Mohammed Al-Khilaiwi

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Mohammed Al-Khilaiwi
Personal information
Full name Mohammed Saleh Al-Khilaiwi
Date of birth (1971-08-21)21 August 1971[1]
Place of birth Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Date of death 13 June 2013(2013-06-13) (aged 41)
Place of death Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1989–2003 Al-Ittihad
2003–2005 Al-Ahli
2006-2009 Uhud
National team
1990-2001 Saudi Arabia 142 (1)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (goals)

Mohammed Saleh Al-Khilaiwi (Arabic: محمد الخليوي‎‎;‎ 1 September 1971 – 13 June 2013) was a football defender from Saudi Arabia. Arguably, the best Saudi defender that ever played football. At the club level, he played mostly for Al-Ittihad in his home country.[2]


Between 1990 and 2001, Al-Khilaiwi played for Saudi Arabia national football team. He played a total of 142 games for the national team. He's the 3rd overall among Saudi Arabians players with most caps. His name is also listed among the list of footballers with 100 or more caps He played at the 1994 FIFA World Cup, and at the 1998 FIFA World Cup, where he was sent off against France. Zinedine Zidane was also sent off later in the same match. He was a participant in the 1992 FIFA Confederations Cup, 1995 FIFA Confederations Cup, 1997 FIFA Confederations Cup and 1999 FIFA Confederations Cup.[3]

He also participated in the 1996 Summer Olympics.[4]


Al-Khilaiwi died on the night of Thursday, 13 June 2013 in Al-Salam hospital in Jeddah. He died from a heart failure.[5]


  2. "وفاة محمد الخليوى مدافع اتحاد جدة السعودى". Retrieved 2013-06-14.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Mohammed Al KhilaiwiFIFA competition record
  4. "Mohamed Saleh Al-Khilaiwi Statistics and Biography". Sports Reference. Retrieved 2009-04-16.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>