Omar Al Somah
|Full name||Omar Al Somah|
|Date of birth||28 March 1989|
|Place of birth||Deir ez-Zor, Syria|
|Height||1.92 m (6 ft 4 in)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21 October 2021|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 12 October 2021
In July 2014, Al Somah joined Al Ahli club in the Saudi Pro League. He went on to become the league top goal-scorer in 2015, 2016 and 2017. He helped the team win the league in 2016, their first in 32 years.
Al Somah began his football career at the age of 12, joining the youth academy of Al Futowa (Deir ez-Zor) which won the 2007–08 Syrian under-18 league; Al Somah was the top scorer of the league that season with 29 goals.
Al Somah became a regular in the first team at the age of 19, scoring 13 goals making him the third top scorer in his debut season in 2008–09 Syrian Premier League. In 2009–10, Al Somah helped the relegated Al-Fotuwa win the Syrian League 1st Division North, gaining promotion back to the top division. He scored five goals in the 2010–11 season, which was suspended mid-March.
In July 2012, Al Somah participated in three games with Nottingham Forest, scoring once in a month-long trial. He impressed manager Sean O'Driscoll enough that the club were looking to sign him on a permanent basis, but he was denied a work permit and the club was not able to sign him.
While at Al Qadsia, Al Somah helped the team win eight trophies: two Kuwait Premier League titles in 2012 and 2014, two Kuwait Emir Cups in 2012 and 2013, two Kuwait Crown Prince Cups in 2013 and 2014, and two Kuwait Super Cups in 2013 and 2014. He also helped Al Qadsia finish AFC Cup finalist in 2013.
Al Ahli FC
In July 2014, Al Somah joined Saudi Professional League side Al Ahli on a three-year contract. On 11 August 2014, he made his debut against Al Hazm in the Crown Prince Cup, winning 1–0. On 16 August 2014, he scored his first goal and hat-trick in the Saudi Professional League against Hajer; the match was ended 6–1.
On 9 January 2015, he renewed his contract with Al Ahli for 2 more years until 2018.
On 13 February 2015, Al Somah scored the first goal in the final of the Saudi Crown Prince Cup against Al-Hilal, helping Al Ahli win the title. It was his 18th goal that season in 17 matches. On 17 February 2015, Somah helped Al Ahli qualify to the group stage of the 2015 AFC Champions League, scoring a penalty kick against his former club Al Qadsia in the play-offs.
On 15 May 2015, Al Somah ended the 2014–15 season as the top scorer in the Saudi Professional League with 22 goals. He also scored five goals in six matches in the AFC Champions League. He finished his first season with Al Ahli scoring 31 goals (22 goals in the Saudi Professional League, three in the Crown Prince Cup and six goals in the AFC Champions League) in 33 matches.
In August 2015, Al Somah started the second season with Al Ahli against Al-Taawon. He didn't score and the game ended 0–0. On 27 August, Al Somah scored the first goal of the 2015–16 season in the second match against Al Khaleej. The match ended 4–0. On 18 October 2015, he scored the first hat-trick of his second season against Al Nassr, with Al Ahli winning the game 4–2. He also continued his good form in the Crown Prince Cup and led Al Ahli to win the match against Al-Ittifaq. At the end of the October, he won the player of the month award.
Al Somah kicked Al-Faisaly player Abel Camara without ball. After the match, he was banned by Saudi Football disciplinary Committee for two matches. On 14 December 2015, after the two-match ban, he scored a hat-trick against Al Raed in matchday 11. He played nine matches in first round of league out of 14, scored 10 goals.
After a defeat against Najran in the league, Al Ahli won all the remaining games of the league. He scored in all the last eight games of the league, including two against second-placed Al Hilal, in the match that decided the league champion.
In the 2015–16 season, he scored 27 goals in 22 matches and helped Al Ahli win the Saudi Professional League for the first time in 32 years.
On 8 August 2016, he scored the equalizing goal against Al-Hilal and helped the team winning 4–3 on penalties in the 2016 Saudi Super Cup at Craven Cottage in London, United Kingdom. the first title with the new Manager José Manuel Gomes.
