Salman Isa

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Salman Isa
Personal information
Full name Salman Isa Ghuloom
Date of birth (1977-07-12) 12 July 1977 (age 40)
Place of birth Bahrain
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Wingback
Club information
Current team
Al Riffa
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996–1998 Madinat Isa
1998–2004 Al Riffa
2005–2011 Al-Arabi 67 (9)
2011– Al Riffa
National team
2001–2012 Bahrain 156 (21)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17 October 2011.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 8 November 2012

Salman Isa Ghuloom, (Arabic: سلمان عيسى‎‎) (born 12 July 1977) known to many as just Salman Isa, is a Bahraini footballer who plays as a winger or a wingback. He is currently contracted by Al Riffa.

World Cup Qualifiers[edit]

Salman is noted for scoring for Bahrain in the Asia-Concacaf playoff qualifier for the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany against Trinidad and Tobago. In doing so he gave Bahrain the lead, playing away at Port of Spain in the first leg. That gave Bahrain the advantage to qualify for the World Cup, but Trinidad's Chris Birchall equalized to end the match.[1] In the second Leg in Bahrain, Dennis Lawrence scored to give Trinidad and Tobago the win and help them qualify for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, for the first time in their history.[citation needed]

Club career[edit]

Ghuloom has played for a number of clubs during his footballing career. At 28 he is a very experienced footballer. Ghuloom started his career at small first division (the 2nd tier of Bahraini football) club Isa Town or Madinat Isa. This club produced former Bahrain national team captain, and Ghuloom's teammate, Talal Yousif. Ghuloom's excellent performance for the club prompted one of the three big Bahraini clubs, Al Riffa, to sign him along with Isa Town teammate Talal Yousef. After signing for Al Riffa he made a huge impact helping them to the Bahraini Premiership title in 2002–2003. During his time at Al Riffa he played under Bahraini Manager Riyadh Al Thawadi who would go on to manage the Bahrain national team for one match against Kuwait. Salman Isa plays his trade for Al-Arabi of Qatar currently and is one of the most consistent players at the club.

Glory Days[edit]

Ghuloom is known for his hardworking and tireless displays on the wing, but as Talal Yousif who was deployed as a more offensive player for Al Riffa left for Kuwait SC, Riyadh Al Thawadi decided to push Ghuloom upfield and play him as a forward. This decision proved to be vital as Ghuloom scored 15 goals as a striker, leaving him as the league's top scorer. Ghuloom's amazing form also helped Al Riffa to the 2004–2005 league championship and the Crown Prince Cup. In which Ghuloom scored in the final. Ghuloom's best for the national team came in the 2004 Gulf Arabian Cup in Qatar. Ghuloom scored an amazing goal in the historic 3–0 win over Bahrain's fierce rivals and neighbors, the more famous Saudi Arabia. Ghuloom's hardworking ethics paid off as Bahrain again qualified for the semi finals although they were knocked out by Oman. Nevertheless, Bahrain still finished in third place. After the 2004–2005 season Ghuloom's amazing displays prompted Al Arabi of Qatar, where fellow national team player and captain Mohamed Salmeen plays, to sign Ghuloom from then Bahraini champions Al Riffa. At Al Riffa Ghuloom was a cult hero and fans referred to him as "AL JANAH AL TAER" which means the flying wing, for his speedy runs through the wings. At Al Arabi, Ghuloom continued to display good form although there he was being used mostly as a defender or wing back. Currently Salman Isa is defending the colors of Al-Arabi and is the captain of the club.

International career[edit]

Asian Cup 2004[edit]

In 2004 Bahrain qualified for the 2004 AFC Asian Cup in China. Although Salman missed the many games of the tournament due to injury, he still managed to play a few matches in Bahrain's run to the Semi Finals. After the Asian Cup, most of the members of the national team were signed by big Qatari clubs such as Al Gharafa, Al Arabi, and Al Rayyan. Team players such as Mohamed Ahmed Salmeen and Alaa Hubail moved on to Qatar. While others like Talal Yousif for instance decided to move to Kuwait. After this The Bahraini Premiership appeared to have lost some of its most important players. Although the loss of many national team members meant the rise of Salman.

Career statistics[edit]

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 26 January 2002 Riyadh, Saudi Arabia  United Arab Emirates 2–1 Won 2002 Gulf Cup of Nations
2 12 December 2003 Manama, Bahrain  Iraq 2–2 Draw Friendly
3 17 December 2004 Doha, Qatar  Saudi Arabia 3–0 Won 2004 Gulf Cup of Nations
4 17 August 2005 Manama, Bahrain  North Korea 2–3 Lost 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification
5 12 November 2005 Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago  Trinidad and Tobago 1–1 Draw 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification
6 15 November 2006 Manama, Bahrain  Kuwait 2–1 Won 2007 AFC Asian Cup qualification
7 15 July 2007 Jakarta, Indonesia  South Korea 2–1 Won 2007 AFC Asian Cup Group Stage
8 16 October 2007 Al Muharraq, Bahrain  Libya 2–0 Won Friendly
9 16 October 2007 Al Muharraq, Bahrain  Libya 2–0 Won Friendly
10 4 March 2008 Doha, Qatar  Qatar 2–1 Won Friendly
11 2 June 2008 Bangkok, Thailand  Thailand 3–2 Won 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
12 7 June 2008 Manama, Bahrain  Thailand 1–1 Draw 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
13 20 August 2008 Manama, Bahrain  Burkina Faso 3–1 Won Friendly
14 6 September 2008 Manama, Bahrain  Japan 2–3 Lost 2010 FIFA World Cup Qualification
15 29 December 2008 Manama, Bahrain  Syria 2–2 Draw Friendly
16 21 January 2009 Hong Kong, Hong Kong  Hong Kong 3–1 Won 2011 AFC Asian Cup qualification
17 28 January 2009 Manama, Bahrain  Japan 1–0 Won 2011 AFC Asian Cup qualification
18 31 August 2009 Manama, Bahrain  Iran 4–2 Won Friendly
19 8 October 2010 Kuwait City, Kuwait  Kuwait 3–1 Won Friendly
20 25 December 2010 Dubai, UAE  Uzbekistan 1–1 Draw Friendly
21 20 December 2011 Doha, Qatar  Palestine 3–1 Won Football at the 2011 Pan Arab Games


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