Saber Khalifa

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Saber Khalifa
Saber Khlifa.jpg
Khalifa with Evian Thonon Gaillard
Personal information
Date of birth (1986-10-14) 14 October 1986 (age 27)
Place of birth Gabès, Tunisia
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Club Africain
(on loan from Marseille)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2006 Stade Gabèsien 29 (15)
2006–2008 Espérance 22 (1)
2008–2010 Hammam-Lif 32 (20)
2010–2011 Espérance 12 (1)
2011 Ahli Benghazi 4 (3)
2011–2013 Evian Thonon Gaillard 56 (17)
2013– Marseille 28 (1)
2014– Club Africain (loan) 0 (0)
National team
2010– Tunisia 24 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 08:56, 27 July 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 08:56, 27 July 2014 (UTC)

Saber Khalifa (born 14 October 1986) is a Tunisian international footballer who plays for Club Africain, on loan from French club Marseille, as a winger and striker.

Club career[edit]

Born in Gabès, Khalifa has played in Tunisia, Libya and France for Stade Gabèsien, Espérance, Hammam-Lif, Al-Ahly and Evian Thonon Gaillard.[1][2][3]

On 7 August 2013, Khalifa was linked with a move to Marseille,[4] and he signed a four-year contract 2 days later.[5]

On 26 July 2014, Khalifa was loaned to Club Africain with an option to buy included in the deal.[6]

International career[edit]

Khalifa made his senior international debut for Tunisia in 2010,[1] and has appeared in FIFA World Cup qualifying matches.[7]

He was a member of Tunisia's squad at both the 2012 and 2013 Africa Cup of Nations tournaments.[8][9]

Khalifa was recalled to the national team squad in October 2013, having been suspended for the previous month.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Upon signing with Marseille in August 2013, Khlifa revealed that his name was actually spelled Khalifa with an 'a', instead of Khlifa or Khelifa as he was previously referred to.[11] In a video for Marseille's WebTV, he attributed this spelling mistake to the misconceived pronunciation of his name when he arrived in France.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Saber Khalifa at National-Football-Teams.com
  2. ^ Saber Khalifa profile at Soccerway
  3. ^ Saber KhalifaUEFA competition record
  4. ^ "Tunisian midfielder Saber Khlifa set to join Marseille". BBC Sport. 7 August 2013. Retrieved 7 August 2013. 
  5. ^ "Tunisia forward Khelifa accepts Marseille challenge". UEFA. 10 August 2013. Retrieved 10 August 2013. 
  6. ^ Rostain, Frédéric (26 July 2014). "Loan agreement reached for Saber Khalifa". Olympique Marseille. Retrieved 27 July 2014. 
  7. ^ Saber KhalifaFIFA competition record
  8. ^ "Tunisia name their squad for the Africa Cup of Nations". BBC Sport. 11 January 2012. Retrieved 8 August 2013. 
  9. ^ "Nations Cup 2013: Tunisia name 25-man squad". BBC Sport. 20 December 2012. Retrieved 8 August 2013. 
  10. ^ "Saber Khalifa returns to Tunisia squad for play-off". BBC Sport. 2 October 2013. Retrieved 3 October 2013. 
  11. ^ "L'OM a engagé Saber Khalifa, et non pas Khlifa" [OM hired Saber Khalifa, not Khlifa] (in French). 20 minutes. 13 August 2013. Retrieved 7 May 2014. 
  12. ^ "Mon vrai nom est...." [My real name is....] (in French). OMTV. 13 August 2013. Retrieved 7 May 2014.