Yasser Saeed Al-Qahtani (Arabic: ياسر سعيد القحطاني; born 10 October 1982) is a former footballer from Saudi Arabia who played as a striker for Al-Hilal FC in the Saudi Professional League. He was also captain of the Saudi Arabian national team.
|Full name||Yasser Saeed Al-Qahtani|
|Date of birth||10 October 1982|
|Place of birth||Khobar, Saudi Arabia|
|Height||1.76 m (5 ft 9 1⁄2 in)|
|2011–2012||→ Al Ain (loan)||15||(7)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19:09, 12 April 2018 (UTC)|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14 November 2015
After leading Saudi Arabia to the finals of the 2007 AFC Asian Cup as one of the tournament's top scorers, he won the Asian Footballer of the Year award. He went on trial at Manchester City in December.
In 2011, struggling for form following injuries and having lost his place in the Al-Hilal starting lineup, Al-Qahtani joined United Arab Emirates club Al Ain on a season-long loan. There he contributed to the club's first league title since 2004 scoring 7 goals in 15 league appearances, and 12 goals in a total of 26 games across all competitions. Having regained his form he returned to Al-Hilal after the loan spell ended.
Coached by Sami Al-Jaber and Laurențiu Reghecampf, Al-Qahtani reached the finals of the 2014 AFC Champions League with Al-Hilal where his team finished runners up losing to Western Sydney Wanderers in the final 1–0 on aggregate.
2006 World CupEdit
2007 Asian CupEdit
2010 World Cup qualification campaignEdit
In the final stages of the 2010 World Cup qualification, Al-Qahtani was injured in the game against Uzbekistan and upon his return from injury remained out form due to lack of playing time at Al-Hilal. Saudi Arabia missed qualification to the World Cup failing to beat North Korea at home in Riyadh in the decisive last game with the match ending goalless.
- As of 12 April 2018
- Scores and results list Saudi Arabia's goal tally first.
|1.||26 December 2002||Al Kuwait Sports Club Stadium, Kuwait City||Yemen||2002 Arab Nations Cup|
|3.||8 October 2003||Prince Abdullah al-Faisal Stadium, Jeddah||Bhutan||2004 AFC Asian Cup qualification|
|4.||6 January 2004||Kazma SC Stadium, Kuwait City||Oman||16th Arabian Gulf Cup|
|5.||8 January 2004||Kazma SC Stadium, Kuwait City||Yemen||16th Arabian Gulf Cup|
|7.||18 February 2004||King Fahd International Stadium, Riyadh||Indonesia||2006 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|8.||18 July 2004||Sichuan Longquanyi Stadium, Chengdu||Turkmenistan||2004 AFC Asian Cup|
|10.||1 September 2004||King Fahd International Stadium, Riyadh||Kuwait||Friendly|
|11.||8 September 2004||Olympic Stadium, Ashgabat||Turkmenistan||2006 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|12.||12 October 2004||Gelora Bung Karno Stadium, Jakarta||Indonesia||2006 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|13.||11 December 2004||Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Doha||Kuwait||17th Arabian Gulf Cup|
|14.||25 March 2005||Prince Mohamed bin Fahd Stadium, Dammam||South Korea||2006 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|15.||14 February 2006||Prince Abdullah al-Faisal Stadium, Jeddah||Syria||Friendly|
|16.||14 June 2006||Allianz Arena, Munich||Tunisia||2006 FIFA World Cup|
|17.||9 August 2006||Prince Mohamed bin Fahd Stadium, Dammam||Bahrain||1–0||Friendly|
|18.||16 August 2006||Salt Lake Stadium, Calcutta||India||2007 AFC Asian Cup qualification|
|21.||11 October 2006||Sapporo Dome, Sapporo||Japan||2007 AFC Asian Cup qualification|
|22.||8 January 2007||Prince Mohamed bin Fahd Stadium, Dammam||Gambia||Friendly|
|24.||18 January 2007||Al-Nahyan Stadium, Abu Dhabi||Bahrain||18th Arabian Gulf Cup|
|26.||24 January 2007||Al-Nahyan Stadium, Abu Dhabi||Iraq||18th Arabian Gulf Cup|
|27.||11 July 2007||Gelora Bung Karno Stadium, Jakarta||South Korea||2007 AFC Asian Cup|
|28.||14 July 2007||Gelora Bung Karno Stadium, Jakarta||Indonesia||2007 AFC Asian Cup|
|29.||22 July 2007||Gelora Bung Karno Stadium, Jakarta||Uzbekistan||2007 AFC Asian Cup|
|30.||25 July 2007||My Dinh National Stadium, Hanoi||Japan||2007 AFC Asian Cup|
|31.||11 September 2007||King Fahd International Stadium, Riyadh||Ghana||Friendly|
|33.||9 November 2007||Prince Abdullah al-Faisal Stadium, Jeddah||Estonia||Friendly|
|34.||25 November 2007||Cairo International Stadium, Cairo||Egypt||2007 Pan Arab Games|
|35.||30 January 2008||King Fahd International Stadium, Riyadh||Luxembourg||Friendly|
|36.||6 February 2008||King Fahd International Stadium, Riyadh||Singapore||2010 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|37.||2 June 2008||King Fahd International Stadium, Riyadh||Lebanon||2010 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|39.||8 January 2009||Royal Oman Police Stadium, Muscat||Yemen||19th Arabian Gulf Cup|
|40.||11 January 2009||Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex, Muscat||United Arab Emirates||19th Arabian Gulf Cup|
|41.||4 June 2009||TEDA Football Stadium, Tianjin||China PR||Friendly|
|42.||9 January 2013||Khalifa Sports City Stadium, Isa Town||Yemen||21st Arabian Gulf Cup|
- Saudi Professional League (5): 2007–08, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2016–17, 2017–18
- Crown Prince Cup (7): 2005–06, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2012–13, 2015–16
- Saudi Super Cup (1): 2015
- King Cup (2): 2015, 2017
- Federation Cup (1): 2005–06
- AFC Champions League: Runner-up 2014, 2017
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