Bahraini soccer prodigy Al-Khalifat making waves in Spain

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Al-Khalifat with Cordoba Club officials.

MANAMA, March 3: Hashem Louay Al-Khalifat, a promising talent from Bahrain, initiated his football career within the ranks of Al-Najma Club, steadily progressing to become a fixture in the starting lineup. With an ambitious dream to play in Europe, Al-Khalifat honed his skills and earned selection for the Bahraini national teams, eventually realizing his dream with a move to Spain.

The young Bahraini sensation caught the attention of the technical staff at Cordoba Club, earning a spot in the Spanish first team after excelling with Cordoba B. This transition marked a new chapter in the Spanish League for Al-Khalifat, laden with personal ambitions, familial pride, and the hopes of Bahraini football enthusiasts.

A product of the Al-Najma Club, Al-Khalifat emerged as one of the standout talents, representing Bahrain in youth and U-23 teams. His consistency and prowess led to a trial with the Spanish club Cordoba, where he made history by becoming the first Bahraini player to join a Spanish team.

Al-Khalifat showcased his skills on the field during his debut with Cordoba, contributing to a 4-1 victory against Montella. Beyond football, he pursued his education by enrolling in a Spanish school, highlighting his commitment to both academic and athletic pursuits.

Expressing gratitude, Al-Khalifat acknowledged the significant support from His Highness Sheikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, crediting him for believing in his talent and facilitating his development in Bahrain and Spain. Al-Khalifat aspires to bring joy to Cordoba’s fans while upholding Bahrain’s honor, aligning with Sheikh Nasser’s visionary approach.

Reflecting on his journey, Al-Khalifat credited his father, Louay Al-Khalifat, for unwavering support since his academy days. He emphasized the challenges faced during his international venture, including language barriers and cultural differences. Overcoming obstacles, Al-Khalifat adapted swiftly, learning Spanish within five months and earning the respect of the technical staff.

Inspired by Cristiano Ronaldo, Al-Khalifat aims to emulate the work ethic, skill development, humility, and goal-scoring prowess of the football icon. Despite a short stint with Chelsea interrupted by COVID-19, he remains optimistic about future opportunities.

Looking ahead, Al-Khalifat contemplates the possibility of playing in the Saudi League, acknowledging its growing prominence on the international stage. Undeterred by challenges, he remains focused on his ambitions, fueled by the support of Bahraini coaches and mentors who played pivotal roles in shaping his career.

Hassan Musa

Al-Seyassah/Arab Times Staff

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