Hussein Abdulghani

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Hussein Abdulghani
حسين عبدالغني
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Personal information
Full name Hussein Omar Abdulghani Sulaimani
Date of birth (1977-01-21) 21 January 1977 (age 41)
Place of birth Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 8 12 in)
Playing position Left back
Club information
Current team
Number 24
Youth career
1992–1995 Al-Ahli
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–2008 Al-Ahli 287 (30)
2008–2009 Neuchâtel Xamax 19 (0)
2009–2017 Al-Nassr 141 (6)
2017– Vereya 9 (0)
National team
1996–2009 Saudi Arabia 134[1] (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11 December 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 26 December 2016

Hussein Omar Abdulghani Sulaimani (Arabic: حسين عمر عبد الغني سليماني‎; born 21 January 1977 in Jeddah) is a Saudi Arabian football player who currently plays as a defender for Vereya in the Bulgarian First League.


He started playing football in 1992 and joined the Al-Ahli junior club until 1995. That same year, he became a professional player and stayed at the club until 2008. He then moved to Swiss based Neuchâtel Xamax staying for a year. He made 13 appearances without scoring.[2] His transfer to Europe had made him the third Saudian footballer to play in Europe, after Sami Al-Jaber and Fahad Al-Ghesheyan. In 2009, he returned to Saudi Arabia to play for Al-Nassr. he is one of the longest-tenured and most experienced Saudi footballers.

On 13 September 2017, he signed a one year contract with Bulgarian First League club Vereya.[3]

International career[edit]

Abdulghani was a regular member of the Saudi Arabian national team. He was part of the team that won 1996 AFC Asian Cup aging 19. He was selected to 1998, 2002 and 2006 FIFA World Cups. Abdulghani announced his retirement from international football after failing to lead his national team for 2010 FIFA World Cup.

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 8 February 2001 Prince Mohamed bin Fahd Stadium, Dammam  Mongolia 6-0 Won 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC)
2 14 October 2004 Gelora Bung Karno, Jakarta  Indonesia 3-1 Won 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC)




National team[edit]


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