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Born: 1 March 2002
Where: Maysan, Iraq
Joined Wycombe: 20 November 2021 - Free agent|
Wycombe Debut: Northampton T 1 Wycombe 2 - 9 Aug 2022 - League Cup
First Wycombe goal: Wycombe 1 Bristol City 3 - 24 Aug 2022 - League Cup
Final Wycombe game: Plymouth A 1 Wycombe 0 - 29 Dec 2023 - League One
Left Wycombe: 12 January 2023 - Free transfer to Wimbledon
Career summary at Wycombe:
13 appearances - 1 goal
Iraq born player whose move to Wycombe Wanderers was confirmed before the meeting with Bolton Wanderers on Saturday 20th November 202 - the 19-year-old Iraq international striker signing a deal running until June 2023. The former Swansea City academy player had been reported to joining the Wanderers following a successful trial period where he netted in behind closed doors friendly with Bournemouth at Adams Park in October 2021. Commenting on the deal, Wanderers Manager Gareth Ainsworth said: "Ali came highly recommended from contacts of ours in the game and we’re delighted to have him on board. He’s still a teenager but has got plenty of experience already, getting plenty of games for Swansea’s under-23s and for his national team. He’s got a lot of attributes, he looks sharp in front of goal, and he gives us another option up front, where I know he’ll learn a lot from the likes of Sam Vokes, Adebayo Akinfenwa and Brandon Hanlan. There’s been a lot of work that’s gone into finalising the deal and I’d like to thank Pete Couhig, Sam Grace and our new club secretary Tom Holder for getting it over the line and bringing Ali to Wycombe Wanderers." He was allocated the No.25 in the Wycombe squad for the 2021/22 season.
Born in Maysan, Iraq. In 2003 during the early stages of the Iraq War, at the age of 1, he and his family moved from Iraq to Toxteth, Liverpool where they would settle and he would grow up. Al-Hamadi’s father, Ibrahim, who was studying to become a lawyer at that point, was part of a peaceful protest against the dictatorship of Saddam Hussein and he ended up being jailed. His wife was pregnant, and his father with help, was released and made his way to the UK. Like most Iraqis fleeing the war, Ali initially went to Jordan with his mother before they reunited with his father in Britain. The first time he met his father he was one year and 4 months old.
His football career started at the age of 13 when he was selected for Liverpool Schoolboys. Reports suggest he caught the attention of Everton and Liverpool, but ended up joining Tranmere Rovers youth system and stayed with the club for three years. He was then being offered a professional contract by Rovers in the summer of 2018 but instead opted for a two-year scholarship at Swansea City. On 2 July 2020, Al-Hamadi signed his first professional contract, agreeing and one-year deal with Swansea City.
During his time with Swansea, he earned his first international call-up - making his debut for the Iraq U23 side in October 2019. He was released by Swansea at the end of the 2020/21 season. In September 2021, he went on trial with Derby County, scoring for their under-23 side in a 3–3 Premier League Cup draw against the Norwich City. on 11 November 2021 he made his debut for the Iraq senior side in a 1-1 draw with Syria and made his second appearance in a 3-0 loss to South Korea five days later.
After his move to Wycombe was confirmed on 20 November 2021, he went on to gain three further international caps before the end of the seaon but saw his birth country fail to qualify for the final stages of the World Cup following two defeats to Iran and a draw with United Arab Emirates.
Al-Hamadi made his first public appearance for Wycombe Wanderers in a Berks & Bucks Senior Cup tie against Long Crendon on 15 February 2022. Then on 11 March 2022 he joined National League side Bromley for the remainder of the 2021/22 campaign - scoring three times in 10 League appearances and also picking up a FA Trophy winners medal after the Kent club beat Wrexham in the 2022 Final at Wembley on 21 May 2022.
He would eventually make his senior debut for Wanderers in the Football League Cup tie with Northampton Town on 9 August 2022 - appearing in the starting XI of the 2-1 victory over The Cobblers. He made his Football League debut the following week in a 3-1 defeat at Exeter City and would then score his first senior goal for Wycombe in the 3-1 home defeat against Bristol City in the Football League Cup.
On 29th December 2022 he made his first Football League start for Wanderers in the League One game at Plymouth Argyle. However, this proved to his final appearance for Wycombe - a permament move to then League Two Wimbledon, announced on 12th January 2023.
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