Salih Sadir

Salih Sadir Salih Al-Sadoun (Arabic: صالح سدير صالح السعدون‎; born 21 August 1981) is an Iraqi footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder for Naft Al-Wasat. Previously, Sadir played with Rah Ahan and Paykan in the Persian Gulf Pro League. He also played for the Iraq national football team between 2002 and 2011. His younger brothers are Ayad Sadir (Naft Al-Wasat) and Qaed Sadir (Najaf FC).

Salih Sadir
Personal information
Full name Salih Sadir Salih Al-Sadoun
Date of birth (1981-08-21) 21 August 1981 (age 38)
Place of birth Najaf, Iraq
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position(s) Attacking midfielder, second striker
Club information
Current team
Naft Al-Wasat
Number 8
Youth career
Najaf FC
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2003 Najaf FC
2003–2004 Al Talaba
2004–2005 El Zamalek 11 (2)
2005–2008 Al-Ansar 82 (41)
2008–2009 Al-Ahed 29 (33)
2009 Rah Ahan 5 (1)
2010 Safa Beirut 3 (0)
2011 Paykan 12 (2)
2011–2013 Duhok
2013 Zakho
2014 Al-Zawraa
2014–2015 Duhok
2015 Al-Talaba
2016–2017 Naft Al-Wasat 0 (0)
2017–2018 Al-Minaa 12 (2)
2018 Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya
2018– Naft Al-Wasat
National team
2002–2011 Iraq 61 (7)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 8 May 2018

Club careerEdit

He started his playing career with Sha’abiya team Nasour Al-Jumhuriya before joining Najaf FC where he progressed through the youth ranks under coach Zuhair Khadim. In 1999, he was promoted into the first team by Najih Hemoud and became a regular. Under coach Hemoud, Najaf FC became one of Iraq's most entertaining teams with Saleh Sadeer – and captain Falah Hassan, Abbas Wahoudi, Saeed Muhsin, Ali Hashim and Qasim Jalout. In 2003 after the war, he moved to Al-Talaba where he made several outstanding performances in the Arab Champions League – which earned him a move to Egyptian giants Zamalek SC for next season. After playing one season with Zamalek SC, he joined Lebanon league champions Al-Ansar where he helped them to two consecutive Lebanon league titles. Sadir moved to Zakho on 14 September 2013.[citation needed]

International careerEdit

Sadir played for the Olympic team in the qualifying rounds – his performances compensated for the absence of Nashat Akram in Iraq's midfield. Before the war, he was named one of the two best players in the 2003–2004 season by an Iraqi FA panel and became a regular in Stange's Olympic squad making his debut in the 2–1 defeat to Qatar in the former Oman and Perth Glory coach's first game in charge of Iraq. Saleh Sadeer was one of Bernd Stange's favourite players when the German first arrived in Iraq. He scored an important goal in the 1–1 draw with Vietnam in Hanoi that helped Iraq to progress to the second round.




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Preceded by
  Ali Daie
West Asian Championship Topscorer
Succeeded by
Preceded by
  Ali Daie
West Asian Championship MVP
Succeeded by