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Taiseer Jaber Al-Jassam (Arabic: تيسير جابر الجاسم‎, born 25 July 1984) is a Saudi Arabian professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for the Saudi Arabian national team. Al-Jassim is the captain of Al-Ahli and the vice-captain of the Saudi Arabian national team.

Taiseer Al-Jassam
Personal information
Full name Taiseer Jaber Al-Jassam
Date of birth (1984-07-25) 25 July 1984 (age 35)
Place of birth Al-Hasa, Saudi Arabia
Height 1.69 m (5 ft 7 in)[1]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Al Naser
Number 8
Youth career
1995–2003 Hajer Club
2003–2004 Al-Ahli
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2019 Al-Ahli 256 (63)
2007Al-Gharafa (loan) 14 (2)
2009Qatar SC (loan) 2 (1)
2018–2019Al-Wehda (loan) 8 (1)
2019– Al Naser 3 (1)
National team
2004–2018 Saudi Arabia 134 (19)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21:05, 18 October 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 17:01, 20 June 2018 (UTC)

Since his debut in 2006, Taiseer has been a regular on the squads of both his club team and the national team.

Club careerEdit

Al-AhliEdit

Taiseer Al-Jassim helped Al-Ahli win the Saudi Federation Cup and the Saudi Crown Prince Cup in 2007 after scoring a goal in the final match with Ittihad FC club. He also won with his team the Gulf Cup for clubs in front of Al-Nassr in Saudi Arabia 2008. He was instrumental also in his involvement in leading Al-Ahli to the Final game AFC Champions League 2012; he also led Al-Ahli to win the King Cup of Champions in 2011 and 2012.

Loan to Al-GharafaEdit

He was loaned to Al-Gharafa in 2007. He made a quick impact with the Qatar Stars League runners-up as he scored a goal and created another in the Emir Cup before returning to Al-Ahli.

Loan to Qatar SCEdit

In the Emir Cup 2009, Taiseer scored a goal to[clarification needed] Al-Rayyan and they were knockout by penalty kicks 3–3 (4–2) before returning to Al-Ahli at the end of the tournament.

Loan to Al-WehdaEdit

On 19 August 2018, Al-Jassim was loaned to fellow Pro League Al-Wehda until the end of the 2018–19 season.[2]

International careerEdit

2007 AFC Asian CupEdit

He participated with the Saudi team in the 2007 AFC Asian Cup as a key player in the feet[clarification needed] and the level of the tournament, where he scored two goals against the Bahrain national football team. He was in the youth team in the tournament, which reached the final before the Iraq national football team and was one of four players with Malek Mouath, Yasser Al-Qahtani and Abdulrahman Al-Qahtani.

2009 Gulf Cup of NationsEdit

He also participated in the 2009 Gulf Cup of Nations for the Saudi Arabia national football team, who reached the final against the Oman national football team. However, Al-Jassam's shot was wide of the post in the penalty shoot-out, the match ending 0–0, ultimately giving Oman the trophy by winning the penalties 6–5.

2011 AFC Asian CupEdit

Al-Jassim scored a goal against the Syria national football team in the 2011 Asian Cup, with Saudi Arabia losing 1–2. Saudi Arabia did not collect any points, so went out in the group stage.[3]

2015 AFC Asian CupEdit

Al-Jassim scored to[clarification needed] Iraq and his Saudi Arabia National Team won 2–1, and he helped them qualify for the Asian Cup in 2015.

2018 World CupEdit

On 19 December 2017, he announced his intentions to retire after the end of the 2018 World Cup.[4] In May 2018 he was named in Saudi Arabia’s preliminary squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.[5] He made 2 appearances in the World Cup before his tournament ended prematurely due to injury.

