Mohamed El Monir

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Mohamed El Monir
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El Monir with Dinamo Minsk in 2016
Personal information
Full name Mohammed El-Mounir Abdussalam
Date of birth (1992-04-08) 8 April 1992 (age 27)
Place of birth Tripoli, Libya
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Left back, left wing
Club information
Current team
Los Angeles FC
Number 13
Youth career
2006–2010 Al-Ittihad Tripoli
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2011 Al-Ittihad Tripoli 18 (5)
2011–2013 Jagodina 31 (0)
2013–2014 Al-Ittihad Tripoli 26 (6)
2014 Jagodina 0 (0)
2015–2016 Dinamo Minsk 30 (0)
2017 Partizan 5 (0)
2018 Orlando City 26 (0)
2019– Los Angeles FC 10 (1)
National team
2012– Libya 15 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:34, 8 August 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 16 October 2018

Mohamed El Monir (Arabic: محمد المنير; born 8 April 1992 as Mohammed El-Mounir Abdussalam) is a Libyan footballer who plays for MLS club Los Angeles FC and the Libyan national team.

Club career[edit]

Al-Ittihad Tripoli[edit]

El Monir came through the youth ranks of Al Itihad Tripoli and was promoted to the first team in the 2010–11 Libyan Premier League season. Al-Ittihad with El Monir were top of the league, undefeated after 15 rounds, with 13 victories and just two draws, when the league was abandoned half-way due to the Libyan Civil War.[1]

Jagodina[edit]

2011–12 season[edit]

El Monir signed with Serbian side Jagodina in summer 2011 coming from Al-Ittihad Club (Tripoli).[2] He made his debut for FK Jagodina on 26 October 2011 as a starter in a last 16-round match of Serbian Cup against FK Javor Ivanjica, a 3–5 penalty loss after a 1–1 draw after extra-time. His league debut happened on 17 March 2012, in a round 19 match against current league leaders and previous season champions, Partizan Belgrade.[3]

2012–13 season[edit]

On 21 April 2012, he impressed the local media and specially the club supporters when he showed extreme will of playing and a die-hard attitude when he played 35 minutes of the 23rd round of the SuperLiga match against BSK Borča with a fractured foot.[4] It all happened in the 10th minute, however El Monir willing to keep on playing only reported the injury at the half-time and got substituted. As this was only the second time that he got a chance to be a starter in the team he did not wanted to miss the chance to show his skills, and despite the pain, he did his best to contribute to keep on playing. Despite the questionable attitude from the point of view of his health, the national press and Jagodina officials and supporters couldn´t resist not to praise this display of enormous dedication.[5]

In early October 2012, prior to his departure to join the national team, El-Monir renewed his contract with Jagodina until 2015.[6] On 8 May 2013, he played a key role in Jagodina's 1–0 victory against FK Vojvodina in the 2013 Serbian Cup Final.[7]

2013–14 season[edit]

At the beginning of the 2013–14 season, El-Monir played against Rubin Kazan in the 2013–14 UEFA Europa League qualifying phase and play-off round.[8] On 4 November 2013, it was announced that CA Osasuna sent scouts to watch El-Monir play for Jagodina.[9]

Return to Al-Ittihad Tripoli[edit]

During the winter break, he left Jagodina and returned to Libya and played for his former club Al-Ittihad Tripoli.[10]

Return to Jagodina[edit]

On 28 August 2014, he signed again with Jagodina.[11] During the first part of 2014–15 season, he has not played a single game. In December 2014, El Monir went on trial at Genk in Belgium.[12]

Dinamo Minsk[edit]

On 30 April 2015, El Monir signed a contract with Dinamo Minsk.[13] He made his debut for Dinamo in Vysheyshaya Liga on 31 May 2015, playing the full 90 minutes in a 2–1 home win over Naftan.[14] During his first season in Belarus, he has played 11 league games. On 1 October 2015, El Monir made his debut in UEFA Europa League group stage against Rapid Wien as a substitute in the 66th minute.[15] On 5 November, El Monir was the first time in the starting lineup in Europa League, in a 1–2 home defeat against Villarreal.[16] On 10 December, he entered in the game in 65th minute of the match against Rapid Wien and scored a goal one minute later in 2–1 away loss.[17] On 24 April 2016, El Monir played full 90 minutes with providing two assists in a 3–3 away draw against BATE Borisov.[18]

Partizan[edit]

After a year and a half playing in Belarus, when his contract with Dinamo Minsk, El Monir among several options decided to return to Serbia, only that this time, to join the power-house Partizan Belgrade. He had been on Partizan's agenda on several occasions in the past and the move finally materialised. On 16 January 2017, he signed with Partizan a three-year contract.[19] He made his club debut on 13 April 2017 in a 3–1 away win against Novi Pazar.[20]

Orlando City[edit]

On 27 December 2017, El Monir signed with Orlando City SC in Major League Soccer.[21] He made his debut on March 4 in Orlando's season opener at home to DC United, a 1–1 draw.

