Nader Matar

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Nader Matar
Matar Training 2.jpg
Matar training with Lebanon in 2018
Personal information
Full name Nader Charbel Matar[1]
Date of birth (1992-05-12) 12 May 1992 (age 27)
Place of birth Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire[2]
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2009 Sporting CP B
2009–2010 Oeiras
2010–2011 Atlético Madrid C
2011–2012 Canillas
2012–2014 Asante Kotoko
2014–2016 Beira-Mar 3 (0)
2016– Nejmeh 59 (8)
National team
2012– Lebanon 35 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21 April 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 10 October 2019

Nader Charbel Matar (Arabic: نادر شربل مطر‎; born 12 May 1992) is a Lebanese professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Lebanese Premier League club Nejmeh and the Lebanon national team. Starting out as an attacking midfielder, Matar has developed into a more central role during his stay at Nejmeh.[3]

Early life[edit]

Matar was born in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire to a Lebanese father and Moroccan mother.[3]

Club career[edit]

He began his career in 2008 in Portugal for Sporting CP B, before joining lower league side Oeiras in 2009. Aged 18, Matar moved to Atlético Madrid C in 2010. One year later he moved to CD Canillas, a team which acts as Real Madrid's C team. Impressing there, Matar nearly earned a promotion to the B team but signed for Ghanaian side Asante Kotoko in 2012. In 2014 he signed for Portuguese second division side Beira-Mar, where he was released after six months. In 2016, Matar moved to Lebanon and signed for Nejmeh.[3]

International career[edit]

Matar made his debut for Lebanon in a 1–0 home win against Iraq in a friendly on 22 January 2012.[4] In December 2018, he was called up for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup squad.[5] His first international goal came on 2 August 2019, in a 2–1 win against Syria at the 2019 WAFF Championship.[6]

Career statistics[edit]

International goals[edit]

As of match played on 10 October 2019. Lebanon score listed first, score column indicates score after each Matar goal.
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 2 August 2019 Karbala Sports City, Karbala, Iraq  Syria 1–1 2–1 2019 WAFF Championship
2 10 October 2019 Camille Chamoun Sports City Stadium, Beirut, Lebanon  Turkmenistan 2–1 2–1 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification

Honours and achievements[edit]


Asante Kotoko





  1. ^ "Nader Matar - Nejmeh". Retrieved 24 July 2019.
  2. ^ "Nader Matar - Soccer player profile & career statistics - Global Sports Archive". Retrieved 13 August 2019.
  3. ^ a b c "The final 23: who are they?". Lebanese Football Review. 9 January 2019. Retrieved 26 July 2019.
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  5. ^ "AC2019 Final Squads". Retrieved 6 January 2019.
  6. ^ "رجال الأرز اصطادوا نسور قاسيون في كربلاء!". An-Nahar. 3 August 2019. Retrieved 2 August 2019.
  7. ^ "مهرجان كرة المنار الـ 21 لونه "أصفر"" (in Arabic). Retrieved 26 February 2019.

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