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.
Matar training with Lebanon in 2018
|Full name||Nader Charbel Matar|
|Date of birth||12 May 1992|
|Place of birth||Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire|
|Height||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|2008–2009||Sporting CP B|
|2010–2011||Atlético Madrid C|
* 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
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.
Matar made his debut for Lebanon in a 1–0 home win against Iraq in a friendly on 22 January 2012. In December 2018, he was called up for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup squad. His first international goal came on 2 August 2019, in a 2–1 win against Syria at the 2019 WAFF Championship.
- As of match played on 10 October 2019. Lebanon score listed first, score column indicates score after each Matar goal.
|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
- "Nader Matar - Nejmeh". www.footballdatabase.eu. Retrieved 24 July 2019.
- "Nader Matar - Soccer player profile & career statistics - Global Sports Archive". globalsportsarchive.com. Retrieved 13 August 2019.
- "The final 23: who are they?". Lebanese Football Review. 9 January 2019. Retrieved 26 July 2019.
- "AC2019 Final Squads". www.the-afc.com. Retrieved 6 January 2019.
- "رجال الأرز اصطادوا نسور قاسيون في كربلاء!". An-Nahar. 3 August 2019. Retrieved 2 August 2019.
- email@example.com. "مهرجان كرة المنار الـ 21 لونه "أصفر"" (in Arabic). Retrieved 26 February 2019.
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