Ali Nizar Hamam (Arabic: علي نزار حمام; born 25 August 1986) is a Lebanese professional footballer who plays as a right-back for Lebanese Premier League club Nejmeh. His main qualities are his experience on the field and his defensive abilities, as well as his attacking threat.
Hamam training with Lebanon in 2018
|Full name||Ali Nizar Hamam|
|Date of birth||25 August 1986|
|Place of birth||Anqoun, Lebanon|
|Height||1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 27 October 2019|
He started his career with Al-Taqaddom Anqoun, where his talent attracted the attention of the Al-Ahli Sports Club, which won the Lebanese Second Division. He played for Al-Ahli Sports Club in the Lebanese Premier League in the 2007/2008 season but the team was relegated to the Lebanese Second Division after coming in 12th position. Ali Hamam attracted high attention of the media and the coaches in this season due to his young age and impressive performance. He did not wait long before transferring to Al-Nejmeh which is considered one of the strongest teams in Lebanese Premier League with the largest number of fans in Lebanon.
He played for Al-Nejmeh from the 2008/2009 season until the 2013/2014 season where he triumphed the league championship twice, once in the first season and another in his last season. He scored eleven goals and Al-Nejmeh with him was always in the first three places in the League throughout all these spectacular six seasons. When Hamam was playing for Al-Nejmeh, the team won the championship twice, was a runner-up trice, and was in third place only once 2010/2011 season, only one point after the Al-Safa. He also achieved the Lebanese Super Cup and the Lebanese Elite Cup in his last season in 2014, which was a great year for him, carrying the three trophies, and achieving even more with the national team.
Four years later, in 2018, he returned to Nejmeh.
At international level, he joined the Lebanese national team in 2009 and played since several official and friendly matches. He played five matches for Lebanon at 2011 AFC Asian Cup qualification and all four matches at 2009 Nehru Cup International Football Tournament.
He also played for the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC), where Lebanon won 2-1 over South Korea in a historic match, won 1-0 over Kuwait on kuwaiti soil, and 3-1 over United Arab Emirates, causing the resignation of the latter team's coach. With these wins, and an added 2-2 tie with Kuwait, the Lebanese national team secured a spot in the second round of the qualifications with its 10 points, and Hamam was a member of the starting squad in all these games. In the second round, Hamam played as well, but despite winning over Iran, and achieving a tie with South Korea, and Uzbekistan, Lebanon could not achieve better than the fifth place, and was therefore eliminated, and did not qualify for the competition, where Iran and South Korea secured their seats in the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
For the 2015 AFC Asian Cup qualification, Hamam played six matches for Lebanon against Iran, Kuwait, and Thailand, but the team failed to qualify, falling in the third place above Thailand. The team almost secured the best third place in all groups, but a difference of one goal made China take his spot, leaving Lebanon in the second best third place.
- As of 25 November 2017
|Zob Ahan||Pro League||2014–15||25||0||5||0||–||–||30||0|
- Scores and results list Lebanon's goal tally first.
|1||15 November 2015||Saida International Stadium, Saida, Lebanon||Laos||4–0||7–0||2018 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|2||10 October 2017||Camille Chamoun Sports City Stadium, Beirut, Lebanon||North Korea||4–0||5–0||2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification|
|3||9 November 2017||Singapore National Stadium, Kallang, Singapore||Singapore||1–0||1–0||Friendly|
Honours and achievementsEdit
- Lebanese Premier League: 2008–09, 2013–14
- Lebanese FA Cup runner-up: 2011–12
- Lebanese Super Cup: 2009
- Lebanese Elite Cup: 2018
- Lebanese Football League Team of the Season: 2011–12, 2012–13, 2013–14
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