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Sami Al-Jaber in 2013
|Full name||Sami Abdullah Al-Jaber|
|Date of birth||11 December 1972|
|Place of birth||Riyadh, Saudi Arabia|
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|2000||→ Wolverhampton Wanderers (loan)||4||(0)|
|2012–2013||AJ Auxerre (assistant)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
He is his country's second highest international goalscorer with 46 goals in 156 internationals from 1992 to 2006. Al-Jaber appeared in four consecutive FIFA World Cup tournaments, from 1994 to 2006, scoring in three of them. He was also a member of the Saudi squads which won the AFC Asian Cup in 1996. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest Saudi players ever.
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Al-Jaber is often cited as Al-Hilal's most famous player, after spending nearly 20 years with the club. He joined the club aged 15 and during two decades as a senior player, helped them to win 6 league titles, 6 Crown Prince Cups and 2 Asian Champions League titles among other honours. He was also top goalscorer in the Saudi Premier League twice (in 1989–90 and 1992–93).
On 21 January 2008, Al-Hilal held a testimonial for Al-Jaber against English Premier League giants Manchester United. Al-Jaber scored a penalty en route to a 3–2 victory over the visitors, in his last game for the club.
On 22 August 2000, English First Division side Wolverhampton Wanderers agreed terms to sign Al-Jaber after impressing Wolves' boss Colin Lee in a trial. The deal consisted of an initial five-month loan period with the option to buy for a reported £1.2 million at its conclusion and made him the first Saudi player to play in England.
However, the move was fraught with complications and setbacks. It took almost a month for his international clearance to arrive before he could make his Wolves debut on 16 September 2000 coming on as a substitute in a 1–1 draw at Wimbledon. He did the same in the following two league games (and played a full League Cup match) before having to leave to appear in the Asian Cup with his country. However, he returned from international duty carrying a groin injury that left him on the sidelines for a further month and drew a furious reaction from Wolves after learning of the injections he had been given while away to enable him to complete the tournament.
Al-Jaber regained his fitness but managed only one further substitute appearance in the first team, annoying his Saudi club. He returned home on compassionate leave after his father became ill over the Christmas period, and upon returning to Molineux discovered Colin Lee had been sacked as manager and replaced by Dave Jones. Jones asked for his trial to be extended to allow him chance to personally evaluate the player but when his parent club Al-Hilal refused, he returned home after just eight months and five (goalless) appearances in England. Despite his failure to make an impression, he later said: "I learned everything at Wolves and was really happy to have had that time there.
To this day, Al-Jaber remains one of the very few Saudi footballers to ever play for a club out of his home soil.
He received his first cap for the Saudi national team on 11 September 1992 in a 1–1 draw with Syria in the Arab Nations Cup. He took until his 19th game to score his first international goal which he netted in a 6–0 rout of Macau on 1 May 1993 in a World Cup 1994 qualifier. Saudi Arabia subsequently qualified for the 1994 World Cup Finals, their first World Cup appearance. Al-Jaber appeared in two group games in the US, scoring from the penalty spot against Morocco in a 2–1 win.
He was part of the squad that won the 1996 Asian Cup before reaching his second World Cup Finals in 1998. He played in all three games in which the Saudi side appeared in France, scoring a second World Cup goal when he netted in a 2–2 draw with South Africa. This made him the first Asian player to score in two consecutive World Cups.
After gaining a runners-up medal in the 2000 Asian Cup, he appeared in the 2002 World Cup but only played in one game, an 0–8 hammering by Germany. He was ruled out of the rest of the competition when his appendix burst and he had to be rushed to hospital.
Following this disappointment, he decided to retire from international football but was tempted back by Saudi Arabia's Argentine coach Gabriel Calderon in early 2005 for their 2006 World Cup campaign. He scored three times in four qualifying games to help reach the finals. He appeared in all three games the Saudis played in the tournament in Germany and scored in their opening match against Tunisia to give them a 2–1 lead but the match ended 2–2. After failing to advance to the knockout stages, Al-Jaber announced his international retirement.
