Majed Abdullah was originally a sudanese. He is born in november 1, 1959 in jeddah is a former saudi arabian football (soccer) striker, the all-time goals leader for the saudi national team. he was nicknamed arabian pelé. abdullah was voted as the best football player in the history of saudi arabia in a poll by ibope zogby international.
abdullah was born in al-baghdadia district in jeddah in a house.from a family sudanese origin and lived his childhood in that house.it was close to al-ittihad club majed is the second son of mr. ahmed abdullah after the first son abdullah. being a neighbor to a sports club alongside with being the son of a football manager made the child majed live in a football environment. all the pictures in the house were on the walls and all the conversations between majed’s father and his guests were about football and that made the young majed a football lover from the beginning.
in the mid-1960s, majed and his family moved to riyadh where his father got a job as the manager of al-nasr youth team. majed joined “al-jazaeria elementary school” and the 3 year old kid was passionately watching the older kids playing football. couple of years later, majed started participating in the school team and the neighborhood team as a goalkeeper. one day, the team striker was absent and majed replaced him to guide his team to a 3-1 victory. majed’s family moved to hotat khaled district and the young majed joined “al-motawasta al-thania” high school. majed and his young neighbors formed a team they called “al-ittifaq”. they tried to participate in one of the most famous tournaments but their request was rejected due to their young age. the kids didn’t give up and challenged one of riyadh’s best teams for a place in that tournament and surprisingly they won 3-1 with 2 goals from the young talent “majed abdullah”. “al-ittifaq” was accepted to compete regardless of its members young age, and the team went on to win the championship.
mohammed al-hudayan, a teammate at al-ittifaq, recommended abdullah to al-nasr president prince abdulrahman bin saud.
abdullah spent 2 years playing for the youth teams before joining the senior team., making his senior debut in a friendly against the moroccan team al-fath in january 1977. his competitive debut came against al-shabab later the same month, followed by his first goal for the club against al-wehda in march 1977.majed spent that season as a substitute but the injury of al-nasr number 1 striker mohammed saad al-abdali gave the young talent the chance where he started the last 4 matches of the season scoring 4 goals which was a huge achievement for a 17 year old player. majed started his career with the shirt number 14 before switching to his legendary number 9. majed went on to represent al-nasr for more than 20 years scoring 320 goals making him al-nasr greatest player ever.
under 17 team
in august 1977, majed was chosen to represent the saudi arabia under 17 soccer team in tabriz championship in iran. majed’s beginning was stunning. he amazed everyone in the tournament including his own trainer “jeff faundon” and went on to score 7 goals in 3 matches (2 against iran – 2 against bulgaria – 3 against russia) to become the tournament’s top scorer.
the senior team
majed made his senior team debut in 1978 in a friendly against portuguese giants benfica were he scored 2 goals in his first ever international match when he was only 18. his official debut was against kenya in the same year. majed represented saudi national team continuously for 16 years where injury was the only reason to keep him out the national team.
majed goals for al-nassr in local matches
between his first goal against al-wehda in 19-3-1977 and his last goal against kopetdag of turkmenistan in 11-4-1998 majed scored for the club 320 goals even though he missed many matched due to either injury or representing the national team.