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 25)
Place of birth Baghdad, Iraq
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
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)
2015–2017 Al-Qadisiyah 38 (7)
2017 Al-Ahli 10 (1)
2017– Al-Shabab 0 (0)
National team
2011–2016 Iraq U23 7 (1)
2010– Iraq 66 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 4 May 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 7 June 2017

Saad Abdul-Amir Luaibi Al-Zirjawi (Arabic: سعد عبدالامير لعيبي الزيرجاوي ‎‎ born 19 January 1992 in Iraq)[1] is an Iraqi Defensive midfielder who plays for Al-Shabab, 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. He moved to Al-Shabab in 2017.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

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


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.


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.[2][3] He moved to Al Qadisiyah in 2015.[4]


  • 2015/2016

Saad Moved to Al-Qadisiyah in summer 2015 on a one-year contract and was handed the number 25 Shirt.[5] Saad started often in the defensive midfield position or the Right midfield Position, he also played at right back and centre back. He made his debut on the 22nd of August, starting in the 1-0 win vs Al-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 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.[6]

  • 2016/2017

In his second season, Saad Returned after the Olympic games to Al-Qadisiyah and participated in Match day two against Al-Faisaly in the right midfield position and provided an assist. He continued to be a starter in the team until match day Seven match against Al-Taawon as he was suspended due to a red card in the matchday six game against Al-Batin. Saad returned as a starter to the squad on matchday nine and remained in the squad until the end of the first term where he alternated between playing in the defensive midfielder position and the right midfield position. Saad scored on back to back matches, firstly in the 5-2 victory over Al Wahda, where he also provided an assist. Followed by a goal vs Al Shabab in a 1-1 draw. in winter 2017 moved to Al-Ahli.


Saad made the switch on January 15, 2017 to Al-Ahli replace Luíz Carlos in a transfer fee of a million euro to the club.[7].contract that will run until 2018.[8]

He made his debut on January 20 of 2017 in the Saudi King Cup against Al-Shoulla as a second-half substitute.[9] Abdulemir made his first start and league debut against Al-Shabab on January 27.[10] He scored his first goal for Al Ahli in the round of 16 cup match against his old club Al-Qadsiah on February 13.[11] He was sent off on the Feb 17 league match vs Al-Nassr.[12] Al Ahli failed to win the title as they lost out to rivals Al Hilal.[13] They also lost the King's cup in the final to the same opposition.[14] However they reached the Quarter final of the Asian Champions League, to end the season on a high.[15] The player was released in August of 2017, to make way for other new signings.[16]


Saad Abdul-Emir signed for Al-Shabab on a free transfer on August 9th.[17] The club signed him on a one season contract.[18]


As of 29 May 2017

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
2016–17 10 1 0 0 5 2 0 0 8 1 23 4
Career total 10 1 0 0 5 2 0 0 8 1 23 4

Style of play[edit]

Saad is a Defensive and centre midfielders, He excels in positioning and close range ball control. Saad has also been praised for his leadership qualities.[19]

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.[20] Saad Scored his first goal for the national team in 2013 in a 1-1 draw Vs Yemen.[21] 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]

Abdul-Amir was selected as one of the 3 over 23 players in Football at the 2016 Summer Olympics – Men's tournament.[22] He was the captain in all three games and scored Iraq's Only Goal in the final group game against South Africa.[23] Iraq Crashed out of the tournament finishing third in the group with 3 draws.[24]



Erbil SC



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
2. 6 October 2016 Japan Saitama Stadium, Saitama  Japan 1–1 1–2 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
3. 18 March 2017 Iran Azadi Stadium, Tehran  Iran 1–0 1–0 Friendly match


  1. ^ "FIFA Tournament Player". 
  2. ^ "للمرة الأولى أربيل إلى المباراة النهائية". 23 October 2012. 
  3. ^ "نادي اربيل يواجه القادسية الكويتي في 18 اكتوبر بنهائي كأس اتحاد اسيا". 
  4. ^ "لاعب اربيل سعد الامير يتعاقد مع القادسية السعودي". 
  5. ^ "العراقي عبد الأمير ينتظم في معسكر القادسية السعودي غدا". 
  6. ^ "القادسية السعودي يجدد تعاقده مع العراقي عبد الأمير". 
  7. ^ "القادسية السعودي يكشف قيمة انتقال الأمير للأهلي". 
  8. ^ "الاهلي السعودي يضم العراقي سعد عبد الامير حتى 2018". 
  9. ^ Iraq, Soccer (20 January 2017). "- Saad Abdulemir is currently making his debut for new club". 
  10. ^ Iraq, Soccer (27 January 2017). "- Saad Abdulemir makes his first Start for Al Ahli". 
  11. ^ "Saad Abdul-Amir scores against ex-club to open up Al-Ahli account". 13 February 2017. 
  12. ^ Iraq, Soccer (17 February 2017). "- A mixed few days for @sasdiraq90. The Iraq international scored his first @ALAHLI_FC goal but was sent off tonight". 
  13. ^ "Al Hilal seal Saudi Pro League title - AFC". 
  14. ^ "Al-Hilal wins King’s Cup". 19 May 2017. 
  15. ^ "Al Ahli secure AFC Champions League quarter-final spot". 30 May 2017. 
  16. ^ "سعد عبدالأمير ينهي علاقته بالأهلي ويوقع للشباب". Retrieved 9 August 2017. 
  17. ^ Iraq, Soccer (9 August 2017). "- After months of speculation, Saad Abdul Emir has officially signed for". 
  18. ^ "العراقي عبدالأمير سادس أجانب الشباب". 9 August 2017. 
  19. ^ "مدرب الأهلي: سعد الأمير أدهشني". 
  20. ^ "first International Iraq vs Oman". 
  21. ^ "saad goal in yemen". 
  22. ^ "Olympic Football Tournament Rio 2016 - Iraq -". 
  23. ^ "Olympic Football Tournament Rio 2016 - Matches -". 
  24. ^ "Olympic Football Tournament Rio 2016 - Groups -". 

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