Hilal El-Helwe

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Hilal El-Helwe
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El-Helwe with Lebanon at the 2019 AFC Asian Cup
Personal information
Full name Hilal Bassam El-Helwe
Date of birth (1994-11-24) 24 November 1994 (age 24)
Place of birth Hanover, Germany
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
SV Meppen
Number 29
Youth career
0000–2008 Hannover 96
2008–2010 TSV Havelse
2010–2012 SC Langenhagen [de]
2012–2013 TSV Havelse
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013–2015 TSV Havelse 59 (16)
2015–2016 VfL Wolfsburg II 24 (7)
2016–2018 Hallescher FC 55 (4)
2018–2019 Apollon Smyrnis 21 (3)
2019– SV Meppen 9 (1)
National team
2015– Lebanon 24 (8)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 3 November 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15 October 2019

Hilal Bassam El-Helwe (Arabic: هلال بسام الحلوي‎; born 24 November 1994) is a Lebanese professional footballer who plays as a forward for German club SV Meppen and the Lebanon national team. A versatile forward, he can play both centrally and as a winger on either flank.[1]

After playing for five years in Germany for TSV Havelse, VfL Wolfsburg II and Hallescher FC, El-Helwe moved to Greece in 2018 to Apollon Smyrnis. In 2019 he moved back to Germany, signing for SV Meppen. For Lebanon, he scored a brace against North Korea in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup, helping Lebanon achieve their first ever win in the competition and becoming their top scorer in the competition to date.

Club career[edit]

TSV Havelse[edit]

Coming through the youth system, El-Helwe debuted for the senior side of TSV Havelse on 31 August 2013 coming on as a substitute in a 2–3 domestic defeat to Eintracht Braunschweig II.[2] His first goal in the Regionalliga Nord would come on 27 October of the same year, scoring the equalizing goal against Wilhelmshaven on the 14th minute.[3] He ended his first season at the club with six goals in 26 league games.[4]

In his second season, El-Helwe scored his first domestic brace on 10 October 2014 against Schwarz-Weiß Rehden.[5] He improved on his previous tally scoring 10 goals in 33 appearances for the club, earning him a move to VfL Wolfsburg II the following season.[4]

VfL Wolfsburg II[edit]

On 5 September 2015, El-Helwe debuted for VfL Wolfsburg II against his former side TSV Havelse in a 6–1 domestic win, coming on as a substitute on the 65th minute.[6] On 1 November 2015, he scored his first goal for the side against Borussia Hildesheim in a 1–5 away win.[7]

El-Helwe played a total of 24 league games for the side, scoring seven and assisting seven in the process,[4][8] as well as winning the Regionalliga Nord.

Hallescher FC[edit]

El-Helwe for Hallescher FC in 2017.

On 22 June 2016, 3. Liga side Hallescher FC announced the acquisition of El-Helwe from VfL Wolfsburg II on a two-year contract.[9] On 6 August 2016, he played his first league match at home against Chemnitzer FC in a 1–1 draw, coming on as a substitute for Sascha Pfeffer on the 78th minute. El-Helwe's first goals for the club came in the form of a brace at the DFB Pokal game against Kiaserslautern on 20 August 2016, scoring two goals in four minutes in a 4–3 win.[10] In the following season, El-Helwe scored his first league goal for the club on 22 July 2017 in the first match of the season, scoring on the 73rd minute against Paderborn after coming off the bench in a 4–4 draw.[11]

El-Helwe scored a total of four league goals for Halle, all during the 2017–18 season.[4]

Apollon Smyrnis[edit]

With his contract expiring, El-Helwe decided to join Superleague Greece side Apollon Smyrnis on a free transfer for the 2018–19 season.[12] El-Helwe's first goal for the club, which came on 15 September 2018, was also Apollon Smyrnis' first of the season, scoring a late consolation goal against PAS Giannina.[13] On 23 February 2019, El-Helwe scored the equalizer against Super Cup holders AEK, with the match ending in a 1–2 away defeat.[14]

Despite finishing last in the league, El-Helwe was Apollon Smyrnis' top scorer in the 2018–19 season with three goals in 21 appearances.[15]

SV Meppen[edit]

On 3 July 2019, 3. Liga side SV Meppen announced the signing of El-Helwe on a free transfer, with his contract valid until 2021.[16] His first goal came on 3 November 2011, scoring against Bayern II in a 5–3 home win.[17]

International career[edit]

El-Helwe (left) for Lebanon during the 2019 AFC Asian Cup game against Saudi Arabia.

