Tarik Elyounoussi

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Tarik Elyounoussi
2012-08 Elyounoussi.jpg
Elyounossi in August 2012
Personal information
Date of birth (1988-02-23) 23 February 1988 (age 26)
Place of birth Al Hoceima, Morocco
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Forward, Winger
Club information
Current team
1899 Hoffenheim
Number 14
Youth career
2000–2002 Nylende
2003–2005 Trosvik
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2008 Fredrikstad 69 (20)
2008–2011 Heerenveen 31 (2)
2010 Lillestrøm (loan) 14 (4)
2011–2012 Fredrikstad 44 (20)
2012–2013 Rosenborg 24 (6)
2013– 1899 Hoffenheim 23 (1)
National team
2006–2010 Norway U-21 25 (5)
2008– Norway 32 (8)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23 August 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 6 March 2014

Tarik Elyounoussi (Arabic: طارق اليونسي‎; born 23 February 1988) is a Norwegian footballer playing for German Bundesliga club 1899 Hoffenheim.

Club career[edit]

Born in Al Hoceima, Morocco, Elyounoussi moved to Norway with his family when he was 12 years old. He started playing football in the club Nylende in Fredrikstad, and then joined Trosvik,[1] in which many of the young players in the Fredrikstad youth team have their roots.

He is considered to be the greatest talent Fredrikstad has produced in decades. As such he was awarded the Norwegian Young Player of the Year trophy in 2006 and 2007, after two great seasons in the league, and a Norwegian football cup trophy.

SC Heerenveen[edit]

Elyounoussi was sought after by various Premier League clubs in the summer of 2008. However Fredrikstad accepted a bid on around €4 million from French club Le Mans on 8 July.[2] But Elyounoussi had no interest in joining Le Mans. A few weeks later Elyounoussi signed a five-year contract with Heerenveen worth €3.5 million, on 22 July. He joined Heerenveen in August 2008.[3]

He scored in his debut match against FC Volendam. He also netted an important equalizer for Heerenveen in their first round UEFA Cup match away against Vitória F.C., and his second league goal came against NEC Nijmegen.

Return to Norway[edit]

On 19 February 2010, Lillestrøm SK loaned the 21-year old talented forward until the end of season from SC Heerenveen.[4]

On 7 January 2011, Elyounoussi returned to Fredrikstad FK and Tippeligaen.

Elyounoussi signed for Rosenborg on 9 August 2012, binding him to the club to the end of the 2015 season.[5] Elyounoussi and Mikkel Diskerud's transfers was announced at half time during the UEFA Europa League qualifier against Servette.[6]

TSG 1899 Hoffenheim[edit]

Rosenborg announced on 18 June 2013 that they had sold Elyounoussi to Hoffenheim, and bought Alexander Søderlund from Haugesund as his replacement. Elyounoussi joined the German side after Rosenborg's match against Strømsgodset on 22 June.[7]

International career[edit]

He scored on his debut for the national team against Uruguay on 28 May 2008 after only four minutes on the pitch; this was one of the fastest ever debut goal on the national team.[8] He scored his second national team goal on 15 January 2012, in the opening match of 2012 King's Cup against Denmark, which was his fifth cap for Norway.[9]

Elyounoussi was chosen as captain for the international friendlies against South Africa and Zambia in January 2013,[10] and scored the winning goal in the 1–0 victory against South Africa.[11]

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 28 May 2008 Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo  Uruguay 1–1 2–2 Friendly
2 15 January 2012 Rajamangala National Stadium, Bangkok  Denmark 1–1 1–1 2012 King's Cup
3 29 February 2012 Windsor Park, Belfast  Northern Ireland 2–0 3–0 Friendly
4 2 June 2012 Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo  Croatia 1–1 1–1 Friendly
5 16 October 2012 Antonis Papadopoulos Stadium, Larnaca  Cyprus 2–1 3–1 2014 World Cup Qualifier
6 8 January 2013 Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town  South Africa 1–0 1–0 Friendly
7 6 September 2013 Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo  Cyprus 1–0 2–0 2014 World Cup Qualifier
8 5 March 2014 Eden Arena, Prague  Czech Republic 1–1 2–2 Friendly

