Younès Kaboul

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Younès Kaboul
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Kaboul playing for Tottenham Hotspur in 2011
Personal information
Full name Younès Kaboul[1]
Date of birth (1986-01-04) 4 January 1986 (age 28)
Place of birth Saint-Julien-en-Genevois, France
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)[2]
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Tottenham Hotspur
Number 4
Youth career
1991–1993 Bellegarde
1993–1999 Concordia
1999–2000 Plastics Vallée
2000–2004 Auxerre
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2007 Auxerre 52 (3)
2007–2008 Tottenham Hotspur 21 (3)
2008–2010 Portsmouth 39 (4)
2010– Tottenham Hotspur 79 (3)
National team
2006–2008 France U21 18 (1)
2011– France 5 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12:34, 18 August 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 12:34, 18 August 2014 (UTC)

Younès Kaboul (born 4 January 1986) is a French footballer who currently plays as a centre back for Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur. He can also play at right back or in defensive midfield.

Club career[edit]


Kaboul began his career at Auxerre and was a regular for the club by 2006. He won the Coupe de France in 2005, as well as having European football experience in the UEFA Cup. He was known to be the 'back bone' for Auxerre, due to his excellent tackling skills, good judgment and strength. He was also known to score a few key goals that clinched wins for Auxerre.[3]

Tottenham Hotspur[edit]

Kaboul signed for Tottenham Hotspur on 5 July 2007, for an undisclosed fee believed to be around £8 million.[4] He quickly became a fans favourite, admired for his power and aggression on the pitch.[5] He played his first game for Tottenham in a friendly against St. Patrick's Athletic on 12 July. Kaboul made his Premier League debut, starting alongside Anthony Gardner, in the centre of defence in a 1–0 loss against Sunderland on the first day of the 2007–08 season. Kaboul then scored his first goal for Tottenham on 1 September against Fulham.[6] He scored again on his European debut for Tottenham, on 20 September, netting the first goal in a 6–1 win over Anorthosis.[7] On 1 October on the club's 125th anniversary, Kaboul scored the equalizer late in stoppage time against Aston Villa to pull Tottenham level at 4–4 and complete a remarkable comeback from 4–1 down.[8] After a period out of the team due to numerous errors,[citation needed] his comeback to the side away to Derby County on 8 February 2008, saw him score his fourth goal of the season.[9] He came on as an extra-time substitute as Spurs beat Chelsea in the 2008 Football League Cup Final. Overall Kaboul made 29 appearances for Tottenham in his initial spell at the club, and scored four goals.[10]


On 11 August 2008, Kaboul joined Portsmouth on a four-year contract, for an undisclosed fee, believed to be around £6 million.[11][12] His first goal for Portsmouth came in the UEFA Cup against A.C. Milan on 27 November 2008.[13] His first league goal was an emphatic left footed strike into the top corner, on 12 April 2009 at home against West Bromwich Albion.[14] He scored his second league goal in a 4–1 loss to Arsenal on 22 August.[15]

In total, Kaboul made 50 appearances for Portsmouth, scoring five goals.[10]

Return to Tottenham[edit]

On 30 January 2010, Tottenham Hotspur announced that Kaboul would be rejoining the club for an undisclosed fee, reported to be £9.5 million. Portsmouth would receive just £6.5 million of this owing to installments outstanding on the earlier transfer and to a sell-on clause.[12][16] Manager Harry Redknapp stated that the player was "much improved" from his original spell at White Hart Lane, and that Kaboul was a "late developer."[17]

On 5 May 2010, Kaboul was in the starting 11 against Manchester City playing right back. He was instrumental in the goal that brought Tottenham a 0–1 victory, whipping in a cross that the City goalkeeper could only palm into the path of Tottenham striker Peter Crouch. This victory guaranteed them fourth position in the Premiership and passage into the UEFA Champions League qualifiers for the first time in the club's history.[18] Kaboul scored the winner in the North London derby against Arsenal in a match which Spurs were 2–0 down at half-time. Kaboul continued his scoring form, volleying home 1–0 in a 3–0 victory against Werder Bremen in the Champions League. In the second game of the 2011–12 campaign he added his third goal since returning to Tottenham with a consolation goal in a 5–1 home loss to Manchester City. On 15 September 2014 it was announced that Kaboul would be Tottenham's permanent club captain.

International career[edit]

Kaboul has represented France at under-19 level and captained the France under-21 team. On 15 November 2010, Kaboul was called into the full French squad to face England in a friendly at Wembley following an injury to Philippe Mexès.[19]

On 15 May 2012, Kaboul was ruled out of a possible place at Euro 2012 after suffering a knee injury during Tottenham's final match of the season.[20]

Career statistics[edit]


(Correct as of 7 October 2011)[21]
National team Season Apps Goals Assists
France 2010–11 2 1 0
2011–12 3 0 0
Total 5 1 0

Personal life[edit]

Kaboul is a practicing Muslim[22] and is of Moroccan descent.[23]




Tottenham Hotspur



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  2. ^ . Premier League = Player Profile = Player Profile. Retrieved 6 April 2011.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ Younes Kaboul Stats by ESPN
  4. ^ "Kaboul makes White Hart Lane move". The Guardian (London). 5 July 2007. 
  5. ^ Younes Kaboul
  6. ^ Mercer, Nathan (1 September 2007). "Fulham 3–3 Tottenham". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2 September 2009. 
  7. ^ Sinnott, John (20 September 2007). "Tottenham 6–1 A Famagusta news". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2 September 2009. 
  8. ^ Bevan, Chris (1 October 2007). "Tottenham 4–4 Aston Villa". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2 September 2009. 
  9. ^ Lyon, Sam (9 February 2008). "Derby 0–3 Tottenham". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2 September 2009. 
  10. ^ a b "Kaboul completes return". Tottenham Hotspur F.C. Retrieved 30 January 2010. 
  11. ^ "Portsmouth sign Kaboul from Spurs". BBC Sport. 11 August 2008. Retrieved 11 August 2008. 
  12. ^ a b Defender Younes Kaboul rejoins Tottenham – BBC Sport, 30 January 2010
  13. ^ Hughes, Ian (27 November 2008). "Portsmouth 2–2 AC Milan". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2 September 2009. 
  14. ^ Chowdhury, Saj (11 April 2009). "Portsmouth 2–2 West Brom". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2 September 2009. 
  15. ^ Ornstein, David (22 August 2009). "Arsenal 4–1 Portsmouth". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2 September 2009. 
  16. ^ Peter Storrie: Portsmouth players to be paid on Monday – ESPN FC
  17. ^ Kaboul seals Spurs return – Sky Sports News, 30 January 2010
  18. ^ Man City 0–1 Tottenham – BBC Sport, 5 May 2010
  19. ^ "Kaboul gets France call". Sky Sports. 15 November 2010. 
  20. ^ "Euro 2012: Younes Kaboul misses out on France squad". BBC Sport. 15 May 2012. 
  21. ^ KABOUL Younès, French Football Federation, accessed 6 June 2011
  22. ^ Din, Tusdiq (23 August 2011). "Fasting and football. How do top-flight Muslims cope?". The Independent. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  23. ^ "Younes Kaboul Denies Opting For Morocco". 5 October 2010. Retrieved 26 August 2014. 

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