Press Con­fer­ence held for Jiloan Ha­mad

The Kurdish Globe - - FRONT PAGE - By Zakaria Muhammed

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.

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