Ibrahim Afellay

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Ibrahim Afellay
Personal information
Full name Ibrahim Afellay[1]
Date of birth (1986-04-02) 2 April 1986 (age 28)
Place of birth Utrecht, Netherlands
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)[2]
Playing position Attacking midfielder / Winger
Club information
Current club Barcelona
Number 19
Youth career
1990–1995 USV Elinkwijk
1996–2003 PSV
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2011 PSV 159 (35)
2011– Barcelona 21 (1)
2012–2013 Schalke 04 (loan) 10 (2)
National team
2007– Netherlands[3] 44 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 26 January 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 23 September 2013

Ibrahim Afellay (born 2 April 1986) is a Dutch footballer who plays for FC Barcelona in La Liga as an attacking midfielder or winger.

He played youth football at Elinkwijk before joining the PSV youth academy at age 10. After debuting in 2004, he represented PSV for eight seasons. Making his Netherlands national team debut in 2007, Afellay appeared at the 2010 World Cup, contributing to the Dutch side's second place in the tournament. He was also present at Euro 2008 and Euro 2012.

Early career[edit]

Afellay is of Moroccan descent; his parents left their hometown Al Hoceima in the 1960s to work in the Netherlands. He grew up in Overvecht, a neighbourhood in Utrecht with a large immigrant population.[4] Afellay started to play football at local side VSK, but joined USV Elinkwijk after one season.[5] Afellay left Elinkwijk in 1996 for PSV.[6] In the PSV youth academy, he had to fight against doubts whether he would make the senior team because of his thin and short physique. Nonetheless, Afellay quickly rose through the ranks and neared the first team at the end of 2003.[5]

Club career[edit]

PSV Eindhoven[edit]

Afellay was chosen by manager Guus Hiddink to join the first team during their training camp in Turkey in January 2004.[7] He appeared in a friendly match against Trabzonspor.[8] Afellay's official debut for PSV was on 4 February 2004 during a KNVB Cup match against NAC Breda at the age of 17. His first Eredivisie fixture followed ten days later against FC Twente.[9] Afellay played one more senior match in the 2003-04 season.[10] He signed a new contract at PSV in May that would run until 2007.[11] In the next season, Afellay got a place in the first eleven against Roda JC in December.[12] But during the winter break traning camp in Dubai, he suffered a broken toe.[13] Afellay was unable to play for three months.[14] He played nine matches in total in the 2004-05 season; his most memorable being PSV’s final home game against Feyenoord (2-4). Afellay scored twice and provided an assist in the match.[6][15] He also won the KNVB Cup after appearing as a substitute in the final against Willem II (0-4).[10]

Afellay playing for PSV

In the 2005-06 season, Afellay established himself as a first-team regular at PSV.[9] He formed a midfield with Timmy Simons and Phillip Cocu.[16] In his first four matches (Johan Cruijff Shield and league), Afellay received four yellow cards, resulting in an immediate suspension.[17] In September, Afellay made his Champions League debut against Schalke 04 (1–0 win).[10] Overall, he managed to play a total of 23 league matches during a season hit with a string of minor injuries. PSV won the Eredivisie in 2006; Afellay's second title in a row.[18] In the next season, he played 27 league matches and scored six goals for PSV. The team won the Eredivisie on a single goal difference after defeating Vitesse (5-1) in the last league round. Afellay made the third goal of the match.[10] For his performances that year, Afellay was awarded the Johan Cruijff Award for being the most promising youngster in The Netherlands.[6]

Afellay started the 2007-08 season well by scoring the first goal and assisted the second in the away match against Heracles Almelo (0-2).[19] A month later, a broken toe forced Afellay into a two-month recovery.[20][21] He extended his contract until 2011 in December.[22] Afellay played 24 Eredivisie matches in the 2007-08 season.[10] He missed second-to-final match against FC Twente in which PSV could seal the championship, but the team failed to do so.[23] The league title was eventually won in the last match against Vitesse with Afellay in the team.[10] The start of the 2008-09 season was troublesome for Afellay when he received less holiday then desired after Euro 2008.[24] His season started well though, with the Johan Cruijff Shield victory against Feyenoord (0-2) and three goals in the opening two Eredivisie games. Afellay scored 13 league goals in total, including the only goal in the home match against Feyenoord in December. The 2008-09 season, in which PSV finished fourth, ended prematurely after he suffered an injury in April.[10][25][26]

For the 2009-10 season, Afellay shifted to a more defensive midfield position under new coach Fred Rutten.[27] In February, Afellay was promoted to second captain of the team. But because first captain Timmy Simons was mostly on the bench that season, Afellay was effectively the new captain.[28] In March, Afellay received a three-match ban after video evidence showed foul play against Eyong Enoh in the match against Ajax.[29] PSV and Afellay ended the Eredivisie season in third.[30] In the summer, he was officially appointed as team captain.[31] In October, Afellay announced it would not sign a new contract with PSV.[32] With the contract nearing its end, PSV was willing to sell in the winter break.[33] On 15 November, it was FC Barcelona who agreed on a deal with PSV.[9] Afellay signed a contract for 4,5 years.[33] In his last PSV match against Roda JC, he was granted a farewell by the fans.[34]

FC Barcelona[edit]

