Press Conference held for Jiloan Hamad
Hamad shares some insight about his football career and his new club
"The Kurdish Globe" attended a press conference held for the international Kurdish footballer, Jiloan Hamad , who recently signed a contract to play for the German club of Hoffenheim in Bundesligaa.
The conference was held in the Kurdish capital city of Erbil on 4 June after Hamad returned to Kurdistan to visit his family and friends.
Hamad shed light on the secrets of why he chose to play in Bundesligaa. “I received offers from Sunderland and West Ham United clubs in the Premier League, but I accepted to play for Hoffenheim because Bundesligaa is a strong league in which I believe I can perform better,” said Hamad
According to Hamad if the Bundesligaa is not the strongest league in the world it is definitely the second strongest one as the teams show high performance levels and the German clubs participating in the UEFA Champions League are very good teams.
When asked if he can easily get adapted to the German atmosphere after leaving his family and friends in Sweden, Hamad replied: “It is really difficult to leave family and friends and move to another country where everything is different. I know some players that have not been able to acclimatize to the new places and leagues. But in order to be a professional footballer I have to get used to living anywhere and playing in any leagues.”
Hamad promised to try hard in order to play in his new club’s main squad in the coming season. In addition, he is aiming to secure a place in the Swedish National Football team.
Concerning the World Cup, Hamad said that he has been an Argentina fan since he was a child, but he thinks Brazil has a greater chance to win the cup.
Born on 6 November 1990, Jiloan Hamad comes from a Kurdish family from Raniya in the Suleimaniya province. Because of the political unrest the family emigrated and settled in Sweden. He joined the Forwardi group when he was 8 years old and grew up with the team. As a high-scoring midfielder, he drew the media's attention. He joined the under17 Swedish National Team in 2006. In 2008, he was drafted into Malmo FF. Hamad, the Malmo FF captain, was voted as the Swedish Elite Klasses' player of the year in 2013 by both journalists and fans. He managed to score eight goals and set up further six as his side clinched their 17th domestic league title. He has made a total of 125 appearances in the Swedish league, scoring 22 times. He has also gained UEFA Europa League experience, featuring in six qualifying matches in the summer, scoring twice.
In January 2014, the midfielder Jiloan Hamad signed a contract with the Hoffenheim until the summer of 2017.
International Kurdish footballer, Jiloan Hamad, talks in a press conference held in Erbil on June 4.