Khaled Takaji

Khaled Mohamad Takaji (Arabic: خالد محمد التكه جي‎; born 18 November 1986) is a Lebanese footballer and former futsal player who plays as a forward for Lebanese Premier League club Nejmeh. A versatile forward, Takaji is capable of playing as a second striker or a winger.[2]

Khaled Takaji
2021-22 Tripoli vs Nejmeh 01 (Khaled Takaji).jpg
Takaji with Nejmeh in 2021
Personal information
Full name Khaled Mohamad Takaji[1]
Date of birth (1986-11-18) 18 November 1986 (age 35)
Place of birth Beirut, Lebanon[1]
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
Position(s) Forward
Club information
Current team
Nejmeh
Number 11
Youth career
2000–2006 Nejmeh
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2008 Nejmeh
2008–2010 Pro's Cafe Beirut (futsal)
2011 Sadaka (futsal)
2012 All Sports Club (futsal)
2012–2017 Nejmeh 96 (24)
2016 Mayadeen (futsal)
2017–2018 Ansar 19 (5)
2018–2019 Akhaa Ahli Aley 17 (2)
2019– Nejmeh 16 (4)
National team
2007–2013 Lebanon (futsal) (63)
2015 Lebanon 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:14, 24 April 2021 (UTC)

Club careerEdit

Takaji signed for Lebanese Premier League side Nejmeh's youth sector on 4 August 2000; he was promoted to the first team ahead of the 2006–07 season.[3]

In 2008, Takaji decided to pursue a career as a futsal player, joining Pro's Cafe Beirut,[4] with whom he played at the 2010 AFC Futsal Club Championship.[5] He then played for Sadaka and All Sports Club at the 2011 and 2012 AFC Futsal Club Championships, respectively.[5]

On 23 August 2012, Takaji returned to Nejmeh.[6] In June 2016, Takaji played at the 2016 AFC Futsal Club Championship for Mayadeen.[7] He moved to Ansar, Nejmeh's rivals, on 3 August 2017.[8] After one season, on 28 August 2018, Takaji joined Akhaa Ahli Aley.[9]

Takaji returned to Nejmeh for a second time ahead of the 2019–20 season.[10] He renewed his contract for one year on 4 August 2020,[11] and for another year on 1 July 2021, following the 2020–21 season where he scored four goals and made six assists.[12]

International careerEdit

Takaji represented Lebanon internationally in futsal, playing at the 2007, 2008, 2010, and 2012 AFC Futsal Championships,[5] captaining Lebanon in the last edition.[13] With 13 goals, Takaji was the 2008 Arab Futsal Championship top scorer, and was awarded the Best Player award.[4] He also helped Lebanon to a sixth-place finish at the 2010 Mediterranean Futsal Cup.[14]

Takaji also played for the Lebanon national football team in 2015, in two friendly games against Syria and Jordan, and a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying game against Laos.[15]

Personal lifeEdit

Takaji is engaged to Mariam Hamadani.[16] She gave birth to their daughter Celine on 2 October 2018.[17]

On 16 November 2020, Takaji tested positive for COVID-19, amid its pandemic in Lebanon;[18] he fully recovered on 26 November.[19]

HonoursEdit

Nejmeh

Individual

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Khaled Takaji". Global Sports Archive. Retrieved 21 March 2021.
  2. ^ "تكجي: ندمت على انتقالي إلى الأنصار". lebanonfg.com. Retrieved 19 October 2020.
  3. ^ "First Team List 2006/2007". Nejmeh SC. 6 January 2007. Archived from the original on 6 January 2007. Retrieved 9 May 2021.
  4. ^ a b "بروس كافيه يكرّم خالد تكجي أفضل لاعب عربي". الأخبار (in Arabic). Retrieved 9 May 2021.
  5. ^ a b c "Khaled Takaji". stats.the-afc.com. Retrieved 9 May 2021.
  6. ^ "أخبار الإنتقالات | خالد تكجي يعود للنجمة | Goal.com". www.goal.com. Retrieved 9 May 2021.
  7. ^ "تكه جي مع الميادين اللبناني في صالات آسيا". Kooora. 17 June 2016. Retrieved 9 May 2021.
  8. ^ "خالد تكه ينضم رسميًا للأنصار اللبناني". Kooora. 3 August 2017. Retrieved 9 May 2021.
  9. ^ "الاخاء الاهلي عاليه يخطف توقيع النجم خالد تكه جي". Elsport News (in Arabic). Retrieved 9 May 2021.
  10. ^ "خالد تكه جي في تدريبات النجمة". Elsport News (in Arabic). Retrieved 9 May 2021.
  11. ^ "النجمة يجدّد لتكه جي". Elsport News (in Arabic). Retrieved 9 May 2021.
  12. ^ "النجمة يقطع الطريق على منافسيه نحو تكجي". كووورة. 1 July 2021. Retrieved 1 July 2021.
  13. ^ Asian Football Confederation. "Lebanon 3-2 Chinese Taipei". 26 May 2012. Retrieved on 3 May 2013.
  14. ^ "Croatia claim Futsal trophy". FIFA.com. 15 November 2010. Archived from the original on 31 October 2011. Retrieved 9 May 2021.
  15. ^ "Khaled Takaji". FA Lebanon. Retrieved 9 May 2021.
  16. ^ "Khaled Takaji". old.futsalplanet.com. Retrieved 9 May 2021.
  17. ^ "خالد تكه جي يُرزق بـسيلين". Elsport News (in Arabic). Retrieved 9 May 2021.
  18. ^ Mahfoud, Maroun (16 November 2020). "Nejmeh player tests positive for COVID-19". FA Lebanon. Retrieved 16 November 2020.
  19. ^ "شفاء تكه جي من كورونا". Elsport News (in Arabic). Retrieved 9 May 2021.

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