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Bassam Hisham Ali Al-Rawi (Arabic: بسام هشام الراوي‎; born 16 December 1997) is an Iraqi-born naturalised Qatari footballer who plays as a defender for Al-Duhail and the Qatar national team.[3]

Bassam Al-Rawi
Qatar v Japan – AFC Asian Cup 2019 final 25.jpg
Al-Rawi celebrating Qatar's victory in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup Final
Personal information
Full name Bassam Hisham Ali Al-Rawi
Date of birth (1997-12-16) 16 December 1997 (age 21)
Place of birth Baghdad, Iraq[1]
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)[2]
Playing position Centre back, right back
Club information
Current team
Number 5
Youth career
0000–2015 Al-Rayyan
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2015–2017 Al-Rayyan
2016Celta Vigo B (loan)
2016–2017Eupen B (loan)
2017– Al-Duhail 28 (2)
National team
2015–2016 Qatar U19 6 (1)
2015 Qatar U20 1 (0)
2016– Qatar U23 9 (0)
2017– Qatar 25 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18:03, 30 December 2018 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 18:03, 9 January 2019 (UTC)

International careerEdit

2019 AFC Asian CupEdit

Al-Rawi was included in Qatar's squad for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup in the United Arab Emirates.[4] Al-Rawi made his first international goal on 9 January 2019 in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup against Lebanon. In the same tournament on 22 January 2019, he scored his second international and the winning goal for Qatar against his country of origin, Iraq, which helped his team reach the quarter-finals of the competition.[5][6] His team would eventually conquer the Asian title for the first time.

Eligibility disputeEdit

On 30 January 2019, soon after the Asian Cup 2019 semi-final tie between the UAE and Qatar, which Qatar won with a 4–0 victory, the UAE FA lodged a formal appeal to the on the fact that Bassam Al Rawi, a 21-year-old defender born in Baghdad, did not qualify to play for Qatar on residency grounds of the Article 7 of the FIFA statutes, which states 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".[7] It was claimed that Bassam had not lived continuously in Qatar for at least five years over the age of 18.[8] On 1 February 2019 the AFC Disciplinary and Ethics Committee dismissed the protest lodged by the United Arab Emirates Football Association.[9][10]

Career statisticsEdit

Al Rawi in January 2018


As of 23 January 2019
Year Apps Goals
2017 3 0
2018 8 0
2019 1 2
Total 12 2

International goalsEdit

Scores and results list Qatar's goal tally first.[11]
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 9 January 2019 Hazza bin Zayed Stadium, Al Ain, United Arab Emirates   Lebanon 1–0 2–0 2019 AFC Asian Cup
2. 22 January 2019 Al Nahyan Stadium, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates   Iraq 1–0 1–0 2019 AFC Asian Cup


Personal lifeEdit

Al-Rawi is the son of former Iraqi international footballer Hisham Ali Al-Rawi, who was active on the international scene in the 1990s.[12]


  1. ^ "بسام الراوي يخرج عن صمته بعد اثارته جدلا في العراق". Shafaaq (in Arabic). 23 January 2019.
  2. ^ "FIFA U-20 World Cup New Zealand 2015 – List of Players: Qatar" (PDF). FIFA. 19 June 2015. p. 18. Retrieved 30 December 2018.
  3. ^ Bassam Al-Rawi at Soccerway
  4. ^ "AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 Complete Squad Lists" (PDF). Asian Football Confederation. 27 December 2018. Archived from the original on 28 December 2018. Retrieved 30 December 2018.
  5. ^ "Iraqi football fans angered by 'own goal' against Qatar in the Asian Cup". The National. 23 January 2019.
  6. ^ "Iraq-born Bassam Al-Rawi scores the goal that put Qatar through in the AFC Asian Cup 2019". Fox Sport Asia. 22 January 2019.
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  9. ^ "UAE FA protest dismissed". Asian Football Confederation. 1 February 2019. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
  10. ^ "UAE protest at eligibility of Qataris dismissed on day of final". Reuters. 1 February 2019. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
  11. ^ "Bassam Al-Rawi". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman. Retrieved 11 January 2019.
  12. ^ "Football: Stunning free kick sends Qatar into Asian Cup quarter-finals". Strait Times. Reuters. 22 January 2019. Retrieved 22 January 2019.

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