Fayçal Fajr

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Fayçal Fajr
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Fajr being presented at Caen in 2011
Personal information
Full name Fayçal Fajr
Date of birth (1988-08-01) 1 August 1988 (age 28)
Place of birth Rouen, France
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
Deportivo La Coruña
Number 19
Youth career
1994–2000 Sotteville-Lès-Rouen
2000–2003 Le Havre
2003–2005 Rouen
2005–2006 Oissel
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2008 Oissel 20 (4)
2008–2011 Fréjus Saint-Raphaël 91 (12)
2011–2014 Caen 78 (11)
2014–2016 Elche 34 (1)
2015–2016 Deportivo La Coruña (loan) 38 (5)
2016– Deportivo La Coruña 24 (0)
National team
2015– Morocco 16 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20 May 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 10 June 2017

Fayçal Fajr (Arabic: فيصل فجر‎‎; born 1 August 1988) is a Moroccan professional footballer who plays for Spanish club Deportivo de La Coruña as an attacking midfielder.[1]

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Fajr was born in the city of Rouen and began his career with local amateur club Sottevillais Cheminots.[1] In 2000, he joined the youth academy of professional club Le Havre.[1] After three years, Fajr was released after being told he lacked the physical requirements to remain.[2] He, subsequently, returned home to join hometown club Rouen.[1] Fajr spent two years at the club and, in 2005, signed a contract with CMS Oissel. With Oissel, he played in the Championnat de France amateur 2, the fifth division of French football.[1]

After two seasons playing on the senior team of Oissel, in 2008, Fajr moved up one division to sign with Étoile Fréjus Saint-Raphaël, then known as ES Fréjus. In his first season with the club, he appeared in 29 matches scoring four goals. Fréjus finished second in its group, however, due to the Direction Nationale du Contrôle de Gestion (National Directorate of Management Control) (DNCG) imposing sanctions on several clubs in the Championnat National, the club was given a spot in the third division. After playing mainly as a substitute in his inaugural season with the club, Fajr became a starter in the club's first season in National. He appeared in 29 league matches as Fréjus finished mid-table. In his final season with the club, Fajr became the club's primary play-maker. He posted career-highs in appearances (34) and goals (8). Fréjus finished the campaign in sixth place.

Caen[edit]

Fayçal Fajr playing for Deportivo de La Coruña.

After a successful campaign with Fréjus, Fajr was linked to several professional clubs, most notably Nice, Dijon, Lens, and Reims.[1][2] On 18 July 2011, it was confirmed that he would be joining Ligue 1 club Caen on a three-year contract.[3] The transfer was completed the following day.[4] Fajr was assigned the number 29 shirt and simultaneously made his professional and club debut on 28 August in a league match against Rennes.[5] Three days later, in a Coupe de la Ligue match against Brest, he scored his first goal for Caen in a 3–2 victory.[6] Caen were relegated to the Ligue 2 in his first season, but he helped them back up two seasons later. In the 2013–14 season, he scored 8 league goals in 35 games and Caen were promoted to the top-flight Ligue 1.

Elche[edit]

On 24 June 2014, Fajr passed his medical and completed the move to the La Liga side Elche.[7] He made his debut in the category on 24 August, coming on as a substitute for Ferrán Corominas in a 0–3 away loss against FC Barcelona.

On 6 August 2015 Fajr was loaned to fellow league team Deportivo de La Coruña, for one year.[8]

International career[edit]

Despite being born and raised in France, Fajr joined the Royal Moroccan Football Federation. He made his senior debut for the Morocco national football team in a 2018 World Cup qualifying game against Equatorial Guinea in a 1-0 loss.[9]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 20 May 2017[10]
Club Season League Cup[nb 1] Europe Other[nb 2] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Fréjus 2008–09 29 4 1 0 30 4
2009–10 30 1 1 0 31 1
2010–11 32 7 2 1 34 8
Total 91 12 4 1 95 13
Caen 2011–12 13 0 4 1 17 1
2012–13 30 3 4 2 34 5
2013–14 35 8 4 2 39 10
Total 78 11 12 5 90 16
Elche 2014–15 34 1 4 0 38 1
Total 34 1 4 0 38 1
Deportivo 2015–16 38 5 3 0 41 5
2016–17 24 0 1 0 25 0
Total 62 5 4 0 66 5
Career total 265 29 24 6 0 0 0 0 289 35

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Morocco's goal tally first.[11]
No Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 24 March 2017 Stade de Marrakech, Marrakesh, Morocco  Burkina Faso 1–0 2–0 Friendly

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Includes Coupe de France and Coupe de la Ligue matches.
  2. ^ Includes Trophée des champions, UEFA Supercup, and FIFA Club World Cup matches.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Fayçal Fajr: "L'EN du Maroc, j'y pense tous les jours"". Maroc Football (in French). 21 October 2011. Retrieved 28 November 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Fayçal Fajr: "C'est comme dans un rêve"". Sportacaen (in French). 19 July 2011. Retrieved 28 November 2011. 
  3. ^ "Fayçal Fajr pour 3 ans à Caen?". Normandie (in French). 18 July 2011. Retrieved 28 November 2011. 
  4. ^ "Fayçal Fajr est à Caen". Sportacaen (in French). 19 July 2011. Retrieved 28 November 2011. 
  5. ^ "Rennes v. Caen Match Report". Ligue de Football Professionnel (in French). 28 August 2011. Retrieved 28 November 2011. 
  6. ^ "Caen v. Brest Match Report". Ligue de Football Professionnel (in French). 31 August 2011. Retrieved 28 November 2011. 
  7. ^ "Fayçal Fajr, primer fichaje del Elche para la nueva temporada". Elche CF official website (in Spanish). 24 June 2014. Retrieved 25 June 2014. 
  8. ^ "Fayçal Fajr, nuevo jugador del Deportivo. "Si alguien no conoce al Dépor, no conoce el fútbol"" [Fayçal Fajr, new player of Deportivo. "If anybody does not know Dépor, does not know football"] (in Spanish). Deportivo's official website. 6 August 2015. Retrieved 6 August 2015. 
  9. ^ http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/matches/round=276420/match=300338635/index.html
  10. ^ "Fayçal Fajr". Soccerway. Retrieved 24 February 2014. 
  11. ^ "Fajr, Fayçal". National Football Teams. Retrieved 24 March 2017. 

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