Liban Abdi facts for kids
Abdi with Ferencváros
|Full name||Liban Abdi Ali|
|Date of birth||5 October 1988|
|Place of birth||Burao, Somaliland|
|Playing position||Left winger|
|2008–2010||→ Ferencváros (loan)||17||(3)|
|2008–2010||→ Ferencváros II (loan)||5||(0)|
|2013–2014||Académica de Coimbra||11||(0)|
|2015||→ Levski Sofia (loan)||9||(2)|
Liban Abdi Ali (Somali: Liibaan Cabdi) (born 5 October 1988) is a Norwegian footballer who plays as a Left winger . He previously played for Sheffield United in England, for Ferencváros in Hungary, for Olhanense in Portugal, and for FK Haugesund in his home country Norway.
Abdi moved to England with his family at the age of 14, and after a year in England he joined Sheffield United's youth academy. Abdi was the first Somali to be awarded a professional football contract at Sheffield United after impressing with the club's Academy. Following spells with Newport Pagnell Town and Buckingham Town, he was picked up by United when he subsequently moved to Sheffield with the assistance of the Football Unites, Racism Divides program.
Having signed a two-year contract in the summer of 2008, Abdi was loaned out to the Blades' sister club, Ferencváros, for the following season to gain first team experience. On his return, and after failing to break into the first team at Bramall Lane, he was released by Sheffield United in July 2010.
He then joined Ferencváros on a permanent basis, spending two seasons with the club, before moving to Portuguese Primeira Liga club Olhanense in the 2012 close season.
|Ferencvárosi||2008–09||Nemzeti Bajnokság II||7||2||1||2||1||0||—||9||4|
|2009–10||Nemzeti Bajnokság I||10||1||1||0||4||0||—||15||1|
|Ferencvárosi II||2009–10||Nemzeti Bajnokság III||5||0||—||5||0|
|2010–11||Nemzeti Bajnokság II||7||2||—||7||2|
|Levski Sofia (loan)||2014–15||A Group||9||2||5||0||—||14||2|
|Al-Ettifaq||2017–18||Saudi Professional League||12||2||1||0||—||13||2|
Abdi is eligible to play for both Somaliland and Norway but has not represented any of them although he has stated that he wants to play for Norway. When Norway national team coach Egil "Drillo" Olsen announced his squad for the friendly match against Greece in August 2012, Drillo said that he had never seen Abdi in action despite the fact that he was playing in Portugal. Two months later Drillo stated that Abdi was not good enough for the Norwegian team, when announcing his squad for the World Cup qualifiers against Switzerland and Cyprus. In September 2018 he stated that he would not play for Somalia, but would try and help the country off the pitch.
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