Tha'er Bawab

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Tha'er Bawab
Personal information
Full name Tha'er Fayez Al Bawab
Date of birth (1985-03-01) 1 March 1985 (age 33)
Place of birth Amman, Jordan
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Concordia Chiajna
Number 11
Youth career
2001–2003 Cornellà
2003–2004 Real Madrid
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2006 Real Madrid C 31 (10)
2006–2007 Real Madrid B 0 (0)
2007 Barcelona B 13 (3)
2007–2008 Hospitalet 27 (2)
2009 Alfaro 14 (3)
2009–2010 Moratalla 28 (3)
2010 Gloria Bistrița 7 (0)
2011–2014 Gaz Metan Mediaș 93 (27)
2014–2015 Universitatea Craiova 44 (12)
2016 Steaua București 8 (1)
2016 Umm Salal 7 (2)
2017 Dinamo București 13 (0)
2017– Concordia Chiajna 27 (1)
National team
2005– Jordan 25 (6)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 3 June 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 28 March 2017

Tha'er Fayed Al Bawab (Arabic: ثائر فايد بواب‎; born 1 March 1985) is a Jordanian professional footballer who plays as a forward for Romanian club Concordia Chiajna.

He spent most of his professional career in Spain and Romania.

Club career[edit]

Early years / Real Madrid[edit]

Born in Amman of Palestinian descent, Bawab's family moved to Catalonia, Spain when he was a child. He started playing for the youth teams of local UE Cornellà, leaving at the age of 18 to Real Madrid where he completed his formation,[1] and scoring 30 goals in his sole season with the Juvenil side.

In 2004, Bawab signed a professional contract with Real Madrid, and the club also agreed to pay a college scholarship for him, as he went on to make his senior debuts with the third team in the fourth division. At that time, talks had started where people compared his style of play to Zinedine Zidane (even though they did not play in the same position); first-team coach Mariano García Remón thought about promoting to the main squad, but eventually did not saying he did not want to put pressure on the youngster, who was just 19.

Barcelona / Journeyman in Spain[edit]

Bawab split the 2006–07 season with Real Madrid Castilla – for whom he did not appear officially – and another reserve team, FC Barcelona Atlètic, scoring three goals for the latter as both sides suffered relegation (the former in the second level, the latter in the third).

In the following three seasons, he competed in the country's division three, being relegated with all the clubs, CE L'Hospitalet, CD Alfaro (which he joined in January 2009) and Moratalla CF.

Romania[edit]

In late June 2010, Bawab signed a two-year contract with Romanian club ACF Gloria 1922 Bistriţa.[2] Midway through the season, as his team would eventually suffer relegation from Liga I, he joined fellow league side CS Gaz Metan Mediaş.

On 4 August 2011, Bawab scored two goals against 1. FSV Mainz 05 in the last qualifying round in the UEFA Europa League, one in each leg as Gaz Metan eventually won on penalties.[3][4] On 26 September, he added two more in a 2–1 league home win over FCM Târgu Mureș.[5]

In September 2014, free agent Bawab moved to CS Universitatea Craiova also in Romania's top flight.

International career[edit]

Bawab made his debut for Jordan in a friendly with Norway on 28 January 2005, which ended 0–0. He made six appearances for the national team in the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, scoring once.[6]

Statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 8 April 2018[7]
Club Season League Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Real Madrid C
2004–05 8 1 ? ? 8 1
2005–06 23 9 ? ? 23 9
Total 31 10 ? ? 31 10
Real Madrid B
2006–07 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 - - 0 0
Barcelona B
2006–07 13 3 0 0 13 3
Total 13 3 0 0 13 3
Hospitalet
2007–08 26 2 ? ? 26 2
2008–09 1 0 ? ? 1 0
Total 27 2 ? ? 27 2
Alfaro
2008–09 14 3 ? ? 14 3
Total 14 3 ? ? 14 3
Moratalla
2009–10 28 3 ? ? 28 3
Total 28 3 ? ? 28 3
Gloria Bistriţa
2010–11 7 0 0 0 7 0
Total 7 0 0 0 7 0
Gaz Metan Mediaș
2010–11 14 2 14 2
2011–12 28 8 3 0 6 2 37 10
2012–13 25 10 1 1 26 11
2013–14 16 4 0 0 16 4
Total 83 24 4 1 6 2 93 27
Universitatea Craiova
2014–15 25 9 2 0 27 9
2015–16 19 3 0 0 0 0 19 3
Total 44 12 2 0 0 0 46 12
Steaua București
2015–16 8 1 0 0 1 2 9 3
Total 8 1 0 0 1 2 9 3
Umm Salal
2016–17 7 2 0 0 0 0 7 2
Total 7 2 0 0 0 0 7 2
Dinamo București
2016–17 12 0 0 0 1 0 13 0
2017–18 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Total 13 0 0 0 1 0 14 0
Concordia Chiajna
2017–18 19 1 0 0 0 0 19 1
Total 19 1 0 0 0 0 19 1
Career total 294 61 6 1 2 2 6 2 308 66

International goals[edit]

[8]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 26 March 2008 Olympic Stadium, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan  Turkmenistan 2–0 2–0 2010 World Cup qualification
2 16 October 2012 Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex, Muscat, Oman  Oman 1–2 1–2 2014 World Cup qualification
3 4 February 2014 Jalan Besar, Kallang, Singapore  Singapore 1–0 3–1 2015 Asian Cup qualification
4 5 March 2014 International Stadium, Amman, Jordan  Syria 1–0 2–1 2015 Asian Cup qualification
5 2–0
6 23 March 2017 King Abdullah II, Amman, Jordan  Hong Kong 4–0 4–0 Friendly

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Steaua București
Dinamo București

References[edit]

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