Youssef Mohamad

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Youssef Mohamad
Youssef Mohamad 2019.jpg
Mohamad in 2018
Personal information
Full name Youssef Wasef Mohamad
Date of birth (1980-07-01) 1 July 1980 (age 39)
Place of birth Beirut, Lebanon
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Lebanon (Technical assistant)
Youth career
Safa
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2002 Safa 25+ (4)
2002–2004 Olympic Beirut (4+)
2004–2007 SC Freiburg 87 (9)
2007–2011 1. FC Köln 120 (10)
2011–2013 Al-Ahli 35 (5)
2016 Nejmeh 0 (0)
Total 267+ (32+)
National team
2002 Lebanon U23
2000–2016 Lebanon 75 (3)
Teams managed
2016– Lebanon (Technical assistant)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Youssef Wasef Mohamad (Arabic: يوسف واصف محمد‎, born 1 July 1980), also known as Dodo, is a Lebanese technical assistant for the Lebanon national team, and former player.

He is one of the most successful players in the history of Lebanese football, as he captained Köln during his spell with the club in the German Bundesliga as well as the Lebanese national team.

Club career[edit]

Safa[edit]

Mohamad began his career at Safa Sporting Club, signing to the first-team from the youth team. He got promoted to the first team in 1999 and played for 3 years, making 25 league appearances and scoring 3 times.

Olympic Beirut[edit]

In 2002, he transferred to Olympic Beirut, a club that was founded in 2000. Mohamed went on to win the Lebanese Premier League and Lebanese FA Cup titles in 2003.

Freiburg[edit]

Mohamad joined Freiburg from Olympic Beirut] in 2004 at the recommendation of his international teammate, Roda Antar. He scored his first goals, a brace, in a 3–3 draw against Greuther Fürth on 22 September 2006.[1] Although Freiburg were relegated to the 2. Bundesliga, Mohamad remained there until his transfer to 1. FC Köln in 2007 along with Roda Antar.

1. FC Köln[edit]

Youssef Mohamad at 1. FC Köln.

Mohamad signed for Köln on 17 July 2007. They were promoted to the German first division for the 2008–09 season after Youssef and his team-mate Roda Antar made a great season.

In the 2009–10 season he scored against Borussia Dortmund in a thrilling but disappointing 3–2 loss. After teammate Kevin McKenna made it 2-1, Mohamad equalized the score in the 88th minute with a right footed goal. Kevin Grosskreutz then went on to snatch the victory for Borussia in the last minute.[2] Mohamad received three yellow cards throughout the season.

In January 2010, Köln coach Zvonimir Soldo announced that Mohamad would be the captain of the club.

It took 92 seconds for him to see a red card on the opening day of the 2010–11 season for which he received a three match ban.

Al-Ahli[edit]

On 19 August 2011, the official website of Al-Ahli announced that they had come to an agreement with 1. FC Köln for the transfer of Mohamad to the UAE League. Mohamad had reportedly signed a two-year contract after successfully passing a medical.[3] It was reported that Köln would not allow Mohamad to leave until they could find a replacement for him, and the club board said that it was an honour to have the Lebanese defender.[4]

Nejmeh[edit]

In the summer of 2016, Mohamad signed with Nejmeh. However he did not manage a single appearance as he was ruled out for injury; he subsequently retired from football the same year.

International career[edit]

On 16 August 1999, Mohamed debuted for Lebanon in the 1999 Pan Arab Games.[5]

Mohamad scored his first international goal in a 3–1 home victory against Kuwait on 25 June 2000.[6]

In 2000, aged 20, Mohamad was selected to represent Lebanon at the 2000 Asian Cup. This opportunity of playing in a major tournament at a young age gave him a big chance to broaden his career. On 12 October, he played a full 90 minutes in Lebanon's opening 4–0 loss against Iran. On 15 October, he was substituted onto the field in the 89th minute for Abbas Chahrour in a 2–2 draw against Iraq. However, he would not take part in Lebanon's 1–1 draw with Thailand on 18 October.[7]

Mohamad scored in a friendly match against Bahrain on 19 September 2003.[8]

During 2007, Mohamad reportedly had a disagreement with Lebanon's assistant coach Adnan Meckdache where he had intensely criticized the Lebanese Football Federation and the national team coach. He was suspended by the Football Federation and would be allowed to return on the condition that he would apologize to the Lebanese F.A. and its national team coach for the critical stance.

Prior to the start of the third round World Cup qualifiers against South Korea and United Arab Emirates during September 2011, it was reported by Lebanese website sports-leb.com that Mohamad had traveled to Goyang to join the squad for the match.[9]

Coaching career[edit]

After retiring from football, Youssef Mohamed took the role of technical assistant of the Lebanon national football team from 2016 to 2019.

Career statistics[edit]

Club career stats[edit]

Season Team Division Apps Goals
1999–00 Safa Sporting Club 1
2000–01 Safa Sporting Club 1 11 2
2001–02 Safa Sporting Club 1 14 1
2002–03 Olympic Beirut 1
2003–04 Olympic Beirut 1 4
2004–05 SC Freiburg 1 29 0
2005–06 SC Freiburg 2 27 1
2006–07 SC Freiburg 2 31 8
2007–08 1. FC Köln 2 31 5
2008–09 1. FC Köln 1 30 1
2009–10 1. FC Köln 1 31 2
2010–11 1. FC Köln 1 28 2
2011–12 Al-Ahli Dubai 1 13 2
2012–13 Al-Ahli Dubai 1 22 3

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Lebanon's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 25 June 2000 Tripoli Municipal Stadium, Tripoli  Kuwait 3–1 3–1 Friendly
2. 19 September 2003 Bahrain National Stadium, Riffa  Bahrain 2–4 3–4 Friendly
3. 12 November 2015 Saida International Stadium, Beirut  Laos 1–0 7–0[10] 2018 World Cup qualifier

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Olympic Beirut

Al Ahli Dubai

References[edit]

  1. ^ "SC Freiburg 3–3 Greuther Fürth" (in German). kicker.de. 22 September 2006. Retrieved 13 May 2011.
  2. ^ "Dortmund prevail in dramatic encounter". bundesliga.de. 17 January 2010. Retrieved 13 May 2011.
  3. ^ "Al Ahli add more teeth to squad, sign Lebanese defender Mohamad". The Gulf Today. Retrieved 3 May 2012.
  4. ^ Melzer, Oliver. "FC Koln's Youssef Mohammad still not an Al Ahli player despite completing a medical in Dubai". Bettot.com. Retrieved 26 August 2012.
  5. ^ http://www.rsssf.com/intldetails/1999as.html
  6. ^ Courtney, Barrie (2 February 2005). "2000 MATCHES". RSSSF. Retrieved 18 May 2013.
  7. ^ Stokkermans, Karel (4 March 2011). "Asian Nations Cup 2000 Final Tournament - Extended File". RSSSF. Retrieved 13 May 2011.
  8. ^ Cazal, Jean-Michek (2 February 2005). "2003 MATCHES". RSSSF. Retrieved 18 May 2013.
  9. ^ عقد المنتخب يكتمل بانضمام محمد وديوب والسفير اللبناني يولم على شرفه (in Arabic). sports-leb.com. Retrieved 26 August 2012.
  10. ^ https://www.fifa.com/worldcup/matches/round=275171/match=300317516/index.html

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