Roda Antar (رضا عنتر) is a soccer midfielder. He currently plays for the Shandong Luneng Taishan in the Chinese Super League. He is considered Lebanon's most finest export by Lebanese football fans. Beginning his career with Tadamon Sour in the Lebanese Premier League, Antar went onto play for Hamburger SV, SC Freiburg and 1.FC Koln in Germany. Antar became the first Lebanese player to play in Germany, soon after he would be joined by international team mate Youssef Mohamad at both SC Freiburg and 1. FC Köln. On 16 March 2009 Antar signed for Chinese Super League side Shandong Luneng Taishan. Antar represented Lebanon at the 2000 AFC Asian Cup held in Lebanon and was named captain of the national side in 2004. Roda is the brother of retired Lebanese footballer Faisal Antar..
Antar began his career in 1998, alongside his older brother: Faisal Antar, for Tadamon Sour in the Lebanese Premier League. After an impressive performance at the 2000 AFC Asian Cup, Antar made a shock move to FuBball-Bundesliga side Hamburger SV in 2001 where he was contracted for 250.000€ on a loan to the club until 2003. During his two-year stay with the club, Hamburg would claim the 2003 German League Cup, however, after failing to establish himself with the north German side (after he played in the Regionalliga Norg for Hamburg's reserve side for the 2002–03 season), he opted for a free-transfer to SC Freiburg. Antar was brought to Freiburg by its first-team coach Volker Finke for the 2003–04 season. After a serious injury Antar eventually debuted in December 2003 when he scored a hat-trick in a 4–2 win against VFL Bochum. He was consequently referred to as a "Football God" by Freiburg supporters. During his time at Freiburg Youssef Mohamad, who was Roda's international team mate, was transferred to the club. In 2007, both Antar and Mohamad were transferred to German 2.FuBball-Bundesliga side 1. FC Koln for the 2007–08 season. In March 2008, Antar scored a bicycle kick goal against SV Wehen Wiesbaden which was voted goal of the month. Antar gained a reputation from the club's fans and earned a permanent starting position in the first-team. He would then help the club get promoted back into the Bundesliga, scoring both goals in the decisive 2–0 win against 1. FSV Mainz 05. In February 2009 he left Köln after disagreements with club sporting director Michael Meier and manager Christoph Daum. The issue was subject to Antar's commitment to the first-team where which they had spoken to Antar and his adviser. The club's board of directions offered him support and individual training sessions as they felt obliged to fulfill the contractual agreement which initially ran until 30 June 2009, but no contact to him could be made after he did not turn up to the club s training sessions. Antar's agent stated that he had offers from Japan, Russia and China. On 16 March 2009 Antar signed to China's Shandong Lueng Taishan for a transfer fee of 630.000£ (700.000€). During 2010 Antar featured in the 2010 AFC Champions League where which Shandong were eliminated in the group stage.
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