Hussein Abdulghani

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Hussein Abdulghani
حسين عبدالغني
Hussein Abdulghani Sulaimani.jpg
Personal information
Full name Hussein Omar Abdulghani Sulaimani
Date of birth (1977-01-21) 21 January 1977 (age 41)
Place of birth Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 8 12 in)
Playing position Left back
Club information
Current team
Number 24
Youth career
1992–1995 Al-Ahli
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–2008 Al-Ahli 287 (30)
2008–2009 Neuchâtel Xamax 19 (0)
2009–2017 Al-Nassr 141 (6)
2017–2018 Vereya 13 (0)
2018– Ohud 6 (0)
National team
1996– Saudi Arabia 138[1] (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23:23, 12 November 2018 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20:56, 20 November 2018 (UTC)

Hussein Omar Abdulghani Sulaimani (Arabic: حسين عمر عبد الغني سليماني‎; born 21 January 1977 in Jeddah) is a Saudi Arabian football player who currently plays as a defender for Ohod in the Saudi Professional League.

Club career

He started playing football in 1992 and joined the Al-Ahli junior club until 1995. That same year, he became a professional player and stayed at the club until 2008. He then moved to Swiss based Neuchâtel Xamax staying for a year. He made 13 appearances without scoring.[2] His transfer to Europe had made him the third Saudian footballer to play in Europe, after Sami Al-Jaber and Fahad Al-Ghesheyan. In 2009, he returned to Saudi Arabia to play for Al-Nassr. He is one of the longest-tenured and most experienced Saudi footballers.

On 13 September 2017, he signed a one-year contract with Bulgarian First League club Vereya.[3] He hoped to take a chance to play for the Saudi Arabian national team at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.[4] In June 2018, he went back to Saudi Arabia to sign for the newly promoted Ohod.[5]

International career

Abdulghani was a regular member of the Saudi Arabian national team. He was part of the team that won 1996 AFC Asian Cup aging 19. He was selected to 1998, 2002 and 2006 FIFA World Cups. Abdulghani announced his retirement from international football after failing to lead his national team for 2010 FIFA World Cup. On 6 October 2018, he received a call-up for a friendly match against Brazil.[6]

International goals

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 22 June 1999 Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz Stadium, Abha  Jordan 2–0 2–1 Friendly
2 9 July 1999 Titan Stadium, Fullerton  Canada 2–0 2–0 Friendly
3 8 February 2001 Prince Mohamed bin Fahd Stadium, Dammam  Mongolia 4–0 6–0 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC)
4 8 February 2001 Prince Mohamed bin Fahd Stadium, Dammam  Mongolia 5–0 6–0 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC)
5 14 October 2004 Gelora Bung Karno, Jakarta  Indonesia 2–0 3–1 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC)

Career statistics

As of 15 May 2018.
Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2017–18 Vereya First League 13 0 1 0 14 0
Total 13 0 1 0 0 0 14 0




National team


  1. ^ Hussein Omar Abdulghani AL SULAIMANI - Statistics at Saudi Team site
  2. ^ Abdulghani moving to Neuchâtel Xamax - Okaz newspaper (AR)
  3. ^ "Верея взе 40-годишен беĸ cъc 108 мача за Саyдитcка Аpабия" (in Bulgarian). 12 September 2017.
  4. ^ "Звездата на Верея Хюсеин Сюлеймани пред БЛИЦ СПОРТ: Имам само една жена и пет деца, всички са от нея!" (in Bulgarian).
  5. ^ "Saudi Arabia legend extends his remarkable football career by another season". 19 July 2018.
  6. ^ "Hussein Abdul Ghani is the oldest Saudi player to participate in a game".

External links

  • Hussein Abdulghani at Soccerway
  • Hussein Abdulghani at
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