Nasser Al-Shamrani

Nasser Al-Shamrani (Arabic: ناصر الشمراني‎) (born 23 November 1983) is a Saudi Arabian footballer who plays for Al-Hidd and the Saudi Arabia national team as a forward. Often considered one of the most versatile, effective Saudi Arabian strikers of all time, he won the Asian Footballer of the Year award in 2014.

Nasser Al-Shamrani
Personal information
Full name Nasser Ali Al-Shamrani
Date of birth (1983-11-23) 23 November 1983 (age 37)
Place of birth Mecca, Saudi Arabia
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Position(s) Forward
Club information
Current team
Al-Hidd
Number 35
Youth career
2000–2004 Al-Wehda
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2007 Al-Wehda 56 (20)
2006Al-Shabab (loan) 6 (3)
2007–2013 Al-Shabab 123 (87)
2013–2017 Al-Hilal 75 (45)
2017Al Ain (loan) 10 (8)
2017–2019 Al-Shabab 39 (12)
2019 Al-Ittihad 2 (0)
2021– Al-Hidd 5 (3)
National team
2005–2018 Saudi Arabia 78 (19)
* 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

Club careerEdit

Al-WehdaEdit

Al-Shamrani began his professional career at the age of 20 playing with Al-Wehda's first team, in the 2003–04 season. He was young then, but along with his teammate Essa Al-Mehyani, was one of the main strikers at the club. Even though Al-Wehda had talented young strikers, they did not win any tournaments and the highest rank they achieved in the Saudi Premier League was 3rd place in the 2006–07 season.

Al-ShababEdit

During the 2005–06 season, Al-Shabab decided to try Al-Shamrani out, and a loan deal was agreed till the end of the season (Al-Wehda accepted because at that time they had no chance of competing in all of the local tournaments). During these couple of months, Al-Shamrani was able to prove his worth as a striker. He scored four goals in the AFC Champions League, which helped Al-Shabab reach the quarter-finals that year. In the league, he scored three goals, including the third 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 2006–07 season he returned to Al-Wehda.

Al-Shamrani had one of his best seasons with Al-Wehda, scoring nine goals in the Saudi Premier League. He helped his team reach 3rd place in the league, though he did not score any goals in the golden play-off games against Al-Shabab and Al-Ittihad. By the end of the season, Al-Wehda went through financial problems. Al-Shabab soon noticed this and offered 13 million riyals for Al-Shamrani. Al-Wehda accepted, and Al-Shamrani moved to Al-Shabab by the beginning of the 2007–08 season, signing a five-year contract for 13 million riyals.

Al-Shamrani's move to Al-Shabab was anticipated by many of their 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 hat-trick in Al-Qadisiya. He then scored continually in every game (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 led the league goalscorers with 12 goals, but his former Al-Wehda teammate Eisa Al-Mehyani was closing the gap. was able to score 13 goals, and also with 13 goals.

By the end of the season, Al-Shamrani had scored 18 goals with Al Shabab, and won the Saudi Premier League's top goal scorer award for the first time, ahead of Al-Mehyani and Al Hasan Al-Yami.

Al-HilalEdit

On 30 June 2013, Al-Shamrani 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.[1][2] As a result of his conduct, Al-Shamrani was handed an 8 match Champions League ban from the Asian Football Confederation.[3][4][5][6]

Al Ain (loan)Edit

In 2017, it was reported that Al-Shamrani had joined United Arab Emirates side Al Ain FC in a 2 million Dhs deal for a six-month loan contract. This was his first experience playing outside Saudi Arabia, and with one of the most successful clubs in Asia. In his third match against Al Ahli, he assisted a goal in minute 91 which helped Al Ain FC to win in the 'classico'.

