Omar El Kaddouri

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Omar El Kaddouri
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Personal information
Date of birth (1990-08-21) 21 August 1990 (age 23)
Place of birth Brussels, Belgium
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 1 12 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
Torino
Number 7
Youth career
2006–2008 Anderlecht
2008–2010 Brescia
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2008 Anderlecht 0 (0)
2008–2012 Brescia 39 (7)
2010–2011 Südtirol (loan) 31 (2)
2012– Napoli 7 (0)
2013– Torino (loan) 27 (5)
National team
2009–2010 Belgium U19 5 (0)
2011–2012 Belgium U21 2 (1)
2012 Morocco Olympic[1][2] 2 (0)
2013– Morocco[3] 7 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19 June 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 19 June 2014

Omar El Kaddouri (born 21 August 1990 in Brussels, Belgium) is a Belgian-Moroccan footballer who currently plays as midfielder for Torino on loan from Napoli and the Moroccan national team.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Born in Belgium to Moroccan parents, he began his early career in the Anderlecht youth system. During the Torneo di Viareggio in 2007, he scouted by Italian football club Brescia who signed him in 2008.

He played two seasons with the Brescia youth team, managing a first team appearance when he came on as a substitute against Livorno on the 30 March 2009, aged just 18. Due to a lack of first team opportunities, he was sent out to Lega Pro side Südtirol, where he managed 32 appearances, scoring two goals and assisting a further 10.

Brescia[edit]

During 2011–12, he returned to Brescia, who decided to establish him in the centre midfield. On 3 October 2011, he scored the second goal in a defeat of Cittadella. On 5 March 2012 he scored his fifth goal of the season for le Rondinelle against Gubbio, on an assist of Jonathas. He concluded the season with 38 appearances and 7 goals.

Napoli[edit]

On 24 August 2012 he officially signed with Napoli under a co-ownership agreement for €2 million.[4]

He officially debuted with the Neapolitans on 20 September as a starter in a Europa League match against Swedish side AIK Fotboll; his Serie A debut was on 2 December, in a home game against Pescara. He collected 7 appearances in Serie A, with 14 in total throughout the season.

On 20 June 2013 Napoli acquired the second half of his contract from Brescia.[5]

Torino[edit]

On 11 July 2013 he was loaned to Torino with the option to redeem the player in co-ownership. He made his debut with the Granata on 17 August in the third round of Coppa Italia, Torino-Pescara (1–2), substituting Alexander Farnerud in the second half. On 24 November 2013, he scored his first two goals for Torino, a brace against Catania (4–1).[6] On 17 February, he scored the final goal in a 3–1 defeat of Verona after providing two assists on the previous goals. He collected 29 appearances and 5 goals in 2013–14.

At the end of the year, Torino opted to acquire him in co-ownership, but Napoli exercised the right to redeem him again as stipulated. However, on 1 July 2014 he was loaned to the Piemontese club once again with the right of redemption.[7]

International career[edit]

He was part of the Belgium U21, with whom he scored his first goal 14 November 2011 against England in a match part of the European Under-21 qualifiers in 2013. In July 2012, he participated in the Olympic Games in London with Morocco, collecting two appearances.

He then played for the Moroccan national team, making his debut 14 August 2013 in a friendly against Burkina Faso

References[edit]

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  4. ^ "Ufficiale: Omar El Kaddouri al Napoli". Article on sscnapoli.it. August 24, 2012. Retrieved August 24, 2012. 
  5. ^ "http://www.sscnapoli.it/static/news/Napoli,-riscattato-El-Kaddouri-504.aspx". sscnapoli.it (in Italian). Retrieved 19 June 2014. 
  6. ^ http://au.soccerway.com/matches/2013/11/24/italy/serie-a/torino-fc/calcio-catania/1552086/
  7. ^ "UFFICIALE - El Kaddouri ritorna al Torino". torinogranata.it (in Italian). Retrieved 1 July 2014. 

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