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Qatari footballer

Akram Hassan Afif Yahya Afif Al Yafei (Arabic: أكرم عفيف; born 11 March 1996) is a Qatari professional footballer who plays as a left winger for Qatar Stars League club Al Sadd and the Qatar national team.
Early in his career, he was considered to be one of the most promising players to emerge from Qatar.[4] Akram has been named in a three-man shortlist for the Asian Football Confederation’s men’s player of the year for bringing the 2019 Asian Cup to Qatar.[5] He won the Asian Footballer of the Year award in 2019.[6]

Familial history
Afif was born in Doha to Somali-Yemeni father Hassan Afif from the Yafa tribe, and Afif’s mother is from Yemen. Afif’s father was born in Tanzania and later moved to Somalia. His father was a top player for Horseed in Somalia and the Somalia national team,[7][8][9][10] before moving to Qatar and playing for Al Ittihad. He later became a Qatari citizen. After he retired from playing, he managed Al-Gharafa from 1986 till 1987 and Al-Markhiya from 2001 till 2003 and 2006 till 2007.[11][12]

Club career
Akram started off in the youth teams of Al-Markhiya and then Al Sadd before joining the Al Sadd as a full-time student in 2009. During his time at Aspire, Afif traveled to Spain on an exchange student program and played for the youth teams of Sevilla and Villarreal.[13][14]
He represented Sevilla in the 2013 Al Kass International Cup, netting a brace and earning an assist in the team’s first match, which ended as a 3–0 victory against Aspire Academy.[15]
Afif later joined Villarreal’s youth team.[16]

Eupen
In January 2015, Afif was signed by Belgian club Eupen.[17] He scored a goal in his debut against Eendracht Aalst on 19 January.[18] On 24 January in his next match against KRC Mechelen, he assisted in three of his side’s five goals.[19]
Afif finished his first senior season with two goals in nine matches. On 18 March 2016, he scored a brace in a 4–0 home win against KSV Roeselare.

Villarreal
On 8 May 2016, it was confirmed that Afif would be rejoining Villarreal, this time on a permanent deal. In doing so, he became the first Qatari-born signing in La Liga history.[20] On 4 August, he was loaned to fellow top tier club Sporting de Gijón in a season-long deal.[21]
Afif made his debut in the main category of Spanish football on 21 August 2016, coming on as a substitute for Burgui in a 2–1 home win against Athletic Bilbao.[22] After nine league matches, he returned to his first senior club Eupen on a one-year loan deal on 14 July 2017.[23]
He went back to his home country in January 2018 to play for Al Sadd where he had a very successful season.

International career
Afif playing for Qatar in 2018
Afif featured in Qatar U20’s AFC U-19 Championship qualification campaign in 2014.[24] During the main tournament, he scored the lone goal in the final against DPR Korea to give Qatar the victory.[25]
He was called up to the senior national team in September 2015 by coach Daniel Carreño.[26] He scored in Qatar’s 15–0 win against Bhutan on 3 September 2015 during the 2018 World Cup Qualification rounds. He also registered an assist in the match.[27]
During Qatar’s successful 2019 AFC Asian Cup campaign, Afif played a paramount role in helping his team lift the trophy, registering 10 assists overall, a new record in the tournament.[28]
On 3 January 2024, he was named in Qatar’s squad for the 2023 AFC Asian Cup.[29] In the team’s opening match of the tournament, he scored twice as Qatar beat Lebanon 3–0 in Lusail.[30] He scored the only goal of Qatar’s second Group A match, a 1–0 win over Tajikistan, to put them through to the knockout stage.[31][32]

Personal life
Afif is of Yemeni Arab heritage. He was born in Doha, Qatar. His mother, Fayza, is of Yemeni descent from the Yafa tribe and is a homemaker. His father, Hassan Afif, is of Yemeni descent however, he played for the national team and spent a portion of his life in Somalia and was born in Moshi in Tanzania. His father previously played for Simba in Tanzania but later moved to Somalia where he went on to play for Horseed FC. He subsequently moved to Qatar and played for Al Ittihad (later renamed Al Gharafa). After retiring, he managed Al Gharafa from 1986 until 1987 and Al Markhiya from 2001 until 2003 and 2006 until 2007.[33][34][35]
His brother, Ali Afif, is a footballer for QSL side Al-Duhail SC.
Afif learned Spanish for his move to Sevilla.[36]
In June 2015, he graduated from Aspire Academy.[37]

Career statistics
Club
As of match played 29 January 2024[38]

International
Scores and results list Qatar’s goal tally first.[39]

Honours
Afif in an Al Sadd line-up in 2018
Al Sadd

Qatar

Individual

See also

References

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^ “AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 – Complete Squad Lists: Qatar”. Asian Football Confederation. 2019. p. 18. Archived from the original on 4 October 2022. Retrieved 14 November 2022.

^ “FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™: List of Players: Qatar” (PDF). FIFA. 15 November 2022. p. 23. Archived (PDF) from the original on 18 December 2022. Retrieved 22 November 2022.

^ “AFC U-16 Championship Preview: 5 players to look out for”. goalnepal.com. 8 May 2014. Archived from the original on 9 April 2016. Retrieved 4 September 2015.

^ “Soccer: Qatar’s Afif named in AFC player of the year shortlist”. Reuters. Archived from the original on 5 December 2019. Retrieved 15 November 2019.

^ a b “AFC Player of the Year 2019: Akram Afif”. AFC. 2 December 2019. Archived from the original on 2 December 2019. Retrieved 9 November 2021.

