Yasser Saeed Al-Qahtani (Arabic: ياسر سعيد القحطاني‎‎; born 10 October 1982) is a Saudi Arabian footballer who plays as a striker for Al-Hilal FC in the Saudi Professional League. He was also captain of the Saudi Arabian national team.

Club career

In 2005, Al-Qahtani moved to Al-Hilal from Al-Qadisiyah for a reported £2.5 million transfer fee.[3]

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.[4][5][6] He went on trial at Manchester City in December.[3]

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.[7] 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.[8] Having regained his form he returned to Al-Hilal after the loan spell ended.[9][10]

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.[2]

International career

2006 World Cup

Al-Qahtani played in the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany where he scored a goal against Tunisia.[2]

2007 Asian Cup

At the 2007 AFC Asian Cup, Saudi Arabia reached the final under new Brazilian coach dos Anjos with Al-Qahtani becoming the tournament's top scorer.[5][2][2]

2010 World Cup qualification campaign

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.[2]

International goals

Scores and results list Saudi Arabia's goal tally first.[2]

Honours

[2]

Club

Al-Qadisiya
Al-Hilal
Al Ain

International

Individual