|Full name Ahmad Elrich|
Name Ahmad Elrich
Date joined 2008
Height 1.83 m
Siblings Tarek Elrich
1999 Parramatta Eagles
Weight 78 kg
|Place of birth Sydney, New South Wales, Australia|
Parents Mahmoud Elrich, Wadad Elrich
Date of birth (1981-05-30) 30 May 1981 (age 40)
Similar Tony Warner, Antti Niemi (footballer), Tarek Elrich
Ahmad Elrich (born 30 May 1981 in Sydney) is an Australian association footballer of Lebanese descent. Elrich played seventeen games for the Australia national soccer team and played for Fulham F.C. in the English Premier League. He is the older brother of Adelaide United player Tarek Elrich.
- Ahmad Elrich
- South Korea and Fulham
- Return to Australia
- Arrest and jail
- International career
- International goals
Elrich began his professional career at the Parramatta Eagles, his home club, being born just west of the club's home ground.
At the end of his first season with the Eagles, he toured Lebanon with a team of Lebanese-Australians. He was offered a contract with Nejmeh SC in Beirut, but declined in favour of returning to Australia.
Returning to Australia he signed with new NSL club Parramatta Power in the clubs inaugural squad. Elrich cemented a first-team spot as a free-flowing winger here, including a memorable 2003-04 season where he was one of the league's leading assist getters, and played in the Grand Final at just 22. His time at the Parramatta Power was cut short, as the club and NSL met its demise.
South Korea and Fulham
Elrich then moved to South Korean side Busan I'cons. After a protracted contract dispute that saw him on the sidelines for five months, he made his move to the English Premier League.
Elrich signed a 3-year deal with Fulham in the Summer of 2005 from K-League club Busan I'cons. He was loaned out to FC Lyn Oslo from April to May 2006.
After signing for Fulham and making his debut against Liverpool in a Premier League match, Elrich's first team appearances were few and far between, but despite signing a 3-year contract in 2006, his future at the club looked in doubt after not being given a squad number for the 2007-08 season and Fulham confirmed Elrich's departure on 4 September 2007.
Return to Australia
Elrich signed a contract with the Wellington Phoenix in the A-League as their marquee player on 21 September 2007. Elrich scored his first goal, in his first home game, for the Wellington Phoenix against Central Coast Mariners on 21 October 2007, which he described as the 'best goal of his career'. At the end of the 2007-08 season, Ahmad left the Wellington Phoenix to move back to Australia, moving to Central Coast Mariners to link up with several former Parramatta Power teammates. After limited appearances and poor form, he was released by the Central Coast Mariners at the end of the 2009-2010 A-League season.
Arrest and jail
In May 2011, Elrich was charged with a number of gun offences and possession of a drug after being pulled over on his motorcycle because of a faulty tail light. He was sentenced to four years and released on 12 October 2015.
Elrich represented Australia at the 2004 Summer Olympics. His inactivity for Fulham FC was seen as the key factor in him not being selected for the Australian World Cup squad. On 6 September 2006, Elrich suffered a serious knee injury whilst playing for Australia in an Asian Cup qualifier against Kuwait.
International goalsResults list Australia's goal tally first.