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Sami Al-Jaber in 2013
|Full name||Sami Abdullah Al-Jaber|
|Date of birth||11 December 1972|
|Place of birth||Riyadh, Saudi Arabia|
|Height||1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|2000||→ Wolverhampton Wanderers (loan)|
|2001||→ Al-Gharafa (loan)|
|2012–2013||AJ Auxerre (assistant)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
He is his country's second highest international goalscorer with 46 goals in 156 internationals from 1992 to 2006. Al-Jaber appeared in four consecutive FIFA World Cup tournaments, from 1994 to 2006, scoring in three of them. He was also a member of the Saudi squads which won the AFC Asian Cup in 1996. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest Saudi players ever.
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Al-Jaber is often cited as Al-Hilal's most famous player, after spending nearly 20 years with the club. He joined the club aged 15 and during two decades as a senior player, helped them to win 6 league titles, 6 Crown Prince Cups and 2 Asian Champions League titles among other honours. He was also top goalscorer in the Saudi Premier League twice (in 1989–90 and 1992–93).
On 21 January 2008, Al-Hilal held a testimonial for Al-Jaber against English Premier League giants Manchester United. Al-Jaber scored a penalty en route to a 3–2 victory over the visitors, in his last game for the club.
He received his first cap for the Saudi national team on 11 September 1992 in a 1–1 draw with Syria in the Arab Nations Cup. He took until his 19th game to score his first international goal which he netted in a 6–0 rout of Macau on 1 May 1993 in a World Cup 1994 qualifier. Saudi Arabia subsequently qualified for the 1994 World Cup Finals, their first World Cup appearance. Al-Jaber appeared in two group games in the US, scoring from the penalty spot against Morocco in a 2–1 win.
He was part of the squad that won the 1996 Asian Cup before reaching his second World Cup Finals in 1998. He played in all three games in which the Saudi side appeared in France, scoring a second World Cup goal when he netted in a 2–2 draw with South Africa. This made him the first Asian player to score in two consecutive World Cups.
After gaining a runners-up medal in the 2000 Asian Cup, he appeared in the 2002 World Cup but only played in one game, an 0–8 hammering by Germany. He was ruled out of the rest of the competition when his appendix burst and he had to be rushed to hospital.
Following this disappointment, he decided to retire from international football but was tempted back by Saudi Arabia's Argentine coach Gabriel Calderon in early 2005 for their 2006 World Cup campaign. He scored three times in four qualifying games to help reach the finals. He appeared in all three games the Saudis played in the tournament in Germany and scored in their opening match against Tunisia to give them a 2–1 lead but the match ended 2–2. After failing to advance to the knockout stages, Al-Jaber announced his international retirement.
He was named as assistant coach of Al-Hilal in 2009, one year after retired from professional football. He worked under notable coaches like Eric Gerets, Gabriel Calderon and Thomas Doll. In 2012, he became assistant coach of Ligue 2 side AJ Auxerre.
On 27 May 2013, Sami Al-Jaber was named as the manager of Al-Hilal, replaced former coach Zlatko Dalić. He became the first Saudi coach to manage Al-Hilal after 14 years after Khalil Ibrahim Al-Zayani in 1999. After his first season in his new career, he was ranked 19th in Football Coach World ranking. Even though, Al-Hilal decided to replace him. On 19 July 2014, Al Arabi announced his assignment as the technical manager of their football team.
- As of 15 September 2017
|Al-Hilal||June 2013||June 2014||41||29||6||6||91||38||+53||70.73|
|Al-Wahda||February 2015||May 2015||12||6||3||3||10||12||−2||50.00|
|Al-Shabab||June 2016||September 2017||34||12||9||13||43||40||+3||35.29|
|1||14 September 1992||Latakia, Syria||Kuwait||2–0||Won||1992 Arab Nations Cup Group Stages|
|2||18 April 1993||Singapore||New Zealand||3–1||Won||Friendly|
|3||24 April 1993||Singapore||New Zealand||1–0||Won||Friendly|
|4||1 May 1993||Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia||Macau||6–0||Won||1994 FIFA World Cup qualifier|
|5||17 September 1993||Khobar, Saudi Arabia||Thailand||4–0||Won||Friendly|
|6||28 October 1993||Doha, Qatar||Iran||4–3||Won||1994 FIFA World Cup qualifier|
|7||30 March 1994||Riyadh, Saudi Arabia||Chile||2–2||Draw||Friendly|
|8||27 April 1994||Athinai, Greece||Greece||5–1||Lost||Friendly match|
|9||25 June 1994||East Rutherford, New Jersey, United States||Morocco||2–1||Won||1994 FIFA World Cup|
|10||19 October 1994||Dhahran, Saudi Arabia||United States||2–1||Won||Friendly|
|11||6 November 1994||Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates||United Arab Emirates||1–1||Draw||1994 Gulf Cup of Nations|
|12||10 December 1994||Riyadh, Saudi Arabia||Poland||2–1||Lost||Friendly|
