Mohamed Al-Deayea

Mohamed Abdullaziz Al-Deayea (Arabic: محمد عبدالعزيز الدعيع; born 2 August 1972) is a Saudi Arabian former professional footballer who played as a football goalkeeper. He participated in four FIFA World Cups for the Saudi Arabia national team and earned a total of 173 officially recognized caps, the record for a goalkeeper.[2] He also achieved the first best Goalkeeper of the Century from Asia award ahead of Nasser Hejazi in second and In-Young Choi in third place respectively.

Saudi Arabian footballer

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Mohamed Al-Deayea

Al-Deayea with Al-Hilal in 2010
Personal information
Full name Mohamed Abdullaziz Al-Deayea
Date of birth (1972-08-02) 2 August 1972 (age 49)
Place of birth Ha’il, Saudi Arabia
Height 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in)
Position(s) Goalkeeper
Youth career
Al-Ta’ee
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1989–1999 Al-Ta’ee 176 (0)
1999–2010 Al-Hilal 230 (3)
Total 406 (3)
National team
1993–2006 Saudi Arabia 178[1] (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

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Al-Deayea has split his professional career between the clubs Al-Ta’ee and Al-Hilal. Originally he started as a handball player, but was convinced by his club and his older brother Abdullah to become a footballer. Mohammed was under great pressure in the beginning of his career because of having to wear the shoes of his brother Abdullah, who was an AFC Asian Cup winner and a highly reputed goalkeeper too.

On 22 June 2010, Mohamed Al-Deayea announced his retirement from football at the age of 37. On 5 January 2012, a big farewell match was organised between Al-Hilal and Juventus F.C.. 70,000 people were packed in the King Fahd Stadium. The match ended 7–1 in favour of Juventus with one goal from Saad Al-Harthi. Juventus’s goals were scored by Alessandro Del Piero (twice), Eljero Elia, Arturo Vidal, Giorgio Chiellini, Simone Pepe and Fabio Quagliarella.

Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Cup ACL Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Al-Ta’ee 1991–92 22 0 22 0
1992–93 22 0 22 0
1993–94 22 0 22 0
1994–95 22 0 22 0
1995–96 22 0 22 0
1996–97 22 0 22 0
1997–98 22 0 22 0
1998–99 22 0 22 0
Total 176 0 0 0 0 0 176 0
Al-Hilal 1999–00 22 0 4 0 7 0 33 0
2000–01 22 0 2 0 24 0
2001–02 22 1 5 0 27 1
2002–03 22 1 4 0 26 1
2003–04 22 0 4 0 3 0 29 0
2004–05 22 1 5 0 4 0 31 1
2005–06 22 0 5 0 27 0
2006–07 21 0 4 0 6 0 31 0
2007–08 21 0 5 0 6 0 32 0
2008–09 21 0 4 0 7 0 32 0
2009–10 20 0 1 0 4 0 25 0
Total 230 3 38 0 39 0 310 3
Career total 413 3 38 0 39 0 493 3

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