Mbark Boussoufa

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Mbark Boussoufa
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Boussoufa with Lokomotiv Moscow in 2014
Personal information
Full name Moubarak Boussoufa
Date of birth (1984-08-15) 15 August 1984 (age 32)
Place of birth Amsterdam, Netherlands
Height 1.67 m (5 ft 5 12 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder, Left winger
Club information
Current team
Al Jazira
Number 10
Youth career
1994–1995 Middenmeer
1995–1996 Fortius
1996–2001 Ajax
2001–2004 Chelsea
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2006 Gent 59 (14)
2006–2011 Anderlecht 148 (48)
2011–2013 Anzhi Makhachkala 68 (11)
2013–2016 Lokomotiv Moscow 39 (3)
2016 Gent (loan) 11 (2)
2016– Al Jazira 14 (3)
National team
2006– Morocco 47 (6)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 4 March 2016.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 6 March 2012

Moubarak "Mbark" Boussoufa (Arabic: مُبارك بوصوفا‎‎, born 15 August 1984) is a Moroccan footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder for Emirati club Al Jazira and the Moroccan national team. He won the Belgian Golden Shoe for the second time in 2010.[1]

Early career[edit]

Mbark started off at the youth academy of Ajax Amsterdam before joining Chelsea F.C. He spent the 2005/06 season with K.A.A. Gent, winning several prizes in 2006: Belgian Golden Shoe, Belgian Footballer of the Year, Belgian Young Footballer of the Year and Belgian Ebony Shoe. He is the second player from a North African country to win the Ebony Shoe, after Mido.

Club career[edit]

Moubarak Boussoufa with Lokomotiv Moscow.

In June 2006, Boussoufa signed a 4-year contract with R.S.C. Anderlecht after a €3.5 million transfer.[2] In his first season he was a regular in the title-clinching squad. He became a key player for the team that finished second in both the 2007–2008 and the 2008–2009 seasons. Boussoufa was named Belgian Footballer of the Year for a second time after the 2008–2009 season in which Anderlecht barely missed out on the title, losing the Championship play-off against Standard de Liège. The next year, he managed 14 goals and 24 assists which made him the most valuable player in Anderlecht's championship-winning squad. He was named Belgian Footballer of the Year for a second consecutive time and the third time overall. After the season, he renewed his contract with a significant raise, making him the best paid footballer in Belgium.[3] He won the Belgian Golden Shoe for the second time in 2010.[1]

On 7 March 2011, Russian side FC Terek Grozny announced his signing,[4] but his transfer fell through three days later. According to Terek's VP Khaidar Alkhanov, Boussoufa requested unacceptable conditions in his personal contract, even though Anderlecht had agreed to sell him.[5] In the late evening of 10 March, it was announced that the transfer to Terek Grozny had collapsed and that Boussoufa had signed for another Russian team, Anzhi Makhachkala.[6]

On 16 August 2013 he signed a 3-year contract with FC Lokomotiv Moscow.[7]

On 1 February 2016 he returned to K.A.A. Gent on loan from Lokomotiv Moscow.[8]

On 28 July 2016 he signed a 2-year contract with Al Jazira.[9]

International career[edit]

Boussoufa has a Dutch passport and as such would have been eligible to play for the Dutch national team if selected, but chose Morocco and played his first match for the Moroccan national team against the USA on 23 May 2006.

Boussoufa has represented Morocco at Africa Cup of Nations tournaments; in 2012 & 2017.

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 27 February 2017
Club Season Domestic League Domestic Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Assist Apps Goals Assist Apps Goals Assist Apps Goals Assist
KAA Gent 2004–05 29 5 2 3 0 0 - - - 32 5 2
2005–06 28 9 16 4 1 1 6 1 0 38 11 17
2006–07 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 4 0 0
Total 59 14 18 7 1 1 8 1 0 74 16 19
Anderlecht 2006–07 32 8 11 7 2 0 6 0 2 45 10 13
2007–08 22 5 7 7 3 2 6 0 0 35 8 9
2008–09 35 11 14 2 0 0 2 0 1 39 11 15
2009–10 36 14 24 4 1 2 13 3 3 53 18 29
2010–11 23 10 14 3 0 3 9 1 4 35 11 21
Total 148 48 70 23 6 7 36 4 10 207 58 87
Anzhi 2011–12 38 7 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 39 7 6
2012–13 26 4 8 4 0 1 14 2 7 44 6 16
2013–14 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0
Total 68 11 14 5 0 1 14 2 7 87 13 22
Lokomotiv Moscow 2013–14 21 2 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 21 2 5
2014–15 17 1 4 3 3 1 0 0 0 20 4 5
2015–16 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
Total 39 3 9 3 3 1 0 0 0 42 6 10
KAA Gent 2015–16 11 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 2 1
Total 11 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 2 1
Club Season League UAE Cup Asia Total
Apps Goals Assist Apps Goals Assist Apps Goals Assist Apps Goals Assist
Al Jazira 2016–17 14 3 7 5 3 2 2 0 0 21 6 9
Total 14 3 7 5 3 2 2 0 0 21 6 9
Career total 339 81 119 43 13 12 60 7 17 442 101 148

International[edit]

As of 30 January 2017
National team Year Apps Goals Assists
Morocco 2006 5 1 0
2007 2 0 0
2008 3 0 1
2009 5 0 1
2010 3 0 0
2011 7 3 1
2012 5 1 0
2013 0 0 0
2014 5 1 2
2015 1 0 0
2016 6 0 0
2017 5 0 0
Total 47 6 5

International goals[edit]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

R.S.C. Anderlecht

Belgian First Division

Belgian Cup

Belgian Supercup

Lokomotiv Moscow

Russian Cup

Anzhi Makhachkala

Russian Cup

Individual[edit]

2006, 2010
2005/06, 2008/09, 2009/10
2005/06, 2008/09, 2009/10
2005/06
2008/09: 11 goals
2009/10: 24 assists

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Mbark Boussoufa wins Golden Shoe 2010" (Dutch), Sporza, 19 January 2011
  2. ^ "Boussoufa finalises switch to Anderlecht" by Fahd Chafik, Morocco Times, 7 June 2006, retrieved 11 June 2006
  3. ^ "Boussoufa: Did Herman drink too much champagne?" (Dutch), Sporza, 27 April 2010
  4. ^ Мбарк Буссуфа перешел в "Терек". (in Russian). FC Terek Grozny. Retrieved 2011-03-07. 
  5. ^ Трансфер Буссуфы в "Терек" сорвался из-за непомерных требований футболиста (in Russian). Sport Express. Retrieved 2011-03-10. 
  6. ^ "Boussoufa moves to Anzhi, not to Grozny" (in Dutch). sporza.be. Retrieved 2011-03-10. 
  7. ^ "Mbark Boussoufa in Loko!" (in Russian). fclm.ru. Retrieved 2013-08-16. 
  8. ^ "Welcome back Mbark!" (in Dutch). K.A.A. Gent. 2 February 2016. 
  9. ^ Ten Cate krijgt bij Al-Jazira beschikking over Boussoufa - Voetbal International (Dutch)

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