Afellay playing for The Netherlands in 2011.
|Full name||Ibrahim Afellay|
|Date of birth||2 April 1986|
|Place of birth||Utrecht, Netherlands|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Playing position||Attacking midfielder / Winger|
|Current club||Schalke 04 (on loan from Barcelona)|
|2012–||→ Schalke 04 (loan)||10||(2)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:07, 15 December 2012 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Ibrahim Afellay (born 2 April 1986 in Utrecht) is a Dutch professional footballer who plays for Schalke 04, on loan from FC Barcelona as an attacking midfielder or winger. He is described as a powerful and dynamic player with great ball skills and the ability to speed up action on the pitch.
He has played for the Dutch national youth team and is now part of the senior Dutch national team, which he represented at UEFA Euro 2008 and the 2010 FIFA World Cup, the latter of which saw them reach the final.
Previously he played for and captained PSV Eindhoven with whom he won four national titles and during which time he was named Best Young Player in The Netherlands (2007). He is in relationship with Sofija Todosieva.
Club career 
PSV Eindhoven 
Born in Utrecht of Moroccan descent, in 1986. Afellay switched to the youth academy of PSV Eindhoven. Afellay's official debut for PSV Eindhoven was on 4 February 2004 during a cup match against NAC Breda at the age of 17. His debut in the competition was on 14 February, against Twente. In the 2003–04 seasons he played three official games, and seven more in the 2004–05 season.
In the 2005–06 season, Afellay played games in the Johan Cruijff-schaal and the first three competition games. Because of the absence of DaMarcus Beasley and Mika Väyrynen, he always started in the line-up.
On 13 September, Afellay made his Champions League debut against Schalke 04. PSV won the game 1–0. On 8 October, Dutch coach Marco van Basten took Afellay into the full national team during the games against the Czech Republic and Macedonia, though he did not play.
In the 2005–06 season, following the departure of important players including midfielders Johann Vogel and Mark van Bommel, Afellay grew to be a first-team regular, and was even pre-selected for the Dutch national team. He managed to play a total of 23 league matches during a season hit with a string of minor injuries.
Afellay recently signed a contract that will tie him until 2015 with the club and wears the squad number 20. He is the 19th Dutch player to represent Barcelona. Afellay made his Blaugrana debut on 5 January 2011 in the Copa del Rey against Athletic Bilbao. He was brought in for David Villa in injury time. Afellay was given his first start for the Barcelona on 19 January 2011 against Real Betis during the second leg of the Copa del Rey in which they lost 3–1 but qualified for the semis on a 6–3 aggregate. He scored his first goal for Barcelona against UD Almería in the Copa del Rey.
Afellay made his debut for Barça in the Champions League in the second match against Arsenal, and came close to scoring on two occasions. Barcelona went on to win the match. Later in the tournament, Afellay came on as a substitute in the 71st minute during the first Leg of the UEFA Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid. In the 76th minute, Afellay assisted Lionel Messi to score the opening goal of Barcelona's 2–0 victory over Madrid. He scored his first league goal in a 3–1 away win for Barcelona against Málaga CF on the last day of the 2010–11 season. He came on as a substitute in the final of the UEFA Champions League against Manchester United.
He suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury during training on September 2011 and was sidelined for more than seven months. After undergoing surgery, he went through a long recovery period and in April 2012 he stated he was ready to be recalled to the first team. On 29 April, he returned to the field as a substitute in the 71st minute replacing teammate Sergio Busquets against Rayo Vallecano on a 7–0 away trashing win for the Catalan side, playing as a central midfielder and impressing in the unorthodox position. After the match, Afellay stated his happiness for his return, and that he had confidence in Barcelona's next manager Tito Vilanova.
Schalke 04 
International career 
After both the Moroccan and the Dutch national teams managers selected him for their squads, he was caught in the dilemma to either play for the Moroccan national team, because of his Moroccan descent, or to play for the Dutch team, the Netherlands being his place of birth and residence. He ultimately decided to play for the Dutch national team despite the heavy competition for places in midfield. He made his international debut in a Euro 2008 qualifier against Slovenia on 28 March 2007. On 12 October 2010, Afellay scored his first international goals in a Euro 2012 qualifier against Sweden.
Euro 2008 
Afellay was included in Marco van Basten's squad for UEFA Euro 2008 and was mostly used as a substitute. Just seconds after replacing Dirk Kuyt in the group match against Italy he nearly scored a goal but his volley went off the crossbar. In their last group game against Romania, he was given a place in the starting eleven alongside Arjen Robben in midfield.
2010 World Cup 
Afellay was part of the Dutch team for the 2010 World Cup managed by Bert van Marwijk. The player came on as a substitute for their first and second matches in the competition, a 2–0 victory over Denmark and 1–0 victory over Japan respectively, as well as the round of 16 match against Slovakia.
Euro 2012 
Despite being injured for most of the 2011–12 season, he was included in the Netherlands' Euro 2012 squad. On 2 June 2012, Afellay scored two goals in a 6–0 friendly win over Northern Ireland, which was the Netherlands' final match ahead of the tournament. In the first game of the tournament, a 1–0 loss to Denmark, he was part of the starting 11 as he was against Germany as well. After the second loss Holland coach van Marwijk decided to replace him by Rafael van der Vaart
International goals 
|1.||12 October 2010||Amsterdam ArenA, Amsterdam, Netherlands||Sweden||2–0||4–1||Euro 2012 qualification|
|2.||12 October 2010||Amsterdam ArenA, Amsterdam, Netherlands||Sweden||4–0||4–1||Euro 2012 qualification|
|3.||25 March 2011||Stadium Puskás Ferenc, Budapest, Hungary||Hungary||0–2||0–4||Euro 2012 qualification|
|4.||2 June 2012||Amsterdam ArenA, Amsterdam, Netherlands||Northern Ireland||4–0||6–0||Friendly|
|5.||2 June 2012||Amsterdam ArenA, Amsterdam, Netherlands||Northern Ireland||5–0||6–0||Friendly|
Career statistics 
- As of 20 October 2012
PSV Eindhoven 
- Eredivisie: 4
- KNVB Cup: 1
FC Barcelona 
- La Liga: 1
- Copa del Rey: 1
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- 2010 FIFA World Cup profile
- Ibrahim Afellay at National-Football-Teams.com
- Ibrahim Afellay – FIFA competition record
- Ibrahim Afellay – UEFA competition record