Al Qahtani – Quick Rise To Fame
Al Qahtani was born in October 1982 in the Al Aqrabiya district of the town of Khobar in the eastern part of Saudi Arabia and was the second son of Saeed Al Qahtani, who wanted Yasser to become an engineer. Nevertheless, after celebrating his tenth birthday, Yasser joined Al Aqrabiya and took his first steps towards becoming a football star.
He rhen joined the Al Qadisiya youth team before making his debut for the Al Qadisiya senior team in 2000 and although he played few matches that year, Al Qahtani played a big role in securing promotion to the Saudi Arabia premier league the following year. He was the division’s top scorer in the 2001-2002 season and his impressive performances earned him a place in the Saudi Olympic team for the International Friendship Tournament.
After sterling performances for the Olympic team, he was called to the Saudi national team by Dutch coach Gerard van der Lem to play in the 2002 Arab Cup and made a quick impact after scoring two goals against Yemen to steer the national team to the title. But despite his instant success with rhe national team in the Arab Cup, Al Qahtani was not included in Saudi Arabia’s squad for the 2002 FIFA World Cup and had to wait two yearst[o make anodier impact with the national team.
Early in 2004, Al Qahtani was called again to the national team and became a first-choice striker for Saudi Arabia.
Alter featuring in his first Asian Cup finals in 2004, where he scored two of Saudi Arabia’s three goals, Al Qahtani was ready to make the biggest ever transfer in the history of Saudi football.
After delicate negotiations, Al Qahtani moved from Al Qadisiya to his current club Al Hilal for a record 23 million Saudi riyals (USD 5.33 million), becoming the most expensive player in the history of Saudi football.
“It was my dream to move to Al Hilal and eventually I wore the blue shirt,” says Al Qahtani about his transfer. “I hope that I will satisfy all Al Hilal fans and achieve several titles with the team.”