Mohammed Salem Al-Enazi

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Mohamed Salem Al-Enazi
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Personal information
Full name Mohammed Salem Marzouq
Ghazi Al Sebaie Al Enazi
Date of birth (1976-11-22) 22 November 1976 (age 40)
Place of birth Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 1 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
1987–1989 Umm Salal
1989–1993 Al Rayyan
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1993–2000 Al Rayyan 92 (59)
1997–1998 Al Nasr (loan) 9 (7)
1998–1999 Al Qadsia (loan) 6 (5)
2000 Yimpaş Yozgatspor 3 (0)
2000–2004 Al Wahda 58 (49)
2004–2006 Al Jazira 46 (20)
2006–2008 Al Wasl 32 (10)
2008–2009 Al Nasr 5 (0)
Total 248 (170)
National team
1996–2003 Qatar 59 (33[1])
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Mohammed Salem Al Enazi (Arabic: محمد سالم العنزي‎‎) is a retired Qatari football striker. He is the third top goal scorer for Qatar, having scored 33 goals.[2] He won the top scorer award in the UAE Pro League in 2001 and 2002. He has been compared to Iran's Ali Daei.[3]

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

He started his playing career in the youth team of Umm Salal, then in the Qatari 2nd Division, as a goalkeeper. At the age of 13, he moved to Al Rayyan. He competed with Mansoor Muftah, considered the best Qatari striker of all time, for a place in the starting line-up. He was the world's fourth highest scorer in 1996,[4] which is the first and only time a Qatari has made the list. Iraqi club Talaba SC tried to sign him on loan 1996, which would have made him the first foreign professional footballer in Iraq, but the transfer was never materialized.[5]

Al Nassr (loan)[edit]

1997–98[edit]

In 1997, while visiting a friend in Riyadh, he was told that Al Nassr wanted sign him on loan. He accepted, stating that playing for Al Nassr was his childhood dream. He played in a friendly match against World XI that year, being 1 of the 12 players representing Asia XI. He scored a goal in the match, although Asia XI went on to lose 3–5.[6] In 1998, playing alongside legendary strikers Hristo Stoichkov and Majed Abdullah, he won the Asian Cup Winners Cup. He assisted Stoichkov in scoring the only goal in the final against Suwon, an assist which he describes as the most valuable assist in his career.

Bayern Munich trial[edit]

1999–00[edit]

In October 1999, he had a trial with German club Bayern Munich.[7] He played on Bayern's team in a friendly tournament and was known as 'the Sheikh'.[8] Nonetheless, after he had returned to Qatar from his trial, he was not contacted by Bayern Munich.[9] He would meet his future Al Wahda teammate, Sérgio, during his trial.

He also had two trials with West Ham United during this period, one of which came directly after his trial with Bayern.[3]

Yimpaş Yozgatspor[edit]

2000–01[edit]

Despite an unsuccessful trial for Bayern Munich in October 1999, Enazi became the first Qatari player to play football professionally in Europe. He joined Turkish club Yimpaş Yozgatspor on a 1-year deal after the foreign player quota in the Turkish league was increased to 6 players in 2000. He played only 107 minutes in the league for the club between August and September 2000.[10] His debut came on 19 August against Denizlispor, and he played his last league match against Çaykur Rizespor 10 September.[11]

He would transfer to the UAE Pro-League only one month after his last match with Yimpaş.

Al Wahda[edit]

2000–01[edit]

After leaving Yimpaş, he joined Al Wahda in November 2000, becoming the first-ever Qatari footballer to play professional in the Emirati league. He was registered as one of the club's two professionals, having replaced Congolese striker Jerry Tendeleu in the fifth stage of league matches for a transfer fee of $310,000.[12] He made his debut against Al Jazira in a local derby match on November 9, scoring his first goal 2 minutes into the match, and finishing off with a hat-trick.[13] He helped his club win the league title and the FA Cup that season, and was dubbed the 'Hat-trick man' due to scoring hat-tricks in three successive matches.[14] In the league, he scored 11 goals in his first eight matches, including 2 hat-tricks, against Al Jazira and Al Ahli. He was named the UAE Pro-League top scorer in 2001 with 22 goals scored in 17 matches[15] Overall, he scored three hat-tricks, and one super hat-trick in the league.[12]