After completing the €3 million transfer, Afellay signed a contract for 4,5 years at FC Barcelona.[33][35][36] He made his Blaugrana debut on 5 January 2011 in the Copa del Rey match against Athletic Bilbao, replacing David Villa in injury time. He continued to play 28 Barcelona matches in his first season, of which 18 were as a substitute. Afellay was given his first start on 19 January 2011 against Real Betis in the Copa del Rey.[37] His first goal also occurred in the Copa del Rey against UD Almería in February.[38] Afellay scored his first league goal in a 3–1 away win against Málaga CF on the last day of the season.[37] The 2010-11 season ended in the title win for Barcelona and the fifth league championship for Afellay overall.[39] He made his Champions League-debut for Barcelona against Arsenal and went on to appear in the quarter-finals against Shakthar and the semi-finals against Real Madrid. He assisted Lionel Messi to score the opening goal of Barcelona's 2–0 away victory over Madrid. Afellay and Barcelona eventually won the Champions League after beating Manchester United (3-1). Afellay came on in the 90th minute of the final.[37][38]

Afellay had a minor hamstring injury in the 2011-12 pre-season, therefore missing out on the Supercopa de España matches against Real Madrid.[40] He returned in time for one Champions League and one La Liga match before suffering an anterior cruciate ligament injury during training in September.[41][42] After undergoing surgery, Afellay went through a seven-month recovery period. 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.[41] Although he appeared in two more La Liga fixtures, manager Pep Guardiola did not call-up Afellay for the major matches against Chelsea and Real Madrid.[4][41]

Schalke 04 loan[edit]

In the build-up for the 2012-13 season, Barcelona manager Tito Vilanova notified Afellay of his decreased playing time in the upcoming year. It prompted him to accept a loan offer from FC Schalke 04 on 31 August. He was reunited with Jefferson Farfán and coach Huub Stevens.[43][44][45] Afellay made his debut the next day against FC Augsburg. He scored four goals at Schalke, including the opening goal in the Revierderby against Borussia Dortmund (1-2) and a goal against Arsenal in the Champions League. Afellay played his last Schalke match on November 10; he picked up a muscle injury in a Dutch national team friendly against Germany a few days later.[46][47] The injury prevented Afellay from playing until January, when he suffered a similar muscle strain in a friendly against Al Sadd SC.[48] With the recovery this time taking the remainder of the season, Afellay returned to The Netherlands after expressing his discontent with the medical treatment at Schalke 04.[49] Although both parties kept in contact, Afellay did not return to Gelsenkirchen anymore after the injury; a move that led to criticism from Schalke’s general manager Horst Heldt.[50]

Return to Barcelona[edit]

Afellay returned to Spain in May to evaluate his problems with the FC Barcelona medical staff.[51] He decided to start training two weeks earlier than the rest of the squad in order to focus on his recovery.[52] But in August, Afellay had to undergo another surgery on a thigh injury in Barcelona, sidelining him for another four months.[53] Although he was originally not given a squad number, Barcelona assigned Afellay the number 19 jersey after the transfer window deadline had passed.[54]

International career[edit]

Afellay playing for The Netherlands in 2011

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.[55] 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[edit]

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[edit]

Afellay was part of the Dutch team for the 2010 World Cup managed by Bert van Marwijk.[56] The player came on as a substitute for their first and second matches in the competition, a 2–0 victory over Denmark[57] and 1–0 victory over Japan respectively, as well as the round of 16 match against Slovakia.

Euro 2012[edit]

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 with Rafael van der Vaart

Career statistics[edit]

As of 29 January 2014.[37][58][59][60]
Club Season League Cup[61] Continental[62] Other[63] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
PSV 2003–04 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
2004–05 7 2 2 0 0 0 9 2
2005–06 23 2 2 0 8 0 1 0 34 2
2006–07 27 6 2 0 5 0 0 0 34 6
2007–08 24 2 0 0 8 0 1 0 33 2
2008–09 28 13 1 0 4 0 1 0 34 13
2009–10 29 4 4 1 11 1 44 6
2010–11 19 6 1 0 6 1 26 7
Total 159 35 13 1 42 2 3 0 217 38
Barcelona 2010–11 16 1 6 1 6 0 28 2
2011–12 4 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 5 0
2013–14 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Total 21 1 7 1 7 0 0 0 35 2
Schalke 04 2012–13 10 2 1 1 4 1 15 4
Total 10 2 1 1 4 1 15 4
Career total 190 38 21 3 53 3 3 0 267 44



Netherlands national team
Year Apps Goals
2007 1 0
2008 13 0
2009 5 0
2010 12 2
2011 5 1
2012 8 2
Total 44 5

International goals[edit]

Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
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 Sweden 4–0 4–1 Euro 2012 qualification
3. 25 March 2011 Stadium Puskás Ferenc, Budapest, Hungary Hungary Hungary 0–2 0–4 Euro 2012 qualification
4. 2 June 2012 Amsterdam ArenA, Amsterdam, Netherlands Northern Ireland Northern Ireland 4–0 6–0 Friendly
5. 2 June 2012 Amsterdam ArenA, Amsterdam, Netherlands Northern Ireland Northern Ireland 5–0 6–0 Friendly

Awards and honours[edit]






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  61. ^ Includes KNVB Cup, Copa del Rey and DFB-Pokal
  62. ^ Includes UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League
  63. ^ Includes Johan Cruijff Shield, Supercopa de España, UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup
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