Otman Bakkal

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Otman Bakkal
Otman Bakkal 2012.jpg
With Dynamo Moscow in 2012
Personal information
Date of birth (1985-02-27) 27 February 1985 (age 29)
Place of birth Eindhoven, Netherlands
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
Number 17
Youth career
1996–2003 PSV
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2012 PSV 118 (25)
2004–2005 Den Bosch (loan) 6 (0)
2005–2006 Eindhoven (loan) 33 (8)
2006–2007 Twente (loan) 31 (3)
2011–2012 Feyenoord (loan) 29 (9)
2012–2013 Dynamo Moscow 4 (0)
2013– Feyenoord 8 (0)
National team
2006–2007 Netherlands U21 13 (3)
2009 Netherlands[1] 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 8 May 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 21:22, 11 October 2012 (UTC)

Otman Bakkal (born 27 February 1985) is a Dutch international footballer who currently plays for Feyenoord in the Dutch Eredivisie, as an attacking midfielder.[2] Whilst at PSV, Bakkal have since played on loan with Den Bosch, Eindhoven, Twente and Feyenoord. After making a permanent move to Dynamo Moscow in the summer of 2012, he returned to Feyenoord one year later.[3]

Professional career[edit]

Club career[edit]

Bakkal (pictured) in 2007.

Born in Eindhoven, Bakkal made his senior debut for PSV, during the 2003–04 season, in a UEFA Cup match in the last sixteen, coming on in a late minute, in a 3-0 win over Auxerre. Three days later on 28 March 2004, Bakkal made his league debut, making his first start of his career, in a 3-1 loss against Willem II. Bakkal only played due to the club's injuries issues. Shortly after, Bakkal signed a new a three-year deal with PSV, along with two of their brightest prospects.[4]

In the 2004–05 season, Bakkal went on loan to FC Den Bosch after not making a league appearance in the first team, despite scoring six in three games in pre-season.

After a loan-spell at Twente, Bakkal signed a new contract, keeping him until 2010[citation needed]. He made his first appearance for PSV in four years, in a 2-0 win over Heracles Almelo on the opening game of the season. The next game, Bakkal scored his first goal and set up another for Danko Lazović in a 5-0 win over NEC. Bakkal scored seven more goals, against VVV-Venlo, Excelsior, Ajax, Feyenoord, Heerenveen, De Graafschap and Groningen. Since returning from a loan spell, Bakkal had become a regular player in the first team and established himself in the first team. Manager Sef Vergoossen deployed Bakkal in the midfield. Elsewhere in the season, Bakkal made his Champions League debut, coming on as a substitute for Jan Kromkamp, in a 2-0 loss against Italian side Inter Milan in Matchday Two of the Group Stage. In the 2007-08 season, the club won its third league title in a row. Throughout the 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons, Bakkal maintained his first-team status.

In November 2010, Bakkal was bitten by Luis Suárez on the shoulder during the 0-0 draw between PSV and Ajax, in which Suárez was sent off and would later miss seven games.[5]

Early loans spell career[edit]

In November 2004, Bakkal joined Den Bosch on loan, for the rest of the season.[6] Bakkal made his debut, on 21 November 2004, in a 0-0 draw against N.E.C.. After making five more appearance, it wasn't long at N.E.C., when Bakkal was injured and out for two months[citation needed].

Increasingly with the lack of first team at PSV, Bakkal once again leave PSV on loan, by joining PSV's 'sister' club Eindhoven and was joined along with two other player, in June 2005.[7] At the end of the season, Bakkal scored eight goals in thirty-three appearance.

After a loan spell at Eindhoven, Bakkal returned to PSV. Having failed to impress newly manager Ronald Koeman, Bakkal joined PSV league's rival Twente on loan, for the rest of the season.[8] On the opening game of the season, Bakkal made his debut, coming on for Ramon Zomer, in a 3-0 loss against Heracles Almelo; the next game, Bakkal played 90 minutes against PSV (his parent club). On 26 October 2006, Bakkal scored his first goal of his career in a 4-1 win over Excelsior.[9] Two weeks later, Bakkal scored an brace in a 4-0 win over NEC.[10] In a match against Sparta Rotterdam on 30 December 2006, in which Twente lose 3-0, Bakkal received a straight red-card after kicking Danny Schenkel and will miss three games.[11] Despite the sending off, Bakkal continued to be in the regular team in a starting eleven and at the end of the season, Bakkal scored three goals in thirty-three appearance, as the club finished fourth place, while his parent club, PSV, won the league.

