Saad Abdul-Amir

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Saad Abdul-Amir
Personal information
Full name Saad Abdul-Amir Al-Zirjawi
Date of birth (1992-01-19) January 19, 1992 (age 24)
Place of birth Baghdad, Iraq
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Central midfielder, Right midfielder
Club information
Current team
Al-Qadisiyah
Number 25
Youth career
2006–2008 Al-Karkh
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2010 Al-Karkh 40 (0)
2010–2015 Erbil SC 77 (18)
2015– Al-Qadisiyah 25 (5)
National team
2011– Iraq U-23 7 (1)
2010– Iraq 57 (1)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 8 May 2016.

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 8 May 2016

Saad Abdul-Amir Luaibi Al-Zirjawi (Arabic: سعد عبدالامير الزيرجاوي ‎‎, born 19 January 1992 in Iraq) is an Iraqi midfielder. Saad Abdul-Amir currently plays in Saudi Professional League for Khobar side Al-Qadisiyah, and for the Iraq national football team. which he earned his first cap in 2010 at the age of 18. Saad started his career in his hometown club Al-Karkh SC. In 2010 he transferred to Northern Iraqi side Erbil SC, spending 5 years at the club where he won the 2011–12 Iraqi Premier League. In 2015 he made his first move abroad, signing for Saudi side Al-Qadisiyah.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Saad Joined his hometown club Al Karakh's youth team at the age of 14.

Al-Karkh[edit]

Saad was handed his debut aged just 16 in 2008, he played for 3 season in the Iraqi Second division where his defensive prowess and short passing ability earned him a transfer to kurdish side Erbil. Saad Played 40 times for Al Karkh by the time he was 18.

Erbil[edit]

Saad Joined Erbil in 2010, it is there where his performances earned him his first call up to the national side. Saad remained at the club for 5 years, winning the league title once and finishing runner up in the AFC Cup Twice. He Moved to Al Qadisiyah in 2015.

Al-Qadisiyah[edit]

2015/16 Saad Moved to Al-Qadisiyah in 2015 on a one-year contract and was handed the number 25 Shirt. Saad started often in the defensive midfield position or the Right midfield Position, he also played at right back and center back He made his debut on the 22nd of August, starting in the 1-0 win Vs Faisaly. Saad scored his first goal on 28 November 2015 in a 1-1 draw vs Hajer Club. He also successfully converted a penalty in April for the 2-0 win Vs Al Shabab. He then scored in the following match day vs Najran in the 4-2 win, scoring in back to back matches for the first time in his career, he repeated that feat later in the season when he scored against Al-Fateh SC and Al-Khaleej. Saad ended the campaign with 5 goals, his best ever tally in a single season. Saad was widely considered as one of the best defensive midfielders in the league by Saudi fans and his efforts in keeping his club in the top flight was rewarded with a contract extension.

  • 2016/2017

Saad Returned after the Olympic games to Al-Qadisiyah and particpiated in Matchday two against Faisaly in the Right Midfield position and provided an assist.

Style of play[edit]

Saad is a centre and right midfielders, He excels in positioning and close range ball control and dribbling. Saad has also been praised for his leadership qualities.

International career[edit]

On September 2010, Abdul-Amir was called up for Iraq National team and made his first International debut against Oman national football team, Iraq won the match 3–2. Saad Scored his first goal for the national team in 2013 in a 1-1 draw Vs Yemen. Saad was in the Squad for the 2011 AFC Asian Cup in Qatar, as well as the 2015 AFC Asian Cup in Australia.

Rio 2016[edit]

Saad Abdul Emir was selected as one of the 3 over 23 players in Football at the 2016 Summer Olympics – Men's tournament. [1] He was the captain in all three games and scored Iraq's Only Goal in the final group game against South Africa. [2] Iraq Crashed out of the tournament finishing third in the group with 3 draws. [3]

Personal life[edit]

Saad got Married on July 2015.

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Erbil SC

International[edit]

Iraq

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 8 October 2013 Lebanon Saida International Stadium, Beirut  Yemen 1–1 1–1 Friendly match

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