Nasser Al-Shamrani (Arabic: ناصر الشمراني) (born 23 November 1983) is a Saudi Arabian footballer who plays for the Saudi Arabia national team as a forward. Often considered one of the most versatile, effective Saudi Arabian strikers of all time, he has won the Asian Footballer of the Year award in 2014.
|Full name||Nasser Ali Al-Shamrani|
|Date of birth||23 November 1983|
|Place of birth||Mecca, Saudi Arabia|
|Height||1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)|
|2006||→ Al-Shabab (loan)||6||(3)|
|2017||→ Al Ain (loan)||10||(8)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 07 May 2019|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 28 February 2018
Nasser began at the age of 20 playing with Al-Wehda's first team, in the 2003-04 season. He was young then, but with his teammate, Essa Al-Mehyani, were the main strikers in Al-Wehda. Even though Al-Wehda had talented young strikers, but Nasser could not win any tournament with Al-Wehda, and the highest rank they achieved in the Saudi Premier League was 3rd place in the 2006-2007 season.
During the 2005-2006 season, Al-Shabab decided to try Nasser out, and had a deal with Al-Wehda for a loan in the middle of the season, till the end of the season. Al-Wehda accepted because at that time Al-Wehda had no chance of competing in all of the local tournaments. During these couple of months, Nasser was able to prove his worth as a striker. He scored 4 goals in the AFC Champions League, which helped Al-Shabab qualify to the quarterfinals that year. In the league, he scored 3 goals, one which was the third goal in the Saudi Premier League final against Al-Hilal, which ended 3-0. After the end of the season, Al-Shabab were impressed by his performance, and tried sign a contract with him, but Al-Wehda refused and by the 2006-2007 season he returned to Al-Wehda.
Nasser had one of his best seasons with Al-Wehda, he was able to score 9 goals in the Saudi Premier League. He helped his team reach the 3rd rank in the league, even though he did not score any goal in the golden play-off games against Al-Shabab and Al-Ittihad. By the end of the season, Al-Wehda went through a financial problem. Al-Shabab soon noticed this and offered 13 million riyals for Nasser. Al-Wehda accepted, and Nasser moved to Al-Shabab by the beginning of the 2007-2008 season.
In July 2007, he signed a contract with Al-Shabab for 13 million riyals for 5 seasons. Nasser's move to Al-Shabab was anticipated by many Al-Shabab fans. But he began the season dry, without scoring any goal in the league. By the 6th round in the Saudi Premier League, he started his scoring with a hattrick in Al-Qadisiya. He then continued his score frenzy continually in every game by scoring 1 goal against Al-Watani, 1 against Al-Nasr, 2 against Al-Ittihad, 1 against Al-Ta'ee, 1 against Al-Ahli, 1 against Al-Wehda, and 2 against Najran SC. He was able to be the first in the league goalscorers, with 12 goals, but his teammate in Al-Wehda, Eisa Al-Mehyani, was closing the gap. After 3 rounds in the league, and the semi-final games against Al-Hilal in the Crown Prince Cup, Nasser could not score a goal. This has caused him to go behind in the league goalscorer's as Eisa Al-Mehyani was able to score 13 goals, and also Al Hasan Al-Yami with 13 goals.
By the end of the season, Nasser was able to score 18 goals with Al Shabab, and won the Saudi Premier League's top goal scorer. This is the first time for Nasser Al-Shamrani to win the goalscorer of the Saudi League.
On 30 June 2013, he agreed to a three-year deal with the club of the century in Asia Al-Hilal. After losing the 2014 Asian Champions League final, he spat at Western Sydney Wanderers player Matthew Spiranovic before attempting to headbutt him. As a result of his conduct, Al-Shamrani was handed an 8 match Champions League ban from the Asian Football Confederation.
Al Ain (loan)Edit
In 2017, it was reported that Nasser joined United Arab Emirates' side Al Ain FC in a 2 millions Dhs deal for a six-month loan contract. This was his first experience playing outside Saudi Arabia, and in one of the most successful clubs in Asia. In his third match against Al Ahli FC he assisted a goal in minute 91 which helped Al Ain FC to win in the classico.
Return to Al-ShababEdit
On summer 2017, he returned to Al-Shabab.
