Walid Atta

Walid Atta in 2009

Walid Atta ( born August 28, 1986 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia) is a Swedish football player with Eritrean roots. Complementing player he was in the squad of the team AIK, in 2009 won the double of league and National Cup.


Start your career in Sweden

Atta began playing football at STENDY IF before moving to Gunnilse IS. For the club he made his debut at the age of 17 years in the Division 2 Västra Götaland third-rate.

Before the 2006 Atta joined Väsby United. For his new club he came into the Superettan in ten games used, but he was standing only once in the starting XI. However, the team finished only one relegation place and after a 1-1 draw and a 0-1 defeat against IK Sirius had to descend into the third-class Division 1.

In the following game time Atta was able to establish in the team. The center-back made ​​higher class attention to himself when he was a runner-up behind Assyriska FF could make a return to the second division with Väsby United. After the end of the season it was announced that he moved along with his team-mates Saihou Jagne to AIK in the Allsvenskan. There he was to provide more competition in defense.

As a result, Atta was also appointed to the Swedish Under-21 team. In the 1-0 victory over the Ukrainian youth team in February 2008, he debuted in the Swedish national team. At the beginning of the 2008 season, he was one but not for the first 16 players full squad, but was in a 1-0 win against GIF Sundsvall on matchday three in the starting lineup. Then he commuted between the first eleven, bench and bleachers and was not appointed to the junior selection. During the year, he was also on several occasions for the cooperation partner Väsby United to play matches.

Under coach Mikael Stahre Atta was in the 2009 supplement to the players at AIK. In eight league operations, he contributed to winning the national champion title. When winning the national cup with a 2-0 win over IFK Gothenburg in the cup final after the season he was not in the squad. Shortly after the start of the subsequent season, he injured his knee and was out for several weeks. Again assemblages he won first a regular place before the beginning of August failed his contract negotiations with the club. After sending off a few days later, the association declared that no longer want to use him until the end of the season. However, in October he returned to the square and helped his team in a relegation battle. In three games, he contributed to the end of the season in which the team moved away by three wins from the relegation zone and eventually managed to avoid relegation.

Transfer abroad and return

After the expiration of his contract with AIK after completion of the 2010 reported the Swedish press a change Attas to Croatia to Dinamo Zagreb. With his new club, he signed a contract for five and a half year term, but was given directly to the cooperation NK Lokomotiva Zagreb. In March 2011 he retired to multiple fractures in the face, when he became an opponent with the elbow. Ultimately, stood up to the end of the season in the summer of eight stakes for him to book, then he returned to Dinamo. Due to a torn ACL he remained there only the role of the spare man until the end of January 2012, he had no duty stake. Then the player broke his contract at the club.

It quickly became the reigning Swedish champion and cup winner Helsingborgs IF interested in a commitment, a few days after termination of the contract in Croatia, he coached already with the team with the training camp. In mid-February the negotiations over a three - year contract had been completed. A month later he won with his new employer his first title in Supercupen he struck with the team to Thomas Sørum, Alfreð Finnbogason and Mattias Lindström thanks to two goals by Rachid Bouaouzan his former club AIK 2-0. In a shaded by various injuries following season he reached with the team in the championship in sixth place, while he reached the group stage of the UEFA Europa League with her.