He scored a hat-trick against Al Urooba in the President's Cup preliminary stage.[16] However, Al Wahda crashed out of the President's Cup in their first match against Al Sharjah, losing 1–0 in a match which many of their key players were missing from, including Enazi.[17]

2001–02[edit]

In his second season, he formed a partnership with Sierra Leone national Lamin Conteh,[18] which led to him in being named the top scorer in the league in 2002.[19]

2002–03[edit]

He suffered an injury in the 2002–03 season minutes after scoring a goal against Al Shabab on 12 December in a league match.[20] He fell out of favor with the club's board and supporters late in the season (scored 5 ligue goals), and he joined Al Jazira in 2004.[21]

Qatari football ban[edit]

He reportedly signed a contract with Al Rayyan in 2003, but had missed team workouts for two consecutive weeks. It was later found out by the administration that he wasn't in Qatar, and had been in the United Arab Emirates. Al Rayyan filed a complaint to the Qatar Football Association, and the latter officially banned Enazi from the Qatar national team and the Qatari League. Qatar national team coach Philippe Troussier had called up Enazi, but due to his ban he was unable to join the national team.[22]

Al Jazira[edit]

2003–04[edit]

Al Jazira's Dutch coach, Piet Hamberg, brought Enazi into the team's squad in January 2004.[23] He scored his first hat-trick for the club on March 10, 2004 against Sharjah, however, his team only managed a 3-3 draw after the referee controversially awarded Sharjah with 2 penalties.[24]

2004–05[edit]

He was the top scorer of the league in the early stages, scoring 9 goals in the first nine matches.[25] He formed a lethal partnership with striker Mohammed Omar who joined the club in January 2005.[26]

2005–06[edit]

He struggled to stay in the first team in the 2005–06 season after sustaining an injury in August which left him out of action for 4 months.[27][28] The departure of head coach Sef Vergoossen in December resulted in Enazi seeing less playing time for the first team. As a result, he transferred to Al Wasl in 2006.[29]

Al Wasl[edit]

2006–07[edit]

Enazi signed for Al Wasl on 21 September 2006. He was presented the no. 23 jersey by Emirati legend Zuhair Bakheet, who had donned the shirt himself during his playing days.[29] He won the league title in his first season with Al Wasl, with his teammate Anderson being the top goalscorer in the league.

2007–08[edit]

He scored a goal against Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya in the group stage of the 2008 AFC Champions League which eliminated the Iraqi club.[30] The 2007–08 league season was disappointing for Al Wasl, as they finished 7th place after having won the league in the prior season. He was the captain this season.[31]

Al Nasr[edit]

2008–09[edit]

Enazi signed for Dubai-based Al Nasr in September 2008, when the club was overgoing a major player overhaul in preparation for the 2008–09 season.[32] Luka Bonačić, the coach of Al Nasr, did not support his arrival and sought to sell Enazi. Additionally, he benched him for the majority of the 2008–09 season. Bonačić had displayed the same attitude towards a number of new arrivals to the club that season, resulting in the board of directors sacking him in January 2009.[33] Enazi retired from football shortly after, appearing in only 5 league matches for the club.

Retirement[edit]

He retired in 2009 while playing for Al Nasr. He ventured into management, working as the general manager of Emirati club Al Jazira as of 2010.[34][35]

Citizenship[edit]

According to various websites, Enazi is reported as being born in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. According to him, this is not true, he states was born in Doha, Qatar.[36] Furthermore, after the 1996 Gulf Cup, rumours spread that his family were bidoons from Kuwait. He also states this as false, and his only nationality before playing football was Qatari.[36]

He received Emirati citizenship in 2004.[37] His brother, Mohannad Salem Al Enazi, also has Emirati citizenship, and has represented the UAE national team at the senior level.[38]

Honours[edit]

