Youssef Rossi

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Youssef Rossi
Personal information
Full name Youssef Rossi
Date of birth (1973-06-28) June 28, 1973 (age 41)
Place of birth Casablanca, Morocco
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Retired
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–1996 Raja Casablanca ? (?)
1997–1999 Stade Rennais 41 (0)
1999–2000 NEC Nijmegen 4 (0)
2000–2003 Dunfermline Athletic 20 (1)
2003–2004 Raja Casablanca ? (?)
2004–2007 Al Khor ? (?)
National team
1996–2002 Morocco 22 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:43, 26 June 2008 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of December 10, 2006 (UTC)

Youssef Rossi (Arabic: يوسف روسي‎) (born 28 June 1973 in Casablanca, Morocco) is a former Moroccan football player formerly playing for Qatari League side Al Khor.

Career[edit]

Domestic[edit]

Rossi started his playing career with local side Raja Casablanca in 1995, before being signed by French side Stade Rennais. After over 40 games for the Ligue 1 side, Rossi then signed al loan-contract for NEC Nijmegen, where he disappeared after only four matches, before moving to Scottish Premier League side Dunfermline Athletic in 2000.[1]

After 4 months with the SPL side, Rossi eventually made his debut against St. Johnstone in November 2000, only to be sent off after 25 minutes.[2] He received his second red card in three games for a second bookable offence against Dundee United and as he made his way off the pitch was seen to make a gesture that provoked United fans.[3] He scored his only goal for the club against Aberdeen on Boxing Day 2000.[4] In August 2001, Rossi had his wages stopped in what proved to be a long drawn out saga which would see him leave Scotland for Morocco, only to have a worldwide ban placed on him by FIFA after going AWOL for more than a year.[5]

Rossi finally left Dunfermline in December 2003 to re-sign for his first club Raja Casablanca.[6] He stayed in Morocco for one year before moving to Al Khor in Qatar, where he has been since 2004.

International[edit]

He played for the Morocco national football team and was a participant at the 1998 FIFA World Cup.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Dunfermline snap up Moroccan Rossi". BBC Sport. July 8, 2000. Retrieved June 26, 2008. 
  2. ^ "On-off debut for Pars' Rossi". BBC Sport. November 8, 2000. Retrieved June 26, 2008. 
  3. ^ "Rossi disciplined as boss sees red". BBC Sport. November 29, 2000. Retrieved June 26, 2008. 
  4. ^ "Pars end nine-game barren spell". BBC Sport. 26 December 2000. 
  5. ^ "Rossi lands worldwide ban". BBC Sport. January 8, 2003. Retrieved June 26, 2008. 
  6. ^ "Raja sign Pars' Rossi". BBC Sport. December 17, 2003. Retrieved June 26, 2008. 

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