Lassad Nouioui

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Lassad
Personal information
Full name Lassad Hassen Nouioui
Date of birth (1986-03-08) 8 March 1986 (age 28)
Place of birth Marseille, France
Height 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Arouca
Number 21
Youth career
Club Félix-Pyat
Jo Saint-Gabriel
Consolat
Ajaccio
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2006 Ajaccio 0 (0)
2006–2007 Châteauroux 0 (0)
2008–2009 Deportivo B 35 (16)
2009–2012 Deportivo La Coruña 99 (24)
2012–2013 Celtic 14 (3)
2013– Arouca 13 (4)
National team
2009– Tunisia 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 7 April 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 29 February 2012

Lassad Hassen Nouioui (Arabic: لسعد النويوي‎; born 8 March 1986), known simply as Lassad, is a Tunisian professional footballer who plays for F.C. Arouca in Portugal, as a forward.

After playing amateur football in his country of birth, he went on to represent Deportivo de La Coruña for several seasons.

Lassad represented Tunisia internationally.

Club career[edit]

Deportivo[edit]

Lassad was born in Marseille, France, and he signed for Deportivo de La Coruña in January 2008 after arriving for free from Ligue 2's LB Châteauroux. After impressing with the Galicians' B-side he received his first opportunity with the main squad, subbing in for Riki in the last minutes of a 3–0 home win over Villarreal CF on 1 February 2009;[1] the following week he earned a penalty which resulted in a final 1–1 away draw, against RCD Mallorca.[2]

On 13 February 2009, after some good overall performances, Lassad signed a professional contract with Deportivo, committing himself to the club until 2012.[3] Two months later, on 5 April, he scored his first La Liga goal, in a 1–3 defeat at RCD Espanyol;[4] after a successful campaign he was officially promoted to the first team for the 2009–10 season, but struggled with several injuries, making only 19 league appearances.[5]

In the 2010–11 campaign, a healthy Lassad appeared in 33 matches and scored five goals but Deportivo finished in 18th place, which resulted in the club being relegated to the second division for the first time in 20 years.

Celtic[edit]

On 2 September 2012 Lassad signed for Celtic on a two-year deal, after being released from his contract at Deportivo and passing his medical.[6][7] His transfer was surrounded by controversy after Levante UD claimed to also have signed the player, who said Celtic was always his first choice.[8][9][10]

On 17 November Lassad scored his first goal for his new club, in a 2–0 away win at Aberdeen.[11] He netted his second 11 days later in another away fixture, against Hearts.[12]

On 31 August 2013, after featuring in 19 games all competitions comprised, Lassad was released by Celtic.[13]

International career[edit]

Although born in France, Lassad opted to represent Tunisia at international level. He was called up to the senior team for the first time in March 2009 to participate in a 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Kenya, but failed to make an appearance in the match.

Lassad earned his first cap three months later on 4 June, playing 15 minutes against Mozambique in another World Cup qualifier.[14]

Honours[edit]

Deportivo
Celtic

Statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 16 March 2013[15]
Club Season League Cup[nb 1] Europe Other[nb 2] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Deportivo B 2007–08 15 8 0 0 15 8
2008–09 20 8 0 0 20 8
Total 35 16 0 0 0 0 0 0 35 16
Deportivo 2008–09 14 3 0 0 14 3
2009–10 19 2 1 0 20 2
2010–11 33 5 4 1 37 6
2011–12 33 14 3 4 36 18
Total 99 24 8 5 0 0 0 0 107 29
Celtic 2012–13 14 3 3 0 2 0 0 0 19 3
Total 14 3 3 0 2 0 0 0 19 3
Career total 148 43 11 5 2 0 0 0 161 48

International[edit]

As of 23 March 2012
National team Season Apps Goals
Tunisia 2008–09 1 0
2009–10 1 0
2010–11 0 0
2011–12 1 0
Total 3 0

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Includes Copa del Rey matches.
  2. ^ Includes Supercopa de España, UEFA Supercup, and FIFA Club World Cup matches.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Deportivo La Coruña 3–0 Villarreal". ESPN Soccernet. 1 February 2009. Retrieved 4 November 2011. 
  2. ^ "Mallorca 1–1 Deportivo La Coruña". ESPN Soccernet. 8 February 2009. Retrieved 4 November 2011. 
  3. ^ "Lassad firmó esta noche su contrato profesional con el Dépor" [Lassad signed professional contract with Depor tonight] (in Spanish). Canal Deportivo. 8 January 2009. Retrieved 8 January 2009. 
  4. ^ "Espanyol 3–1 Deportivo La Coruña". ESPN Soccernet. 5 April 2009. Retrieved 4 November 2011. 
  5. ^ "Las lesiones son pasado" [Injuries a thing of the past] (in Spanish). La Voz de Galicia. 9 September 2011. Retrieved 4 November 2011. 
  6. ^ "Lennon confirms Nouinoi will be next Celtic new boy with striker set for medical". Daily Mail. 1 September 2012. Retrieved 3 September 2012. 
  7. ^ "Lassad Nouioui joins Celtic on two-year contract". BBC Sport. 2 September 2012. Retrieved 3 September 2012. 
  8. ^ "Lenny dismisses Nouioui signing controversy despite possible Levante legal challenge". Daily Record. 4 September 2012. Retrieved 18 February 2013. 
  9. ^ "Lassad Nouioui blasts Levante over claims he went back on deal to sign for Celtic". Daily Record. 6 September 2012. Retrieved 18 February 2013. 
  10. ^ "New boy Lassad Nouioui denies agreeing deal with Levante prior to Parkhead switch". Daily Record. 6 September 2012. Retrieved 18 February 2013. 
  11. ^ "Celtic late show downs Dons". ESPN Soccernet. 17 November 2012. Retrieved 6 December 2012. 
  12. ^ "Four-star Celtic show class". ESPN Soccernet. 28 November 2012. Retrieved 6 December 2012. 
  13. ^ Kyle, Gregor (31 August 2013). "Live: Scottish transfer deadline day, Saturday August 31". Daily Record. Retrieved 31 August 2013. 
  14. ^ "Tunisie – Mozambique: la victoire en vue" [Tunisia – Mozambique: win in review] (in French). Mosaique FM. 4 June 2009. Retrieved 6 December 2012. 
  15. ^ "L. Nouioui". Soccerway. Retrieved 9 April 2014. 

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