- Anas Sharbini
Football player infobox
playername = Anas Sharbini
fullname = Anas Sharbini
height = height|m=1.80
dateofbirth = birth date and age|1987|2|21
Rijeka, SR Croatia
clubnumber = 10
youthclubs = NK Rječina
years = 2005-
caps(goals) = 49 (16)
pcupdate = September 1, 2008
Anas Sharbini (born
February 21, 1987) is a Croatian football midfielder, currently playing for HNK Rijeka in the Croatian first division. As a highly rated youngster, he has also been called up as a reserve for the Croatian national football teamat Euro 2008, however he is yet to make a cap for the senior squad.
Family and Background
He is the brother of striker
Ahmad Sharbiniof NK Rijeka. His father, Jamal Sharbini, was born in Damascus, Syria. Jamal came to Rijeka in the early 1980s as an economics student. His mother, Ranka, is Croatian, born in Grobnik, near Rijeka. Despite his father's heritage, Anas has stayed playing in Croatiafor all of his career, and opted to play for Croatian national team.
Anas rose through the ranks of HNK Rijeka, starting his professional career with the club in 2005. In the 2006/07 season, he finished the league as one of the top scorers [http://www.soccerboards.com/scorers_detail.php?s=11] . Despite his young age, he was chosen to captain the side in the 2007-2008 season.
He has often been highly praised as an emerging talent in the
Prva HNL. He has made a popular name for himself by scoring many late equalizers for his side, saving them from losses many times. Behind the likes of such players like Luka Modrić, Nikola Kalinićand Mario Mandžukić, he is considered one of the best young players in Croatia.
Sharbini has won around 30 caps in various youth levels of Croatia and made his biggest impact with the Croatian national under-21 team. Due to his fine form in the 2007/2008 season, national coach
Slaven Biliccalled him up to represent Croatia in their Euro 2008campaign, as a reserve in case of injuries.
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