Welcome to our 2nd edition of #MiddleEasternersAbroad, where we look at all of the players with Middle Eastern origins and their ongoings at their clubs outside of the region. Read Part One.
Another Qatari duo played this week in Almoez Ali and Assim Madibo for LASK Linz in the Austrian First Division. This is another instance in where Qatari players are being sent out to play in Europe, in what we believe is a brilliant strategy for developing players in substantial conditions that can help them become mentally prepared for their future. This will help Qatar create players who want to move abroad and experience the best coaches, various players and challenges across the surface of Europe.
Almoez Ali came on after 59 minutes while Assim Madibo entered the fray a quarter of an hour later in a match that LASK Linz was on the end of a 2-1 loss – their first this season. Both players were part of the U-20 World Cup and have been tested well enough as of yet. Ones to look out for.
News in Syrian football has been booming this week with Al-Jaish grabbing the title with a late winner while Al-Wahda clinched the Syrian Cup just a couple of days ago. Not only that, but Syria U-16 star and refugee Mohammad Jaddoua is on the verge of a move to Borussia Dortmund according to Syria U-16 goalkeeper William Ghannam, which brought cheers from Syrians across Facebook and various news outlets.
And despite being on the verge of a 4-0 drubbing, Mahmoud Dahoud came on for Borussia Monchengladbach in what was his second outing for the Champions League side. Is it time that we see Syrian players resurface onto the map? Well, with the influx of Syrian players to the Jordanian, Iraqi and Saudi league alongside the likes of youngsters coming through the German ranks, it is a sign for Syria’s footballing future.
Our four representatives in England look set to be Shwan Jalal (Macclesfield), Yaser Kasim (Swindon Town), Reza Ghoochannejhad (Charlton) and Ali Al-Habsi (Reading) for the 2015/16 season.
Shwan Jalal was present in a 2-1 win over Welling Utd while Reza Ghoochannejhad could only make the bench despite scoring for Charlton mid-week in the Capital One Cup. As Sina Saemian mentions in our podcast, Reza may leave Charlton mid-season permanently. His goal.
Ali Al-Habsi returned to the bench as league action returned, despite his performance in the Capital One Cup mid-week. Finally, Yaser Kasim created a goal for Swindon Town this week, in a 2-2 draw against Bury:
(3rd goal of the game comes after Yaser’s assist).
Saeed Al-Muwallad, who is involved in one of the most controversial moves this summer, is still waiting for documentation to play for Farense. After leaving Al-Ittihad without permission to become a “professional” in Portugal, he is yet to make his first team appearance despite being pictured in Farense clothing.
Nevertheless, Osama Rashid was part of the game in where Farense grabbed their first 3 points of the season with a 2-0 win. Rashid, who partners Al-Muwallad as #MiddleEasternersAbroad has been involved in the first few games for Farense.
Anibal Capela of Palestinian origin was involved in a 3-3 draw between Belenenses and Rio Ave. Capela started at centre back for Rio Ave, who are currently in the Portuguese Primeira.
Mohammad Ghadir, an Arab-Israeli player, started for Lokeren in the Belgian Pro League while another Arab-Israeli player in Hatem Abdulhamed could only make the bench for KAA Gent. Lokeren defeated Mechelen 2-0, in a game that Ghadir will definitely be proud to be a part of as he starts his rise.
How could we miss out on Ahmed Yasin? He scored his first goal for AGF Aarhus despite losing 3-2, but what a fine goal it was. We are hoping that we get to see more of the same from the Iraqi international.
(once again, video thanks to the great page @IraqiProPlayers)
Lebanon’s famous captain Roda Antar is currently being eased out of the Hangzhou Greentown team as they aim to avoid relegation (currently 2 points safe from the red zone), while Morteza Pouraliganji is getting games for Tianjin, making his 20th appearance for the team this past week. Tianjin are on 22 points, on par with the relegation battlers Guangzhou R&F.
The Best of the Rest
Ali Adnan started for Udinese in a 3-1 win over Novara, as they progress through the Italian Cup. (video by @IraqiProPlayers)
Moreover, Philippe Paoli came on as a late substitute for Lommel United as they drew 1-1 with Geel.
Sardar Azmoun enjoyed minutes for Rostov in 1-1 draw.
Steven Beitashour grabbed an assist for Vancouver Whitecaps, despite losing 4-3 to Sporting Kansas City in what was a very harsh defeat that saw SKC turn the score around in the final 10 minutes of the game; the winner coming in the 94th minute. (Beitashour assists the second goal, a beautiful cross).
What else is news? Dhurgham Ismail signs for Rizespor to replace Ali Adnan, on a 5-year deal. He leaves Iraq-based club Al-Shurta, in a very promising move endorsed by millions of Iraqi people. After a brilliant Asian Cup tournament where we saw him take the first team spot at left back, we are very optimistic about his rise and adventure into Europe.