Nasser Al-Shamrani

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Nasser Al-Shamrani
Personal information
Full name Nasser Ali Al-Shamrani
Date of birth (1983-11-23) November 23, 1983 (age 34)
Place of birth Mecca, Saudi Arabia
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Al-Shabab
Number 15
Youth career
2000–2004 Al-Wehda
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2007 Al-Wehda 56 (20)
2006 Al-Shabab (loan) 6 (3)
2007–2013 Al-Shabab 123 (87)
2013–2017 Al-Hilal 75 (45)
2017 Al Ain (loan) 10 (8)
2017– Al-Shabab 13 (5)
National team
2005– Saudi Arabia 77 (19)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:13, 29 May 2017 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 21:23, 18 January 2017 (UTC)

Nasser Al-Shamrani (Arabic: ناصر الشمراني‎) (born 23 November 1983) is a Saudi Arabian footballer who plays for Al-Shabab and Saudi Arabia national team. who played as a forward. He won the Asian Footballer of the Year award in 2014.

Club Career[edit]

Al-Wehda[edit]

Nasser began at the age of 20 playing with Al-Wehda's first team, in the 2003-04 season. He was young then, but with his teammate, Essa Al-Mehyani, were the main strikers in Al-Wehda. Even though Al-Wehda had talented young strikers, but Nasser could not win any tournament with Al-Wehda, and the highest rank they achieved in the Saudi Premier League was 3rd place in the 2006-2007 season.

Al-Shabab[edit]

During the 2005-2006 season, Al-Shabab decided to try Nasser out, and had a deal with Al-Wehda for a loan in the middle of the season, till the end of the season. Al-Wehda accepted because at that time Al-Wehda had no chance of competing in all of the local tournaments. During these couple of months, Nasser was able to prove his worth as a striker. He scored 4 goals in the AFC Champions League, which helped Al-Shabab qualify to the quarterfinals that year. In the league, he scored 3 goals, one which was the third goal in the Saudi Premier League final against Al-Hilal, which ended 3-0. After the end of the season, Al-Shabab were impressed by his performance, and tried sign a contract with him, but Al-Wehda refused and by the 2006-2007 season he returned to Al-Wehda.

Nasser had one of his best seasons with Al-Wehda, he was able to score 9 goals in the Saudi Premier League. He helped his team reach the 3rd rank in the league, even though he did not score any goal in the golden play-off games against Al-Shabab and Al-Ittihad. By the end of the season, Al-Wehda went through a financial problem. Al-Shabab soon noticed this and offered 13 million riyals for Nasser. Al-Wehda accepted, and Nasser moved to Al-Shabab by the beginning of the 2007-2008 season.

In July 2007, he signed a contract with Al-Shabab for 13 million riyals for 5 seasons. Nasser's move to Al-Shabab was anticipated by many Al-Shabab fans. But he began the season dry, without scoring any goal in the league. By the 6th round in the Saudi Premier League, he started his scoring with a hattrick in Al-Qadisiya. He then continued his score frenzy continually in every game by scoring 1 goal against Al-Watani, 1 against Al-Nasr, 2 against Al-Ittihad, 1 against Al-Ta'ee, 1 against Al-Ahli, 1 against Al-Wehda, and 2 against Najran SC. He was able to be the first in the league goalscorers, with 12 goals, but his teammate in Al-Wehda, Eisa Al-Mehyani, was closing the gap. After 3 rounds in the league, and the semi-final games against Al-Hilal in the Crown Prince Cup, Nasser could not score a goal. This has caused him to go behind in the league goalscorer's as Eisa Al-Mehyani was able to score 13 goals, and also Al Hasan Al-Yami with 13 goals.

By the end of the season, Nasser was able to score 18 goals with Al Shabab, and won the Saudi Premier League's top goal scorer. This is the first time for Nasser Al-Shamrani to win the goalscorer of the Saudi League.

Al-Hilal[edit]

On 30 June 2013, he agreed to a three-year deal with Al-Hilal. After losing the 2014 Asian Champions League final, he spat at Western Sydney Wanderers player Matthew Spiranovic before attempting to headbutt him.[1][2] As a result of his conduct, Al-Shamrani was handed an 8 match Champions League ban from the Asian Football Confederation.[3][4][5][6]

Al Ain (loan)[edit]

In 2017, it was reported that Nasser joined United Arab Emirates' side Al Ain FC in a 2 millions Dhs deal for a six-month loan contract. This was his first experience playing outside Saudi Arabia, and in one of the most successful clubs in Asia. In his third match against Al Ahli FC he assisted a goal in minute 91 which helped Al Ain FC to win in the classico.

