Salem Al-Dawsari

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Salem Al-Dawsari
Salem Al-Dawsari 2018.jpg
Al-Dawsari with Saudi Arabia at the 2018 FIFA World Cup
Personal information
Full name Salem Mohammed Shafi Al-Dawsari[1]
Date of birth (1991-08-19) 19 August 1991 (age 31)[2]
Place of birth Wadi ad-Dawasir, Najd, Saudi Arabia[3]
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)[4]
Position(s) Winger
Club information
Current team
Al Hilal
Number 29
Youth career
Al Hilal
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011– Al Hilal 213 (50)
2018Villarreal (loan) 1 (0)
International career
2021 Saudi Arabia Olympic (O.P.) 5 (2)
2012– Saudi Arabia 74 (19)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 22 January 2023
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 22:26, 30 November 2022 (UTC)

Salem Mohammed Shafi Al-Dawsari (Arabic: سالم محمد شافي الدوسري; born 19 August 1991) is a Saudi Arabian professional footballer who plays as a winger for Saudi Professional League club Al Hilal and the Saudi Arabia national team.

Club career[edit]

Al-Dawsari joined Al Hilal as a youth player. In 2018, as part of a deal between the Saudi Arabian Football Federation and La Liga, he joined Spanish club Villarreal on loan.[5] He made one appearance in Spain, coming on as a substitute against Real Madrid as Villareal came from behind to draw 2–2.[5]

In the second leg of the 2019 AFC Champions League Final on 24 November, Al-Dawsari scored the opening goal in an eventual 2–0 away win over Urawa Red Diamonds, which saw Al-Hilal win the title following a 3–0 aggregate victory; the title allowed them to qualify for the 2019 FIFA Club World Cup.[6]

International career[edit]

Al-Dawsari was called up to the Saudi Arabian national team for the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, and scored his first international goal in an away match against Australia in 2012.[7] In May 2018, he was named in Saudi Arabia's preliminary squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.[8] On 25 June, Al-Dawsari scored a late winning goal as his side won 2–1 over Egypt in their last group stage match of the World Cup.[9]

On 22 November 2022, Al-Dawsari scored his second goal at a FIFA World Cup, his first at the 2022 edition in Qatar, in a match against Argentina. He made a run around the box before finishing past Emiliano Martínez to put Saudi Arabia ahead by a score of 2–1, which ended in victory for the Green Falcons in one of the greatest upsets in World Cup history.[10] On 30 November, he scored a goal against Mexico, in which he equaled the record of most goals scored by a Saudi player in World Cups, three goals by Sami Al-Jaber, as Saudi Arabia exited the World Cup with a 2–1 loss to Mexico.[11]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

Club Season League National Cup League Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Al Hilal 2011–12 Saudi Pro League 13 2 4 1 4 0 9 1 30 4
2012–13 18 3 1 0 2 0 6 2 27 5
2013–14 21 4 3 0 4 1 13 2 41 7
2014–15 18 3 2 1 3 0 9 0 32 4
2015–16 14 3 2 0 2 0 7 1 0 0 25 4
2016–17 17 2 4 2 2 0 11 1 1[a] 0 35 5
2017–18 13 4 0 0 0 0 13 4
2018–19 23 5 1 0 10 3 11[b] 0 45 8
2019–20 20 4 3 1 4 0 3[c] 1 30 6
2020–21 24 8 1 0 2 0 1[a] 0 28 8
2021–22 20 9 2 2 8 5 4[d] 2 36 18
2022–23 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Total 202 47 23 7 17 1 79 15 20 3 341 73
Villarreal (loan) 2017–18 La Liga 1 0 0 0 1 0
Career total 202 47 23 7 17 1 79 15 20 3 341 73
  1. ^ a b Appearances in Saudi Super Cup
  2. ^ Nine appearances in Arab Club Champions Cup, one appearance in Saudi Super Cup, and one appearance in Saudi-Egyptian Super Cup
  3. ^ Appearances in FIFA Club World Cup
  4. ^ Three appearances and one goal in FIFA Club World Cup and one appearance and one goal in Saudi Super Cup

International[edit]

