Youssef El-Arabi

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Youssef El-Arabi
El-Arabi in training at Caen in 2010
Personal information
Full name Youssef El-Arabi
Date of birth (1987-02-03) 3 February 1987 (age 28)
Place of birth Caen, France
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Number 9
Youth career
2001–2002 Caen
2002–2004 SC Hérouville Football
2004–2007 USON Mondeville
2007–2008 Caen
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2011 Caen 74 (28)
2011–2012 Al-Hilal 21 (12)
2012– Granada 95 (28)
National team
2010– Morocco 26 (10)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 29 May 2015 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 7 September 2013

Youssef El-Arabi (Arabic: يوسف العربي‎; born 3 February 1987)[1] is a Moroccan footballer who plays for Spanish club Granada CF as a striker.

Club career[edit]

On 20 December 2008, El-Arabi made his debut for Caen, coming on as a substitute in the 76th minute against Lyon in Ligue 1. He played 2 more games that season (coming on in both as a substitute), and scored no goals (2008–09). The following season (2009–10) saw El-Arabi score 11 goals in 34 games (he came on in 11 of these games as a substitute) for Caen, as well as claiming eight assists, in Ligue 2. This season (2010–11) has seen El-Arabi score 17 goals in 38 games for Caen, as well as claiming five assists, in Ligue 1. After rejecting bids from Sevilla FC and Genoa C.F.C, he eventually signed for Al-Hilal FC in September 2011 on a four-year contract.

In the summer of 2012, El-Arabi made a €4.5 million move to Spanish side Granada CF. He scored his first goal for Granada CF in an official game away against RCD Mallorca in a 2–1 win. The goal came from a spot kick. In his first season he helped his side avoid relegation by scoring eight goals in 31 games. The 2013–14 season saw El-Arabi start in prolific form, the striker scored six goals in 11 games (nine starts), this includes a brace against Athletic Bilbao and his first La Liga hat-trick, where he scored all three in a 3–1 win over rivals Malaga CF. At the end of the season, he was nominated for the Best African player at the LFP Awards, losing out to teammate Yacine Brahimi.[2]

International career[edit]

On 5 September 2010, El-Arabi made his debut for the Morocco national football team, coming on as a substitute in the 65th minute for Mounir El-Hamdaoui, against Central African Republic national football team. He followed this up with games against Tanzania and Northern Ireland, in both games coming on as a substitute.

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Morocco's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 10 August 2011 Stade Demba Diop, Dakar, Senegal  Senegal 2–0 2–0 Friendly
2. 29 February 2012 Stade de Marrakech, Marrakesh, Morocco  Burkina Faso 2–0 2–0 Friendly
3. 13 October 2012 Stade de Marrakech, Marrakesh, Morocco  Mozambique 3–0 4–0 2013 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
4. 23 January 2013 Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban, South Africa  Cape Verde 1–1 1–1 2013 Africa Cup of Nations
5. 24 March 2013 Benjamin Mkapa National Stadium, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania  Tanzania 3–1 3–1 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
6. 8 June 2013 Stade de Marrakech, Marrakesh, Morocco  Tanzania 2–0 2–1 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
7. 7 September 2013 Stade Félix Houphouët-Boigny, Abidjan, Ivory Coast  Ivory Coast 1–0 1–1 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
8. 5 March 2014 Stade de Marrakech Marrakesh, Morocco  Gabon 1–0 1-1 Friendly
9. 23 May 2014 Estádio de São Luís, Faro, Portugal  Mozambique 2–0 4–0 Friendly
10. 23 May 2014 Estádio de São Luís, Faro, Portugal  Mozambique 4–0 4–0 Friendly


  1. ^ "Youssef El-Arabi". Retrieved 21 December 2013. 
  2. ^ "gala de premios LFP 2013/14" [LFP Awards show 2013/14] (in Spanish). Liga de Fútbol Profesional. Retrieved 10 November 2014. 

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