Zakaria Charara

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Zakaria Charara
زكريا شرارة
Personal information
Full name Zakaria Yehya Charara
Date of birth (1986-01-01) 1 January 1986 (age 31)
Place of birth Beirut, Lebanon
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Al-Akhaa Al-Ahli Aley
Number 9
Youth career
1998−2006 Al-Nejmeh
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007−2009 Al-Nejmeh
2010 Al-Karmel FC
2010−2011 Al-Shabab
2011–2012 Ermis Aradippou 5 (0)
2012 Kelantan FA 0 (0)
2012 Kuala Lumpur FA (loan) 19 (4)
2012–present Al-Nejmeh 4 (1)
2013–present Al-Akhaa Al-Ahli Aley (loan) 5 (3)
National team
2008− Lebanon 13 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 31 October 2012.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 31 October 2012

Zakaria Yehya Charara (Arabic: زكريا شرارة) (born 1 January 1986 in Beirut) is Lebanese football player who currently plays as a midfielder for Al-Nejmeh.


Charara started his youth career with Nejmeh SC before he was promoted to the first team and he used to wear the number 9. He broke into the Lebanese national teams in 1999 with the Youth national team before he joined Lebanon in 2008 where he wears number 9 as well. He made an impressive performance last season by leading Nejmeh to win the Lebanese Premier League title. After disputes with Nejmeh, he decided to move to Jordan's Al-Karmel where he played couple of matches. Recently and during the summer transfers, he moved to Al-Shabab where he currently wears number 9 shirt.

In August 2011 he signed with Cypriot First Division side Ermis Aradippou for the 2011–12 season. He debuted for Ermis in a 0-0 draw against Ethnikos Achna on 10 September.[1]

After a successful trial, Zakaria officially joined the 2011 Malaysia Super League champion and 2011 FA Cup Runners-Up, Kelantan FA on 6 December 2011, signing a 2-year contract with the club. The club is located in East Coast of Malaysia and will be playing in the 2012 AFC Cup.[2][3]

However, due to the lack of playing time with Kelantan, Zakaria and team mate, Emmanuel Okine went on a loan until the rest of the season to another Malaysian Super League side which is Kuala Lumpur FA.[4][5] He scored his first league goal for Kuala Lumpur, converting a penalty in a 1-1 draw with Sarawak FA on 5 May 2012.[6]

After the 2012 Malaysia Super League season ends, Zakaria decided to left the team and joins Al-Nejmeh. He makes debut on 29 September 2012 against Shabab Al-Ghazieh.

International career[edit]

Zakaria is a member of the Lebanon national football team since 2008, managing to score 2 goals for his country.

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Lebanon's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 1 April 2009 Saida International Stadium, Sidon  Namibia 1–1 1–1 Friendly
2. 28 July 2011 Saida International Stadium, Sidon  Syria 1–0 2–3 Friendly


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