Aymen Abdennour

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Aymen Abdennour
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Abdennour playing for Valencia in 2015
Personal information
Full name Aymen Abdennour
Date of birth (1989-08-06) 6 August 1989 (age 27)
Place of birth Sousse, Tunisia
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 1 12 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Number 23
Youth career
2007–2008 Étoile du Sahel
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2011 Étoile du Sahel 33 (5)
2010 Werder Bremen (loan) 6 (0)
2011–2014 Toulouse 77 (3)
2014 Monaco (loan) 6 (0)
2014–2015 Monaco 18 (0)
2015– Valencia 24 (0)
National team
2009–2010 Tunisia U21 3 (0)
2009– Tunisia 44 (1)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 27 August 2016.

Aymen Abdennour (Arabic: أيمن عبد النور‎‎; born 6 August 1989) is a Tunisian professional footballer who plays for Spanish club Valencia CF as a central defender.

A full international with over 40 caps since 2009, he represented Tunisia at three Africa Cup of Nations tournaments.


Early career[edit]

Abdennour was born in Sousse, Tunisia, and started his career at Étoile Sportive du Sahel in 2008. During his spell there, he was a fan favourite despite being one of the youngest players in the team. In the 2008–09 season he scored five goals for his club, but they missed on the title and finished third.

On 14 January 2010, Abdennour signed a half-year loan deal with SV Werder Bremen which initially saw him stay at the club until the end of the 2009–10 season. Bremen had the contract option to sign him permanently.[1] Abdennour made six appearances for Werder Bremen, but they did not take up the option to sign him and he returned to Étoile.


In July 2011, Abdennour signed a four-year contract with the Ligue 1 side Toulouse. In February 2012, Toulouse extended this, tying the Tunisian to a deal running until 2016.


On 31 January 2014, Abdennour joined the league rivals Monaco on a loan deal.[2] After impressing during a loan spell, he signed a four-year deal with Monaco on 4 July 2014.[3] The 2014–15 season was a successful season for Abdennour and his team, with a third place in Ligue 1 and an elimination against Champions League's finalist Juventus in the quarter final.


In August 2015, after a good season with Monaco, Abdennour signed a five-year deal until 2020 with La Liga side Valencia CF for an undisclosed fee, mainly as a replacement to Manchester City-bound Nicolás Otamendi.[4]

International career[edit]

His excellent domestic performances earned him a call up to the Tunisia squad, and he has now won 41 caps for his country,[5] scoring one goal.

He was also the captain of the under-21 team.[6]


  1. ^ "Officiel – Abdennour prêté au Werder Brême" [Official - Abdennour loan to Werder Bremen] (in French). etoile-du-sahel.com. 14 January 2010. 
  2. ^ "Aymen Abdennour nouveau renfort défensif" [Aymen Abdennour new defensive reinforcement] (in French). AS Monaco FC. 31 January 2014. 
  3. ^ "Abdennour définitivement monégasque" [Abdennour definitely Monaco's player] (in French). AS Monaco FC. 4 July 2014. 
  4. ^ "Valencia sign Aymen Abdennour from Monaco". Fox Sports. 29 August 2015. Retrieved 29 August 2015. 
  5. ^ "Aymen Abdennour". kicker.de (in German). Retrieved 19 December 2015. 
  6. ^ "Werder Bremen testet Tunesier Abdennour" (in German). ran.de. 8 December 2009. Retrieved 27 January 2010. 

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