Nawaf Al Abed

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Nawaf Al Abed
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Personal information
Full name Nawaf Shaker Al-Abed
Date of birth (1990-01-26) 26 January 1990 (age 29)
Place of birth Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Height 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Number 24
Youth career
2005–2009 Al-Hilal
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009– Al-Hilal 117 [1] (21)
National team
2011–2012 Saudi Arabia U23
2011– Saudi Arabia 44 (8)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 9:13 22 June 2017 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 9:13 3 June 2018 (UTC)

Nawaf Shaker Al Abed (Arabic: نواف شاكر العابد‎; born January 26, 1990) is a Saudi Arabian footballer who plays for Al-Hilal. Al-Abed plays as a winger and striker for both Al-Hilal & his national team.

Club career[edit]


In 2009, Al-Hilal signed in Al-Abed from their youth academy. In 7 November, Nawaf scored the fastest goal in professional football against Al-Shoulla in two seconds in the Prince Faisal U-21 Cup,[2] but the match was cancelled due to Al-Hilal making 6 player which are more than 21 years old play in the match.[3]

On 9 March 2017, Al-Abed scored a third penalty goal against Ittihad and performed a celebration which made Ittihad fans furious. The Saudi Arabia FA banned him for two games,[4] but Al-Hilal appealed and the ban was lifted.[5] He is mainly known for his fastest goal (2.8 seconds) in 2009, In a unofficial game.

International career[edit]

Nawaf represented the Saudi Arabia national football team when his country hosted the 2014 Gulf Cup of Nations. His first international goal came in the quarter-final match with Yemen, becoming the winning goal as the Saudis prevailed 1–0.[6] Nawaf scored again in the semi-final as Saudi Arabia defeated the United Arab Emirates 3–2. The Green Falcons eventually finished as runners-up to Qatar, losing 2–1 in the final at the King Fahd International Stadium.[7]

Nawaf was included in Saudi Arabia's squad for the 2015 AFC Asian Cup, scoring his third international goal in a 4–1 defeat of North Korea in the team's second group match.[8]

In May 2018 he was named in Saudi Arabia’s preliminary squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.[9]

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Saudi Arabia's goal tally first.[1]
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 19 November 2014 King Fahd International Stadium, Riyadh  Yemen 1–0 1–0 2014 Gulf Cup of Nations
2 23 November 2014 King Fahd International Stadium, Riyadh  United Arab Emirates 2–0 3–2 2014 Gulf Cup of Nations
3 14 January 2015 Melbourne Rectangular Stadium, Melbourne  North Korea 4–1 4–1 2015 AFC Asian Cup
4 1 September 2016 King Fahd International Stadium, Riyadh  Thailand 1–0 1–0 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
5 6 September 2016 Shah Alam Stadium, Shah Alam  Iraq 1–1 2–1 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
6 2–1
7 11 October 2016 King Abdullah Sports City, Jeddah  United Arab Emirates 2–0 3–0 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
8 29 August 2017 Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium, Al Ain  United Arab Emirates 1–0 1–2 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification




See also[edit]


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  4. ^إيقاف-عابد-الهلال-مباراتين-ومنع-مولد-الاتحاد-من-النهائي
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  6. ^ "Abed thunderbolt puts KSA in semis". Saudi Gazette. 21 November 2014. Archived from the original on 18 January 2015. Retrieved 18 January 2015.
  7. ^ "Saudi Arabia 1-2 Qatar". Asian Football Confederation. Retrieved 18 January 2015.
  8. ^ "Saudi Arabia eliminates North Korea 4-1 at Asia Cup". USA Today. 14 January 2015. Retrieved 18 January 2015.
  9. ^ "World Cup 2018: All the confirmed squads for this summer's finals in Russia".[permanent dead link]

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