Anouar Kali

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Anouar Kali
Personal information
Full name Anouar Kali
Date of birth (1991-06-03) 3 June 1991 (age 25)
Place of birth Utrecht, Netherlands
Height 1.67 m (5 ft 5 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Willem II
Number 20
Youth career
DOS
Ajax
Elinkwijk
FC Utrecht
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2013 FC Utrecht 52 (2)
2013–2014 Roda JC Kerkrade 29 (1)
2014–2015 FC Utrecht 13 (0)
2015 Al-Arabi SC 1 (0)
2016– Willem II 26 (0)
National team
2011–2012 Morocco U23 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:10, 22 April 2017 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20 October 2016

Anouar Kali (born 3 June 1991 in Utrecht) is a Moroccan football player who plays as a midfielder for Willem II in the Dutch Eredivisie.[1][2]

Career[edit]

Utrecht[edit]

Growing up in Utrecht, Netherlands, Kali grew up with Rodney Sneijder[3] and played street football before playing in various youth clubs, such as DOS, Ajax and Elinkwijk.[4] But it was FC Utrecht helped Kali started his professional career[5] and signed his first professional contract in 2010.[citation needed]

Kali made his Utrecht debut on 24 April 2011, coming on as a substitute for Nana Akwasi Asare in the 84th minutes, in a 4-2 win against Vitesse Arnhem.[6] Kali went on to make two appearance in total at the end of the 2010-11 season.

In his second full season, Kali played his first match of the 2011-12 season, coming on as a substitute for Rodney Sneijder in the 85th minutes, in a 3-1 win over Roda JC on 27 August 2011.[7] Kali then scored his first professional career, in a 6-4 win over Ajax on 6 November 2011 after sixteen minutes coming on as a substitute.[8] For his performance, Kali was voted the club's talent of the year.[9] Kali soon sustained ankle injury in April 2012 and missed three matches.[10] Kali went on to make twenty-two appearance for the club.

His third season proved to be a breakthrough for Kali, as he started in the first team regularly. However at the start of the season, Kali was sent-off after a second bookable offense despite a good performance made, in a 1-0 win over PSV on 16 September 2012.[11] Kali then scored his first goal of the season, in a 3-1 win over Willem II on 27 January 2013.[12] Kali earned his fifth yellow card of the season against PSV on 16 February 2013, giving him a one match suspension.[13] Once again, Kali was sent-off for the second time this season after another second bookable offense, in a 6-0 defeat to AZ on 14 April 2013.[14] Coincidentally, Kali was 1500th player to receive a red card in the league's history.[15]

At the end of the 2012-13 season, Kali left the club in the summer of 2013 on a free transfer to join a stronger team.[16] This came after the club negotiated a new contract for Kali.[17] Voetbal International reported that Kali signed a contract, keeping him until 2016.[18] However, Kali turned down a new contract with Utrecht.[citation needed] Kali expressed wishes to join his former club, Ajax.[19] The club's director of football Marc Overmars wasn't keen to sign him.[20]

Roda JC[edit]

Surprisingly, Kali signed a three-year contract with Roda JC on 27 June 2013.[21] Kali made his Roda JC debut, in the opening game of the season, in a 3-0 loss against Ajax.[22] Kali then scored his first goal for the club, from a penalty spot, in a 2-1 loss against Feyenoord.[23]

Following Roda JC relegation, Kali's future became uncertain over the surroundings of his contract.[24] In total, Kali made twenty-nine appearance and scoring once in his only season at Roda JC.

FC Utrecht[edit]

After the relegation of Roda, Kali returned to his former team FC Utrecht on 25 June 2014 on a free transfer following activation of his release clause if Roda JC were to be relegated.[25] Kali made his Utrecht return in the opening game of the season, in a 2-0 loss against PEC Zwolle.[26] However, his second spell at Utrecht wasn't the same after he tore his hamstring during a match against PSV on 26 October 2014.[27]

In January 2015, he punched his teammate, Kristoffer Peterson, in the face during a training session sidelining Peterson for 6 weeks with a broken jaw. Kali was first only punished with a fine and even played the following weekend. However, on Monday the club eventually suspended Kali for 6 weeks.[28][29][30] Peterson later stated he has forgiven Kali for punching him in the face.[31]

Al-Arabi[edit]

On 13 February 2015, it was announced that Kali had been sold to Qatari side Al-Arabi.[32] His departure had left many players at Utrecht surprised.[33]

International career[edit]

Kali was born in the Netherlands to parents of Moroccan descent, and has represented the Morocco national under-23 football team 4 times.[34]

