Born: Riyadh (Saudi Arabia) 11 December 1972.
Career: Al-Hilal youth 1986, professional 1988 to 2007, WOLVES (loan) Spt 00, Al-Hilal (assistant-manager) 2009, AJ Auxerre (assistant-manger) 2012, Al-Hilal (manager) 2013, Al-Wahda (manager) Jan 15 to Jne 15.
‘The Blue Wolf’ is the most famous Saudi football star and the only one to have played in the United Kingdom. He started his career with his home town in 1987 and made his International debut against Syria in the Arab Cup in September 1992. He has played in four World Cup’s:- United States, France, Japan/Korea and Germany and is the only Asian player to net in three (1994, 1998 & 2006). He has helped Saudi Arabia to win the Arab Cup in 1992 and the Gulf Cup in 1992, 1994, 1996 and 2000. Sami has hit two hat-tricks against Taiwan in March 1997 and Vietnam in February 2001. At club level he had won the Asian Champions League in 1992 and 2000, the Asian Cup in 1996 and 2002 and the Asian Super Cup in 1996 and 2000.
At Wolves he suffered from injury and made just five appearances for the first team. For the Reserves he netted five times in nine outings. Wolves tried to get his loan extended but to no avail. Whilst at Molineux made six appearances for the Saudi Arabia National team during the Asian Cup in Lebanon.
Amongst his many honours, Sami Al-JAber was named Arabian Footballer of the year in 2001.
Debut: Wimbledon (a) 16/9/00.