Personal life[edit]

Elyounoussi is the cousin of the Norwegian footballer Mohamed Elyounoussi.[12]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 18 April 2014

[13] [14]

Season Club League League Cup Continental Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2005 Fredrikstad Tippeligaen 3 0 1 0 0 0 4 0
2006 25 5 6 4 0 0 31 9
2007 25 9 2 1 0 0 27 10
2008 16 6 3 1 5 3 24 10
2008–09 Heerenveen Eredivisie 20 2 1 0 2 3 23 5
2010 Lillestrøm Tippeligaen 14 4 3 2 0 0 17 6
2009–10 Heerenveen Eredivisie 9 0 0 0 2 0 11 0
2010–11 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
2011 Fredrikstad Tippeligaen 28 13 4 2 0 0 32 15
2012 16 7 2 3 0 0 18 10
2012 Rosenborg 11 0 0 0 7 3 18 3
2013 13 6 4 3 0 0 17 9
2013–14 1899 Hoffenheim Bundesliga 21 0 2 0 0 0 23 0
2014–15 2 1 1 1 0 0 3 2
Career total 205 53 29 17 16 9 250 79

Honours[edit]

Fredrikstad
SC Heerenveen
Individual
  • Norwegian Young Player of the Year: 2006, 2007

References[edit]

  1. ^ "5. divisjonsklubb styrtrik på Tarik-salg". VG Nett (in Norwegian). 23 July 2008. Retrieved 12 August 2013. 
  2. ^ "Le Mans byr 30 mill. for Tarik". VG Nett (in Norwegian). 8 July 2008. Retrieved 12 August 2013. 
  3. ^ "Heerenveen make double swoop". UEFA.com. 22 July 2008. Retrieved 12 August 2013. 
  4. ^ "Elyounoussi på vei til LSK" (in Norwegian). Aftenposten.no. 19 February 2010. Retrieved 12 August 2013. 
  5. ^ "Tarik har signert for Rosenborg" (in Norwegian). nrk.no. 9 August 2012. Retrieved 10 August 2012. 
  6. ^ "Tarik og Mix ble presentert i pausen". adressa.no (in Norwegian) (Adresseavisen). 9 August 2012. Retrieved 10 August 2012. 
  7. ^ "Tarik Elyounoussi solgt til Bundesliga-klubb" (in Norwegian). TV 2. 17 July 2013. Retrieved 18 July 2013. 
  8. ^ "- Tarik kan være tredje raskeste debutant". aftenbladet.no (in Norwegian). Stavanger Aftenblad. 28 May 2008. Retrieved 15 January 2012. 
  9. ^ "Elyounoussi reddet Norge: – Dette lover godt". vg.no (in Norwegian). VG. 15 January 2012. Retrieved 15 January 2012. 
  10. ^ "Tarik blir landslagskaptein" (in Norwegian). NRK. Norwegian News Agency. 7 January 2013. Retrieved 12 January 2013. 
  11. ^ Busk, Martin (8 January 2013). "- Dette kan sende oss til VM" (in Norwegian). Nettavisen. Retrieved 12 January 2013. 
  12. ^ "Tarik Elyounoussi håper han møter fetteren Mohamed (16) til duell". tv2.no (in Norwegian). TV 2. 11 June 2011. Retrieved 13 February 2012. 
  13. ^ "Tarik Elyounoussi". nifs.no (in Norwegian). A-pressen. Retrieved 7 May 2012. 
  14. ^ "Tarik Elyounoussi". kicker.de (in German). Kicker (sports magazine). Retrieved 9 November 2013.