|Date of birth||9 March 1993|
|Place of birth||Utrecht, Netherlands|
|Height||1.72 m (5 ft 7 1⁄2 in)|
|Playing position||Attacking Midfielder|
|Current club||Sporting CP|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 6 February 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).
Zakaria Labyad (born 9 March 1993 in Utrecht) is a Dutch-Moroccan footballer playing for Sporting Clube de Portugal as an attacking midfielder in the Portuguese Primeira Liga. The player has previously represented the Netherlands U-17 team at international level before switching his allegiance to Morocco and playing for them at the Under-23 level. His father is his agent.
Labyad has said that he looks up to former PSV team-mate Ibrahim Afellay, stating “Ibrahim is my friend. I have a lot of respect for him, not only because he plays in the same position as me, but also because as a person, he’s someone I look up to.” During his time at PSV, Labyad lived in Utrecht with his family, so he had to commute by train every day to Eindhoven. He followed an education in "Sport & Activity" at the ROC Eindhoven.
Having come through the youth program, in January 2009, Labyad extended his contract with PSV until the summer of 2012. Before joining PSV, Labyad played for USV Elinkwijk. Labyad made his debut in the senior team on 25 February 2010 in a UEFA Europa League home match against Hamburger SV, coming on as a substitute for Otman Bakkal in the 71st minute. Three days later, Labyad also made his debut in the Eredivisie, coming on as a substitute for Balázs Dzsudzsák in a match against RKC Waalwijk. On 18 April 2010, Labyad made his first appearance in the starting line-up in a home match against FC Groningen. Labyad's selection in the starting line-up paid immediate dividends, with him scoring two goals in the 3–1 victory. In the last match of the 2009–10 season, Labyad was again in the starting lineup in a 1–1 draw against AZ Alkmaar. Labyad more or less became a regular in the starting 11 in the 2011-12 season and experienced a great deal of succes. He played in 32 matches and scored 6 goals. He scored a goal in the KNVB Beker semi final against SC Heerenveen and followingly won the cup with PSV.
On 3 April 2012, Sporting CP's president revealed that Labyad will join the Portuguese team for the 2012/2013 season, on a free transfer, signing a 5 year deal contract. However, on 23 May, PSV's technical director Marcel Brands told Dutch media that Labyad's contract was extended for another year since Labyad failed to formally terminate his contract before the legal deadline of 15 May.
On 2 July 2012, he officially joined Sporting.
|Portugal||Primeira Liga||Portuguese Cup||League Cup||Europe||Total|
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