Billel Omrani

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Billel Omrani
Personal information
Full name Abdel Slem Billel Omrani
Date of birth (1993-06-02) 2 June 1993 (age 21)
Place of birth Forbach, France
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Arles-Avignon
(on loan from Marseille)
Number 28
Youth career
1999–2006 Merlebach
2004–2006 Gymnastique Marienau
2007–2011 Marseille
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011– Marseille 2 (0)
2013– Arles-Avignon (loan) 1 (0)
National team
2009–2010 France U17 11 (4)
2010 France U18 5 (1)
2012– France U19 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 3 October 2011.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14 April 2012

Billel Omrani (born 2 June 1993 in Forbach) is a French football player who currently plays as a striker for Arles-Avignon, on loan from Marseille . He is the younger brother of Abdelhakim Omrani who plays for Nîmes Olympique.[1] His older sister Yasmina Omrani is an international heptathlete.[2]

Billel Omrani joined Marseille in 2007 after stints with two amateur clubs in the Moselle area. On 19 March 2011, he signed his first professional contract agreeing to a three-year deal.[3] Omrani was, subsequently, promoted to the senior team by manager Didier Deschamps for the 2011–12 season. He was assigned the number 25 shirt and made his professional debut on 2 October in a league match against Brest. Omrani appeared as a substitute in the match, which ended 1–1.[4]

Omrani is a France youth international having represented the nation at under-17 and under-18 level. With the former team, he played at the 2010 UEFA European Under-17 Football Championship. Of Algerian descent, he is also eligible to represent Algeria at international level and, in October 2011, was called up to the Algeria under-23 team to participate in friendly matches ahead of the 2011 CAF U-23 Championship.[5][6] However, the report of a call-up was deemed erroneous due to a misunderstanding between the team's coach and the Algerian media with the latter assuming the coach was calling up Omrani when he was, in fact, calling up another French-born player of Algerian origin who also plays for Marseille. In February 2013, Omrani was invited by Algeria under-20 national team coach Jean-Marc Nobilo to be a member of the team for the 2013 African U-20 Championship, but Omrani declined the offer.[7]

Omrani has recently changed preferred foot on the popular FIFA 14 Ultimate Team. He was previously right footed on older versions of the game.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Omrani, la famille en or". Le Républicain Lorrain. 8 May 2010. Retrieved 9 July 2010. 
  2. ^ Abdelhakim Omrani : « Mon choix est déjà fait, c’est l’Algérie ! » (French). La Gazette Du Fennec. Retrieved on 2013-07-02.
  3. ^ "Billel Omrani, un nouveau pro à l'OM!". Le Phoceen (in French). 19 March 2011. Retrieved 2 October 2011. 
  4. ^ "Marseille v. Brest Match Report". Ligue de Football Professionnel (in French). 2 October 2011. Retrieved 2 October 2011. 
  5. ^ "Mehdi Abid et Billel Omrani seront bientôt parmi nous". El Watan (in French). 1 October 2011. Retrieved 2 October 2011. 
  6. ^ "Billel Omrani, la 1re cible de Vahid". Algerie360 (in French). 15 September 2011. Retrieved 2 October 2011. 
  7. ^ Walid Z. (February 10, 2013). "Omrani (OM) et Ferretti (Milan) déclinent la sélection" (in French). DZFoot. Retrieved February 11, 2013. 

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