Return to Al-ShababEdit

In summer 2017, he returned to Saudi Arabia and Al-Shabab.[7]

Al-IttihadEdit

In 2019, he played for Al-Ittihad.[8]

Al-HiddEdit

On 9 March 2021, Al-Shamrani joined Bahraini side Al-Hidd.[9]

International careerEdit

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".[10]

Personal lifeEdit

His brother Mohammed Al Shamrani was also a footballer who played for Manama Club, where he was the top score of the 2012–13 season, and Saudi clubs including Al Raed.[11]

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

As of match played 27 May 2021[12]
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Asia Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Al-Wehda 2003–04 16 2 1 0 2[a] 0 19 2
2004–05 13 3 1 0 4[a] 2 18 5
2005–06 9 4 4 0 4[a] 0 17 4
2006–07 18 11 1 1 4[a] 1 23 13
Total 56 20 0 0 7 1 0 0 14 3 77 24
Al-Shabab (loan) 2005–06 6 3 0 0 5 3 0 0 11 6
Al-Shabab 2007–08 19 18 5 7 4 1 1[a] 1 29 27
2008–09 20 12 5 3 3 1 7 6 2[a] 0 37 22
2009–10 14 9 0 0 0 0 4 1 2[a] 1 20 11
2010–11 23 17 2 1 1 2 7 2 33 22
2011–12 25 21 2 1 2 1 29 23
2012–13 22 10 3 3 1 1 8 3 34 17
Total 123 87 17 15 11 6 26 12 5 2 182 122
Al-Hilal 2013–14 26 21 1 0 3 2 13 10 43 33
2014–15 22 13 5 4 4 3 3 1 34 21
2015–16 15 4 2 0 3 3 1 0 0 0 21 7
2016–17 12 7 0 0 3 0 0 0 1[b] 0 16 7
Total 75 45 8 4 13 8 17 11 1 0 114 68
Al-Ain (loan) 2016–17 10 8 0 0 0 0 5 3 15 11
Al-Shabab 2017–18 21 7 2 1 1 0 24 8
2018–19 18 5 2 0 20 5
Total 39 12 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 44 13
Al-Ittihad 2018–19 2 0 0 0 5 3 7 3
Al-Hidd 2020–21 6 2 0 0 1 2 2 1 9 5
Career totals 317 177 29 20 33 17 60 33 20 5 457 248
  1. ^ a b c d e f g Appearances in Saudi Federation Cup
  2. ^ Appearance in Saudi Super Cup

InternationalEdit

Source:[13][14]

Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Saudi Arabia 2005 7 1
2006 0 0
2007 3 0
2008 6 0
2009 15 4
2010 4 0
2011 13 5
2012 4 1
2013 7 2
2014 11 2
2015 0 0
2016 3 1
2017 4 3
2018 1 0
Total 78 19

International goalsEdit

Scores and results list Saudi Arabia's goal tally first.

As of 14 January 2017[15]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
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
8 3–0
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 14 January 2017 Zayed Sports City Stadium, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates   Cambodia 1–1 7–2 Friendly
18 2–1
19 3–1

HonoursEdit

ClubEdit

Al-Shabab
Al-Hilal
Individual

InternationalEdit

Saudi Arabia

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Hassett, Sebastian (2 November 2014). "Nasser Al-Shamrani spits at Western Sydney Wanderers' Matthew Spiranovic". The Sydney Morning Herald.
  2. ^ "Furious Al-Hilal demand AFC investigation". ABC News. 4 November 2014.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-12-07. Retrieved 2014-12-06.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "Al Shamrani banned for 8 matches for spitting". The Washington Times.
  5. ^ "Wanderers coach Tony Popovic banned and fined for on-field altercation". the Guardian. 6 December 2014.
  6. ^ "Saudi Arabia recall striker Nasser Al-Shamrani for crucial clash with Socceroos". Fox Sports. 4 October 2016.
  7. ^ "رسمياً : ناصر الشمراني يعود إلى الشباب .. وهذا ما قاله اللاعب عبر "تويتر" – صور". al-marsd.com (in Arabic). August 2017.
  8. ^ "اتحاد جدة يتعاقد مع ناصر الشمراني". Kooora (in Arabic). 19 February 2020.
  9. ^ "الشمراني يعود للملاعب.. ومدرب «الحد» يكشف كواليس التعاقد مع المهاجم السعودي".
  10. ^ "Saudi star Nasser Al-Shamrani in altercation with fan in Asian Cup warmup". the Guardian. 31 December 2014.
  11. ^ "محمد علي الشمراني - Mohammed AL-Shamrani". Kooora (in Arabic).
  12. ^ "Nasser Al-Shamrani".
  13. ^ "Al-Shamrani, Nasser". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmermann. Retrieved 1 June 2018.
  14. ^ "( Nassir ALSHAMRANI ) Matches Played".
  15. ^ "( Nassir ALSHAMRANI ) Goals".

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