Los Angeles FC[edit]

On 11 December 2018, El Monir was traded by Orlando to Los Angeles FC in exchange for João Moutinho.[22]

International career[edit]

Mohamed El-Monir made the squad for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations,[23] but was an unused substitute at all the matches at the tournament. Subsequently, he was part of the Libyan squad in the following call by Marcos Paquetá for the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Togo and Cameroon, played on 3 and 10 June respectively.[24] He finally made his debut appearance for Libya on 14 October 2012 in his country's 2–0 loss to Algeria.

Career statistics[edit]

As of October 28, 2018
Club Season League Cup Continental Total
Division Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals
FK Jagodina 2011–12 Serbian SuperLiga 3 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
2012–13 18 0 0 4 1 2 0 0 0 22 1
2013–14 10 0 0 2 0 0 2 0 0 14 0
Total 31 0 0 7 1 2 2 0 0 40 1
Dinamo Minsk 2015 Belarusian Premier League 11 0 0 3 0 0 10 1 0 24 1
2016 19 0 2 3 0 0 5 1 0 27 1
Total 30 0 2 6 0 0 15 2 0 51 2
FK Partizan 2016–17 Serbian SuperLiga 3 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
2017–18 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Total 5 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
Orlando City 2018 MLS 26 0 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 29 0
Career Total 92 0 4 18 1 2 17 2 0 127 3

International goals[edit]

As of match played 11 November 2016.
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 17 November 2015 Amahoro Stadium, Kigali, Rwanda  Rwanda 0–1 1–3 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
2. 1–3
3. 28 March 2016 Petro Sport Stadium, Cairo, Egypt  São Tomé and Príncipe 3–0 4–0 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualification

Honours[edit]

Jagodina
Partizan

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Algeria offer to step in for Libya". aljazeera.com. 4 July 2011. Retrieved 4 January 2012.
  2. ^ Al-Ittihad Tripoli squad at cafonline.com
  3. ^ KRAJ: Partizan - Jagodina 4:0 (3:0) at sportskacentrala.com, 17 March 2012 (in Serbian)
  4. ^ Nesvakidašnja požrtvovanost Mohameda El Monira, fudbalera Jagodine at FK Jagodina official website, 21 April 2012 (in Serbian)
  5. ^ Mohamed El Monir zaslužio divljenje Jagodinaca at Sportske.net, 23 April 2012 (in Serbian)
  6. ^ El Monir produžio ugovor sa Jagodinom at Sportski žurnal, 2 October 2012 (in Serbian)
  7. ^ Jagodina osvojila Kup! at RTS.rs, 8 May 2013 (in Serbian)
  8. ^ LE: Častan poraz "ćurana" at mondo.rs, 18 July 2013 (in Serbian)
  9. ^ Jagodinci na meti Barse? at sportske.net, 4 December 2013 (in Serbian)
  10. ^ Ništa od Humske, El Monir u Libiji at B92.net , 11 January 2014 (in Serbian)
  11. ^ El Monir ponovo u Jagodini at FK Jagodina official website, 28 August 2014 (in Serbian)
  12. ^ El Monir otišao iz Jagodine u Belgiju at mozzartsport.com, 9 December 2014 (in Serbian)
  13. ^ Минское "Динамо" подписало ливийца Мохаммеда Мунира at football.by, 30 April 2015 (in Russian)
  14. ^ Дынама - Нафтан- 2:1. Валявая перамога at Dinamo Minsk official website, 31 May 2015 (in Russian)
  15. ^ Dinamo Minsk Rapid 0–1 at UEFA.com, 1 October 2015 (in English)
  16. ^ Dinamo Minsk Villarreal 1–2 at UEFA.com, 5 November 2015 (in English)
  17. ^ Rapid Wien Dinamo Minsk 2–1 at UEFA.com, 10 December 2015 (in English)
  18. ^ Минское "Динамо" вырвало ничью в "класико", уступая 1:3 к 87-й минуте at Dinamo Minsk official website, 24 April 2016 (in Russian)
  19. ^ Mohamed Munir nova akvizicija Partizana at FK Partizan official website, 16 January 2017 (in Serbian)
  20. ^ Novi Pazar – Partizan 1:3 (1:0) at FK Partizan official website, 13 April 2017 (in Serbian)
  21. ^ Orlando City SC Acquires Mohamed El-Munir, Jose Villarreal at Orlando City official website, 27 December 2017 (in English)
  22. ^ https://www.lafc.com/post/2018/12/11/lafc-acquires-defender-mohamed-el-munir-orlando-city-sc
  23. ^ Libya 2012 Africa Cup of Nations Squad at worldsoccer
  24. ^ El Monir u kvalifikacionim mečevima za FIFA svetski kup at FK Jagodina official website, 1 June 2012 (in Serbian)

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