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^ “Kooora Archive” (in Arabic). Kooora.com. 21 November 2001. Archived from the original on 20 August 2016. Retrieved 13 November 2016.

^ السد يهزم الاتفاق ويستعيد صدارة الدوري القطري (in Arabic). Al Jazeera. 8 February 2003. Archived from the original on 10 December 2019. Retrieved 13 November 2016.

^ “انضمام أكرم عفيف ومعاذ يحيى لأشبيلية الأسباني” (in Arabic). Al Kass. 24 October 2012. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 4 September 2015.

^ “CHAMP magazine”. Aspire. October 2016. Archived from the original on 29 May 2019. Retrieved 25 November 2016.

^ “Qatar’s Afif turns Sevilla’s spearhead”. dohastadiumplusqatar.com. 24 April 2013. Archived from the original on 23 September 2015. Retrieved 4 September 2015.

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^ Mahali, Raj (8 May 2016). “Confirmed: Akram Afif becomes first Qatari signing in La Liga”. Squawka. Archived from the original on 13 July 2016. Retrieved 8 May 2016.

^ “El Sporting firma al central Babin por tres años y logra la cesión del delantero del Villarreal Akran Afif” [Sporting sign stopper Babin for three years and get the loan of Villarreal forward Akran [sic] Afif] (in Spanish). La Nueva España. 4 August 2016. Archived from the original on 10 August 2016. Retrieved 4 August 2016.

^ “Dos goles en tres minutos dan los primeros puntos al Sporting” [Two goals in three minutes give the first points to Sporting] (in Spanish). Marca. 21 August 2016. Archived from the original on 6 November 2016. Retrieved 14 November 2016.

^ “Akram Afif, cedido al KAS Eupen” [Akram Afif, loaned to KAS Eupen] (in Spanish). Villarreal CF. 14 July 2017. Archived from the original on 17 July 2017. Retrieved 15 July 2017.

^ “India U19 v Qatar U19”. the-afc.com. Archived from the original on 13 July 2015. Retrieved 4 September 2015.

^ “QATAR CLAIM AFC U-19 CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE WITH 1–0 WIN OVER DPR KOREA”. the-afc.com. 23 October 2014. Archived from the original on 26 June 2015. Retrieved 4 September 2015.

^ “ضم أكرم عفيف لقائمة منتخبنا أمام بوتان .. واستبعاد سيبستيان ومشعل وإلياس وصديق” (in Arabic). 1 September 2015. Archived from the original on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 4 September 2015.

^ “LE QATAR EN MET 15 AU BHOUTAN! L’EUPENOIS AKRAM AFIF BUTEUR”. lgfoot.be (in French). 3 September 2015. Archived from the original on 8 November 2022. Retrieved 4 September 2015.

^ “Soccer: Qatar’s Afif named in AFC player of the year shortlist”. Reuters. 15 November 2019. Archived from the original on 5 December 2019. Retrieved 18 November 2019.

^ “Our final list for Asia”. Twitter. Qatar Football Association. 3 January 2024. Archived from the original on 3 January 2024. Retrieved 15 January 2024.

^ “Group A: Qatar 3-0 Lebanon”. Asian Football Confederation. 13 January 2024. Archived from the original on 14 January 2024. Retrieved 15 January 2024.

^ “Group A: Tajikistan 0-1 Qatar”. Asian Football Confederation. 18 January 2024. Archived from the original on 17 January 2024. Retrieved 17 January 2024.

^ “Afif shines again as Qatar beat Tajikistan to move into Asian Cup knockouts”. Reuters. 18 January 2024.

^ “من أجل عيون “الغرافة يونايتد”..عفيف يروي قصة الهروب من الهورسيد عبر كلمنجارو إلى الدوحة (Interview with Hassan Afif)” (in Arabic). Kooora.com. 17 May 2011. Archived from the original on 15 February 2015. Retrieved 21 August 2012.

^ “Kooora Archive” (in Arabic). Kooora.com. 21 November 2001. Archived from the original on 15 February 2015. Retrieved 21 August 2012.

^ السد يهزم الاتفاق ويستعيد صدارة الدوري القطري (in Arabic). Al Jazeera. 8 February 2003. Archived from the original on 10 December 2019. Retrieved 21 August 2012.

^ “Champ Magazine”. Aspire Academy. 2013. p. 27. Archived from the original on 24 March 2016. Retrieved 4 September 2015.

^ “ASPIRE ACADEMY CELEBRATES GRADUATING CLASS OF 2015”. aspire.qa. 16 June 2015. Archived from the original on 2 February 2019. Retrieved 11 August 2015.

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^ “Afif, Akram Hassan”. National Football Teams. Archived from the original on 13 October 2016. Retrieved 27 January 2017.

^ On 13 June 2017, Mohammed Musa, in the match between Son Heung-min and Mohammed Musaball, in the final round of the 2018 FIFA World Cup AFC qualification in Qatar, South Korea, was replaced by Son Heung-min, Akram Afif puts the controversy in the serebulation of the salutary salute in the left arm of South Korea’s Son Heung-min (Tottenham Hotspur) with the opening goal.

^ @alsaddsc (19 February 2019). “جريدة استاد الدوحة تحتفي بـ “أكرم عفيف” نجم الزعيم كأفضل لاعب قطري للعام 2018 في الاستفتاء السنوي الذي تقيمه الجريدة” (Tweet) (in Arabic) – via Twitter.

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