Yussef Suleiman

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Yussef Suleiman
Personal information
Date of birth (1986-09-17)17 September 1986
Place of birth Homs, Syria
Date of death 20 February 2013(2013-02-20) (aged 26)
Place of death Baramkeh, Damascus, Syria
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Centre forward
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2013 Al-Karamah
2013 Al-Wathba SC
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Yussef Suleiman (Arabic: يوسف سليمان‎, also transcribed as Sleman) (17 September 1986 – 20 February 2013) was a Syrian football player.

Suleiman was born in Homs and last played for Al-Wathba SC. He was killed by a mortar shell fired by the armed opposition during the Syrian civil war, while preparing for training practice inside a hotel in Baramkeh, Damascus.[1] The attack occurred a few hours before the team was to play a league game against the Hama-based Nawair club at Tishreen Stadium in Damascus.[2]

His teammates reported that he was the father of a six-month-old baby. FIFA president Sepp Blatter expressed his condolences in an open letter to the Syrian Football Association over the matter.[3]

He played for Al Karamah in the 2008 AFC Champions League knockout stages.[4][5][6]


According to some sources Suleiman was 19 years old at the time of his death.[7] [8]