Omar Kharbin

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Omar Kharbin
عمر خربين
Omar Kharbin.jpg
Kharbin playing for Syria at 2019 AFC Asian Cup
Personal information
Full name Omar Maher Kharbin
Date of birth (1994-01-15) 15 January 1994 (age 26)
Place of birth Damascus, Syria
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position(s) Forward
Club information
Current team
Number 77
Youth career
2004–2009 Al-Wahda
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2013 Al-Wahda ? (?)
2013–2015 Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya 30 (11)
2015–2016 Al-Mina'a 10 (10)
2016–2017 Al-Dhafra 14 (8)
2017Al-Hilal (loan) 10 (7)
2017– Al-Hilal 27 (11)
2019Pyramids (loan) 12 (6)
National team
2016 Syria U23 3 (3)
2012– Syria 44 (18)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23 May 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 26 December 2019

Omar Maher Kharbin (Arabic: عمر ماهر خربين‎; born 15 January 1994) is a Syrian footballer who plays for Al-Hilal in the Saudi Professional League and for the Syrian national team. He can be deployed as a left winger or second striker. In 2017, Kharbin became the first Syrian ever to win the Asian Footballer of the Year.[1]

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Born in Damascus, Syria, Kharbin started playing football at a young age, after he saw his older brother Mohamed playing it. Omar's talents started showing when he joined Al-Wahda's youth team.

Al Wahda[edit]

Kharbin was handed his debut aged just 15 in 2009. He played 4 seasons in the Syrian top division.[2] He moved to the Iraqi League in 2013.

Al Quwa Al Jawiya (loan)[edit]

In the Summer of 2013, Kharbin joined Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya In the Iraqi Premier League, until 2015.[3]

Al Mina'a (loan)[edit]

On 6 August 2015, Kharbin signed for Al Mina'a, signing a one-year contract with the club.[4] After two and a half seasons in the Iraqi league Kharbin moved to the Emarati League in winter 2016.

Al Dhafra (loan)[edit]

In January 2016, Al Dhafra signed Kharbin on a one-year loan deal from Al-Wahda, with an option to buy permanently. In his debut, he scored his first goal for his new club against Al Ain FC. From January to May 2016, he played 12 matches, scored 9 goals, and got one assist. The Emirati club signed him permanently in July after an impressive performance. His team finished 8th in the league.

2016–17 season[edit]

He continued his outstanding performance, playing 14 matches in the league, scoring 8 goals and getting 4 assists. In January 2017, so many local and Asian clubs tried to sign Kharbin, but failed because his club accepted an offer from Al-Hilal.

Al Hilal (loan)[edit]

On 16 January 2017, Al-Hilal signed him on a six-month loan. The loan fee was $1.3 million. Famous Argentinian footballer and the former coach of Al Hilal Ramon Diaz was the one who told the club management to sign him. Kharbin said that he was very happy and is going to achieve his dream to play in Saudi Professional League. On 28 January 2017 he made his debut in a 1–0 win against Al Ittifaq, playing the full 90 minutes. After five days, he scored his first goal and saved Al Hilal from defeat against mid table Al Qadisiyah. The match ended 1–1.

On 9 February, he led his club to a 2–0 victory against Al Faisaly. He made his debut in the AFC Champions League on 21 February against Iranian side Persepolis. The match ended in a 1–1 result and he didn't score in that match. In March 2017, he scored a crucial goal against Al Ittihad FC in the Saudi El Clasico. This was the first goal he had scored against a strong opponent. Omar finally scored a goal in Champions League against Al-Wahda.

On 20 April, he scored a Panenka against Al Shabab. The match ended, with Al-Hilal winning 2–1. He with his teammates helped Al Hilal to win the league for the first time in 6 years. In the last game of the league, he scored his first hat-trick in Saudi Professional League in 5–1 against Al Nassr which boosted his 2016–17 season tally to 9 goals in 16 games. On 8 May, he scored twice against Al Rayyan and helped Al Hilal to get first position in Group D of AFC Champions League.


On 19 June 2017, Al-Hilal officially bought Kharbin for 44 million riyals on a four-year contract.[5] Omar started the first match of the season against Al-Fayha, and he scored a penalty which made Al-Hilal win 2–1. On 10 August, Omar scored the first goal against Al-Taawoun in the 14th minute, Omar and his team won 4–3.[6] On 26 September 2017, Omar scored a hat trick, beating Persepolis 4–0 in the first leg of their AFC Champions League semi-final. On 17 October 2017, Omar scored both of Al-Hilal's goals against Persepolis in the 2nd leg of the AFC Champions League semi-final, ending the match with a 2–2 draw. Al-Hilal won 6–2 on aggregate, going through to the final, thanks to Omar's 5 goals scored in the 1st and 2nd leg of the semi-final. Al-Hilal however, lost the final to Urawa Red Diamonds with Kharbin scoring in a 1–1 draw in the 1st leg, then a 1–0 loss in the 2nd leg by Rafael Silva sealed the deal for Urawa Red Diamonds and won their second title. Kharbin's injury in a match against Al-Ittihad on 13 January 2018 ruled him out of Al-Hilal's final squad in AFC Champions League 2018.

