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Mohammad Ibrahim Mohammad Al-Sahlawi (Arabic: محمد ابراهيم محمد السهلاوي‎; born 10 January 1987) is a Saudi Arabian footballer who plays as a striker for Al-Shabab and the Saudi Arabia national team. Al-Sahlawi won the best player of the league twice in a row in 2013–14 and 2014–15

Mohammad Al-Sahlawi
Mohammad Al-Sahlawi 2018.jpg
Al-Sahlawi with Saudi Arabia in at the 2018 FIFA World Cup
Personal information
Full name Mohammad Ibrahim Mohammad Al-Sahlawi[1]
Date of birth (1987-01-10) 10 January 1987 (age 32)
Place of birth Hofuf, Saudi Arabia
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)[2]
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Al-Shabab
Number 15
Youth career
2003–2005 Al-Qadisiya
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2009 Al-Qadisiya 66 (31)
2008Al-Fateh (loan) 5 (1)
2009–2019 Al-Nassr 202 (103)
2019 Al-Shabab 0 (0)
National team
2006–2007 Saudi Arabia U20 6 (5)
2007–2008 Saudi Arabia U23 11 (2)
2010– Saudi Arabia 42 (28)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:52, 23/11/2018 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 17:03, 21/08/2018 (UTC)

Club careerEdit

Al-QadisiyaEdit

Al-Sahlawi was 17 years old when his talent started to become clear, during his participation in the "Karkiz" Championship which led to Adel Body (the administrative of Al-Qadisiya Handball) registering him in Al-Qadisiya, so he signed for SR40,000 and a car. After only two seasons, specifically in the 2006–07 season (when Yasser Al-Qahtani moved to Al-Hilal with the largest deal ever at that time), Sahlawi broke into the first team squad so he had to assume responsibility of the Al-Qadisiya attack alongside his teammate Yousef Al-Salem. Following administration issues, Al-Sahlawi experienced a difficult period where he was relegated to the bench, while at the same time he was leading the Saudi Olympic team.

Following Al-Qadisiya's relegation to the first division and the departure of most of the star players in the team. Al-Sahlawi was lent to Al-Fateh and played five matches scoring one goal. Despite other offers, he returned to Al-Qadisiya. In his return season, he scored 18 goals and registered 8 assists. At the end of the season, he signed a new deal with Al-Qadisiya for three years for a contract worth SR3 million. He ended the 2008 season as the Top Goalscorer in Saudi First Division.

Al-NassrEdit

He moved to Al-Nassr in 2009 for SR32 million ($8 million), breaking Yasser Al-Qahtani record transfer as the largest deal in Saudi football history.

In his first season with Al-Nassr, Al-Sahlawi scored 21 goals in 36 matches and received the Young Player of the Year award from STC.

In 2015, he was selected as one of the world's best top goalscorers by the IFFHS.[3]

In 29 March 2018 it was confirmed that he will spend three weeks training with in order to sharpen up his game ahead of the World Cup in Russia.[4]

International careerEdit

 
Al-Sahlawi with Saudi Arabia at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

YouthEdit

Al-Sahlawi scored his first goal for the national team in the 2006 AFC Youth Championship against Iraq U-20 in the 52nd minute. The game ended in a draw with a score of 2–2. His second came against Malaysia U-20 within 13 minutes, and they won with a score of 2–0, although they lost in the quarter-finals against Japan U-20 1 goal to 2.

SeniorEdit

On 3 September 2015, Al-Sahlawi scored his first senior hat-trick, in a 7–0 defeat of Timor-Leste in a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier. He scored another 5 goals on 17 November 2015 in a 10-0 drubbing of Timor-Leste.[5]

In May 2018 he was named in Saudi Arabia’s preliminary squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.[6]

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

As of match played on 21/8/2018[7]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Al-Nassr 2009–10 Saudi Professional League 20 11 ? 1 20 12
2010–11 20 5 1 0 1 0 6 1 28 6
2011–12 22 15 5 1 2 1 29 17
2012–13 25 10 2 1 4 3 31 14
2013–14 23 17 1 0 2 1 26 18
2014–15 24 21 4 2 4 2 4 0 36 25
2015–16 20 5 0 0 3 1 4 0 27 7
2016–17 21 8 2 0 3 2 26 10
2017–18 19 10 1 1 3 0 23 12
Career totals 194 102 16 6 19 10 17 1 246 121

