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GILBERT
SAMMY

 

 

Brief History

Like his fellow Assyrian players of that era, he was an amazing and outstanding soccer player who started playing soccer in his early teens in his place of Birth, Habbaniaya. He was 10 years old when he started playing to follow in his late father's steps.

After moving to Baghdad and playing with the Assyrian Athletic Club from 1955-1958, he joined the Iraqi Air Force team where he played for two years.  He then moved to the Police Soccer Club team where he played from 1960-1973 and played his first international game in 1960 with the Iraqi Armed Forces and the Iraqi National Team joining other Assyrian Stars like Ammo Baba & Youra.

 

In 1973 he moved to playing with Al-Estiqlat team in Lebanon and was appointed the coaching duties at the same time. from 1973-1975, he lifted the team from the 2nd Division to the 1st Division, winning against the giants of Lebanon like the Raising Club team and the Armenian Homenment teams.

 

In 1975, he moved to Chicago, USA were he took on coaching the Assyrian Winged Bull team of Chicago and took the team to greatness by winning the Major division of Illinois. Soon Gilbert the Great was designated to head coach this almost unknown soccer team and by his continuous effort, valuable instruction and professional coordination, the Winged Bull went to the second division, first division and finally the major division title of the soccer league of Illinois.

 

Countries visited: England, Russia, China, N. Korea, Vietnam, Italy, Hungary, Sweden, Denmark, Switzerland, Burma, Pakistan, Turkey, Egypt, Iran, Kuwait, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan.

 

Total International games played: 82.

   

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