Kasim with Swindon Town in 2014
|Full name||Yaser Safa Qasim Al-Qadefaje|
|Date of birth||10 May 1991|
|Place of birth||Karrada, Baghdad, Iraq|
|Playing position||Central midfielder|
|2010–2013||Brighton & Hove Albion||1||(0)|
|2012||→ Luton Town (loan)||11||(1)|
|2013||→ Macclesfield Town (loan)||5||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 9 December 2017 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 1 September 2016
His career in England started in the youth teams at Premier League side Fulham. A coach at one of the sport centres that Kasim frequented took him to Fulham and he joined the youth setup there but left after a few months and switched to North London club Tottenham Hotspur.
He joined the youth setup at Spurs in 2007 and remained until his 18th birthday with the club. He departed the club in the summer of 2010, after turning down a pro contract, claiming that he did not feel the club had the player's best interest in mind. He joined Brighton & Hove Albion shortly after.
Brighton & Hove Albion
He joined Brighton & Hove Albion in October 2010, signing a short-term contract until January 2011. On 20 November, Kasim was an unused substitute during the 2–2 draw against Bristol Rovers. and during January 2011 it was revealed that he had signed a new short-term contract until 30 June. On 7 May 2011, Kasim made his debut for Brighton starting against Notts County.
On 21 May 2013, Kasim was released by Brighton.
On 12 July 2012, Kasim joined Conference Premier side Luton Town on a six-month loan deal. He played as a defensive midfielder through Luton's pre-season games, establishing himself as a first-team regular, and debuted for the club on 11 August in a 2–2 draw with Gateshead.
Yaser signed a three-year deal with Swindon Town after a trial with the club. Despite being at the club for a few months, he was subject to a deadline day bid from an unknown championship side on deadline day that was rejected. In his first season with the club, Kasim played 45 times for the club, forming a midfield partnership with Australian Massimo Luongo. Manager Mark Cooper made him an instrumental part of the team, the team also reached the final of the Southern section of the JPT but lost on penalties to Peterborough United. Yaser converted his penalty. Yaser scored his first goal for the club on 21 December 2013. Scoring a goal in the 77th minute vs Coventry City. He scored his second goal in a 2-1 win over Peterborough United. In October 2013, Kasim signed a contract extension keeping him at the club till 2016. He received a one match suspension for an accumulation of yellow cards, he missed a league fixture vs Port Vale. The 2013/14 season ended with Swindon missing out on a place in the promotion play-offs as they finished 8th overall.
In his second season with Swindon, Yaser played 41 games, scoring three goals in all competitions. His first goal came against Crewe Alexandra in League One, his second came against Chesterfield in the same competition, while the last was against former club Brighton & Hove Albion in the league up. Swindon finished 4th in League One, which meant they qualified to the Championship play-offs. They reached the final but lost to Preston North End, narrowly missing out on promotion. Kasim missed some matches during January due to being called up for Iraq in the 2015 AFC Asian Cup, in which Iraq finished 4th.
In his third season in the club, Yaser was an established member of the squad and became the unofficial third captain for the club. He played 29 games, scoring once. A league goal vs Chesterfield in a 1-0 win. Swindon finished in a disappointing 15th position.
In his fourth season with Swindon, the club was relegated to EFL League Two.
- As of match played 9 December 2017.
|Club||Season||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Other||Total|
|Brighton & Hove Albion||2010–11||League One||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||0|
|Luton Town (loan)||2012–13||Conference Premier||11||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||11||1|
|Macclesfield Town (loan)||2012–13||Conference Premier||5||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||5||0|
|Swindon Town||2013–14||League One||37||2||1||0||3||0||4[a]||0||45||2|
|Northampton Town||2017–18||League One||6||0||1||0||1||0||2[c]||0||10||0|
Kasim refused to playing several times for national teams in 2015 & 2016 and 2017. In September 2016, he attended after the pressure from the former coach Radhi Shenaishil and claimed the injury. he had left before than a month ago the Olympic team training camp before Rio 2016. In 2017, Kasim Ignore invitations from the new coach Basim Qasim, before announcing his retirement. then retreat from retirement after months.
- Scores and results list Iraq's goal tally first.
|1.||17 November 2014||Prince Faisal bin Fahd Stadium, Riyadh||Oman||1–0||1–1||2014 Gulf Cup of Nations|
|2.||12 January 2015||Lang Park, Brisbane||Jordan||1–0||1–0||2015 AFC Asian Cup|
|3.||31 March 2015||Khalid Bin Mohammed Stadium, Sharjah||DR Congo||1–0||1–0||Friendly|
In 6 age Kasim left Iraq with his family to Jordan and after spending a year in Jordan where he experienced his first taste of school, the family arrived in England.
- 2015 AFC Asian Cup: fourth-place
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- Player profile on Brighton & Hove Albion official website (seagulls.co.uk:80) at the Wayback Machine (archived 2011-05-09)
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