On 14 August 2016, he scored twice against Al-Ettifaq at the opening of 2016–17 season, with this brace he was the fastest foreigner player in the world who passes the 50 goals mark in only 45 League games.
Four days after on 29 October 2016, he scored his second super hat-trick in the 7th round against Al-Khaleej, with this he became the Saudi Professional League best foreigner top scorer in its history with 59, and the most hat-trick scoring player with 7. He continued his good form & scoring against Al-Wahda. The match was ended with a result 4–0.
On 25 November 2016, he scored against Al Hilal in the league, but the team lost 2–1. With this defeat, Al Hilal won in Jeddah after eight years.
In December 2016, Al Somah scored six goals in six matches, 4 goals in five league matches and 2 goals in a cup semifinal match.
On 27 January 2017, he scored twice against Al Shabab FC, but got booked by the referee that is why he was absent from the derby Jeddah against rivals Al Ittihad. He made a comeback on 9 February against Al Qadisiya, but unable to save a team from the disastrous defeat. After this painful defeat, Al Ahli lost another match in the league and this time at home against Al Nassr by 2–0.
After two consecutive defeats in the league, he started the 2017 AFC Champions League on a high note, scored on a match day one against Uzbek Club Bunyodkor. The match was ended in the favor of Al Ahli by 2–0.
On 28 February 2017, Al Somah scored a decisive goal from a free-kick against Iranian Club Zob Ahan Esfahan F.C. before the five minutes of the stoppage time and helped the team to remain at the top position of the group C at the end of match day two. After Asian game, he didn't stop from scoring and this time scored against Al-Khaleej.
He played 24 games in league and scored 28 goals. For the third time in a row, he won the Top scorer Award in Saudi League. In Asian Champions League, he played 5 games in group stage and scored 4 goals.
On 18 May, he played the King Cup and scored a goal. At the end the team lost the final. After King's Cup, he was injured and out from the last two game of the season.
He was victim of injuries in this season and he didn't participate in a lot of matches. He just scored 11 goals in 14 matches played in the league. Furthermore, he wasn't the best goalscorer this season.
He kept the good performances of the previous seasons, in which he scored 19 goals in 24 matches. He also scored his 100th goal on 7 March, playing against Al-Qadsiah. On 1 March 2019, he scored an overhead kick against Al-Ittihad, which could be nominated for FIFA Puskás Award.
On 2 January 2020, Al Somah scored the match's only goal in a 1–0 win against Al-Fayha in the King Cup round of 16. On 9 August, he scored a brace against Al Ittihad in a 2–1 victory. On 20 August, he scored a goal against Al Hilal in a 2–1 victory. On 30 September, Al-Ahli lost 2–0 against Al-Nassr in the 2020 AFC Champions League quarter-finals. On 27 October, Al Somah scored in a 1–2 loss against Al-Nassr in the King Cup semi-finals.
On 29 November 2020, Al Somah scored a goal in a 2–1 win over Al-Faisaly, in which he managed in seven seasons to equal Nasser Al-Shamrani's record of 126 goals in eleven seasons in the Saudi League. On 22 December, he broke the record by scoring his 127th goal in a 1–0 win over Al Fateh.
He played for the Syrian U-19 national team in the AFC U-19 Championship 2008 in Saudi Arabia, he scored his first international goal with Syria U-19 against Iraq. He was a part of the Syrian U-23 national team in the Mediterranean Games 2009 in Italy and Asian football qualifiers for 2012 Olympics Round 4 (play-off round). He was a part of the Syria national football team in the 2012 WAFF Championship in Kuwait.