The following season was complicated from the very beginning, with the new players coming to Al-Hilal. Omar participated in just 4 matches as a substitute in the league after the first half of the season.

Pyramids (loan)[edit]

In winter 2019, he moved to Egyptian side Pyramids on a loan deal until the end of 2018–19 season, he had a promising start as he scored in his first match against Zamalek in 24 January 2019 and 4 goals in his first 5 matches.[7][8]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 26 December 2019.[9]

Club Season Saudi Premier League Crown Prince Cup Saudi Champions Cup Saudi Super Cup AFC Champions League Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Al Hilal 2016-17 10 7 0 0 3 5 0 0 8 4 21 16
2017-18 16 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 6 22 13
2018-19 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 5 0
2019-20 7 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 - - 7 4
Career total 37 21 0 0 3 5 1 0 14 10 55 33

International career[edit]

On 20 November 2012, Kharbin was called up for the Syrian team and made his first International friendly games against Palestine.[10]

In 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification, he was part of the 10th matches in the third stage and the two matches against Australia in the knockout stage, he just scored 3 goals although, he scored 7 goals in the second stage.[11]

In AFC Asian Cup 2019, he played the whole 90 minutes of the three matches, although, he didn't participate in any of the friendly matches who preceded the tournament for different reasons. He made considerable effort in the tournament comparing the whole squad and scored 1 goal against Australia. He said after Australia match that there are a lot of hidden stuff happened behind the scenes.[12]

In September 2019, the Syrian Football Federation announced that Kharbin was discharged from the national team due to multiple times of uninformed absence.[13] However, Kharbin played against Maldives on 10 October.[14]

International goals[edit]

Scores and results table. Syria's goal tally first:[15]
No Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 26 March 2013 Al-Shaab Stadium, Baghdad, Iraq  Iraq 1–1 1–2 Friendly
2. 11 November 2013 Prince Mohammed Stadium, Zarqa, Jordan  Iraq 1–0 1–2 Friendly
3. 5 March 2014 Amman International Stadium, Amman, Jordan  Jordan 1–2 1–2 2015 AFC Asian Cup qualification
4. 12 November 2014 Shah Alam Stadium, Shah Alam, Malaysia  Malaysia 3–0 3–0 Friendly
5. 15 November 2014 Gelora Bung Karno Stadium, Jakarta, Indonesia  Indonesia 1–0 2–0 Friendly
6. 5 June 2015 Al-Seeb Stadium, Seeb, Oman  Oman 2–0 2–1 Friendly
7. 11 June 2015 Samen Stadium, Mashhad, Iran  Afghanistan 6–0 6–0 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
8. 8 September 2015 Phnom Penh Olympic Stadium, Phnom Penh, Cambodia  Cambodia 1–0 6–0 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
9. 3–0
10. 17 November 2015 National Stadium, Kallang, Singapore  Singapore 1–0 2–1 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
11. 2–1
12. 24 March 2016 Al-Seeb Stadium, Seen, Oman  Cambodia 1–0 6–0 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
13. 2–0
14. 23 March 2017 Hang Jebat Stadium, Malacca, Malaysia  Uzbekistan 1–0 1–0 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
15. 31 August 2017 Hang Jebat Stadium, Malacca, Malaysia  Qatar 1–0 3–1 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
16. 2–1
17. 30 December 2018 Zayed Sports City Stadium, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates  Yemen 1–0 1–0 Friendly
18. 15 January 2019 Khalifa bin Zayed Stadium, Al Ain, United Arab Emirates  Australia 1–1 2–3 2019 AFC Asian Cup



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  7. ^ "عمر خربين يسجل ثالث أهداف بيراميدز فى مرمى الزمالك .. فيديو". صدى البلد. 24 January 2019.
  8. ^ "Soccer 24: Pyramids Results / Fixtures".
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  11. ^ "Syria - Asia: Results".
  12. ^ "تصريحات عمر خربين وعمر السومة واحمد الصالح بعد الخسارة من استراليا والخروج من كاس اسيا" – via
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  14. ^ "عمر خربين يتعرض لإصابة قوية مع منتخب سورية.. فيديو". (in Arabic). 10 October 2019.
  15. ^ "Omar Kharbin". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman. Retrieved 3 January 2018.
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