Issam El Adoua

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Issam El Adoua
Personal information
Full name Issam El Adoua
Date of birth (1986-09-12) 12 September 1986 (age 30)
Place of birth Casablanca, Morocco
Height 1.89 m (6 ft 2 12 in)
Playing position Centre back / Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
Al Dhafra
Number 37
Youth career
Wydad Casablanca
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2009 Wydad Casablanca
2009–2010 Lens 0 (0)
2009 Lens B (loan) 4 (0)
2010 Nantes (loan) 8 (0)
2010–2011 Al Qadsia 18 (0)
2011–2013 Vitória Guimarães 41 (0)
2013–2015 Levante 22 (0)
2015 Chongqing Lifan 29 (1)
2016– Al Dhafra 12 (0)
National team
2007–2008 Morocco U23 4 (0)
2009– Morocco 33 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 31 October 2015.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 19 April 2015

Issam El Adoua (born 12 September 1986) is a Moroccan footballer who plays for UAE Pro League club Al Dhafra and the Moroccan national team as a central defender.[1]

Club career[edit]

Born in Casablanca, El Adoua made his senior debuts for hometown's Wydad Casablanca, and formed a solid partnership with Hicham Louissi during his spell at the club.

On 25 May 2009 El Adoua moved abroad, signing a four-year deal with Ligue 1 side RC Lens.[2] He made his debut for the side on 23 September, starting in a 4–3 away win over Montpellier HSC, for the campaign's Coupe de la Ligue; however he failed to appear in the league, and was subsequently loaned to FC Nantes on 16 January of the following year.[3] He appeared eight times in Ligue 2 before returning to his parent club.

In June 2010 El Adoua moved to Kuwait, joining Al Qadsia SC. In his one-year spell he won the Premier League and the Federation Cup. On 4 June 2011 he moved teams and countries again, signing a two-year deal with Primeira Liga side Vitória S.C..[4]

On 18 June 2013 the free agent El Adoua joined Levante UD, signing a two-year deal.[5] He made his La Liga debut on 17 August, coming on as a second-half substitute in a 0–7 away loss at FC Barcelona.[6]

On 15 February 2015, El Adoua transferred to Chinese Super League side Chongqing Lifan.[7]

International career[edit]

After appearing for the Morocco under-23's, El Adoua made a full international debut for Morocco on August 12, 2009 in a friendly against Congo.


Usually a central defender, El Adoua can also play as a defensive midfielder.


Wydad Casablanca
Al Qadsia
Vitória Guimarães


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