Shimelis Bekele (Amharic: ሽመልስ በቀለ, born 2 January 1990) is an Ethiopian international footballer who plays as a midfielder. He is currently playing for Egyptian Premier League side Misr Lel-Makkasa. He was also selected to play for Ethiopia national football team in 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.
|Full name||Shimelis Bekele|
|Date of birth||2 January 1990|
|Place of birth||Awassa, Ethiopia|
|Playing position||Attacking midfielder|
|2011–2013||Saint George SA|
|2019 –||Misr Lel-Makkasa||1||(2)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 9 October 2011|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 31 December 2013
The Saint George attacking midfielder who signed from Awassa in the summer of 2011, is a fantastically skilful player, with lots of tricks and flicks, and has a fantastic close control. He separated himself early as one of talented footballers at a young age when he was playing for one of the two Awassa's under 15 youth teams. His body is also superbly built for long dazzling runs past opposition players. Shimelis appeared with Ethiopia in 2012 AFCON Qualifying, and emerged as one of the best players in Iffy Onuora's team which was eliminated from the final stages of the tournament. 2 December 2010, was one of the stand-out performances of his career, scoring two fine goals as Ethiopia beat Kenya 2–1 at Cecafa Challenge Cup in Tanzania. This was the day when Shimelis began to be recognized as one of the most promising talents in Ethiopian football. He can play wide or behind a striker.
|1.||29 November 2010||National Stadium, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania||1–0||1–2||2010 CECAFA Cup|
|2.||2 December 2010||1–0||2–1|
|4.||8 October 2011||Addis Ababa Stadium, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia||4–2||4–2||2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualification|
|5.||16 November 2011||2–0||5–0||2014 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|7.||11 January 2013||2–1||2–1||Friendly|
|8.||14 November 2015||3–4||3–4||2018 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|9.||19 November 2019||Bahir Dar Stadium, Bahir Dar, Ethiopia||2–1||2–1||2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualification|
- "Shimelis Bekele". FIFA Player Statistics.
- "Nations Cup 2013: Ethiopia name squad". BBC Sport. 2 January 2013.
- "Champions St.George dominate Ethiopia AFCON squad". Ethiosports.com. 2 January 2013. Retrieved 21 January 2013.
- "Bekele, Shimelis". National Football Teams. Retrieved 14 February 2017.
- Shimelis Bekele – FIFA competition record
- Shimelis Bekele at National-Football-Teams.com
- (in German) Shimelis Bekele at fussballzz.de