Mohammed Al-Shalhoub, Saudi football player

Mohammed Al-Shalhoub
Updated 26 November 2019

Mohammed Al-Shalhoub, Saudi football player

Mohammed Al-Shalhoub is a Saudi football player who currently plays as a left-wing midfielder for Al-Hilal football club in the Saudi Professional League. He is considered to be one of the greatest Saudi footballers ever. 

Born on Dec. 8, 1980 in Riyadh, Al-Shalhoub holds 32 personal championships making him one of the most decorated players in the world.

His great achievements have earned him the title “the gifted.” He wears the No. 10 jersey.

In 2000, he was selected as one of the most promising Arab footballers of the year. In 2006, Al-Shalhoub won the title of the third best Asian player of the year and he earned the title of the top scorer of the league in 2009.

He has been a part of the Saudi national squad since 2000. He made his debut at the age of 20 against Qatar in the 2000 AFC Asian Cup.

His team, Al-Hilal, beat the Urawa Red Diamonds 2-0 on Sunday and 3-0 on aggregate to claim a record-equaling third Asian club title in the AFC Champions League.

The Saudi giants have endured a continental trophy drought since 2000 when they won the tournament for the second time, the first being in 1991 when it was called the Asian Club Championship.

They came close in 2014 and 2017 when they reached the final, only to be beaten by the Western Sydney Wanderers and Urawa respectively.


Recent archaeological discoveries highlight Saudi Arabia as ‘a cradle of human civilizations,’ Rome conference told

Updated 06 December 2019

Recent archaeological discoveries highlight Saudi Arabia as ‘a cradle of human civilizations,’ Rome conference told

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has become a leader in the field of archaeological research in the past five years, a major exhibition in Rome was told.

Abdullah Al-Zahrani, director-general of archaeological research and studies at the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage, said that 44 international archaeological missions had been carried out this year in the Kingdom.

He was speaking on the sidelines of the “Roads of Arabia: Masterpieces of Antiquities in Saudi Arabia Across the Ages” exhibition, which opened at the National Museum of Rome on Nov. 26.

The groundbreaking exhibition was inaugurated by Saudi Minister of Culture Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan and Italian Minister of Cultural Heritage and Activities Dario Franceschini.

Al-Zahrani said that the Kingdom “has become one of the most advanced countries in terms of archaeological disclosures.”

“Recent discoveries by local and international missions have highlighted the Kingdom’s historical status and cultural depth as the cradle of the beginnings of human civilizations,” he said.

Archaeological discoveries continue to “instil the civilized dimension of the Kingdom,” he said.

“The religious, political, economic and cultural stature that Saudi Arabia enjoys is an extension of its long cultural heritage, in addition to its distinctive geographical position as a bridge and hub of cultural interaction between East and West that made it a meeting point for international land and sea trade routes throughout all ages,” he added.