|Full name||Nasser Ali Al-Shamrani|
|Date of birth||November 23, 1983|
|Place of birth||Mecca, Saudi Arabia|
|Height||1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18:39, 18 May 2016 (UTC).
Nasser Al-Shamrani (Arabic: ناصر الشمراني) (born 23 November 1983) is a Saudi Arabian footballer who plays for Al-Hilal. Nasser, a forward, moved to Al-Shabab during the beginning of the 2007–08 season from Al-Wehda.
Nasser began at the age of 20 playing with Al-Wehda's first team, in the 2003-04 season. He was young then, but with his teammate, Essa Al-Mehyani, were the main strikers in Al-Wehda. Even though Al-Wehda had talented young strikers, but Nasser could not win any tournament with Al-Wehda, and the highest rank they achieved in the Saudi Premier League was 3rd place in the 2006-2007 season.
During the 2005-2006 season, Al-Shabab decided to try Nasser out, and had a deal with Al-Wehda for a loan in the middle of the season, till the end of the season. Al-Wehda accepted because at that time Al-Wehda had no chance of competing in all of the local tournaments. During these couple of months, Nasser was able to prove his worth as a striker. He scored 4 goals in the AFC Champions League, which helped Al-Shabab qualify to the quarterfinals that year. In the league, he scored 3 goals, one which was the third goal in the Saudi Premier League final against Al-Hilal, which ended 3-0. After the end of the season, Al-Shabab were impressed by his performance, and tried sign a contract with him, but Al-Wehda refused and by the 2006-2007 season he returned to Al-Wehda.
Nasser had one of his best seasons with Al-Wehda, he was able to score 9 goals in the Saudi Premier League. He helped his team reach the 3rd rank in the league, even though he did not score any goal in the golden play-off games against Al-Shabab and Al-Ittihad. By the end of the season, Al-Wehda went through a financial problem. Al-Shabab soon noticed this and offered 13 million riyals for Nasser. Al-Wehda accepted, and Nasser moved to Al-Shabab by the beginning of the 2007-2008 season.
In July 2007, he signed a contract with Al-Shabab for 13 million riyals for 5 seasons. Nasser's move to Al-Shabab was anticipated by many Al-Shabab fans. But he began the season dry, without scoring any goal in the league. By the 6th round in the Saudi Premier League, he started his scoring with a hattrick in Al-Qadisiya. He then continued his score frenzy continually in every game by scoring 1 goal against Al-Watani, 1 against Al-Nasr, 2 against Al-Ittihad, 1 against Al-Ta'ee, 1 against Al-Ahli, 1 against Al-Wehda, and 2 against Najran SC. He was able to be the first in the league goalscorers, with 12 goals, but his teammate in Al-Wehda, Eisa Al-Mehyani, was closing the gap. After 3 rounds in the league, and the semi-final games against Al-Hilal in the Crown Prince Cup, Nasser could not score a goal. This has caused him to go behind in the league goalscorer's as Eisa Al-Mehyani was able to score 13 goals, and also Al Hasan Al-Yami with 13 goals.
By the end of the season, Nasser was able to score 18 goals with Al Shabab, and won the Saudi Premier League's top goal scorer. This is the first time for Nasser Al-Shamrani to win the goalscorer of the Saudi League.
On 30 June 2013, he agreed to a three-year deal with Al-Hilal. After losing the 2014 Asian Champions League final, he spat at Western Sydney Wanderers player Matthew Spiranovic before attempting to headbutt him. As a result of his conduct, Al-Shamrani was handed an 8 match Champions League ban from the Asian Football Confederation.
On 30 November 2014, he was named as Asian Footballer of the Year.
On 30 December 2014, Al-Shamrani pushed a fan prior to Saudi Arabia's 4–1 loss to Bahrain and later missed the 2015 AFC Asian Cup due to "injury". In March 2015 Al-Shamrani received an 8-game ban for spitting at, and then attempting to headbutt Australian player Matthew Spiranovic.
Club career statistics
- As of 19 August 2016
As of 6 October 2016
- Saudi Professional League: (2): 2005–06, 2011-12
- Saudi Champions Cup (2): 2008, 2009 Runner-up 2012-13
- Saudi Federation Cup (1): 2008–09
- Saudi Crown Prince Cup Runner-up 2008–09
- Saudi Champions Cup (1): 2015
- Saudi Super Cup (1): 2015 Runner-up 2016
- Saudi Professional League: Runner-up 2013–14, 2015–16
- Saudi Crown Prince Cup (1): 2015-16 Runner-up 2013-14, 2014–15
- AFC Champions League: Runner-up 2014
- Saudi Premier League Top Goal Scorer (5): 2007–08, 2008–09, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2013–14
- Saudi Champions Cup Top Goal Scorer (2): 2007–08, 2008–09
- Asian Footballer of the Year: 2014
- Hassett, Sebastian (2 November 2014). "Nasser Al-Shamrani spits at Western Sydney Wanderers' Matthew Spiranovic". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 3 November 2014.
- Nasser Al-Shamrani at National-Football-Teams.com