Daniel Karbassiyoon

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Daniel Karbassiyoon
Personal information
Date of birth (1984-08-10) August 10, 1984 (age 33)
Place of birth Roanoke, Virginia, United States
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Left Back / Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2005 Arsenal 0 (0)
2004–2005 Ipswich Town (loan) 5 (0)
2005–2006 Burnley 5 (0)
Total 13 (1)
National team
2003 United States U18 4 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Danny Karbassiyoon (born August 10, 1984) is an American former professional soccer player who played for English sides Arsenal, Ipswich Town and Burnley. He is currently working as a scout for Arsenal in North America.

Club career[edit]

He signed a full contract with Arsenal in 2003, moving from amateur club Roanoke Star at the beginning of the previous season. Having joined as a forward, he adapted his role to that of a left back.

Karbassiyoon's first match for Arsenal was against Manchester City in the League Cup on October 27, 2004, as a substitute for Arturo Lupoli. He marked his debut by scoring a goal in the 90th minute; the match finished 2–1.[1] He then went on to secure a starting spot in the League Cup's next round match against Everton at Highbury where a young Arsenal side prevailed 3-1. His final match with the first team saw him play the final ten minutes of a 1-0 defeat against Manchester United at Old Trafford. However, he could not gain any sort of place in the regular Arsenal first team and, in November 2004, he was loaned out to Football League Championship team Ipswich Town for three months, making six appearances for the East Anglian side.

Arsenal released Karbassiyoon in the summer of 2005, after he had played just three times for them, all in the League Cup. He signed for Burnley soon afterwards. However, a series of injuries left Karbassiyoon unable to establish himself at Turf Moor and he was placed on the transfer list at the end of his first season at the club. His contract was terminated by mutual consent in August 2006.

Karbassiyoon had a trial at Dutch team AZ Alkmaar, but wasn't offered a contract. Owing to knee injury problems, he retired from professional football in February 2007, at the age of 22.

As of April 4, 2007, he is employed by Arsenal as scout for North America.[2] He has been credited for scouting Costa Rican international Joel Campbell[3] as well as German-born Gedion Zelalem.[4][5]


  1. ^ "Man City 1-2 Arsenal". BBC. 27 October 2004. Retrieved 31 August 2009. 
  2. ^ "Not the final farewell". The Roanoke Times. 4 April 2007. Archived from the original on 1 February 2013. Retrieved 2 December 2009. 
  3. ^ Chris Wheatley (2 May 2016). "Arsenal scout reveals Wenger's reaction to signing Joel Campbell". Goal.com. Retrieved 2 May 2016. 
  4. ^ Emerging Talents – Gedion Zelalem Archived 2013-08-23 at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ Chris Wheatley (30 April 2016). "The story of U.S. prospect Gedion Zelalem so far – by the man who brought him to Arsenal". Goal.com. Retrieved 2 May 2016. 

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