Almoez Ali Zainalabiddin Abdullah (Arabic: المعز علي زين العابدين عبد الله, born 19 August 1996) is a Sudanese-born Qatari professional footballer who plays for Qatar and Al-Duhail in the Qatar Stars League as a forward. He is a member of the Qatar national team which helped the team to win 2019 AFC Asian Cup. He holds the record of most goals scored in an AFC Asian Cup, scoring nine in the 2019 edition.
|Full name||Almoez Ali Zainalabiddin Abdullah|
|Date of birth||19 August 1996|
|Place of birth||Khartoum, Sudan|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13 January 2019|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 5 September 2019
Almoez Ali was born in Sudan and moved to Qatar as a child. He started playing for Al-Mesaimeer when he was 7 years old, then moved to Aspire Academy and played youth football at Lekhwiya SC. He was also a part of the youth setup for Belgian club Eupen in 2015.
In July 2015, Ali joined the senior team of Austrian club LASK Linz. His first and only league goal for the club's first team came on 27 November 2015 against Floridsdorfer AC. In January 2016, he left the club and joined Cultural Leonesa in Spain's third tier, the Segunda División B. On 3 April 2016, he scored his first goal for Cultural Leonesa in a 1–0 victory over Arandina, becoming the first Qatari footballer ever to score in a Spanish league.
Ali rejoined his former youth club Lekhwiya SC for the 2016–17 season. He scored his first goal for the club on 27 September 2016 in a 5–4 win against Muaither. He went on to make 25 appearances and scoring 8 goals, as well as providing 8 assists and being awarded as the best U23 player of the season as his club won the Qatar Stars League.
In 2014, Almoez Ali was a part of the Qatar U19 team that won the 2014 AFC U-19 Championship. In 2015, he was part of the Qatar U20 squad for the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup. He played in the three group stage matches, but Qatar did not advance to the knockout stage.
On 8 August 2016, Almoez Ali made his official senior debut for the national team as a substitute in 2–1 win against Iraq. Furthermore, he was the top scorer in the 2018 AFC U-23 Championship with six goals and played an instrumental role in Qatar's third-place ranking.
2019 AFC Asian CupEdit
He was selected for Qatar's squad in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup. He found the net in his team's first group stage game against Lebanon. In the next game against North Korea, he scored a four goals in a span of 51 minutes, the second fastest time to four goals after Iranian Ali Daei, who scored four goals in 23 minutes against South Korea in the 1996 AFC Asian Cup.
The following match, against Saudi Arabia, he increased his tally in the competition to seven goals after scoring both goals in the 2–0 win. In doing so, he became the joint-top scorer in the AFC Asian Cup Group Stage, sharing the record with Ali Daei of Iran, Choi Soon-ho of South Korea and Naohiro Takahara of Japan. He also broke Mansour Muftah's all-time record of five goals scored for the Qatar national team in the AFC Asian Cup.
In the semi-final against United Arab Emirates, Ali scored his eighth goal of the competition in a 4–0 win, equalling Ali Daei's mark established in 1996 as the most goals scored in a single AFC Asian Cup edition. He broke that record in the following game after scoring the opening goal with a bicycle kick at the 2019 AFC Asian Cup Final match against Japan.
On 30 January 2019, soon after the 4–0 defeat at the 2019 AFC Asian Cup semifinal, the UAE FA lodged a formal appeal to the AFC over the eligibility of Sudanese-born Almoez Ali and Iraqi-born Bassam Al-Rawi, claiming that they did not qualify to play for Qatar on residency grounds based on Article 7 of the FIFA statute  which states that a player's eligibility to play for a representative team if he has "lived continuously for at least five years after reaching the age of 18 on the territory of the relevant association". It was alleged that Almoez had not lived continuously in Qatar for at least five years over the age of 18, although the player claimed that his mother was born in Qatar. On 1 February 2019 the AFC Disciplinary and Ethics Committee dismissed the protest lodged by the United Arab Emirates Football Association without further comments or explanation.
2019 Copa AmericaEdit
- Scores and results list Qatar's goal tally first.
|1.||5 October 2017||Jassim bin Hamad Stadium, Doha, Qatar||Singapore||1–0||3–1||Friendly|
|3.||14 December 2017||Hamad bin Khalifa Stadium, Doha, Qatar||Liechtenstein||1–0||1–2|
|4.||23 December 2017||Al Kuwait Sports Club Stadium, Kuwait City, Kuwait||Yemen||3–0||4–0||23rd Arabian Gulf Cup|
|5.||26 December 2017||Iraq||1–0||1–2|
|6.||7 September 2018||Khalifa International Stadium, Doha, Qatar||China PR||1–0||1–0||Friendly|
|7.||11 September 2018||Palestine||1–0||3–0|
|8.||12 October 2018||Jassim bin Hamad Stadium, Doha, Qatar||Ecuador||2–0||4–3|
|10.||23 December 2018||Khalifa International Stadium, Doha, Qatar||Jordan||1–0||2–0|
|11.||9 January 2019||Hazza bin Zayed Stadium, Al Ain, United Arab Emirates||Lebanon||2–0||2–0||2019 AFC Asian Cup|
|12.||13 January 2019||Khalifa bin Zayed Stadium, Al Ain, United Arab Emirates||North Korea||1–0||6–0|
|16.||17 January 2019||Zayed Sports City Stadium, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates||Saudi Arabia||1–0||2–0|
|18.||29 January 2019||Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates||United Arab Emirates||2–0||4–0|
|19.||1 February 2019||Zayed Sports City Stadium, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates||Japan||1–0||3–1|
|20.||16 June 2019||Estádio do Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil||Paraguay||1–2||2–2||2019 Copa América|
|21.||5 September 2019||Jassim bin Hamad Stadium, Doha, Qatar||Afghanistan||1–0||6–0||2022 FIFA World Cup qualification|
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