Statistics accurate as of match played 30 November 2022.[12]
Saudi Arabia
Year Apps Goals
2012 3 1
2013 7 0
2014 9 1
2015 4 0
2016 0 0
2017 5 2
2018 14 3
2019 9 4
2020 1 1
2021 8 4
2022 14 3
Total 74 19
Scores and results list Saudi Arabia's goal tally first (one unofficial goal included).[12]
List of international goals scored by Salem Al-Dawsari
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 29 February 2012 Melbourne Rectangular Stadium, Melbourne, Australia  Australia 1–0 2–4 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
2. 23 November 2014 King Fahd Stadium, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia  United Arab Emirates 3–2 3–2 2014 Arabian Gulf Cup
3. 8 June 2017 Adelaide Oval, Adelaide, Australia  Australia 1–1 2–3 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
4. 7 October 2017 King Abdullah Sports City, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia  Jamaica 1–0 5–2 Friendly
5. 15 May 2018 La Cartuja, Seville, Spain  Greece 1–0 2–0
6. 25 June 2018 Volgograd Arena, Volgograd, Russia  Egypt 2–1 2–1 2018 FIFA World Cup
7. 10 September 2018 Prince Faisal bin Fahd Stadium, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia  Bolivia 2–0 2–2 Friendly
8. 8 January 2019 Maktoum Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Stadium, Dubai, United Arab Emirates  North Korea 3–0 4–0 2019 AFC Asian Cup
9. 5 September 2019 Prince Mohamed bin Fahd Stadium, Dammam, Saudi Arabia  Mali 1–1 1–1 Friendly
10. 10 September 2019 Bahrain National Stadium, Riffa, Bahrain  Yemen 2–2 2–2 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification
11. 14 November 2019 Pakhtakor Stadium, Tashkent, Uzbekistan  Uzbekistan 3–2 3–2
12. 14 November 2020 Prince Faisal bin Fahd Stadium, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia  Jamaica 1–0 3–0 Friendly
13. 30 March 2021 King Saud University Stadium, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia  Palestine 5–0 5–0 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification
14. 5 June 2021  Yemen 1–0 3–0
15. 11 June 2021  Singapore
16. 2 September 2021  Vietnam 1–1 3–1 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification
17. 29 March 2022 King Abdullah Sports City, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia  Australia 1–0 1–0
18. 22 November 2022 Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail, Qatar  Argentina 2–1 2–1 2022 FIFA World Cup
19. 30 November 2022 Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail, Qatar  Mexico 1–2 1–2

Honours[edit]

Al-Hilal

Individual

References[edit]

  1. ^ Salem Al-Dawsari at Soccerway Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2019: List of Players: Al Hilal SFC" (PDF). FIFA. 5 December 2019. p. 1. Archived from the original (PDF) on 5 December 2019.
  3. ^ Gravela, L. SOCCER WORLD Market Edition 2018/19. Lulu.com. ISBN 978-0-244-09317-4. Retrieved 10 November 2022.
  4. ^ "FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022: List of players: Saudi Arabia" (PDF). FIFA. 15 November 2022. p. 24. Retrieved 15 November 2022.
  5. ^ a b Wilcox, Gregory (30 May 2018). "Salem al-Dawsari: the winger who represents a new breed of Saudi player". The Guardian. Guardian News and Media Limited. Retrieved 31 May 2018.
  6. ^ "Al Hilal fire themselves to the Club World Cup". FIFA.com. 24 November 2019. Retrieved 24 November 2019.
  7. ^ "Socceroos bury Saudis after half-time". ABC News. ABC. 29 February 2012. Retrieved 31 May 2018.
  8. ^ "World Cup 2018: All the confirmed squads for this summer's finals in Russia". BBC Sport. BBC. 18 May 2018. Retrieved 31 May 2018.
  9. ^ "Salem al-Dawsari snatches win for Saudi Arabia against Egypt". The Guardian. Retrieved 25 June 2018.
  10. ^ "Argentina 1-2 Saudi Arabia: Salem Al-Dawsari scores stunner as pre-tournament favourites are shocked". Eurosport. 22 November 2022. Retrieved 22 November 2022.
  11. ^ "Mexico end Saudi Arabia's World Cup dream but still exit tournament". The National News. 30 November 2022.
  12. ^ a b Salem Al-Dawsari at National-Football-Teams.com
  13. ^ "Al Hilal SFC seal 16th Saudi Pro League title". AFC. 30 August 2020. Retrieved 30 August 2020.
  14. ^ "AFC MEN TEAM 2020". IFFHS. 16 December 2020.
  15. ^ "IFFHS MAN TEAM - AFC - OF THE DECADE 2011-2020". IFFHS. 30 January 2021.
  16. ^ "2021 AFC Champions League MVP Al Dawsari hungry for more honours".

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