Omar El Kaddouri
|Date of birth||21 August 1990|
|Place of birth||Brussels, Belgium|
|Height||1.87 m (6 ft 1 1⁄2 in)|
|Playing position||Attacking midfielder|
|2010–2011||→ Südtirol (loan)||31||(2)|
|2013–||→ Torino (loan)||27||(5)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19 June 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
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.
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.
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.
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). 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.
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.
- "Ufficiale: Omar El Kaddouri al Napoli". Article on sscnapoli.it. August 24, 2012. Retrieved August 24, 2012.
- "http://www.sscnapoli.it/static/news/Napoli,-riscattato-El-Kaddouri-504.aspx". sscnapoli.it (in Italian). Retrieved 19 June 2014.
- "UFFICIALE - El Kaddouri ritorna al Torino". torinogranata.it (in Italian). Retrieved 1 July 2014.