Karim Rekik

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Karim Rekik
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Rekik during the Europa League game against
Dynamo Moscow on 11 December 2014
Personal information
Full name Karim Rekik
Date of birth (1994-12-02) 2 December 1994 (age 20)
Place of birth The Hague, Netherlands
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Marseille
Number 4
Youth career
1999–2002 Scheveningen
2002–2011 Feyenoord
2011–2012 Manchester City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2015 Manchester City 1 (0)
2012 Portsmouth (loan) 8 (0)
2013 Blackburn Rovers (loan) 5 (0)
2013–2015 PSV Eindhoven (loan) 54 (2)
2015– Marseille 3 (0)
National team
2009–2010 Netherlands U16 6 (0)
2010–2011 Netherlands U17 18 (1)
2011–2013 Netherlands U19 12 (1)
2014– Netherlands U21 7 (1)
2014– Netherlands 1 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 30 May 2015 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 23:06, 17 January 2015 (UTC)

Karim Rekik (Arabic: كريم رقيق‎; born 2 December 1994) is a Dutch footballer who currently plays as a centre back for Ligue 1 club Marseille.

Early life[edit]

Rekik was born in The Hague. His father was born in Tunisia and his mother is a Dutch primary school teaching assistant.[1]

Rekik started his football when he joined Scheveningen in 1999 before joining Feyenoord, where he went on to stay for nine years. But in March 2011, Manchester City made an approach for Rekik, as Feyernood were determined to keep a hold off him.[2] The approach was to be controversial, as the club took the case matter to the Dutch FA, as a result of the club losing their youngsters to Premier League clubs.[3] The club was also considering legal action against Rekik's agent Søren Lerby, though he insisted he maintain following FIFA's rules.[4] The case was dismissed.[5]

Club career[edit]

Manchester City[edit]

Rekik signed for Manchester City from Feyenoord in the summer of 2011, and made his debut appearance for the first team in the Dublin Super Cup in pre-season.[6]

He made his official first team debut for Manchester City on 21 September 2011 against Birmingham City in the third round of the League Cup, coming on as a substitute for Wayne Bridge in the last 12 minutes of the game.[7] His debut against Birmingham City saw him become the youngest overseas player to appear in a senior game for City, just 16 years and 294 days old.[8] He also made a 73rd-minute substitute appearance in the fourth round of the competition against Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux, in place of Luca Scapuzzi.[9]

Rekik returned to Manchester City at the end of the 2011–12 season. On 5 December 2012, it was announced that Rekik signed a long term contract with the club.[10] He would go on to start in his Premier League debut, a 1–0 win at home to Reading on 22 December 2012, and was substituted for James Milner in the 84th minute. Reading claimed that they deserved a penalty for Rekik's challenge on Jay Tabb, which was not given by referee Mike Dean.[11]

On 10 August 2014, Rekik was an unused substitute as City lost the Community Shield 3–0 to Arsenal at Wembley Stadium.[12]

Loan Spells[edit]

On 22 March 2012, it was confirmed that Michael Appleton was to take Scapuzzi and Rekik on a month's loan at Portsmouth in the Football League Championship.[13] He made his debut for Portsmouth on 27 March, in a 2–0 home win against Hull City. This was also Rekik's first senior league appearance in club football.[14] Unlike Scapuzzi, Rekik became a regular starter as Portsmouth struggled to fight relegation. He was an ever-present figure in the Portsmouth defence as the league came to an end. Nevertheless, Pompey were relegated at the end of the season.

On 15 February 2013, it was confirmed that Rekik would join Blackburn Rovers in the Championship until the end of the season.[15] The move reunited him with his former Portsmouth manager Appleton. Rekik made his Blackburn Rovers debut, playing as a left-midfield, in a 2-0 loss against Hull City on 19 February 2013.[16] Rekik went on to make five appearance for the club.

PSV Eindhoven (loan)[edit]

On 8 July 2013, it was confirmed that Rekik would join PSV Eindhoven on loan for the 2013–14 season, wearing number 3. [17]

Rekik made his PSV Eindhoven debut, in the first leg of third round of Champions League, in a 2-0 win over Zulte Waregem on 30 July 2013.[18] Three days later, Rekik made his league debut, in the opening game of the season, in a 3-2 win over ADO Den Haag.[19] Rekik played the remaining three matches in the Champions League play-off, as PSV were knocked out by Milan. However, Rekik suffered an ankle injury, while in international duty.[20] As a result, Rekik would be out for four weeks, though he would need to undergo surgery.[21] The surgery was successful, resulting him out for another four weeks.[22] After two months on the sidelined, Rekik made his return from the first team on 2 November 2013, in a 1-1 draw against PEC Zwolle.[23] He then scored his first Eredivisie goal for PSV on 7 December in a 2–6 home defeat to Vitesse.[24] Rekik went on to captain two games in absence of Georginio Wijnaldum against Utrecht[25] and ADO Den Haag.[26] Later in the 2013-14 season, Rekik became a regular starter at PSV, as he made twenty-five appearance for the club.

