Talal Yousef

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Talal Yousef
Personal information
Full name Talal Yousef Ahmed bin Yateem
Date of birth (1975-02-24) 24 February 1975 (age 42)
Place of birth Bahrain
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Number 13
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
–2004 Al Riffa
2004–2007 Al Kuwait Kaifan
2007–2008 Al Qadisiya Kuwait
2008– Al-Riffa
National team
1998–2009 Bahrain 72 (19)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 17 October 2011

Talal Yousif Mohammed (born 24 February 1975), known mainly as Talal Yousif, is a Bahraini footballer. He currently plays for Al-Riffa.

Yousif plays mainly as an offensive midfielder and sometimes as a striker. He is currently retired from playing with the Bahrain national football team, where he made 21 appearances in FIFA World Cup qualifying matches.[1]

Early career[edit]

Talal started off his career with a small club Isa Town. Known as Madinat Isa, this is the club that produced fellow Bahraini football star Salman Ghuloom, known as Salman Isa. At one point Talal captained the Isa Town squad. After some amazing performances he was noted by Bahrain Riffa Club, formerly known as West Riffa or Al Riffa Al Gharbi which led to signing him along with Salman Isa for an undisclosed fee.

Al Riffa Club[edit]

After signing for Al Riffa (Riffa Club), Talal Yousif made a huge impact. He helped them to the league title and the Crown Prince Cup and established himself as the superstar of Al Riffa. He became immensely popular in Bahrain. He was especially known for his amazing free kicks and was nicknamed "The Beckham of Bahrain" for that.[citation needed]

Asian Cup[edit]

During the 2004 Asian Cup, Talal Yousif peaked and put on his best performances. He scored two goals, one coming from his trademark free kick against fierce rivals Iran in the 3rd and 4th place playoff. Talal Yousif was named in the team of the tournament along with fellow Bahraini's A'ala Hubail, who was joint top scorer, and Mohamed Salmeen .In this tournament the Bahraini National Team had their best ever performance at a major tournament as they reached the semi finals. Talal Yousif was a major part of that success and after the tournament he was named Captain of the National team.


After the Asian Cup success, many of Bahrain's top players headed for Qatar although Talal opted for a move to Kuwait. He was later joined by Bahraini defender Hussain Ali Baba, also a former Al Riffa player. When Kuwait SC did not renew his contract, he then signed with Qadsiya for the 2007/08 season.



Talal announced his official retirement from International Football in January 2006, then was convinced to return and helped Bahrain qualify for the Asian Cup 2007. He also stayed on for the 18th & 19th GCC Cup's and then announced his final retirement from International Competitions.

Goals for Senior National Team[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
12 November 1998 Manama, Bahrain  Oman 2–2 Draw 1998 Gulf Cup of Nations
30 December 2003 Kuwait City, Kuwait  Yemen 5–1 Won 2003 Gulf Cup of Nations
7 January 2004 Kuwait City, Kuwait  United Arab Emirates 3–1 Won 2003 Gulf Cup of Nations
7 January 2004 Kuwait City, Kuwait  United Arab Emirates 3–1 Won 2003 Gulf Cup of Nations
10 January 2004 Kuwait City, Kuwait  Kuwait 4–0 Won 2003 Gulf Cup of Nations
10 January 2004 Kuwait City, Kuwait  Kuwait 4–0 Won 2003 Gulf Cup of Nations
25 July 2004 Jinan, China  Indonesia 3–1 Won 2004 AFC Asian Cup
6 August 2004 Beijing, China  Iran 2–4 Lost 2004 AFC Asian Cup
13 October 2004 Damascus, Syria  Syria 2–2 Draw 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification
17 November 2004 Manama, Bahrain  Tajikistan 4–0 Won 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification
11 December 2004 Doha, Qatar  Yemen 1–1 Draw 2004 Gulf Cup of Nations
17 December 2004 Doha, Qatar  Saudi Arabia 3–0 Won 2004 Gulf Cup of Nations
8 October 2005 Tashkent, Uzbekistan  Uzbekistan 1–1 Draw 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification
15 November 2006 Manama, Bahrain  Kuwait 2–1 Won 2007 AFC Asian Cup qualification
12 January 2007 Dubai, UAE  Yemen 4–0 Won Friendly
18 January 2007 Abu Dhabi, UAE  Saudi Arabia 1–2 Lost 2007 Gulf Cup of Nations


  1. ^ Talal MohamedFIFA competition record

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