Youssef Wasef Mohamad (يوسف واصف محمد) is a professional soccer player. He currently is the captain of the German club 1. FC Koln. (Germany). A defender, Mohamad joined Freiburg from Olympic Beirut in 2004. He scored his first goals for Freiburg, a double, in a 3-3 draw against Greuther Furth on 22 September 2006.
In 2007, he signed a contract at 1. FC Koln. Here, he has a contract that will run until 2011. He had previously represented Lebanon at the 2000 Asian Cup and played for the national team from 2000–2007, where he captained the side from November 2004 to August 2005. In January 2010, Mohamad was named captain of 1. FC Koln, and became the first Asian and Middle-Eastern Captain in the Bundesliga. Mohamad, and former team mate Roda Antar have had the privilege of being hailed as the two most successful Lebanese players of all time.
Youth and Early Career
Mohamad began his career at Safa Sporting Club, signing to the first-team from the clubs junior teams. In 2002 he transferred to Olimpic Beirut,, a club that was founded in 2000, Mohamed went on to win the Lebanese Premier League and Lebanese F.A Cup titles in 2003.
During 2004, he transferred to Freiburg in Germanys Bundesliga at the recommendation of his international team mate, Roda Antar. Freiburg would then be relegated to Germanys 2nd division, Mohamad would remain there until he was signed to 1. FC Köln in 2007 along with Roda Antar.
1. FC Köln
Youssef Mohamad signed on 17 July 2007. In December 2007, Kicker Sports Magazine ranked Mohamed as the second best defender in Germanys 2nd division. Koln were promoted to the German first division for the 2008-2009 season.
In 2009/10 season, he scored against Borussia Dortmund in a thrilling 2-2 draw. After team mate Kevin McKenna equalized, Mohamad took the lead with a right footed goal. Mohamad received three yellow cards throughout the season. He fouled 16 times and was fouled 15 times.
In January 2010, Zvonimir Soldo announced Mohamad as the captain of the club.
It took 92 seconds for him to see a red card on the opening day of the 2010-11 season where which he received a 3 match ban.
In 2000, aged 20, Mohamed was selected to represent Lebanon at the 2000 Asian Cup. This opportunity of playing in a major tournament at a young age gave him a big chance to broaden his career. On 12 October, he played a full 90 minutes in Lebanon's opening 4-0 loss against Iran. On 15 October, he was substituted onto the field in the 89th minute for Abbas Chahrour in a 2-2 draw against Iraq. However, he would not take part in Lebanon's 1-1 draw with Thailand on 18 October.
From November 2004 to August 2005, Mohamed was the captain of the Lebanese national team.
After intensely criticizing the Lebanese F.A and his then national coach, Adnan Meckdache, he was suspended by the F.A and would only be allowed to return if he would apologise to the F.A and the national team coach for his critical stance. It had also been reported that Mohamad declined that he would proceed with these actions as he saw him self in the right position with valid reasons.
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