Former Nottingham Forest trialist Bader Al-Mutawa equalled the record for the most appearances in international football last week.

He’s now made 184 appearances for Kuwait and is still going strong at 36-years-old.

This news came to light during an article in The Times. Sergio Ramos has been in the news recently and he had been eyeing up the record himself.

He has made 180 appearances for Spain but didn’t make the Euro 2020 squad.

Now, the record is held by Al-Mutawa and he will hope to add to his tally of caps in the future.

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In 2012, the Kuwait-born star came on trial at Forest.

The move was set up by former owner Fawaz Al-Hasawi and it was agreed he’d train with the club for a month.

The boss at the time, Sean O’Driscoll, was impressed to the point where he was keen to sign the player.

When putting together a deal, Forest applied for a work permit which was sadly rejected and the move collapsed.


Al-Mutawa plays his club football for Qadsia where he has been since 2002.

He has played 423 times for them, scoring 144 goals in all competitions.

The free-scoring Kuwaiti has also found the net 56 times during his 184 caps for the national team.

Would Al-Mutawa have shone at Forest?

I guess we will never know. His goalscoring record is impressive though and that can’t be denied.

Playing in the Middle East is different to the physical demands of playing in the Championship, however.

To impress O’Driscoll though he must have done something right on trial and he did all he could to earn a shot.

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Al-Mutawa could have been a gem of a player had he been given a work permit to play in England.

Ultimately, Forest fans will never know just how he’d have performed in the Garibaldi and the player might look back on his career with just one small regret.

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