Osama Rashid

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Osama Rashid
Personal information
Full name Osama Jabbar Shafeeq Rashid
Date of birth (1992-01-17) 17 January 1992 (age 27)
Place of birth Kirkuk, Iraq
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Central midfielder
Club information
Current team
Santa Clara
Number 6
Youth career
1998–1999 ZOB
1999–2011 Feyenoord
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2012 Den Bosch 13 (2)
2012–2013 Excelsior Maassluis 20 (5)
2013–2015 Alphense Boys 34 (15)
2015–2016 Farense 41 (6)
2016 Lokomotiv Plovdiv 5 (0)
2017– Santa Clara 56 (16)
National team
2007–2008 Netherlands U-16 3 (0)
2008–2009 Netherlands U-17 11 (2)
2009–2010 Netherlands U-19 2 (1)
2011– Iraq 21 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23:07, 24 January 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 8 January 2019

Osama Jabbar Shafeeq Rashid (Arabic: أسامة رشيد‎; born 17 January 1992) is an Iraqi professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Santa Clara in the Primeira Liga and the Iraq national team.[1][2]

Club career[edit]

Youth career[edit]

Born in Kirkuk, Iraq, Rashid joined Feyenoord in 1999 from ZOB, an amateur club from Zuidoostbeemster. He spent more than a decade with the youth setup of the club and was part of one the most promising crop of players to ever graduate from the academy in recent years. Other graduates included Stefan de Vrij, Jordy Clasie, Bruno Martins Indi, and Luc Castaignos amongst others. Rashid suffered an Injury in the 2009 UEFA European Under-17 Championship which prevented him from training with the first which he believes affected his chances with the first team.[3] Rashid was not offered a professional contract once he turned 18 years old and therefore did not continue his career with Feyenoord.

Den Bosch and failed transfer to Werder Bremen[edit]

Rashid signed for FC Den Bosch following his release from Feyenoord. He played the 2011–12 season in the Eerste Divisie,[4] the second division of professional football in the Netherlands. He played 12 times scoring twice while Den Bosch finished sixth in the league and failed to qualify to the Eredivisie. Rashid left Den Bosch at the end of the season.

In 2012, Wolfgang Sidka, a former Werder Bremen player who was coach of Iraq at the time, arranged a trial for Rashid at the Bundesliga club. He was invited for another trial and was ultimately offered a contract by Werder Bremen, which he turned down citing his desire to finish his studies. Rashid has since stated that negotiations between Feyenoord and Werder Bremen had failed even though Feyenoord were not entitled to financial compensation.[3][5]

Excelsior Maassluis[edit]

Looking for more game time, Rashid signed for third tier side Excelsior Maassluis for the 2012–13 season.[3] He played 20 times scoring five goals in the league.

Alphense Boys[edit]

In 2013, Rashid signed for Alphense Boys in the fifth tier of Dutch football.[3] Having played 34 matches in which he scored 15 goals, he left the club at the end of the 2014–15 season to join SC Farense in Portugal.


Rashid signed for S.C. Farense in the second-highest Portuguese division. He made his debut on 8 August 2015 against Académico Viseu. He scored his first goal against Covilhã on matchday 7. Rashid was a regular in the team making league 41 appearances, scoring 6 times.[4] He then received an offer from Bulgaria, allowing him to play in a top division of a country for the first time in his career.

Lokomotiv Plovdiv[edit]

Rashid finally got his share of top flight football after signing for Bulgarian side Lokomotiv Plovdiv.[6] He made his debut as a late substitute against Slavia Sofia on matchday 3. Rashid left Bulgaria quickly as he failed to adjust to life there and returned to Portugal joining C.D. Santa Clara.[7]

Santa Clara[edit]

Rashid's signing was announced by LigaPro side Santa Clara on 24 January 2017.[8] He made his debut for Santa Clara as a second-half substitute in a match versus Gil Vicente on 12 February. He had his first start on three days later in 2–0 win against Cova Piedade and scored his first goal.[9] The team finished the season in 10th position, missing out on promotion.[10]

At the start of the following season, Rashid scored in his first matches of the season in both the cup and the league. He then scored three more goals in the following three games, to start the season scoring in each of the first four league games. He registered his first assist on 9 September against CF União Madeira in his team's 2–1 win. Rashid was injured in January and it took him almost 3 months to recover, he returned to action against CD Nacional, assisting twice in a 3–3 draw. Rashid then scored in the next two games, against Famalicão and Oliveirense to help Santa Clara win promotion and reach Primeira Liga

International career[edit]

Netherlands U-17[edit]

Having moved to the Netherlands as a child, Rashid was eligible and played for the Netherlands U17 team representing them 11 times. He was part of the squad that played the 2009 UEFA European Under-17 Championship reaching the final of the tournament which was lost to Germany. Rashid made two appearances for the dutch U19 team.[3]

Iraq national team[edit]

Rashid switched allegiance to his birth country of Iraq, when the national team was managed by former Brazilian footballer Zico, and made his debut in a 6–0 defeat to Brazil.[3] He was called up to the 2015 AFC Asian Cup in Australia where Iraq finished 4th.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Osama has a degree in Sports Marketing,[3] and is a fan of Spanish club Real Madrid.[4]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 24 January 2019.[12][13]
Club Season League Cup Continental Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Farense 2015–16 LigaPro 41 6 3 1 44 7
Lokomotiv Plovdiv 2016–17 Bulgarian First League 5 0 1 1 6 0
Santa Clara 2016–17 LigaPro 17 3 0 0 17 3
2017–18 25 8 6 2 31 10
2018–19 Primeira Liga 14 5 2 0 16 5
Total 56 16 8 2 0 0 64 18
Career total 102 22 12 4 0 0 114 25



Santa Clara


Netherlands U17



  1. ^ Osama Rashid wil met Irak naar het WK Archived 24 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine, fcdbfans.nl. 14 augustus 2011
  2. ^ "Cookies op bd.nl - bd.nl". www.brabantsdagblad.nl.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g ""Teamgenoten trainden mee met het eerste elftal, maar ik was geblesseerd"". www.fr12.nl.
  4. ^ a b c "FRIDAY WITH… OSAMA RASHID - Ahdaaf".
  5. ^ "Osama Rashid: O futebolista iraquiano que brilha nos Açores". Fairplay (in Portuguese). 10 October 2017.
  6. ^ Iraq, Soccer (18 August 2016). "Osama Rashid joins #BUL side Lokomotiv Plovdiv".
  7. ^ Qatar, About Ali Al-Fakhri Basrawi residing in Qatar Ali is an aspiring business student with a huge passion for everything football Formerly of Al Ahli Academy in; success, Ali makes sure on keeping tabs on all Iraqis abroad in the hope of watching them bring; Themselves, Glory to; Nation, Their Great (5 February 2017). "Sitting down with Santa Clara's latest recruit, Osama Jabbar Rashid".
  8. ^ Soccer Iraq (24 January 2017). "Osama Rashid has signed for Santa Clara in Portugal". Twitter. Retrieved 1 February 2017.
  9. ^ Iraq, Soccer (15 February 2017). "- Another abroad on target, this time it's Osama Rashad who has scored in his first start for Santa Clara in their 2-0 victory today".
  10. ^ "Liga Portugal". www.ligaportugal.pt.
  11. ^ "2015 Asian Cup team profile: Iraq". 4 December 2014.
  12. ^ "Osama Rashid » Club matches". worldfootball.net. Retrieved 9 May 2018.
  13. ^ "Osama Rashid". Soccerway. Retrieved 9 May 2018.

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