Taiseer Al-Jassim, 33, is a Saudi professional footballer who plays in midfield for Saudi Arabia’s national team.
Al-Jassim scored for Saudi in the last pre-World Cup friendly match, a 2-1 defeat against Germany on Friday, by scoring on the rebound after Marc-Andre ter Stegen saved a penalty in the 85th minute. It was the first goal ever by Saudi Arabia against Germany.
Al-Jassim is vice-captain of the national team, and used to be captain of Al-Ahli before he announced his intention to play abroad after 17 years’ playing in the Kingdom.
In May 2018 he was named in Saudi Arabia’s preliminary squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Al-Jassim joined Al-Ahli in 2004, moving from Hajjer, and was with them until the end of the current season.
However, he was loaned to Al-Gharafa, a Qatari club, in 2007 and made a quick impact with the Qatar Stars League runners-up when he scored a goal and created another in an Emir Cup match.
Al-Jassim was also loaned to Qatar Club, and played in the Emir Cup final of 2009. He returned to Al-Ahli at the end of the tournament.
When he returned to Al-Ahli, he won several titles, most notably the Saudi Professional League, the King’s Cup three times, and the Crown Prince’s Cup twice.
Al-Jassim also led Al-Ahli to the AFC Champions League final in 2012, and led Al-Ahli to win the King Cup of Champions in 2011 and 2012.
He is a key player and considered one of the best players in Saudi Arabia in the past 10 years.