Due to political reasons, he did not play for Syria again until the World Cup Qualifiers in 2017. On 31 August 2017, he played in 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualification against Qatar in Malaysia. He didn't score in the game, but Syria won the match 3–1. On 5 September, Syria had an important game against Iran at the end of qualification. If they had won and South Korea lost against Uzbekistan, they'd qualify for the World Cup. Syria took the lead in early minutes, but the home team came back quickly. Syria was losing the game, but in extra time and the final moments of the game, Al Somah scored the decisive goal. It was his first goal for his country. The match ended 2–2, meaning that led Al Soma had led Syria into the Asian play-off for the first time. Against Syria's play-off opponents Australia, Al Soma scored the equalizing goal during the first leg in Malaysia. He then scored early in the second leg in Australia to put Syria into a shock lead, but Australia won 2–1 in extra time to end Syria's World Cup qualifying hopes. Al Somah struck the post and missed in the 119th minute, which concluded the Syrian campaign.
In the 2019 AFC Asian Cup, he wasn't at his best in the tournament, although he mentioned before the tournament that he has high expectations for the team and he bets that the team will advance to the knockout rounds and he guarantees that the team will win their first two matches easily. The team ended up out of the tournament in the first round with just one point taken from the match against Palestine. In an interview on MBC television dated 3 March 2019, he said that the bad intentions were the reason behind the early exit. On 5 September 2019, he scored 2 goals against Philippines in a 5–2 victory in the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification. Also, he's the top scorer in the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification currently as of 4 December 2020.
Style of play
Al Somah plays an attacking role, most often playing as centre-forward, and is known for his finishing and free kick ability. He is also an accurate set piece specialist and is renowned for his bending free kicks. Uniquely, his height, strength, jumping ability and heading technique have given him an edge in winning aerial challenges for balls, with many of his goals often being headers, he also scores with both feet.
He is married since 2015 and has two children.
- As of 21 October 2021
|Club||Season||Saudi Pro League||King Cup||Crown Prince Cup||AFC Champions League||Other||Total|
- Scores and results list Syria's goal tally first.
|1||5 September 2017||Azadi Stadium, Tehran, Iran||Iran||2–2||2–2||2018 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|2||5 October 2017||Hang Jebat Stadium, Krubong, Malaysia||Australia||1–1||1–1||2018 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|3||10 October 2017||Stadium Australia, Sydney, Australia||Australia||1–0||1–2 (a.e.t.)|
|4||24 March 2018||Basra Sports City, Basra, Iraq||Qatar||1–0||2–2||2018 International Friendship Championship|
|5||6 September 2018||Milliy Stadium, Tashkent, Uzbekistan||Uzbekistan||1–1||1–1||Friendly|
|6||10 September 2018||Dolen Omurzakov Stadium, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan||Kyrgyzstan||1–1||1–2|
|7||11 October 2018||Bahrain National Stadium, Rifaa, Bahrain||Bahrain||1–0||1–0|
|8||15 January 2019||Khalifa bin Zayed Stadium, Al Ain, United Arab Emirates||Australia||2–2||2–3||2019 AFC Asian Cup|
|9||5 September 2019||Panaad Stadium, Bacolod, Philippines||Philippines||1–1||5–2||2022 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|11||10 October 2019||Rashid Stadium, Dubai, United Arab Emirates||Maldives||1–0||2–1|
|13||15 October 2019||Guam||1–0||4–0|
|16||12 October 2021||King Abdullah II Stadium, Amman, Jordan||Lebanon||2–3||2–3||2022 FIFA World Cup qualification|
- Syrian Premiere Division Under 18 League: 2007–08
- Syrian Second Division Northern Group: 2009–10
- Kuwaiti Premier League: 2011–12, 2013–14
- Kuwait Emir Cup: 2012, 2013
- Kuwait Crown Prince Cup: 2013, 2014
- Kuwait Federation Cup: 2013–14
- Kuwait Super Cup: 2013, 2014
- Saudi Crown Prince Cup: 2014–15
- Saudi Professional League: 2015–16
- King Cup: 2016
- Saudi Super Cup: 2016
- Syrian Premiere Division Under 18 top scorer: 2007–2008 (29 goals)
- Kuwaiti Premier League top scorer: 2013–14 (23 goals)
- Saudi Professional League Player of the Month: October 2014, October 2015
- Saudi Professional League Golden Boot: 2014–15, 2015–16, 2016–17
- Al-Ahli Player of the Year: 2014–15, 2015–16
- IFFHS AFC Men's Team of the Decade 2011–2020
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