Karim Zaza

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Karim Zaza
Karim Zaza Morocco vs Czech Republic 2009.jpg
Personal information
Full name Karim Zaza
Date of birth (1975-01-09) 9 January 1975 (age 43)
Place of birth Brøndby, Denmark
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–2000 Copenhagen 80 (0)
2000 Fremad Amager (loan) 1 (0)
2000 Silkeborg (loan) 0 (0)
2000–2003 OB 79 (0)
2003–2006 Brøndby 49 (0)
2006–2007 Rot-Weiss Essen 31 (0)
2007–2011 AaB 100 (0)
2011–2014 Vendsyssel 72 (1)
Total 412 (1)
National team
2000–2009 Morocco 5 (0)
Teams managed
2014–2015 Lekhwiya (goalkeeper coach)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16 May 2014
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 9 April 2009 (UTC)

Karim Zaza (Arabic: كريم زازا‎; born 9 January 1975) is a retired Danish-Moroccan professional footballer. Born in Denmark to Moroccan parents, he established himself as one of the top goalkeepers of Danish football with three consecutive Danish Goalkeeper of the Year awards from 2001 to 2003. He won the Danish Cup twice with F.C. Copenhagen and the Double of both Danish Cup and Superliga championship with Brøndby IF in 2005. He has played five games for the Morocco national football team.


Zaza started his youth career as a striker, but due to his hot temper, he was moved back to goalkeeper to stay out of trouble. He first played at Brøndby IF, but never got a match for the club, and moved on to main rivals F.C. Copenhagen in 1995. Here he was known as a somewhat errant goalkeeper, despite showing good reflexes and technique, and he spent lacklustre time on loan at Fremad Amager (one match) and Silkeborg IF (no matches).

In 2000, he made a permanent move to provincial club Odense BK. Here he immediately made an impact, and got his big breakthrough, winning the Danish Goalkeeper of the Year award in both 2001 and 2002. Former club Brøndby then decided to move in after him. In January 2003, Zaza signed a two-year contract with Brøndby, effective after the end of the 2002–03 Superliga season. He moved back to Brøndby on a free transfer in July 2003, looking to star in the newly built team of coach Michael Laudrup. Zaza continued his successful run, and won another Danish Goalkeeper of the Year award in 2003.

Following an injury at the start of the 2004–05 Superliga season, Zaza found himself benched as a result of young substitute Casper Ankergren's good performances, and only played two matches for his team that year. He did not find more playing time in the first half of the 2005–06 Superliga season, again sitting on the bench. Following the winter break halfway through the season, Zaza reclaimed his starting position for the remaining half of the season. As his contract with Brøndby expired in June 2006, he made a move to Rot-Weiss Essen of the German secondary 2nd Bundesliga division.

He established himself as the first-choice goalkeeper in the Essen team. Despite battling to avoid relegation in the 2006–07 2. Bundesliga season, Zaza kept a number of clean sheets for Rot-Weiss Essen. The club was relegated at the end of the season, and Zaza moved back to Denmark.

He signed a two-year contract with Danish Superliga club Aalborg Boldspilklub (AaB), replacing AaB's goalkeeping legend Jimmy Nielsen. On 17 September 2008, on matchday 1 of the UEFA Champions League 2008-09 he saved a penalty from Celtic's Barry Robson at Celtic Park and helped secure a 0–0 draw. On 21 March 2010, Zaza played his 100th game for AaB in all competitions.[1]

Zaza ended his career at the Danish 1st Division side Vendsyssel FF, retiring in the Summer of 2014, after a knee injury that prevented him from playing.[2]

International career[edit]

On 4 May 2000, Zaza played his first international match with Morocco in a friendly against Jamaica, with his national team winning by a score of 1–0.

On 28 March 2009, he played his first official match when Morocco lost in Casablanca against Gabon in the third round of 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification (2–1).



F.C. Copenhagen
Brøndby IF
Aalborg BK



  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 17 September 2010. Retrieved 29 March 2010. 
  2. ^ Karim Zaza indstiller karrieren (Karim Zaza set career) bold.dk. 20 May 2014. (in Danish)

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