Khamis Al-Owairan…the career of an engineer in the middle of Saudi Arabia

One of the best people that Saudi football produced in the center of the pivot, he was called the engineer of the midfield, and despite his early death, he left an unforgettable career and many achievements with which the coffers of Al Hilal and Al Ittihad were filled.

He is the star Khamis Hamad Owairan Al Dosari, who was born in Riyadh on September 8, 1973. His stardom began in 1987, when he was promoted to the first team of Al Hilal Club, and although the ranks of the Asian leader at that time were full of stars, Owairan, despite his young age, succeeded in proving himself, he reserved a place for himself among the constellation of stars, over a period of 12 years, and his name was essential on the team’s roster, with every coach the team witnessed.

Al-Owairan contributed to Al-Hilal winning many titles and championships, as it won 26 titles, locally, Gulf, Arab, and continental, the most prominent of which was; AFC Champions League 1991 and 2000, the Asian Super League in 1997 and 2000, the Saudi League 5 times.

In 2001, Al-Owairan decided to take on a new challenge, so he left for Jeddah and joined Al-Ittihad Club, which led him to win the league title in the 2001 and 2003 seasons, then the continental title for two consecutive years in 2004 and 2005, registering his name in golden letters in the dean’s record.

At the international level, Al-Owairan played for the first team for 10 years, from 1994 to 2004, and he formed a historic double for the Saudi Al-Akhdar club with Al-Nasr star Ibrahim Mater, during the 1996 Asian Nations Cup, and he was one of the main pillars in Al-Akhdar’s third title in the history of the tournament. He also participated In the 1994 Asian Games, the 1996 Summer Olympics in the United States of America, and the 1997 Confederations Cup, and two years later, Al-Owairan contributed to the qualification of the Saudi Green to the World Cup finals in France 1998, for the second time in its history.

Al-Owairan participated with the Saudi Al-Akhdar in 105 international matches, during which he won the Asian Cup in 1996, the Arab Cup in 1998, and the Gulf Cup in two successive editions, 2002 and 2003. He also participated in the 1998 World Cup in France, the 2002 in Korea and Japan, and the 2004 Asian Cup.

On January 7, 2020, the death of star Khamis Al-Owairan was announced after a long struggle with illness, after he suffered from brain cancer, at the age of 46 years.

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