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Abdisalam Ibrahim
Personal information
Full name Abdisalam Abdulkadir Ibrahim
Date of birth (1991-05-01) 1 May 1991 (age 32)
Place of birth Mogadishu, Somalia
Height 1.85m
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current club Ullensaker/Kisa
Number 6
Youth career
2002–2005 Lørenskog
2005–2007 Fjellhamar
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2007 Fjellhamar 4 (0)
2007–2014 Manchester City 1 (0)
2011 Scunthorpe United (loan) 11 (0)
2011–2012 → NEC (loan) 8 (1)
2012–2013 → Strømsgodset (loan) 38 (5)
2012–2013 → Strømsgodset 2 (loan) 4 (1)
2014–2015 Olympiacos 1 (0)
2014 → Ergotelis (loan) 12 (1)
2015–2016 Veria 7 (0)
2016–2017 Viking 25 (2)
2016 Viking 2 1 (1)
2017–2018 Vålerenga 33 (0)
2017–2018 Vålerenga 2 14 (3)
2019–2020 Pafos 9 (0)
2019 → Riga (loan) 2 (0)
2021 Bisceglie 1 (0)
2022– Ullensaker/Kisa 4 (1)
National team
2007–2008 Norway U17 6 (1)
2009 Norway U18 5 (0)
2009–2010 Norway U19 5 (0)
2010–2013 Norway U21 11 (0)
2012–2013 Norway U23 3 (0)
2014 Norway 2 (0)
  • Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17 March 2022.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 18 January 2014

Abdisalam Abdulkadir Ibrahim (born 1 May 1991) is a Norwegian-Somali footballer who plays as a midfielder for Ullensaker/Kisa in the OBOS-ligaen.

Club career

Early career

Born in Somalia, Ibrahim moved to Norway in 1998. He began his football career as a youth in Norway with Øyer-Tretten before eventually moving to Lørenskog, where he played for Fjellhamar. He got his debut for Fjellhamar's senior team in 2006.

He transferred to Manchester City effective from 1 July 2007. In the spring of 2008, he was on the winning team in the FA Youth Cup final, as Manchester City beat Chelsea 4–2 on aggregate.

Ibrahim played as a midfielder. At the age of 18, his style of play was compared by some at the club to then teammate Patrick Vieira.

Ibrahim made his senior debut starting on 24 January 2010, in the FA Cup game against Scunthorpe United. He was on the bench in the 3–1 defeat to Manchester United in the League Cup semi-final at Old Trafford, as well as the match against Portsmouth at Eastlands on 31 January. On 21 February 2010, he made his Premier League debut as a substitute for Manchester City in a 0–0 draw against Liverpool. Ibrahim was rewarded with a new contract on 7 April 2010, which tied him to the club until 2014. Ibrahim made his League Cup debut and first starting appearance at West Brom on Wednesday, 22 September 2010.

On 14 January 2011, it was announced that he would join Scunthorpe United on loan for one month, this loan period subsequently being extended in mid-February to the end of the season.

On 31 July 2011, it was announced that he would join Dutch Eredivisie side NEC on a season-long loan deal. Ibrahim featured in two cup matches and had eight Eredivisie spells scoring one goal before the loan deal was terminated on 22 March on mutual consent because Ibrahim had trouble with his role on the bench for most of the season.

Ibrahim spent the second half of the 2012 season on loan with Strømsgodset, before he again was on six-month loan to Godset in January 2013. In the 2013 season, Ibrahim played 17 matches for Strømsgodset when the team won the Tippeligaen, which was his first title as a pro.

On 22 January 2014, Ibrahim's was released from his contract at Manchester City, having resided in the United Kingdom for three and a half years.


On 24 January 2014, Ibrahim announced that he is joining Greek champions club Olympiacos for the next 3.5 years. Ibrahim made just one appearance for the Greek champions and he immediately joined Superleague club Ergotelis on loan until the end of the season On the beginning of 2014–15 season he returned to Olympiakos.

After being released on a free transfer from Olympiacos, Ibrahim signed a two-year contract with the Greek club Veria on 24 August 2015. Ibrahim debuted on 29 August 2015 in an away 0–2 win against Panthrakikos. He was sent off against his former club, Olympiacos on the 31 October 2015.

Back to Norway

On 13 January 2016, Ibrahim signed a contract with Norwegian Tippeligaen club Viking. His contract lasts for three years, until 31 December 2018.

Ibrahim signed with Vålerenga in March 2017, and left the club again at the end of the 2018 season.


He joined Cypriot team Pafos as a free agent on deadline day, 31 January 2019. On 30 August he was substituted against AEK Larnaca only 36 minutes into Pafos' second Cypriot First Division game of the season, due to an injury. He was later ruled out for six to eight months.


On 24 March 2021, he joined Italian third-tier Serie C club Bisceglie.

International career

At international level, Ibrahim has represented Norway at every age group from Under 15 to Under 21. He is still eligible for both his native country Somalia as well as his adopted country, but has stated a desire to represent the Norwegian national team if called up. On 15 January 2014, he made his debut with the national team in a 2-1 away friendly win against Moldova.

Having never featured for Norway in a competitive match, Ibrahim remains potentially eligible for Somalia.

Personal life

Abdisalam has an older brother, Abdirashid Ibrahim, a semi-professional footballer formerly of FC United of Manchester and Rossendale United. He also has a little brother, Abdijabar Ibrahim, who attends ESSA Academy. Ibrahim was an Arsenal fan when growing up and Patrick Vieira was his hero and more recently Yaya Toure. His nickname is Abdi. Within a few weeks in the late spring of 2013, his younger sister died and Ibrahim became a father for the first time.

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