Youcef Touati

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Youcef Touati
Personal information
Full name Youcef Touati
Date of birth (1989-03-29) 29 March 1989 (age 25)
Place of birth Saint-Denis, France
Height 1.67 m (5 ft 5 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Number 29
Youth career
2005–2007 Amiens SC
2008 Amiens AC
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2009 Pacy 18 (1)
2009–2011 Dijon 11 (1)
2010–2011 Cannes (loan) 14 (1)
2011–2012 Red Star 20 (2)
2012–2013 Istres 8 (0)
2013– Tours 1 (0)
National team
2009– Algeria U23 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 00:00, October 8, 2013 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 00:00, April 11, 2012 (UTC)

Youcef Touati (born 29 March 1989) is an Algerian football player who currently plays for French club Tours in the Ligue 2.[1]

Club career[edit]

Youth career[edit]

Born in Saint-Denis, Touati began his career bouncing around the junior ranks of several different clubs: ES Paris, Red Star 93, CS Sedan and Paris FC.[2] In 2005, at age 16, he joined the Amiens SC academy where he stayed for two years. In 2007, the club offered Touati a professional trainee contract but, on the advice of his agent, he declined it to go join Spanish-side Villareal CF. However, he was unable to sign with Villareal since the club was not willing to pay Amiens for the transfer. Touati finally returned to Amiens four months later, this time to sign with the city's other team, Amiens AC.

Pacy VEF[edit]

At the beginning of the 2008 season, Touati signed a contract with Championnat National side Pacy Vallée-d'Eure. However, Amiens AC claimed that the player was still under contract with the club, forcing him to sit out the first four months of the season. The clubs finally reached an agreement in December 2008 allowing Touati to feature for Pacy. He made 18 appearances for the club in the 2008/2009 season, scoring one goal.

Dijon FCO[edit]

On 6 July 2009, Touati signed a three year contract with Ligue 2 side Dijon FCO.[3] On 7 August 2009, he made his debut for the club starting in a league match against Angers SCO.[4]

AS Cannes[edit]

On 9 September 2010, Touati was loaned out to Championnat National side AS Cannes until the end of the season.[5]

International career[edit]

On 14 September 2009, Touati received his first call up to the Algerian Under-23 National Team for a 10-day training camp in Marseille.[6] On 9 February 2011, he played his first match for the team, a 3–2 win over Senegal in a friendly in Sidi Moussa.[7] However, after the game, head coach Azzedine Aït Djoudi said that Touati would be dropped from the team after showing a lack of motivation.[8]