Karim Rekik

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Karim Rekik
Personal information
Full name Karim Rekik
Date of birth (1994-12-02) 2 December 1994 (age 20)
Place of birth The Hague, Netherlands
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
PSV Eindhoven (on loan from Manchester City)
Number 3
Youth career
1999–2002 Scheveningen
2002–2011 Feyenoord
2011–2012 Manchester City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011– Manchester City 1 (0)
2012 Portsmouth (loan) 8 (0)
2013 Blackburn Rovers (loan) 5 (0)
2013– PSV Eindhoven (loan) 36 (2)
National team
2009–2010 Netherlands U16 6 (0)
2010–2011 Netherlands U17 18 (1)
2011–2013 Netherlands U19 12 (1)
2014– Netherlands U21 7 (1)
2014– Netherlands 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14 August 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 23:06, 13 November 2014 (UTC)

Karim Rekik (Arabic: كريم رقيق‎; born 2 December 1994) is a Dutch footballer who currently plays as a centre back for PSV Eindhoven, on loan from Manchester City.

Early life[edit]

Rekik was born in The Hague. His father was born in Tunisia and his mother is a Dutch primary school teaching assistant.[1]

Club career[edit]

Manchester City[edit]

Rekik signed for Manchester City from Feyenoord in the summer of 2011, and made his debut appearance for the first team in the Dublin Super Cup in pre-season.[2] He made his official first team debut for Manchester City on 21 September 2011 against Birmingham City in the third round of the League Cup, coming on as a substitute for Wayne Bridge in the last 12 minutes of the game.[3] He also made a 73rd-minute substitute appearance in the fourth round of the competition against Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux, in place of Luca Scapuzzi.[4]

Portsmouth (loan)[edit]

On 22 March 2012, it was confirmed that Michael Appleton was to take Scapuzzi and Rekik on a month's loan at Portsmouth in the Football League Championship.[5] He made his debut for Portsmouth on 27 March, in a 2–0 home win against Hull. This was also Rekik's first senior league appearance in club football.

Unlike Scapuzzi, Rekik became a regular starter as Portsmouth struggled to fight relegation. He was an ever-present figure in the Portsmouth defence as the league came to an end. Nevertheless, Pompey were relegated at the end of the season.

Return to Manchester City[edit]

Rekik returned to Manchester City at the end of the 2011–12 season. He would go on to start in his Premier League debut, a 1–0 win at home to Reading on 22 December 2012, and was substituted for James Milner in the 84th minute. Reading claimed that they deserved a penalty for Rekik's challenge on Jay Tabb, which was not given by referee Mike Dean.[6]

Blackburn Rovers (loan)[edit]

On 15 February 2013, it was confirmed that Rekik would join Blackburn Rovers in the Championship until the end of the season.[7] The move reunited him with his former Portsmouth manager Appleton.

PSV Eindhoven (loan)[edit]

On 8 July 2013, it was confirmed that Rekik would join PSV Eindhoven on loan for the 2013-14 season, wearing number 3. [8] He became a regular starter at PSV and played in the Champions League play-off. He scored his first Eredivisie goal for PSV on 7 December in a 2-6 home defeat to Vitesse.

Return to Manchester City[edit]

On 10 August 2014, Rekik was an unused substitute as City lost the Community Shield 3–0 to Arsenal at Wembley Stadium.[9]

Return to PSV Eindhoven (loan)[edit]

On 14 August 2014, Rekik returned to PSV until the end of the season.[10] He was immediately included in PSV's 6-1 win over NAC Breda on 16 August 2014.[11]

International career[edit]

Rekik made his debut for the Netherlands national football team in a 2-0 friendly defeat to France at the Stade de France 6 March 2014.[12]

In May 2014, he was named in manager Louis van Gaal's provisional 30-man squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.[13]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Other Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
2011–12 Manchester City Premier League 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
2012–13 Manchester City Premier League 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2011–12 Portsmouth Championship 8 0 0 0 0 0 8 0
2012–13 Blackburn Rovers 5 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Total England 14 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 16 0
Netherlands League KNVB Cup Europe Other Total
2013–14 PSV Eindhoven Eredivisie 25 1 0 0 6 0 31 1
2014–15 PSV Eindhoven Eredivisie 11 1 1 0 6 0 18 1
Total Netherlands 36 2 1 0 0 0 12 0 0 0 49 2
Career total 50 2 3 0 0 0 12 0 0 0 65 2
Statistics accurate as of last match played on 13 November 2014.[14]
As of 14 February 2014

International[edit]

Netherlands
Year Apps Goals
2014 1 0
Total 1 0
Statistics accurate as of 5 March 2014.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Karim Rekik, made in Tunisia". La Presse Tunisie (in French). 27 June 2011. Retrieved 8 March 2012. 
  2. ^ "A bit more on new arrivals at Manchester City Karim Rekik Denis Suarez Luca Scapuzzi". mcfc.co.uk. (Manchester City Football Club). 2 August 2011. Retrieved 15 October 2011. 
  3. ^ "Man City 2 – 0 Birmingham". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 21 September 2011. Retrieved 28 October 2011. 
  4. ^ "Wolverhampton 2 – 5 Man City". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 26 October 2011. Retrieved 28 October 2011. 
  5. ^ Manchester City Pair Sign; Portsmouth F.C., 22 March 2012
  6. ^ Ornstein, David (22 December 2012). "Man City 1-0 Reading". BBC Sport. Retrieved 11 August 2014. 
  7. ^ "Rekik is a Rover". Blackburn Rovers (Blackburn Rovers). 15 February 2013. Retrieved 15 February 2013. 
  8. ^ Rekik gekeurd door PSV, traint dinsdag al mee (Dutch); Voetbalprimeur, 8 July 2013
  9. ^ Sanghera, Mandeep (10 August 2014). "Arsenal 3-0 Man City". BBC Sport. Retrieved 10 August 2014. 
  10. ^ "Rekik 'hervat' training in Eindhoven en traint mee met equipe van Cocu". Voetbalprimeur (in Dutch). 14 August 2014. Retrieved 14 August 2014. 
  11. ^ 14. http://www.uefa.com/memberassociations/association=ned/domesticleague/season=2015/matches/match=200129334/live/index.html
  12. ^ "International friendly: France ease to a 2-0 win over Holland in Paris". BSkyB. 6 March 2014. Retrieved 20 May 2014. 
  13. ^ "oan Watch: Rekik included in provisional Netherlands World Cup squad". Manchester City Football Club. 14 May 2014. Retrieved 20 May 2014. 
  14. ^ "Karim Rekik - Voetbal International profile". Voetbal International. 

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