirates 1–0 1–3 2004 AFC Asian Cup qualification
12 26 March 2004 Abbasiyyin Stadium, Damascus, Syria  Palestine 1–0 1–1 International Friendly
13 7 February 2006 Abbasiyyin Stadium, Damascus, Syria  Palestine 3–0 3–0 International 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
17 15 November 2006 Abbasiyyin Stadium, Damascus, Syria  Chinese Taipei 3–0 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
19 8 June 2008 Thamir Stadium, Salmiya,  Kuwait 2–2 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 International Friendly
22 18 January 2009 Al-Sadaqua Walsalam Stadium, Kuwait City, Kuwait  Turkmenistan 5–1 5–1 International Friendly
23 23 January 2009 Al-Sadaqua Walsalam Stadium, Kuwait City, Kuwait  Kuwait 3–2 3–2 International Friendly
24 28 January 2009 Saida International Stadium, Sidon, Lebanon  Lebanon 2–0 2–0 2011 AFC Asian Cup qualification
25 27 June 2009 Saputo Stadium, Montreal, Canada  Haiti 2–0 2–1 International Friendly
26 13 January 2011 Qatar SC Stadium, Doha, Qatar  Japan 1–1 1–2 2011 AFC Asian Cup

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Kuwait Al-Arabi[9]

Kuwait Al-Qadsia[10]

Kuwait Kuwait SC

Syria[11]

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Firas Al Khatib – Player profile". kooora.com (in Arabic). Retrieved 14 April 2011. 
  2. ^ "Al Khatib moved to Al-Qadsia" (in Arabic). kooora.com. 23 August 2009. Retrieved 10 May 2011. 
  3. ^ http://www.alarabiya.net/articles/2012/07/12/225885.html
  4. ^ McDaid, Paul (22 August 2012). "Nottingham Forest fail to land work permits for Kuwaiti trio". Sport360.com. Retrieved 12 January 2013. 
  5. ^ "Feras's 100th league goal". kooora.com. Retrieved 28 September 2014. 
  6. ^ "Team of the Week 16". Retrieved 22 February 2015. 
  7. ^ Firas Al KhatibFIFA competition record
  8. ^ "Firas Al-Khatib – International goals". kooora.com (in Arabic). Retrieved 10 May 2011. 
  9. ^ Firas Al-Khatib at Soccerway
  10. ^ Firas Al-Khatib at Soccerway
  11. ^ Firas Al-Khatib at Soccerway

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