Murad Alyan

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Murad Alyan
مراد عليان
Personal information
Date of birth (1977-12-07) December 7, 1977 (age 39)
Place of birth Jerusalem
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Al-Arabi Beit Safafa
Number 9
Youth career
1986–2001 Hapoel Jerusalem
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2003 Beitar Ironi Ma'ale Adumim ? (18)
2003–2004 Hapoel Bnei Lod ? (24)
2004–2005 Sektzia Nes Tziona ? (28)
2005–2006 Hapoel Bnei Lod ? (11)
2006–2009 Beitar Shimshon Tel Aviv ? (14)
2009 Maccabi Kafr Qara (loan) ? (6)
2009–2013 Hilal Al-Quds ? (49)
2013 Markaz Shabab Al-Am'ari ? (4)
2013– Al-Arabi Beit Safafa ? (0)
National team
2011– Palestine 9 (7)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21 April 2012.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 25 December 2011

Murad Alyan (Arabic: مراد عليان‎‎, Hebrew: מוראד עליאן‎‎; born December 7, 1977 in Jerusalem) is a Palestinian-Israeli professional football (soccer) player currently playing for Hilal Al-Quds of the West Bank Premier League.[1]


Alyan grew up in Jerusalem as an Arab citizen of Israel. He joined Hapoel Jerusalem's youth set-up in 1986 as a nine-year-old after spending time with his neighborhood side Beit Safafa. While at Hapoel Jerusalem, Alyan was leading scorer at almost every youth level.[2] He signed his first contract with Beitar Ironi Maale Adumim in 2002 scoring 18 goals, making him the team's leading scorer. In the 2003–04 season, Alyan joined Bnei Lod and helped them win Liga Bet by scoring 24 goals, a team high. The next season, he joined Ironi Nes Tziona (later renamed Sektzia Nes Tziona) and helped them win promotion to Liga Alef by scoring 28 goals. His prolific scoring at the lower levels of the Israeli League, prompted his former team, Hapoel Bnei Lod, now in Liga Artzit to re-sign him. His 11 goals helped Lod achieve a third successive promotion, to the second tier of the Israeli league Liga Leumit. He spent the next two seasons at Beitar Shimshon Tel Aviv F.C. who were playing in the third tier at the time. His final season with the club, saw him go on loan to Maccabi Kfar Qara.

In 2009, he signed his first fully fledged professional contract with Jerusalem-based Hilal Al-Quds. He scored 15 goals in his first season and finished as the West Bank Premier League top scorer. TIn his second season, he again finished top scorer with 20 goals in the league, he also managed an astonishing 13 goals in the Palestine FA Cup, leading Hilal Al-Quds to the title. He had a total of 35 goals in all three domestic competitions in 2010–11.

He clinched the Golden Boot for the third straight season in 2011–12 with 15 goals over the course of the 18-game season.

International career[edit]

Alyan received his first official cap for Palestine in the qualifying round of the 2012 AFC Challenge Cup. This call-up came only months after Mousa Bezaz publicly announced he would not consider Alyan due to his age.[3] In his first game against Bangladesh, he scored two goals in a 2-0 win over Bangladesh. In the following game against the Philippines he saw one of his shots hit the post. He continued his fine run of form two days later against Myanmar where he scored Palestine's opening and final goals of the match.

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list the Palestine's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 21 March 2011 Thuwunna Stadium, Rangoon  Bangladesh
2012 AFC Challenge Cup qualifier
2. 21 March 2011 Thuwunna Stadium, Rangoon  Bangladesh
2012 AFC Challenge Cup qualifier
3. 24 March 2011 Thuwunna Stadium, Rangoon  Myanmar
2012 AFC Challenge Cup qualifier
4. 25 March 2011 Thuwunna Stadium, Rangoon  Myanmar
2012 AFC Challenge Cup qualifier
5. 29 June 2011 Metallurg Stadium, Tursunzoda  Afghanistan
2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier
6. 28 July 2011 Faisal Al-Husseini International Stadium, Al-Ram  Thailand
2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier
7. 28 July 2011 Faisal Al-Husseini International Stadium, Al-Ram  Thailand
2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier


  • Best Palestinian Player: 2011


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