International career[edit]

On 30 December 2014, Al-Shamrani pushed a fan prior to Saudi Arabia's 4–1 loss to Bahrain and later missed the 2015 AFC Asian Cup due to "injury".[7] In March 2015 Al-Shamrani received an 8-game ban for spitting at, and then attempting to headbutt Australian player Matthew Spiranovic.[8]

Statistics[edit]

Club career statistics[edit]

As of 7 January 2018
Club Season League Cup ACL Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Al-Wehda 2003–04 16 2 - - - - 16 2
2004–05 13 3 2 2 - - 15 5
2005–06 9 4 - - - - 9 4
Al-Shabab (loan) 2005–06 6 3 - - 5 3 11 6
Al-Wehda 2006–07 18 11 3 2 - - 21 13
Al-Wehda Total 56 20 5 4 0 0 61 24
Al-Shabab 2007–08 19 18 6 9 - - 25 27
2008–09 20 12 5 4 6 6 31 26
2009–10 14 9 1 1 - - 15 10
2010–11 23 17 2 3 11 3 35 23
2011–12 25 21 4 2 - - 29 23
2012–13 22 10 4 4 8 3 34 17
Total 123 87 22 23 25 12 170 122
Al-Hilal 2013–14 26 21 3 2 8 7 37 30
2014–15 22 13 8 7 7 4 35 24
2015–16 15 4 5 3 3 0 23 7
2016–17 12 7 4 0 0 0 16 7
Al-Ain (loan) 2016–17 10 8 - - 5 3 15 11
Al Hilal Total 75 45 20 12 18 11 111 68
Al-Shabab 2017–18 15 7 2 1 - - 17 8
Career Total 285 170 49 40 53 29 387 239

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Saudi Arabia's goal tally first.[9]

As of 17 January 2017

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 29 January 2005 King Fahd International Stadium, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia  Turkmenistan 1–0 1–0 Friendly
2 12 August 2009 Al-Saada Stadium, Salalah, Oman  Oman 1–2 1–2 Friendly
3 9 September 2009 King Fahd International Stadium, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia  Bahrain 1–0 1–0 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
4 14 October 2009 Stade Olympique de Radès, Radès, Tunisia  Tunisia 1–0 1–0 Friendly
5 14 November 2009 Prince Mohamed bin Fahd Stadium, Dammam, Saudi Arabia  Belarus 1–1 1–1 Friendly
6 13 July 2011 Amman International Stadium, Amman, Jordan  Jordan 1–1 1–1 (4–3 p) Fox International Quartet Championship
7 23 July 2011 Prince Mohamed bin Fahd Stadium, Dammam, Saudi Arabia  Hong Kong 1–0 3–0 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
8 3–0
9 28 July 2011 Siu Sai Wan Sports Ground, Siu Sai Wan, Hong Kong  Hong Kong 3–0 5–0 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
10 6 September 2011 Prince Mohamed bin Fahd Stadium, Dammam  Australia 1–2 1–3 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
11 29 February 2012 AAMI Park, Melbourne, Australia  Australia 2–1 2–4 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
12 15 October 2013 Amman International Stadium, Amman, Jordan  Iraq 2–0 2–0 2015 AFC Asian Cup qualification
13 15 November 2013 Prince Mohamed bin Fahd Stadium, Dammam, Saudi Arabia  Iraq 2–1 2–1 2015 AFC Asian Cup qualification
14 16 November 2014 King Fahd International Stadium, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia  Bahrain 1–0 3–0 2014 Gulf Cup of Nations
15 23 November 2014 King Fahd International Stadium, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia  United Arab Emirates 1–0 3–2 2014 Gulf Cup of Nations
16 6 October 2016 King Abdullah Sports City, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia  Australia 2–2 2–2 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
17 17 January 2017 Zayed Sports City Stadium, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates  Cambodia 1–1 7–2 Friendly
18 2–1
19 3–1

Honors[edit]

Club[edit]

Al-Shabab
Al-Hilal

International[edit]

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

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