Nader Charbel Matar (Arabic: نادر شربل مطر‎, Lebanese Arabic pronunciation: [ˈneːder ˈʃarbel ˈmɑtˤɑr, ˈnæː-]; born 12 May 1992) is a Lebanese professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for the Lebanon national team. Starting out as an attacking midfielder, Matar has developed into a more central role during his stay at Nejmeh.[3]

Nader Matar
Matar Training 2.jpg
Matar training with Lebanon in 2018
Personal information
Full name Nader Charbel Matar[1]
Date of birth (1992-05-12) 12 May 1992 (age 27)
Place of birth Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire[2]
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2009 Sporting CP B
2009–2010 Oeiras
2010–2011 Atlético Madrid C
2011–2012 Canillas
2012–2014 Asante Kotoko
2014 Beira-Mar 3 (0)
2016–2020 Nejmeh 59 (8)
National team
2012– Lebanon 36 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21 April 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15 October 2019

Early lifeEdit

Matar was born in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire to a Lebanese father and Moroccan mother.[3]

Club careerEdit

He began his career in 2008 in Portugal for Sporting CP B, before joining lower league side Oeiras in 2009. Aged 18, Matar moved to Atlético Madrid C in 2010. One year later he moved to CD Canillas, a team which acts as Real Madrid's C team. Impressing there, Matar nearly earned a promotion to the B team but signed for Ghanaian side Asante Kotoko in 2012. In 2014 he signed for Portuguese second division side Beira-Mar, where he was released after six months. In 2016, Matar moved to Lebanon and signed for Nejmeh.[3]

International careerEdit

Matar made his debut for Lebanon in a 1–0 home win against Iraq in a friendly on 22 January 2012.[4] In December 2018, he was called up for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup squad.[5] His first international goal came on 2 August 2019, in a 2–1 win against Syria at the 2019 WAFF Championship.[6]

Career statisticsEdit

International goalsEdit

As of match played on 10 October 2019. Lebanon score listed first, score column indicates score after each Matar goal.
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 2 August 2019 Karbala Sports City, Karbala, Iraq   Syria 1–1 2–1 2019 WAFF Championship
2 10 October 2019 Camille Chamoun Sports City Stadium, Beirut, Lebanon   Turkmenistan 2–1 2–1 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification

Honours and achievementsEdit


Asante Kotoko





  1. ^ "Nader Matar - Nejmeh". Retrieved 24 July 2019.
  2. ^ "Nader Matar - Soccer player profile & career statistics - Global Sports Archive". Retrieved 13 August 2019.
  3. ^ a b c "The final 23: who are they?". Lebanese Football Review. 9 January 2019. Retrieved 26 July 2019.
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  5. ^ "AC2019 Final Squads". Retrieved 6 January 2019.
  6. ^ "رجال الأرز اصطادوا نسور قاسيون في كربلاء!". An-Nahar. 3 August 2019. Retrieved 2 August 2019.
  7. ^ "مهرجان كرة المنار الـ 21 لونه "أصفر"" (in Arabic). Retrieved 26 February 2019.

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