Because of his good performance at PSV, Rekik was keen to re-join PSV for the second time next season, though he could return to Manchester City for next season.[27][28] However, Rekik said he would not return to Manchester City next season unless he was given first team chances.[29]

As his loan spell with PSV came to an end, Rekik was linked with a move to Marseille.[30] Instead on 14 August 2014, it announed that Rekik returned to PSV until the end of the season.[31] Rekik's first game after signing for the club on a loan for the second time came, in a 6–1 win over NAC Breda on 16 August 2014.[32] Rekik then scored his second goal of his PSV career on 9 November 2014, in a 2-1 win over Heracles.[33] Since making his second debut for PSV, Rekik continued to be in the first team in straight matches until he suffered a hamstring injury and was substituted during a match against AZ Alkmaar on 13 February 2015.[34] After making his return to training,[35] Rekik made his return to the first team on 22 March 2015, in a 2-1 loss against Feyernood.[36] Despite this, Rekik later helped PSV win their first league since 2008. Rekik later spoke out about the club's winning the league.[37] Like his first season at PSV, Rekik established himself in the first team with twenty-nine appearance and formed a strong central-defense partnership with Jeffrey Bruma.[38]

Following the 2014-15 season came to an end, PSV was keen to sign Rekik for the third time.[39] However, PSV decided not to sign him after Rekik made it clear that he prefer playing in the higher league other than Eredivisie.[40]

Olympique de Marseille[edit]

On 30 June 2015, he joined Marseille for an undisclosed fee after making just two appearances for Manchester City in four years.[41] The move was later confirmed on 2 July 2015 and the player was unveiled, along with Lucas Ocampos.[42]

International career[edit]

Rekik is eligible to play for Netherlands, through his birthplace, and Tunisia, through his mother.

Rekik was called up by Netherlands U17 in September 2010 and made his Netherlands U17 debut, in a 0-0 draw against Italy U17. Rekik was then called up into the squad by Netherlands U17 for the UEFA European Under-17 Championship and scored the opening game of the season, in a 2-0 win over Germany U17.[43] Rekik went on to help the club reached the final, where Netherlands U17 beat Germany U17 5-2.[44]

Rekik was then called up by Netherlands U19 in October 2011 and made his Netherlands U19 debut, in a 3-0 win over Moldova U19. Rekik then captained his first Netherlands U19 game, in a 2-0 win over Norway U19. Rekik went on to captain five times in his eleven appearance.

In August 2013, Rekik was first called up Netherlands for the two matches in the World Cup Qualifying, but was never used.[45]

Rekik made his debut for the Netherlands national football team in a 2–0 friendly defeat to France at the Stade de France 6 March 2014.[46] In May 2014, he was named in manager Louis van Gaal's provisional 30-man squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.[47] However on 31 May 2014, van Gaal announced his final squad, which saw Rekik left out of the 23 man squad.[48]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
2011–12 Manchester City Premier League 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
2012–13 Manchester City Premier League 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2011–12[49] Portsmouth Championship 8 0 0 0 0 0 8 0
2012–13[50] Blackburn Rovers 5 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Total England 14 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 16 0
Netherlands League KNVB Cup Europe Total
2013–14[51] PSV Eindhoven Eredivisie 25 1 0 0 6 0 31 1
2014–15[52] PSV Eindhoven Eredivisie 29 1 1 0 8 0 38 1
Total Netherlands 54 2 1 0 0 0 14 0 69 2
France League Coupe de France Coupe de la Ligue Europe Total
2015-16[53] Marseille Ligue 1 3 0 0 0 - - 0 0 3 0
Total France 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Career total 71 2 3 0 0 0 14 0 88 2
Statistics accurate as of last match played on 23 August 2015.[54]
As of 14 February 2014

International[edit]

Netherlands
Year Apps Goals
2014 1 0
Total 1 0
Statistics accurate as of 5 March 2014.

Honours[edit]

PSV

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