Career statisticsEdit

InternationalEdit

Statistics accurate as of match played 20 June 2018.[6]
Saudi Arabia
Year Apps Goals
2004 1 0
2005 13 0
2006 4 0
2007 14 5
2008 3 0
2009 16 1
2010 9 1
2011 13 1
2012 4 0
2013 9 1
2014 11 1
2015 9 3
2016 8 4
2017 10 0
2018 10 2
Total 134 19

International goalsEdit

Scores and results list Saudi Arabia's goal tally first.[7][6]
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 27 June 2007 National Stadium, Kallang, Singapore   Singapore 2–0 2–1 Friendly
2. 18 July 2007 Gelora Sriwijaya Stadium, Palembang, Indonesia   Bahrain 3–0 4–0 2007 AFC Asian Cup
3. 4–0
4. 2 November 2007 King Fahd International Stadium, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia   Namibia 1–0 1–0 Friendly
5. 9 November 2007 Prince Abdullah Al Faisal Stadium, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia   Estonia 1–0 2–0
6. 26 May 2009 Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium, Doha, Qatar   Qatar 1–0 1–2
7. 9 October 2010 Prince Abdullah Al Faisal Stadium, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia   Uzbekistan 3–0 4–0
8. 9 January 2011 Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan, Qatar   Syria 1–1 1–2 2011 AFC Asian Cup
9. 15 November 2013 Prince Mohamed bin Fahd Stadium, Dammam, Saudi Arabia   Iraq 1–0 2–1 2015 AFC Asian Cup qualification
10. 8 September 2014 Craven Cottage, London, England   Australia 2–3 2–3 Friendly
11. 3 September 2015 King Abdullah Sports City, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia   Timor-Leste 5–0 7–0 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
12. 8 September 2015 Shah Alam Stadium, Shah Alam, Malaysia   Malaysia 1–1 3–0[A]
13. 17 November 2015 National Stadium, Dili, East Timor   Timor-Leste 7–0 10–0
14. 24 March 2016 King Abdullah Sports City, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia   Malaysia 2–0 2–0
15. 29 March 2016 Zayed Sports City Stadium, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirate   United Arab Emirates 1–0 1–1
16. 24 August 2016 Grand Hamad Stadium, Doha, Qatar   Laos 1–0 4–0 Friendly
17. 6 October 2016 King Abdullah Sports City, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia   Australia 1–0 2–2 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
18. 26 February 2018 King Abdullah Sports City, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia   Moldova 2–0 3–0 Friendly
19. 8 June 2018 BayArena, Leverkusen, Germany   Germany 1–2 1–2

Style of playEdit

Taiseer has been described as intelligent, visionary, technically gifted, with excellent work ethics. His strengths are: shooting, especially long-range shooting, dribbling, and passing. He plays in almost all positions in the midfield but most notably as an attacking midfielder, winger, and as a central midfielder.

HonoursEdit

ClubEdit

Al-Ahli

IndividualEdit

  • Saudi Arabia Footballer of the Year: 2012
  • Al-Ahli Player of the Year: 2011–12
  • Best Saudi Midfielder: 2011–12

Personal lifeEdit

Taisir is a Shia Muslim. He built a Shia mosque and named it Zainab in Al-Hasa. He celebrates Islamic occasions with Sunnis. He is engaged to a Lebanese woman

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Malaysia's home match was awarded as a 3–0 win to Saudi Arabia after game was abandoned due to crowd violence.[8]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2018 FIFA World Cup Russia – List of Players" (PDF). FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 4 June 2018. Retrieved 10 June 2018.
  2. ^ "انهت ادارة النادي التوقيع مع النجم الدولي تيسير الجاسم ( اعارة )". 21 August 2018.
  3. ^ Al-Jasim's Image
  4. ^ http://www.kooora.com/?n=654542
  5. ^ "World Cup 2018: All the confirmed squads for this summer's finals in Russia".
  6. ^ a b Taisir Al-Jassim at National-Football-Teams.com
  7. ^ "Detailed Statistics for Taisir Al-Jassim". ksa-team.com. Saudi Team Website. Retrieved 14 September 2015.
  8. ^ "Crowd trouble halts Malaysia v Saudi Arabia World Cup qualifier". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 9 September 2015. Retrieved 8 October 2016.