|13||8 October 1995||Washington DC, United States||United States||4–3||Lost||Friendly|
|14||28 October 1995||Matsuyama, Japan||Japan||2–1||Lost||Friendly|
|15||19 October 1996||Muscat, Oman||Qatar||2–2||Draw||1996 Gulf Cup of Nations|
|16||5 December 1996||Dubai, United Arab Emirates||Thailand||6–0||Won||1996 AFC Asian Cup Group Stage|
|17||16 December 1996||Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates||China PR||4–3||Won||1996 AFC Asian Cup Quarter-finals|
|18||31 March 1997||Jeddah, Saudi Arabia||Chinese Taipei||6–0||Won||1998 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|19||31 March 1997||Jeddah, Saudi Arabia||Chinese Taipei||6–0||Won||1998 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|20||31 March 1997||Jeddah, Saudi Arabia||Chinese Taipei||6–0||Won||1998 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|21||25 September 1997||Riyadh, Saudi Arabia||Mali||5–1||Won||Friendly|
|22||25 September 1997||Riyadh, Saudi Arabia||Mali||5–1||Won||Friendly|
|23||9 May 1998||Cannes, France||Trinidad and Tobago||2–1||Won||Friendly|
|24||12 May 1998||Nice, France||Iceland||1–1||Draw||Friendly|
|25||17 May 1998||Cannes, France||Namibia||2–1||Won||Friendly|
|26||24 June 1998||Bordeaux, France||South Africa||2–2||Draw||1998 FIFA World Cup|
|27||31 May 2000||Győr, Hungary||Hungary||2–2||Draw||Friendly|
|28||5 October 2000||Zarqa, Jordan||China PR||2–0||Won||Friendly|
|29||10 February 2001||Dammam, Saudi Arabia||Bangladesh||3–0||Won||2002 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|30||12 February 2001||Dammam, Saudi Arabia||Vietnam||5–0||Won||2002 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|31||12 February 2001||Dammam, Saudi Arabia||Vietnam||5–0||Won||2002 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|32||12 February 2001||Dammam, Saudi Arabia||Vietnam||5–0||Won||2002 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|33||15 February 2001||Dammam, Saudi Arabia||Mongolia||6–0||Won||2002 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|34||10 July 2001||Singapore||Singapore||3–0||Won||Friendly|
|35||10 July 2001||Singapore||Singapore||3–0||Won||Friendly|
|36||15 September 2001||Bangkok, Thailand||Thailand||3–1||Won||2002 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|37||21 September 2001||Manama, Bahrain||Bahrain||4–0||Won||2002 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|38||21 October 2001||Riyadh, Saudi Arabia||Thailand||4–1||Won||2002 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|39||16 January 2002||Riyadh, Saudi Arabia||Kuwait||1–1||Draw||2002 Gulf Cup of Nations|
|40||20 January 2002||Riyadh, Saudi Arabia||Bahrain||3–1||Won||2002 Gulf Cup of Nations|
|41||14 May 2002||Riyadh, Saudi Arabia||Senegal||3–2||Won||Friendly|
|42||9 February 2005||Tashkent, Uzbekistan||Uzbekistan||1–1||Draw||2006 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|43||8 June 2005||Riyadh, Saudi Arabia||Uzbekistan||3–0||Won||2006 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|44||8 June 2005||Riyadh, Saudi Arabia||Uzbekistan||3–0||Won||2006 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|45||15 March 2006||Riyadh, Saudi Arabia||Iraq||2–2||Draw||Friendly|
|46||14 June 2006||Munich, Germany||Tunisia||2–2||Draw||2006 FIFA World Cup|
In addition to his native language Arabic, Sami speaks English, French and Portuguese. He is married and has a son Abduallah who is also linked with football and a daughter Rema Sami.
- AFC Champions League: 2000
- Asian Cup Winners' Cup: 1997, 2002
- Asian Super Cup: 1997
- Saudi Premier League: 1989–90, 1995–96, 1997–98, 2001–02, 2004–05
- Crown Prince Cup: 1994–95, 1999–00, 2002–03, 2004–05, 2005–06
- Saudi Federation Cup: 1990, 1993, 1996, 2000
- Saudi Founder's Cup: 2000
- Arab Club Champions Cup: 1994, 1995
- Arab Super Cup: 2001
- Gulf Club Champions Cup: 1998
- Saudi-Egyptian Super Cup: 2001
- Saudi Arabia
- Asian Player of the Month: February 1998
- Asian Goal of the Month: April 1998
- Arabian Footballer of the Year: 2001
- Saudi Premier League Top Goal Scorer (2)
- The Only Arabic Player To Be In 4 World Cup Competitions 1994 1998 2002 2006
- The Only Arabic Player To Score 3 Goals In World Cup History
- Saudi National Team Top Scorer In The World Cup Competitions (3) And Qualifications (16)
- Golden Boot Arabic Top Scorer In 1990
- Al Hilal FC All Time Top Scorer (177)
- "Report: Al Hilal 3 United 2". Manchester United FC. 21 January 2008. Retrieved 8 February 2009.
- Alosaimi, Najah (21 January 2008). "'Sam 6' Regarded as Kingdom's Best". Arab News. Retrieved 8 February 2009.
- Roberto Mamrud & Naim Albakr. "Sami Abdullah Al-Jaber - Century of International Appearances". RSSSF. Retrieved 23 November 2013.
- "Super Sami strikes gold". Asian Football Confederation. 14 May 1998.
- "Sami does it again". Asian Football Confederation. 19 February 1999.
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- Sami Al-Jaber at AlHilal.com
- Sami Al-Jaber – FIFA competition record
- Sami Al-Jaber at Soccerbase
- Sami Al-Jaber at Soccerway
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