Mbark Boussoufa

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Mbark Boussoufa
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Personal information
Full name Moubarak Boussoufa
Date of birth (1984-08-15) 15 August 1984 (age 30)
Place of birth Amsterdam, Netherlands
Height 1.67 m (5 ft 5 12 in)
Playing position Attacking Midfielder, Left Winger
Club information
Current team
Lokomotiv Moscow
Number 11
Youth career
1994–1995 Middenmeer
1995–1996 Fortius
1996–2001 Ajax
2001–2004 Chelsea
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2006 Gent 59 (14)
2006–2011 Anderlecht 148 (48)
2011–2013 Anzhi Makhachkala 68 (11)
2013– Lokomotiv Moscow 30 (2)
National team
2006– Morocco 35 (6)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 3 December 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 6 March 2012

Moubarak "Mbark" Boussoufa (Arabic: مُبارك بوصوفا‎, born 15 August 1984) is a Dutch-Moroccan footballer who currently plays as an Attacking Midfielder for Lokomotiv Moscow[1] and the Moroccan national team. He won the Belgian Golden Shoe for the second time in 2010.[2]

Early career[edit]

Mbark started off at the youth academy of Ajax Amsterdam before joining Chelsea F.C. He spent the 2005/06 season with K.A.A. Gent, winning several prizes in 2006: Belgian Golden Shoe, Belgian Footballer of the Year, Belgian Young Footballer of the Year and Belgian Ebony Shoe. He is the second player from a North African country to win the Ebony Shoe, after Mido.

Club career[edit]

Boussoufa with Anzhi Makhachkala

In June 2006, Boussoufa signed a 4-year contract with R.S.C. Anderlecht after a €3.5 million transfer.[3] In his first season he was a regular in the title-clinching squad. He became a key player for the team that finished second in both the 2007–2008 and the 2008–2009 seasons. Boussoufa was named Belgian Footballer of the Year for a second time after the 2008–2009 season in which Anderlecht barely missed out on the title, losing the Championship play-off against Standard de Liège. The next year, he managed 14 goals and 20 assists which made him the most valuable player in Anderlecht's championship-winning squad. He was named Belgian Footballer of the Year for a second consecutive time and the third time overall. After the season he renewed his contract with a significant raise, making him the best paid footballer in Belgium.[4] He won the Belgian Golden Shoe for the second time in 2010.[2]

On 7 March 2011, Russian side FC Terek Grozny announced his signing,[5] but his transfer fell through three days later. According to Terek's VP Khaidar Alkhanov, Boussoufa requested unacceptable conditions in his personal contract, even though Anderlecht had agreed to sell him.[6] In the late evening of 10 March, it was announced that the transfer to Terek Grozny had collapsed and that Boussoufa had signed for another Russian team, Anzhi Makhachkala.[7]

On August 16, 2013 he signed a 3-year contract with FC Lokomotiv Moscow.[1]

International career[edit]

Boussoufa has a Dutch passport and, as such would have been eligible to play for the Dutch national team if selected, but chose Morocco and played his first match for the Moroccan national team against the USA on 23 May 2006.

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 2 December 2013
Club Season Domestic League Domestic Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Assist Apps Goals Assist Apps Goals Assist Apps Goals Assist
Gent 2004–05 29 5 2 3 0 0 - - - 32 5 2
2005–06 28 9 16 4 1 1 6 1 0 38 11 17
2006–07 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 4 0 0
Total 59 14 18 7 1 1 8 1 0 74 16 19
Anderlecht 2006–07 32 8 11 7 2 0 6 0 2 45 10 13
2007–08 22 5 7 7 3 2 6 0 0 35 8 9
2008–09 35 11 14 2 0 0 2 0 1 39 11 15
2009–10 36 14 24 4 1 2 13 3 3 53 18 29
2010–11 23 10 14 3 0 3 9 1 4 35 11 21
Total 148 48 70 23 6 7 36 4 10 207 58 87
Anzhi 2011–12 38 7 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 39 7 6
2012–13 26 4 8 4 0 1 14 2 7 44 6 16
2013–14 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0
Total 68 11 14 5 0 1 14 2 7 87 13 22
Lokomotiv Moscow 2013–14 21 2 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 21 2 5
2014–15 9 0 3 2 2 0 0 0 0 11 2 3
Total 30 2 8 2 2 0 0 0 0 32 4 8
Career total 305 75 110 37 9 9 58 7 17 400 91 136

International goals[edit]

Honours[edit]

R.S.C. Anderlecht

Belgian First Division

Belgian Cup

Belgian Supercup

Individual[edit]

2006, 2010
2005–2006, 2008–2009, 2009–2010
2005–2006, 2008–2009, 2009–2010
2005–2006
2008–2009: 11 goals
2009–2010: 24 assists

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Mbark Boussoufa in Loko!" (in Russian). fclm.ru. Retrieved 2013-08-16. 
  2. ^ a b "Mbark Boussoufa wins Golden Shoe 2010" (Dutch), Sporza, 19 January 2011
  3. ^ "Boussoufa finalises switch to Anderlecht" by Fahd Chafik, Morocco Times, 7 June 2006, retrieved 11 June 2006
  4. ^ "Boussoufa: Did Herman drink too much champagne?" (Dutch), Sporza, 27 April 2010
  5. ^ Мбарк Буссуфа перешел в "Терек". (in Russian). FC Terek Grozny. Retrieved 2011-03-07. 
  6. ^ Трансфер Буссуфы в "Терек" сорвался из-за непомерных требований футболиста (in Russian). Sport Express. Retrieved 2011-03-10. 
  7. ^ "Boussoufa moves to Anzhi, not to Grozny" (in Dutch). sporza.be. Retrieved 2011-03-10. 

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