Tarik Sektioui

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Tarik Sektioui
Tarik e Luisão.jpg
Sektioui in action against Benfica (Luisão pictured right)
Personal information
Full name Tarik Sektioui
Date of birth (1977-05-13) 13 May 1977 (age 37)
Place of birth Fes, Morocco
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Winger
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996–1997 Maghreb Fez ? (?)
1997–1999 Auxerre 2 (0)
1999 Marítimo (loan) 2 (0)
1999 Neuchâtel Xamax 9 (0)
2000–2004 Willem II 85 (19)
2004–2006 AZ 48 (10)
2006–2009 Porto 35 (7)
2007 RKC Waalwijk (loan) 9 (0)
2009–2010 Ajman Club 25 (3)
2010–2011 Maghreb Fez 15 (9)
National team
2000–2008 Morocco 19 (6)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Tarik Sektioui (born 13 May 1977) is a Moroccan retired footballer. A right winger, he was best known for his ball control, technique and speed.

He spent most of his professional career in the Netherlands and Portugal.

Club career[edit]

Born in Fes, Sektioui played two seasons at French club AJ Auxerre, failing to establish with the main squad, and appearing sparingly for its reserves during his spell.

He arrived at the Netherlands and Tilburg's Willem II in January 2000, from Swiss outfit Neuchâtel Xamax, playing a major role with the club, eventually gaining club captaincy. In 2004–05, he switched to AZ Alkmaar in the Eredivisie. There, he scored some vital goals, forming a deadly partnership with Georgian striker Shota Averladze,[1] and being scouted by Stade Rennais and Borussia Dortmund.

After an uneventful loan stint in 1999 with C.S. Marítimo, in July 2006, Sektioui returned to Portugal, after Co Adriaanse (also his coach at Willem) retrieved him from AZ to join country giants F.C. Porto.[2] He would find the adjustment difficult and spent the second half of the season on loan to yet another Dutch club, RKC Waalwijk. On 3 February 2007 he played his first match for RKC, against NAC Breda.[3]

Even though Adriaanse was gone, Sektioui was recalled by Porto for 2007–08 and was a key member of the squad coached by Jesualdo Ferreira that retained the league title with five matches remaining. On the fourth day of the that season's UEFA Champions League group stage he scored, arguably, the best goal of the night, overtaking five Olympique de Marseille defenders before hitting home beyond the goalkeeper.[4] Porto eventually reached the round of 16, ousted by FC Schalke 04 on penalties.

On 2 July 2009, after having appeared rarely for Porto during the season – only 14 appearances combined – Sektioui moved to Ajman Club in the United Arab Emirates, on a one-year deal.[5] He retired after one season aged 33, but later went back on his decision and joined his very first professional club, hometown's MAS Fez.

International career[edit]

An international since 2000, Sektioui represented his nation in the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations, scoring a penalty in the 5–1 rout of Namibia.

Honours[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sektioui secures AZ success; UEFA.com, 20 October 2005
  2. ^ Sektioui set for Porto switch; UEFA.com, 13 July 2006
  3. ^ "Tactical Formation". Football-Lineups. Retrieved 7 February 2007. 
  4. ^ López leads Porto to Group A summit; UEFA.com, 6 November 2007
  5. ^ Terik Sektioui joins Ajman of UAE; GOAL.com, 2 July 2009

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