Salman Al-Faraj

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Salman Al-Faraj
Salman Al-Faraj 2018.jpg
Al-Faraj with Saudi Arabia at the 2018 FIFA World Cup
Personal information
Full name Salman Mohammed Al-Faraj
Date of birth (1989-08-01) 1 August 1989 (age 33)
Place of birth Medina, Saudi Arabia[1]
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)[2]
Position(s) Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Al-Hilal
Number 7
Youth career
2004–2008 Al-Hilal
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008– Al-Hilal 208 (17)
National team
2011–2012 Saudi Arabia U23 2 (1)
2012– Saudi Arabia 68 (8)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 12:41, 28 June 2022 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 21:19, 5 June 2022 (UTC)

Salman Mohammed Al-Faraj (Arabic: سلمان محمد الفرج; born 1 August 1989) is a Saudi Arabian professional footballer who plays as a midfielder and captains both Al-Hilal and the Saudi Arabia national football team.[3][4]

International career[edit]

Salman's first match with his national team was against Congo in an international friendly at Prince Abdullah bin Jalawi Stadium in al-Hasa, Saudi Arabia on 14 October 2012. The match ended in a 3–2 win.[5] Salman's first goal with his national team was against Timor-Leste during the second round of the 2018 World Cup qualifiers at King Abdullah Sports City, in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on 3 September 2015. The match ended in a 7–0 win.[6]

In May 2018, he was named in Saudi Arabia’s preliminary squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.[7] On 4 June, Salman included in 23-man squad for the World Cup.[8] On 25 June, Salman scored the equalizing goal and his first ever World Cup goal from the penalty kick in a 2–1 victory over Egypt in their last group stage match of the tournament; it was Saudi Arabia's lone win in the tournament as the team crashed out of the group stage.[9]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 30 May 2021[10]
Club Season League King Cup Crown Prince Cup Asia Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Al-Hilal 2008–09 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
2009–10 1 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 5 0
2010–11 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 0
2011–12 15 1 2 0 3 0 8 0 28 1
2012–13 22 3 2 0 3 0 7 1 34 4
2013–14 22 0 3 0 2 0 12 1 39 1
2014–15 20 2 5 1 4 2 9 0 38 5
2015–16 19 2 4 0 4 1 6 0 1[a] 0 34 3
2016–17 17 2 2 0 3 0 13 0 1[a] 0 36 2
2017–18 17 3 0 0 2 0 19 3
2018–19 8 2 0 0 7 0 2[b] 0 17 2
2019–20 19 2 3 0 2 0 0 0 17 1
2020–21 17 0 1 0 0 0 1[a] 0 19 0
Total 191 17 25 1 19 3 68 2 5 0 308 23
Career totals 191 17 25 1 19 3 68 2 5 0 308 23
  1. ^ a b c Appearances in Saudi Super Cup
  2. ^ One appearance in Arab Club Champions Cup, and one appearance in Saudi-Egyptian Super Cup

International[edit]

Statistics accurate as of match played 5 June 2022.[11][12]
Saudi Arabia
Year Apps Goals
2012 2 0
2013 3 0
2014 7 0
2015 10 1
2016 8 0
2017 8 1
2018 11 2
2019 7 2
2020 0 0
2021 9 2
2022 3 0
Total 68 8

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Saudi Arabia's goal tally first.[11]
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 3 September 2015 King Abdullah Sports City, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia  Timor-Leste 4–0 7–0 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
2. 7 October 2017  Jamaica 3–1 5–2 Friendly
3. 9 May 2018 Estadio Ramón de Carranza, Cádiz, Spain  Algeria 1–0 2–0
4. 25 June 2018 Volgograd Arena, Volgograd, Russia  Egypt 1–1 2–1 2018 FIFA World Cup
5. 14 November 2019 Pakhtakor Stadium, Tashkent, Uzbekistan  Uzbekistan 1–1 3–2 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification
6. 2–2
7. 15 June 2021 King Saud University Stadium, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia 1–0 3–0
8. 2–0

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Al-Hilal

References[edit]

  1. ^ "سلمان الفرج "ضابط إيقاع الأخضر".. توقّـع له كوزميــن الاحتــراف فـــي أوروبا".
  2. ^ "2018 FIFA World Cup Russia – List of Players" (PDF). FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 4 June 2018. Retrieved 10 June 2018.
  3. ^ "Salman Alfaraj".
  4. ^ "Saudi Team". www.ksa-team.com.
  5. ^ "Saudi Arabia vs Congo". ksa-team.com. Saudi Team Website. 14 October 2012. Retrieved 24 May 2018.
  6. ^ "Saudi Arabia vs Timor-Leste". ksa-team.com. Saudi Team Website. 3 September 2015. Retrieved 16 May 2018.
  7. ^ "World Cup 2018: All the confirmed squads for this summer's finals in Russia". bbc.com. BBC Sport. 18 May 2018. Retrieved 24 May 2018.
  8. ^ "World Cup 2018: Saudi Arabia name all-domestic 23-man squad". BBC Sport. Retrieved 25 June 2018.
  9. ^ "Salem al-Dawsari snatches win for Saudi Arabia against Egypt". The Guardian. Retrieved 25 June 2018.
  10. ^ "SALMAN AL FARAJ".
  11. ^ a b Salman Al-Faraj at National-Football-Teams.com
  12. ^ "( Salman ALFARAJ ) Matches Played".

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