Bakkal at Dynamo Moscow in 2012.

In the season 2011/2012, with his first team opportunities is limited despite one appearance for PSV this season, he was loaned to Feyenoord and was a replacement for Leroy Fer, who joined his former club, Twente.[12] It was his first loan spell in four years. Bakkal scored on his debut in a 3-1 win over NAC Breda on 11 September 2011. After the match, Manager, Koeman praise Bakkal's performance and said on the club's official website:"Bakkal played very well, He was one of the few players who was in the game in the first half. He made the right choices and scored an important goal.'[13] While Bakkal, himself said:"It was an important goal, Gradually we got better as the game went on and that gives us confidence for the future.".[13] Weeks later, he scored his second goal in a 2-1 loss against AZ. Bakkal also spoke out that Feyenoord are a bigger club than PSV but says that the club needed to be more consistent.[14] Weeks later, Bakkal says he is desire to stay at Feyenoord permanently.[15] In De Klassieker rivalry, Bakkal scored and provided assist for John Guidetti in a 4-2 win on 29 October 2012. Since at Feyenoord, Bakkal continued to make an impressive form for the club and soon continued with his goalscoring form and at the end of the season, Bakkal scored nine goals in thirty appearance. Due to his impressive form, Premier League side Swansea City was keen to sign him, for a replacement for Gylfi Sigurðsson.[16]

Dynamo Moscow[edit]

Bakkal joined Russian club Dynamo Moscow for the 2012–13 season.[17]


A year after leaving Holland for Russia, Bakkal returned to the Eredivisie on 16 September 2013 to sign for former loan club Feyenoord, signing a one-year contract running until 30 June 2014.[18]

International career[edit]

Bakkal played at the 2007 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship and the 2008 Summer Olympics.[19] He made his debut for the senior national side in 2009, after coming on as a substitute in a friendly match against Paraguay.[17]

Personal life[edit]

Bakkal is of Moroccan descent.[17]


  1. ^ Otman Bakkal at National-Football-Teams.com
  2. ^ "Profile". Soccerway. 
  3. ^ "Profile" (in Dutch). Voetbal International. 
  4. ^ "PSV starlets sign new deals". Sky Sports. 6 May 2004. Retrieved 27 January 2013. 
  5. ^ "Ajax suspend Luis Suárez for biting PSV's Otman Bakkal". The Guardian. 22 November 2010. Retrieved 29 August 2012. 
  6. ^ "Den Bosch land PSV kid". Sky Sports. 17 November 2004. Retrieved 27 January 2013. 
  7. ^ "Eindhoven land trio". Sky Sports. 18 June 2005. Retrieved 27 January 2013. 
  8. ^ "Twente rents Otman Bakkal PSV" [Twente huurt Otman Bakkal van PSV] (in Dutch). FC Twente Official Homepage. 22 June 2006. Retrieved 27 January 2013. 
  9. ^ "Eredivisie Round-Up". Sky Sports. 21 October 2006. Retrieved 27 January 2013. 
  10. ^ "Eredivisie Round-Up". Sky Sports. 29 October 2006. Retrieved 27 January 2013. 
  11. ^ "Bakkal handed ban". Sky Sports. 3 January 2007. Retrieved 27 January 2013. 
  12. ^ "Feyenoord strengthened themselves with Otman Bakkal" [Feyenoord versterkt zich met Otman Bakkal] (in Dutch). Feyenoord homepage. 31 August 2011. Retrieved 27 January 2013. 
  13. ^ a b "Koeman hails Bakkal impact". Sky Sports. 12 September 2011. Retrieved 27 January 2013. 
  14. ^ "Bakkal - Feyenoord on the rise". Sky Sports. 3 November 2011. Retrieved 27 January 2013. 
  15. ^ "Feyenoord eye Bakkal stay". Sky Sports. 23 November 2011. Retrieved 27 January 2013. 
  16. ^ "Swansea target PSV's Bakkal to replace Anfield-bound Sigurdsson". Daily Mail. 20 June 2012. Retrieved 27 January 2013. 
  17. ^ a b c Luis Mira (11 July 2012). "Official: Dynamo Moscow sign Bakkal from PSV". Goal.com. Retrieved 29 August 2012. 
  18. ^ http://www.feyenoord.nl/nieuws/nieuwsoverzicht/otman-bakkal-terug-bij-feyenoord
  19. ^ Otman BakkalFIFA competition record

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