InternationalEdit

Statistics accurate as of match played 20 June 2018.[8]
Saudi Arabia
Year Apps Goals
2010 1 1
2011 3 1
2012 5 2
2013 2 0
2014 2 0
2015 10 18
2016 3 2
2017 7 4
2018 9 0
Total 42 28

International goalsEdit

As of 8 June 2017[8][9]
Score and Result list Saudi Arabia's goal tally first
International goals
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 29 May 2010 Tivoli Neu, Innsbruck, Austria   Spain
2–2
2–3
Friendly
2. 28 July 2011 Siu Sai Wan Sports Ground, Siu Sai Wan, Hong Kong   Hong Kong
4–0
5–0
2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
3. 22 June 2012 King Fahd Stadium, Taif, Saudi Arabia   Kuwait
1–0
4–0
2012 Arab Nations Cup
4.
4–0
5. 14 January 2015 Melbourne Rectangular Stadium, Melbourne, Australia   North Korea
2–1
4–1
2015 AFC Asian Cup
6.
3–1
7. 18 January 2015 Melbourne Rectangular Stadium, Melbourne, Australia   Uzbekistan
1–1
1–3
8. 30 March 2015 Prince Mohamed bin Fahd Stadium, Dammam, Saudi Arabia   Jordan
1–0
2–1
Friendly
9.
2–1
10. 11 June 2015 Prince Mohamed bin Fahd Stadium, Dammam, Saudi Arabia   Palestine
2–0
3–2
2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
11.
3–2
12. 3 September 2015 King Abdullah Sports City, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia   Timor-Leste
2–0
7–0
13.
3–0
14.
6–0
15. 8 September 2015 Shah Alam Stadium, Shah Alam, Malaysia   Malaysia
2–1
2–1
16. 8 October 2015 King Abdullah Sports City, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia   United Arab Emirates
1–1
2–1
17.
2–1
18. 17 November 2015 National Stadium, Dili, East Timor   Timor-Leste
1–0
10–0
19.
4–0
20.
5–0
21.
6–0
22.
8–0
23. 24 March 2016 King Abdullah Sports City, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia   Malaysia
1–0
2–0
24. 24 August 2016 Grand Hamad Stadium, Doha, Qatar   Laos 2–0 4–0 Friendly
25. 14 January 2017 Zayed Sports City Stadium, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates   Cambodia
4–2
7–2
Friendly
26.
6–2
27. 23 March 2017 Rajamangala Stadium, Bangkok, Thailand   Thailand
1–0
3–0
2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
28. 8 June 2017 Adelaide Oval, Adelaide, Australia   Australia
2–2
2–3

HonoursEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ https://www.fifadata.com/documents/FWC/2018/pdf/FWC_2018_Squadlists.pdf
  2. ^ "2018 FIFA World Cup Russia – List of Players" (PDF). FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 4 June 2018. Retrieved 10 June 2018.
  3. ^ "Ranking 1.1.2015 - 28.2.2015 : THE WORLD'S BEST TOP GOALSCORER | IFFHS". IFFHS. 9 March 2015.
  4. ^ "Saudi Arabia striker Mohammad Al-Sahlawi to train with Manchester United". skysports. 29 March 2018.
  5. ^ "WORLD CUP QUALIFYING - AFC 3/9/2015 12:40*". ESPN FC. 3 September 2015. Retrieved 3 September 2015.
  6. ^ "World Cup 2018: All the confirmed squads for this summer's finals in Russia".
  7. ^ Mohammad Al-Sahlawi at Soccerway. Retrieved 23 March 2018.
  8. ^ a b Mohammad Al-Sahlawi at National-Football-Teams.com
  9. ^ "( Mohamed Al Sahlawi ) Goals". KSA-Team. Retrieved 8 October 2016.

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