- As of 13 February 2019
|Al Hilal Total||75||45||20||12||18||11||111||68|
On 30 December 2014, Al-Shamrani pushed a fan prior to Saudi Arabia's 4–1 loss to Bahrain and later missed the 2015 AFC Asian Cup due to "injury". In March 2015 Al-Shamrani received an 8-game ban for spitting at, and then attempting to headbutt Australian player Matthew Spiranovic.
- Scores and results list Saudi Arabia's goal tally first.
As of 17 January 2017
|1||29 January 2005||King Fahd International Stadium, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia||Turkmenistan||1–0||1–0||Friendly|
|2||12 August 2009||Al-Saada Stadium, Salalah, Oman||Oman||1–2||1–2||Friendly|
|3||9 September 2009||King Fahd International Stadium, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia||Bahrain||1–0||1–0||2010 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|4||14 October 2009||Stade Olympique de Radès, Radès, Tunisia||Tunisia||1–0||1–0||Friendly|
|5||14 November 2009||Prince Mohamed bin Fahd Stadium, Dammam, Saudi Arabia||Belarus||1–1||1–1||Friendly|
|6||13 July 2011||Amman International Stadium, Amman, Jordan||Jordan||1–1||1–1 (4–3 p)||Fox International Quartet Championship|
|7||23 July 2011||Prince Mohamed bin Fahd Stadium, Dammam, Saudi Arabia||Hong Kong||1–0||3–0||2014 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|9||28 July 2011||Siu Sai Wan Sports Ground, Siu Sai Wan, Hong Kong||Hong Kong||3–0||5–0||2014 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|10||6 September 2011||Prince Mohamed bin Fahd Stadium, Dammam||Australia||1–2||1–3||2014 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|11||29 February 2012||AAMI Park, Melbourne, Australia||Australia||2–1||2–4||2014 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|12||15 October 2013||Amman International Stadium, Amman, Jordan||Iraq||2–0||2–0||2015 AFC Asian Cup qualification|
|13||15 November 2013||Prince Mohamed bin Fahd Stadium, Dammam, Saudi Arabia||Iraq||2–1||2–1||2015 AFC Asian Cup qualification|
|14||16 November 2014||King Fahd International Stadium, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia||Bahrain||1–0||3–0||2014 Gulf Cup of Nations|
|15||23 November 2014||King Fahd International Stadium, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia||United Arab Emirates||1–0||3–2||2014 Gulf Cup of Nations|
|16||6 October 2016||King Abdullah Sports City, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia||Australia||2–2||2–2||2018 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|17||17 January 2017||Zayed Sports City Stadium, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates||Cambodia||1–1||7–2||Friendly|
- Saudi Professional League (2): 2005–06, 2011-12
- Saudi Champions Cup (2): 2008, 2009 Runner-up 2012-13
- Saudi Federation Cup (1): 2008–09
- Saudi Crown Prince Cup Runner-up: 2008–09
- Saudi Professional League (1): 2016-17, Runner-up 2013-14, 2015-16
- Saudi Champions Cup (1): 2015
- Saudi Super Cup (1): 2015, Runner-up 2016
- Saudi Crown Prince Cup (1): 2015-16, Runner-up 2013-14, 2014-15
- AFC Champions League Runner-up: 2014
- Hassett, Sebastian (2 November 2014). "Nasser Al-Shamrani spits at Western Sydney Wanderers' Matthew Spiranovic". The Sydney Morning Herald.
- "Furious Al-Hilal demand AFC investigation". ABC News. 4 November 2014.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-12-07. Retrieved 2014-12-06.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
- "Al Shamrani banned for 8 matches for spitting". The Washington Times.
- "Wanderers coach Tony Popovic banned and fined for on-field altercation". the Guardian. 6 December 2014.
- "Saudi star Nasser Al-Shamrani in altercation with fan in Asian Cup warmup". the Guardian. 31 December 2014.
- "Saudi Arabia recall striker Nasser Al-Shamrani for crucial clash with Socceroos". Fox Sports. 4 October 2016.
- "Al-Shamrani, Nasser". National Football Teams. Retrieved 16 May 2017.
- Nasser Al-Shamrani at National-Football-Teams.com