|1||14 September 1992||Latakia, Syria||Kuwait||2–0||Won||1992 Arab Nations Cup Group Stages|
|2||18 April 1993||Singapore||New Zealand||3–1||Won||Friendly|
|3||24 April 1993||Singapore||New Zealand||1–0||Won||Friendly|
|4||1 May 1993||Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia||Macau||6–0||Won||1994 FIFA World Cup qualifier|
|5||17 September 1993||Khobar, Saudi Arabia||Thailand||4–0||Won||Friendly|
|6||28 October 1993||Doha, Qatar||Iran||4–3||Won||1994 FIFA World Cup qualifier|
|7||30 March 1994||Riyadh, Saudi Arabia||Chile||2–2||Draw||Friendly|
|8||27 April 1994||Athinai, Greece||Greece||5–1||Lost||Friendly match|
|9||25 June 1994||East Rutherford, New Jersey, United States||Morocco||2–1||Won||1994 FIFA World Cup|
|10||19 October 1994||Dhahran, Saudi Arabia||United States||2–1||Won||Friendly|
|11||6 November 1994||Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates||United Arab Emirates||1–1||Draw||1994 Gulf Cup of Nations|
|12||10 December 1994||Riyadh, Saudi Arabia||Poland||2–1||Lost||Friendly|
|13||8 October 1995||Washington DC, United States||United States||4–3||Lost||Friendly|
|14||28 October 1995||Matsuyama, Japan||Japan||2–1||Lost||Friendly|
|15||19 October 1996||Muscat, Oman||Qatar||2–2||Draw||1996 Gulf Cup of Nations|
|16||5 December 1996||Dubai, United Arab Emirates||Thailand||6–0||Won||1996 AFC Asian Cup Group Stage|
|17||16 December 1996||Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates||China PR||4–3||Won||1996 AFC Asian Cup Quarter-finals|
|18||31 March 1997||Jeddah, Saudi Arabia||Chinese Taipei||6–0||Won||1998 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|19||31 March 1997||Jeddah, Saudi Arabia||Chinese Taipei||6–0||Won||1998 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|20||31 March 1997||Jeddah, Saudi Arabia||Chinese Taipei||6–0||Won||1998 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|21||25 September 1997||Riyadh, Saudi Arabia||Mali||5–1||Won||Friendly|
|22||25 September 1997||Riyadh, Saudi Arabia||Mali||5–1||Won||Friendly|
|23||9 May 1998||Cannes, France||Trinidad and Tobago||2–1||Won||Friendly|
|24||12 May 1998||Nice, France||Iceland||1–1||Draw||Friendly|
|25||17 May 1998||Cannes, France||Namibia||2–1||Won||Friendly|
|26||24 June 1998||Bordeaux, France||South Africa||2–2||Draw||1998 FIFA World Cup|
|27||31 May 2000||Győr, Hungary||Hungary||2–2||Draw||Friendly|
|28||5 October 2000||Zarqa, Jordan||China PR||2–0||Won||Friendly|
|29||10 February 2001||Dammam, Saudi Arabia||Bangladesh||3–0||Won||2002 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|30||12 February 2001||Dammam, Saudi Arabia||Vietnam||5–0||Won||2002 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|31||12 February 2001||Dammam, Saudi Arabia||Vietnam||5–0||Won||2002 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|32||12 February 2001||Dammam, Saudi Arabia||Vietnam||5–0||Won||2002 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|33||15 February 2001||Dammam, Saudi Arabia||Mongolia||6–0||Won||2002 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|34||10 July 2001||Singapore||Singapore||3–0||Won||Friendly|
|35||10 July 2001||Singapore||Singapore||3–0||Won||Friendly|
|36||15 September 2001||Bangkok, Thailand||Thailand||3–1||Won||2002 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|37||21 September 2001||Manama, Bahrain||Bahrain||4–0||Won||2002 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|38||21 October 2001||Riyadh, Saudi Arabia||Thailand||4–1||Won||2002 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|39||16 January 2002||Riyadh, Saudi Arabia||Kuwait||1–1||Draw||2002 Gulf Cup of Nations|
|40||20 January 2002||Riyadh, Saudi Arabia||Bahrain||3–1||Won||2002 Gulf Cup of Nations|
|41||14 May 2002||Riyadh, Saudi Arabia||Senegal||3–2||Won||Friendly|
|42||9 February 2005||Tashkent, Uzbekistan||Uzbekistan||1–1||Draw||2006 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|43||8 June 2005||Riyadh, Saudi Arabia||Uzbekistan||3–0||Won||2006 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|44||8 June 2005||Riyadh, Saudi Arabia||Uzbekistan||3–0||Won||2006 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|45||15 March 2006||Riyadh, Saudi Arabia||Iraq||2–2||Draw||Friendly|
|46||14 June 2006||Munich, Germany||Tunisia||2–2||Draw||2006 FIFA World Cup|
He was named as assistant coach of Al-Hilal in 2009, one year after retired from professional football. He worked under notable coaches like Eric Gerets, Gabriel Calderon and Thomas Doll. In 2012, he became assistant coach of Ligue 2 side AJ Auxerre.
On 27 May 2013, Sami Al-Jaber was named as the manager of Al-Hilal, replaced former coach Zlatko Dalić. He became the first Saudi coach to manage Al-Hilal after 14 years after Khalil Ibrahim Al-Zayani in 1999. After his first season in his new career, he was ranked 19th in Football Coach World ranking. Even though, Al-Hilal decided to replace him. On 19 July 2014, Al Arabi announced his assignment as the technical manager of their football team.
- As of 15 September 2017
|Al-Hilal||June 2013||June 2014||41||29||6||6||91||38||+53||70.73|
|Al-Wahda||February 2015||May 2015||12||6||3||3||10||12||−2||50.00|
|Al-Shabab||June 2016||September 2017||34||12||9||13||43||40||+3||35.29|
- AFC Champions League: 2000
- Asian Cup Winners' Cup: 1997, 2002
- Asian Super Cup: 1997
- Saudi Premier League: 1989–90, 1995–96, 1997–98, 2001–02, 2004–05
- Crown Prince Cup: 1994–95, 1999–00, 2002–03, 2004–05, 2005–06
- Saudi Federation Cup: 1990, 1993, 1996, 2000
- Saudi Founder's Cup: 2000
- Arab Club Champions Cup: 1994, 1995
- Arab Super Cup: 2001
- Gulf Club Champions Cup: 1998
- Saudi-Egyptian Super Cup: 2001
- Saudi Arabia
- Arabian Footballer of the Year: 2001
- Saudi Premier League Top Goal Scorer (2): 1989–90, 1992–93
- The Only Arabic Player To Be In 4 World Cup Competitions 1994 1998 2002 2006
- The Only Arabic Player To Score 3 Goals In World Cup History
- Saudi National Team Top Scorer In The World Cup Competitions (3) And Qualifications (16)
- Golden Boot Arabic Top Scorer In 1990
- Al Hilal FC All Time Top Scorer (177)
Sami Speaks Arabic, English, French and Portuguese. He is married and has a son Abduallah and a daughter Rema.
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