As his parents are both Lebanese, El-Helwe was eligible to represent Lebanon internationally. On 8 October 2015, El-Helwe made his debut for the Lebanese national team, starting in a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier 2–0 win against Myanmar.[18] He was in the starting lineup and played until his replacement after 56 minutes from the start. However, he was unable to enter the scoresheet.[19]

El-Helwe scored his first international goal on 29 March 2016 in Lebanon's home match against Myanmar during the 2018 World Cup qualifiers, securing a 1–1 draw for his team in the 88th minute of the game.[20]

In December 2018, he was called up for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup squad,[21] and played in all three group stage games.[22] On 17 January 2019, during the last game against North Korea, he scored a volley in the 65th minute thanks to a cross by Mohamad Haidar to put Lebanon in the lead. In the seventh minute of added time, he scored a second volley ending the encounter in a 4–1 win and giving Lebanon their first ever win in the Asian Cup.[23] With his brace against North Korea, El-Helwe became Lebanon's top scorer in the AFC Asian Cup to date.

Career statistics[edit]

International[edit]

As of 15 October 2019[22]
Lebanon national team
Year Apps Goals
2015 2 0
2016 7 1
2017 5 1
2018 3 1
2019 7 5
Total 24 8

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Lebanon's goal tally first.[22]
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 29 March 2016 Saida International Stadium, Sidon, Lebanon  Myanmar 1–1 1–1 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
2 10 October 2017 Camille Chamoun Sports City Stadium, Beirut, Lebanon  North Korea 1–0 5–0 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification
3 27 March 2018 Camille Chamoun Sports City Stadium, Beirut, Lebanon  Malaysia 2–1 2–1 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification
4 17 January 2019 Sharjah Stadium, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates  North Korea 2–1 4–1 2019 AFC Asian Cup
5 4–1
6 10 October 2019 Camille Chamoun Sports City Stadium, Beirut, Lebanon  Turkmenistan 1–0 2–1 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification
7 15 October 2019 Colombo Racecourse, Colombo, Sri Lanka  Sri Lanka 2–0 3–0
8 3–0

Honours and achievements[edit]

Club[edit]

VfL Wolfsburg II

References[edit]

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  3. ^ "Wilhelmshaven vs. Havelse - 27 October 2013 - Soccerway". us.soccerway.com. Retrieved 31 January 2019.
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  11. ^ "Hallescher FC vs. Paderborn - 22 July 2017 - Soccerway". us.soccerway.com. Retrieved 31 January 2019.
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  13. ^ Soliman, Seif (16 September 2018). "Pharaohs Abroad Roundup: Shikabala makes Apollon Smyrni debut". KingFut. Retrieved 31 January 2019.
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  15. ^ "Team Statistics: APOLLON SMYRNI". www.superleaguegreece.net. Retrieved 23 May 2019.
  16. ^ "Verstärkung für die Offensive: Meppen holt El-Helwe" (in German). Retrieved 3 July 2019.
  17. ^ "Spielbericht SV Meppen - FC Bayern Amateure". FC Bayern München (in German). 3 November 2019. Retrieved 3 November 2019.
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  21. ^ "AC2019 Final Squads". www.the-afc.com. Retrieved 6 January 2019.
  22. ^ a b c Strack-Zimmermann, Benjamin. "Hilal El-Helwe". www.national-football-teams.com. Retrieved 31 January 2019.
  23. ^ "Group E: Lebanon 4-1 DPR Korea". www.the-afc.com. Retrieved 31 January 2019.

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