| Haidar Al-Shaibani|
| (1984-03-31) March 31, 1984 (age 31)|
The University of Western Ontario
University of Western Ontario
Haidar Al-Shaïbani (born March 31, 1984) is a Canadian soccer player who plays as a goalkeeper for Le Puy Foot 43 Auvergne in France's Championnat de France amateur 2.
Haidar Al-Shaïbani Wikipedia
Haidar Al-Shaïbani was born March 31, 1984 in Setif, Algeria.
Al-Shaibani played University soccer at University of Western Ontario from 2004 to 2007, where he was named Ontario University Athletics first team All Star in four consecutive years (2004 to 2007). In 2007 Al-Shaibani was named OUA MVP and Canadian Inter-university Sport first team All-Canadian.
In his four years with the Mustangs, he led them to three OUA championships, and two bronze medals at CIS National Championships.
He began his professional career in 2002 with London City in the Canadian Professional Soccer League.He featured in the Open Canada Cup final against Metro Lions, where they won the title 4-2 in a penalty shootout.In 2005, he received the CPSL Goalkeeper of the Year award. In 2006, he signed with division rivals North York Astros. During his tenure with North York he helped clinch a postseason berth in 2007. In 2009, he went abroad to France to sign with Nîmes Olympique in Ligue 2. Al-Shaïbani made his debut for Nîmes on August 25, 2009 in a Coupe de la Ligue match against Troyes. He has also featured for the club in the Coupe de France.
Haidar represented Canada at two Summer Universiade, Bangkok 2007 and Belgrade 2009. He back stopped Canada to its best performance in history at the Universiade in men’s soccer with a fourth-place finish at the 2007 Games in Bangkok, Thailand .
He earned his first call up for Canada on 14 May 2010 for the friendly matches against Argentina and Venezuela on 29 May 2010. He earned his first cap for Canada as a sub in the second half against Venezuela where he helped the team to a 1-1 tie.
On September 4, 2010 Coach Stephen Hart, selected Al-Shaïbani for the Friendly games in Toronto and Montreal, against Peru September 4, 2010 and Honduras September 7, 2010.
Al-Shaïbani was born in Sétif, Algeria to an Iraqi father and a Ukrainian mother. His family moved to Canada in 1998.