Haidar Al-Shaïbani

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Haidar Al-Shaïbani
Personal information
Full name Haidar Al-Shaïbani
Date of birth (1984-03-31) March 31, 1984 (age 33)
Place of birth Sétif, Algeria
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
2004–2007 University of Western Ontario
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2005 London City 40 (0)
2006–2007 North York Astros 25 (0)
2009–2013 Nimes Olympique 60 (0)
2013– Le Puy Foot 43 Auvergne 64 (0)
National team
2007–2008 Canadian Interuniversity Sport 12 (0)
2010 Canada 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14 April 2013.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 5 February 2017

Haidar Al-Shaïbani (born March 31, 1984) is a Canadian soccer player who plays as a goalkeeper for Le Puy Foot 43 Auvergne in France's Championnat de France amateur 2.[1]


Haidar Al-Shaïbani was born March 31, 1984 in Setif, Algeria.[2]


Al-Shaibani played University soccer at University of Western Ontario from 2004 to 2007, where he was named Ontario University Athletics first team All Star in four consecutive years (2004 to 2007). In 2007 Al-Shaibani was named OUA MVP and Canadian Inter-university Sport first team All-Canadian.

In his four years with the Mustangs, he led them to three OUA championships, and two bronze medals at CIS National Championships.


He began his professional career in 2002 with London City in the Canadian Professional Soccer League.[3]He featured in the Open Canada Cup final against Metro Lions, where they won the title 4-2 in a penalty shootout.[4]In 2005, he received the CPSL Goalkeeper of the Year award.[5][6] In 2006, he signed with division rivals North York Astros.[7][8] During his tenure with North York he helped clinch a postseason berth in 2007. In 2009, he went abroad to France to sign with Nîmes Olympique in Ligue 2.[9] Al-Shaïbani made his debut for Nîmes on August 25, 2009 in a Coupe de la Ligue match against Troyes.[10] He has also featured for the club in the Coupe de France.[11]

International career[edit]

Haidar represented Canada at two Summer Universiade, Bangkok 2007 and Belgrade 2009. He back stopped Canada to its best performance in history at the Universiade in men’s soccer with a fourth-place finish at the 2007 Games in Bangkok, Thailand .[12]

He earned his first call up for Canada on 14 May 2010 for the friendly matches against Argentina and Venezuela on 29 May 2010.[13] He earned his first cap for Canada as a sub in the second half against Venezuela where he helped the team to a 1-1 tie.

On September 4, 2010 Coach Stephen Hart, selected Al-Shaïbani for the Friendly games in Toronto and Montreal, against Peru September 4, 2010 and Honduras September 7, 2010.

Personal life[edit]

Al-Shaïbani was born in Sétif, Algeria to an Iraqi father and a Ukrainian mother.[14] His family moved to Canada in 1998.[15][16]


  1. ^ Al-Shaibani à Nîmes sur foot-national.com
  2. ^ Western Mustangs - Purple Blanket Profile: Haidar Al-shaibani
  3. ^ Rumleski, Kathy. "CITY SET TO TRAVEL". www.rocketrobinsoccerintoronto.com. London Free Press. Retrieved 2017-03-07. 
  4. ^ Glover, Robin. "September 1, 2003 CPSL London City vs Metro Lions (Open Canada Cup Final)". www.rocketrobinsoccerintoronto.com. Retrieved 2017-03-07. 
  5. ^ PYETTE, Ryan. "City looks to find ways to win at home". www.rocketrobinsoccerintoronto.com. London Free Press. Retrieved 2017-03-07. 
  6. ^ "October 10, 2005 CPSL Award Winners (from CPSL website)". www.rocketrobinsoccerintoronto.com. Retrieved 2017-03-07. 
  7. ^ "May 20, 2007 CSL North York Astros vs Italia Shooters (from Astros web site)". www.rocketrobinsoccerintoronto.com. Retrieved 2017-03-07. 
  8. ^ "Canadian Soccer League Powered by Goalline Sports Administration Software". 2009-05-06. Retrieved 2017-03-07. 
  9. ^ "Haidar AL-SHAÏBANI". www.lfp.fr (in French). Retrieved 2017-03-07. 
  10. ^ http://www.lfp.fr/joueur/detail_tempsJeu.asp?no_joueur=130873&code_evt=CL
  11. ^ http://www.lfp.fr/joueur/detail_tempsJeu.asp?no_joueur=130873&code_evt=CF
  12. ^ Western Mustangs - Haidar Al-Shaibani earns roster spot with national men's soccer team
  13. ^ Canada announces rosters for South American trip
  14. ^ Red Nation Speaks to Haidar Al-Shaibani Archived May 26, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  15. ^ http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Soccer/Canada/2005/06/24/pf-1102830.html
  16. ^ "Little-known 'keeper Haidar Al-Shaibani product of Canadian soccer search | GuelphMercury.com". GuelphMercury.com. 2010-09-03. Retrieved 2017-03-12. 

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