Abdelilah Saber

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Abdelilah Saber
Personal information
Full name Abdelilah Saber
Date of birth (1974-04-21) April 21, 1974 (age 40)
Place of birth Casablanca, Morocco
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Right back
Youth career
WAC
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1993–1996 WAC ? (?)
1997–2001 Sporting CP 61 (0)
2000–2001 Napoli (loan) 18 (0)
2001–2003 Napoli 31 (0)
2003–2004 Torino 11 (0)
National team
1996–2003 Morocco 39 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Abdelilah Saber (Arabic: عبد الإله صابر‎; born 21 April 1974) is a retired Moroccan footballer who played as a right defender.

Club career[edit]

Born in Casablanca, Saber played his first professional years with local Wydad Athletic Club. In January 1997, he began an European adventure that would last the following seven 1/2 years, signing with Sporting Clube de Portugal.

With the Lisbon club, Saber struggled initially, but eventually became first-choice. In January 2000, however, he lost his place to newly arrived Brazilian César Prates, as the Lions eventually won the national championship, the first in 18 years - he still contributed to the feat with 18 matches.

Saber would play the next four years in Italy, initially being loaned to S.S.C. Napoli, moving to that club alongside Sporting teammates Facundo Quiroga and Luís Vidigal. The move was made permanent at the end of the season, as Napoli relegated from the Serie A, and the player played the remainder of his career in the country in the second division - two more years at Naples and one with Torino FC - retiring at only 30.

International career[edit]

Saber gained 39 caps for Morocco, the first arriving in 1997. In the following year's FIFA World Cup, he started in all three group stage matches as the national side exited with one win, one loss and one draw.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Abdelilah SaberFIFA competition record

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