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mohamed Salem Al Enazi - International Goals
  2. ^ RSSSF – Players with 100+ Caps and 30+ International Goals
  3. ^ a b "Teams - Asian Cup Lebanon 2000 (cached)". asian-football.com. 6 March 2001. Retrieved 3 July 2014. 
  4. ^ IFFHS' World's Best Goal Scorers of the Year
  5. ^ "Foreign Professionals in Iraq". RSSSF. Retrieved 12 May 2013. 
  6. ^ "International Matches 1997 – Other". RSSSF. Retrieved 11 July 2012. 
  7. ^ محمد سالم العنزي : مع الوصل عرفت الحب ..أم صلال كان خطوتي الأولى في مشوار النجومية
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  9. ^ "الاتحاد القطري يوزع مكافآت الفوز على السعودية". daharchives.alhayat.com. 1999. Retrieved 18 May 2014. 
  10. ^ "Player profile (Turkish League)". mackolik.com. Retrieved 3 July 2014. 
  11. ^ "Player Profile". Turkish Football Federation. Retrieved 3 July 2014. 
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  13. ^ "Anzi hat-trick leads Al Wahda to victory". GulfNews.com. 9 November 2000. Retrieved 1 July 2014. 
  14. ^ "'Hattrick man' will be a marked man". GulfNews.com. Retrieved 1 July 2014. 
  15. ^ "2000-01: Goals". GulfNews.com. Retrieved 29 June 2014. 
  16. ^ "Al Wahda trounces Orooba in President's Cup preliminary". GulfNews.com. Retrieved 1 July 2014. 
  17. ^ "Sharjah stuns Al Wahda in President's Cup match". GulfNews.com. 30 March 2001. Retrieved 1 July 2014. 
  18. ^ "Al Wahda sign Brazilian Sergio". GulfNews.com. July 16, 2002. Retrieved 1 July 2014. 
  19. ^ "2001-02: Goals". GulfNews.com. Retrieved 29 June 2014. 
  20. ^ "Al Wahda beat Al Shabab". GulfNews.com. 12 December 2002. Retrieved 1 July 2014. 
  21. ^ "Courbis to lead Al Wahda". GulfNews.com. 5 June 2003. Retrieved 1 July 2014. 
  22. ^ "الريان يوقف العنزي "الهارب" موسماً كاملا وصحوة الخور تتواصل بالفوز الثاني في قطر". daharchives.alhayat.com. 3 November 2003. Retrieved 29 June 2014. 
  23. ^ "Colombian Elson stamps class with winner for Jazira". GulfNews.com. 31 January 2004. Retrieved 1 July 2014. 
  24. ^ "Ref spoils Al Enazy's special day". GulfNews.com. 10 March 2004. Retrieved 1 July 2014. 
  25. ^ "Al Enazy sets record straight after wrongly credited with a goal". GulfNews.com. 15 January 2005. Retrieved 1 July 2014. 
  26. ^ "Al Jazira win high scoring thriller". GulfNews.com. 10 January 2005. Retrieved 1 July 2014. 
  27. ^ "Al Rifaa and Al Ahli to meet in opener". GulfNews.com. 17 August 2005. Retrieved 1 July 2014. 
  28. ^ "Qatar's Al Ahli begin campaign with victory". GulfNews.com. 19 August 2005. Retrieved 1 July 2014. 
  29. ^ a b "Striker Ennazy moves from Al Jazira to Al Wasl". GulfNews.com. 21 September 2006. Retrieved 1 July 2014. 
  30. ^ "Al Wasl defeat Iraq's Al Quwa Al Jawiya". GulfNews.com. 9 May 2008. Retrieved 1 July 2014. 
  31. ^ "Thrilling draw for Al Wasl and Al Wahda". GulfNews.com. 19 April 2008. Retrieved 1 July 2014. 
  32. ^ "Hoping to roll back the years". GulfNews.com. 6 September 2008. Retrieved 1 July 2014. 
  33. ^ "Al Nasr look to Pajelsdorf after Bonacic exit". GulfNews.com. 9 January 2009. Retrieved 1 July 2014. 
  34. ^ "Al Jazira hoping to end final jinx". GulfNews.com. 18 August 2010. Retrieved 1 July 2014. 
  35. ^ العنزي : أجمل ذكرياتي عشتها مع كأس سمو ولي العهد
  36. ^ a b العنزي: يكفيني فخراً صناعة هدف عالمية النصر (in Arabic). alsharq.net.sa. 27 October 2013. Retrieved 8 May 2014. 
  37. ^ العنوان : لاعب المنتخب القطري لكرة القدم محمد سالم العنزي يحصل على الجنسية الاماراتية
  38. ^ Mohannad Salem Al Enazi at National-Football-Teams.com
  39. ^ RSSSF – Gulf Cup 1996
  40. ^ FIFA.com – 1998 World Cup France

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