Hassan Kachloul

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Hassan Kachloul
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Personal information
Date of birth (1973-02-19) 19 February 1973 (age 41)
Place of birth Agadir, Morocco
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1988–1991 Nîmes Olympique
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1992–1995 Nîmes Olympique 86 (21)
1995–1998 Metz 7 (0)
1996–1997 Dunkerque (loan) 28 (6)
1997–1998 Saint-Étienne (loan) 16 (0)
1998–2001 Southampton 85 (14)
2001–2004 Aston Villa 22 (2)
2003–2004 Wolverhampton Wanderers (loan) 4 (0)
2005 Livingston 8 (2)
Total 256 (45)
National team
1994–2002 Morocco 12 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Hassan Kachloul (Arabic: حسان كشلول‎) (born 19 February 1973 in Agadir) is a retired Moroccan footballer. He played for the Moroccan national team and was a squad member at the 1994 FIFA World Cup.

Career[edit]

Although born in Morocco, Kachloul was raised in Belleville in France and spent his early career in French football, with Nîmes Olympique, before signing for FC Metz, who loaned him to USL Dunkerque and AS Saint-Étienne respectively.

After being released by his parent club FC Metz at his own request, he spent a spell searching for a new club before moving to England, joining top flight Southampton in October 1998. He remained at The Dell until June 2001 when he joined Aston Villa after his contract expired. He had originally made a verbal agreement to join Ipswich Town,[1] and was celebrated as a crucial signing,[2] but changed his mind at the last minute to head to Villa Park.

Kachloul was signed by John Gregory and played almost all his games for the club under him. After Gregory resigned in January 2002, he was frozen out by, firstly, Graham Taylor, and later David O'Leary.

The midfielder left Aston Villa in July 2004, after failing to appear for the club in the 2003/04 season. He had spent five months on loan at fellow Premier League side Wolves during the campaign, but had only managed 4 games, after suffering injury and illness.

After a spell as a free agent, he joined Livingston, where he helped the club avoid relegation.[3] His time at Livingston was somewhat overshadowed due to the suspicious circumstances of his transfer.[3] As he had joined as a free agent, and was signed outside the transfer window, he played under 'amateur' status.[3] However, this was found to be unsound as he was discovered to be receiving an income from Livingston.[4] The SPL ruled that as the player could have been signed as a professional and there had been no need to sign him as an amateur on 31 March 2005.[4] Livingston argued that they had gained no competitive advantage from this situation, and therefore a points deduction were not imposed.[4] The club were fined £15,000.[5]

After leaving Livingston, he had a trial at Derby County in late 2005, but was not signed and has since retired. He currently works as a property developer.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kachloul opts for Ipswich
  2. ^ Webster, Rupert. "KACHLOUL SHOULD BOOST TOWN HOPES". Sky Sports. 
  3. ^ a b c "Dundee demand SPL Kachloul probe". BBC Sport (BBC). 1 June 2005. Retrieved 9 May 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c "SPL reveals payments to Kachloul". BBC Sport (BBC). 16 June 2005. Retrieved 9 May 2012. 
  5. ^ "Livi fined over Kachloul signing". BBC Sport (BBC). 15 June 2005. Retrieved 8 May 2012. 

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