Career Statistics[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Anouar Kali tekent contract bij Willem II" (in Dutch). Retrieved 18 February 2016. 
  2. ^ http://www.worldfootball.net/spieler_profil/anouar-kali/
  3. ^ "Jeugdvrienden Kali en Sneijder in Ondiep". FC Utrecht. 12 December 2011. Archived from the original on 8 April 2015. Retrieved 8 April 2015. 
  4. ^ "Als talenten tekenen blijven mooie verhalen hangen" (in Dutch). AD.nl. 10 May 2008. Retrieved 8 April 2015. 
  5. ^ "FC Utrecht legt achttien talenten vast". FC Utrecht. 9 May 2008. Archived from the original on 8 April 2015. Retrieved 8 April 2015. 
  6. ^ "FC Groningen klopt NEC, FC Utrecht langs Vitesse" (in Dutch). NU.nl. 24 April 2011. Retrieved 8 April 2015. 
  7. ^ "FC Utrecht 3-1 Roda JC". FC Utrecht. 27 August 2011. Archived from the original on 8 April 2015. Retrieved 8 April 2015. 
  8. ^ "FC Utrecht doet Ajax veel pijn in spektakelstuk" (in Dutch). AD.nl. 6 November 2011. Retrieved 8 April 2015. 
  9. ^ "Kali verkozen tot Talent van het Jaar". FC Utrecht. 13 November 2011. Archived from the original on 8 April 2015. Retrieved 8 April 2015. 
  10. ^ "Utrecht zonder 'tulbandman' Demouge tegen RKC" (in Dutch). AD.nl. 20 April 2012. Retrieved 8 April 2015. 
  11. ^ "'Rode' Kali: 'In je eentje juichen in de kleedkamer'" (in Dutch). AD.nl. 17 September 2012. Retrieved 8 April 2015. 
  12. ^ "Pover FC Utrecht op halve kracht simpel langs Willem II" (in Dutch). AD.nl. 27 January 2013. Retrieved 8 April 2015. 
  13. ^ "Bulthuis terug bij FC Utrecht" (in Dutch). AD.nl. 28 February 2013. Retrieved 8 April 2015. 
  14. ^ "AZ doet FC Utrecht pijn na dubbel rood" (in Dutch). AD.nl. 14 April 2013. Retrieved 8 April 2015. 
  15. ^ "Anouar Kali krijgt 1500ste rood in Eredivisie" (in Dutch). AD.nl. 14 April 2014. Retrieved 8 April 2015. 
  16. ^ "FC Utrecht neemt afscheid van spelers en teammanager". FC Utrecht. 12 May 2013. Archived from the original on 8 April 2015. Retrieved 8 April 2015. 
  17. ^ "FC Utrecht wil verder met middenvelder Kali" (in Dutch). AD.nl. 11 October 2012. Retrieved 8 April 2015. 
  18. ^ "'Anouar Kali langer bij FC Utrecht'" (in Dutch). AD.nl. 5 November 2012. Retrieved 8 April 2015. 
  19. ^ "Transfervrije Kali hoopt FC Utrecht in te ruilen voor Ajax" (in Dutch). Voetbal International. 9 January 2013. Retrieved 8 April 2015. 
  20. ^ "Overmars: Ajax niet geïnteresseerd in Kali" (in Dutch). Voetbal Primeur. 9 January 2013. Retrieved 8 April 2015. 
  21. ^ "Transfervrije Kali verrast met keuze voor Roda JC". Voetbalprimeur. 2013-06-27. Retrieved 2013-06-27. 
  22. ^ "Champions Ajax kicked off the new Eredivisie season by beating Roda JC 3-0". Sky Sports. 2 August 2013. Retrieved 8 April 2015. 
  23. ^ "Feyenoord neemt drie punten mee uit Kerkrade" (in Dutch). Nu.nl. 4 February 2014. Retrieved 8 April 2015. 
  24. ^ "Roda JC neemt na degradatie afscheid van veertien spelers" (in Dutch). Nu.nl. 17 May 2014. Retrieved 8 April 2015. 
  25. ^ "Utrechter Anouar Kali terug op het oude nest". FC Utrecht. 26 June 2014. Archived from the original on 8 April 2015. Retrieved 8 April 2015. 
  26. ^ "PEC Zwolle opent Eredivisie met degelijke zege op FC Utrecht" (in Dutch). AD.nl. 8 August 2014. Retrieved 8 April 2015. 
  27. ^ "FC Utrecht moet Kali lang missen" (in Dutch). AD.nl. 28 October 2014. Retrieved 8 April 2015. 
  28. ^ "Svenske talangen slagen på träning - bröt käkbenet: "Ska inte få ske"" (in Dutch). Fotboll Skanalen. 30 January 2015. Retrieved 8 April 2015. 
  29. ^ "FC Utrecht schorst Kali alsnog na 'inschattingsfout'" (in Dutch). AD.nl. 2 February 2015. Retrieved 8 April 2015. 
  30. ^ "Kali accepteert straf FC Utrecht na breken kaak teamgenoot" (in Dutch). NU.nl. 30 January 2015. Retrieved 8 April 2015. 
  31. ^ "Peterson vergeeft Kali: 'Zo word ik een beter mens'" (in Dutch). Voetbal International. 25 February 2015. Retrieved 8 April 2015. 
  32. ^ Overgang Kali naar Qatar rond (Dutch). NOS. 13 February 2015.
  33. ^ "Transfer Kali verbaast medespelers bij FC Utrecht" (in Dutch). AD.nl. 9 February 2015. Retrieved 8 April 2015. 
  34. ^ http://mountakhab.net/www/modules/fiches_joueurs/fiche.php?id=1327&nom=Kali%20Anouar

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