Yasser Al-Qahtani

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Yasser Al-Qahtani
Yasser Al-Qahtani 2010.jpg
Personal information
Full name Yasser Saeed Al-Qahtani
Date of birth (1982-10-10) 10 October 1982 (age 34)
Place of birth Khobar, Saudi Arabia
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Al-Hilal
Number 20
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2005 Al-Qadisiya 30 (19)
2005–2017 Al-Hilal 152 (87)
2011–2012 Al Ain (loan) 15 (15)
National team
2002–2013 Saudi Arabia 112[1] (42)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19:09, 5 June 2016 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14 November 2015

Yasser Saeed Al-Qahtani (Arabic: ياسر سعيد القحطاني‎‎; born 10 October 1982) is a Saudi Arabian footballer who plays as a striker for Al-Hilal FC in the Saudi Professional League. He was also captain of the Saudi Arabian national team.

Club career[edit]

In 2005, Al-Qahtani moved to Al-Hilal from Al-Qadisiyah for a reported £2.5 million transfer fee.[2]

After leading Saudi Arabia to the finals of the 2007 AFC Asian Cup as one of the tournament's top scorers, he won the Asian Footballer of the Year award.[3][4][5] He went on trial at Manchester City in December.[2]

In 2011, struggling for form following injuries and having lost his place in the Al-Hilal starting lineup, Al-Qahtani joined United Arab Emirates club Al Ain on a season-long loan.[6] There he contributed to the club's first league title since 2004 scoring 7 goals in 15 league appearances, and 12 goals in a total of 26 games across all competitions.[7] Having regained his form he returned to Al-Hilal after the loan spell ended.[8][9]

Coached by Sami Al-Jaber and Laurențiu Reghecampf, Al-Qahtani reached the finals of the 2014 AFC Champions League with Al-Hilal where his team finished runners up losing to Western Sydney Wanderers in the final 1–0 on aggregate.[10]

International career[edit]

2006 World Cup[edit]

Al-Qahtani played in the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany where he scored a goal against Tunisia.[11]

2007 Asian Cup[edit]

At the 2007 AFC Asian Cup, Saudi Arabia reached the final under new Brazilian coach dos Anjos with Al-Qahtani becoming the tournament's top scorer.[4][12][13]

2010 World Cup qualification campaign[edit]

In the final stages of the 2010 World Cup qualification, Al-Qahtani was injured in the game against Uzbekistan and upon his return from injury remained out form due to lack of playing time at Al-Hilal. Saudi Arabia missed qualification to the World Cup failing to beat North Korea at home in Riyadh in the decisive last game with the match ending goalless.[14]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 30 May 2017
Club Season League Cup ACL Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Al-Qadisiyah 2002–03 10 5 1 0 - - 11 5
2003–04 10 9 2 0 - - 12 9
2004–05 10 5 5 4 - - 15 9
Al-Hilal 2005–06 11 7 6 1 3 1 20 9
2006–07 15 10 4 0 3 0 22 10
2007–08 13 10 8 6 2 0 23 16
2008–09 12 10 7 1 5 2 24 13
2009–10 20 9 9 6 6 4 35 19
2010–11 16 11 3 2 9 5 28 18
Al-Ain (Loan) 2011-12 15 7 8 5 - - 23 12
Al-Hilal 2012–13 20 13 3 1 6 2 29 16
2013–14 16 5 5 3 7 2 28 10
2014–15 9 3 - - 5 0 14 3
2015–16 12 6 4 3 5 1 21 10
2016–17 12 4 5 2 2 0 19 6
Al-Hilal Total 156 88 54 25 53 17 263 130
Career Total 201 114 70 34 53 17 324 165

International[edit]

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Saudi Arabia's goal tally first.[15]

Honours[edit]

[1]

Club[edit]

Al-Hilal
Al Ain

International[edit]

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Al-Qahtani, Yasser at National-Football-Teams.com
  2. ^ a b "Man City take Al Qahtani on trial". BBC Sport. 19 December 2007. Retrieved 18 July 2016. 
  3. ^ "Soccer-Yasser Al Qahtani named Asian Player of the Year". Retrieved 2 September 2015. 
  4. ^ a b "Asian footballer of the year announced - Sport - BrisbaneTimes". www.brisbanetimes.com.au. Retrieved 2 September 2015. 
  5. ^ "Saudi Arabia’s Al-Qahtani Is Asian Player of the Year". www.arabnews.com. Retrieved 2 September 2015. 
  6. ^ "Al Qahtani ready to lead Al Ain | The National". Retrieved 2 September 2015. 
  7. ^ Khaled, Ali (15 September 2014). "Former Al Ain teammates consider Al Qahtani a brother, but ‘Inside the pitch, we don’t know Yasser’". The National. Retrieved 18 July 2016. 
  8. ^ Jose, James. "‘Decision on Qahtani, Gyan at end of season’ - Khaleej Times". www.khaleejtimes.com. Retrieved 2 September 2015. 
  9. ^ "Al Qahtani to return to Al Hilal - report - Goal.com". Retrieved 2 September 2015. 
  10. ^ FIFA.com. "Wanderers, Al Hilal reach maiden final". Retrieved 2 September 2015. 
  11. ^ "Tunisia, Saudi Arabia put on a show at World Cup". CBC Sports. 14 June 2006. Retrieved 2 September 2015. 
  12. ^ "Saudi strikers earn praise | The World Game". Retrieved 2 September 2015. 
  13. ^ "Saudi beat Japan to reach Asian Cup final". gulfnews.com. Retrieved 2 September 2015. 
  14. ^ "World Cup Blow For Saudi Arabia As Naif Hazazi Tears Cruciate Ligament - Goal.com". Retrieved 2 September 2015. 
  15. ^ "Yasser Al-Qahtani – Goals in International Matches". RSSSF. Retrieved 22 February 2012. 

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