Mohamed Elyounoussi

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Mohamed Elyounoussi
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Personal information
Full name Mohamed Elyounoussi[1]
Date of birth (1994-08-04) 4 August 1994 (age 24)
Place of birth Al Hoceima, Morocco
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Forward / Winger
Club information
Current team
Southampton
Number 11
Youth career
Sarpsborg FK
Sarpsborg 08
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2014 Sarpsborg 08 64 (15)
2014–2016 Molde 70 (30)
2016–2018 Basel 66 (22)
2018– Southampton 5 (0)
National team
2011 Norway U17 4 (0)
2012 Norway U18 4 (0)
2012 Norway U19 1 (0)
2013–2016 Norway U21 19 (5)
2014– Norway 20 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13 October 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 16 October 2018

Mohamed "Moi" Elyounoussi (born 4 August 1994) is a professional footballer who plays as a forward or winger for English club Southampton. He represents Norway at senior international level.

Early life[edit]

Elyounoussi was born in Al Hoceima, Morocco. He grew up in Sarpsborg, Norway, where he also started his football career.

Club career[edit]

Sarpsborg 08, Molde[edit]

He made his debut in Tippeligaen when he came on as a sub in Sarpsborg 08's match against Odd Grenland on 8 May 2011.

On 15 March 2014, Elyounoussi moved to fellow Tippeligaen side Molde FK.[2] During his first season with Molde FK he played in every league match and was the club's top scorer with 13 goals.[3]

Basel[edit]

On 6 July 2016, Elyounoussi moved to Swiss Super League side FC Basel on a four-year contract.[4] He made his first team league debut on 24 July in the 3–0 home win against Sion.[5] He scored his first goal for his new club just one week later on 31 July during the away game against Vaduz. It was the third Basler goal of the game and they won 5–1.[6] Elyounoussi scored a hat trick for Basel on 4 February 2017 during the home game against Lugano. These were the first three goals and were scored during the first 36 minutes of the game that Basel won 4–0.[7] Under trainer Urs Fischer, Elyounoussi won the Swiss Super League championship at the end of the 2016–17 season. For the club this was the eighth title in a row and their 20th championship title in total.[8] They also won the Swiss Cup for the twelfth time, which meant they had won the double for the sixth time in the club's history.[9]

Southampton[edit]

On 29 June 2018, Elyounoussi was signed by Southampton for a reported fee of £16 million,[10] signing a five-year contract.[11]

International career[edit]

In June 2011, Elyounoussi was called up for the Norway U-17 team.[12]

In November 2013, he was called up to the senior Norwegian national team for their January 2014 international matches in Abu Dhabi.[13] He made his debut there against Poland on 18 January 2014, replacing Erik Huseklepp in the 33rd minute of a 3–0 defeat.[14] He scored his first goal for Norway on 13 June 2017 against Sweden.

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Norway's goal tally first.[15]
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 13 June 2017 Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo  Sweden 1–0 1–1 Friendly
2. 5 October 2017 San Marino Stadium, Serravalle  San Marino 4–0 8–0 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
3. 5–0
4. 7–0
5. 16 October 2018 Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo  Bulgaria 1–0 1–0 2018–19 UEFA Nations League C

Personal life[edit]

Elyounoussi is of Moroccan descent, his family immigrated to Norway when he was a child. He was thus eligible to play for the Moroccan national football team but opted for Norway. He is the cousin of Tarik Elyounoussi, who is also a Norwegian international footballer.[16] Elyounoussi’s father owns a pizza parlor in Norway.[17]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 7 October 2018[18][19]
Club Season Division League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Sarpsborg 08 2011 Tippeligaen 9 0 1 0 10 0
2012 Adeccoligaen 26 9 3 1 29 10
2013 Tippeligaen 29 6 1 0 30 6
Total 64 15 5 1 0 0 69 16
Molde 2014 Tippeligaen 30 13 4 4 3 0 37 17
2015 28 12 1 0 12 7 41 19
2016 12 5 1 1 2 0 15 6
Total 70 30 6 5 17 7 93 42
Basel 2016–17 Swiss Super League 32 10 4 0 3 0 39 10
2017–18 34 12 3 0 8 2 45 14
Total 66 22 7 0 11 2 84 24
Southampton 2018–19[20] Premier League 5 0 1[a] 0 6 0
Total 5 0 1 0 0 0 6 0
Career total 195 65 19 6 28 9 242 80
  1. ^ Appearance in the EFL Cup

International[edit]

As of 16 October 2018[21]
National team Year Apps Goals
Norway
2014 2 0
2015 3 0
2016 0 0
2017 9 4
2018 6 1
Total 20 5

Honours[edit]

Molde

Basel

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2018/19 Premier League squads confirmed". Premier League. 3 September 2018. Retrieved 4 September 2018.
  2. ^ "Selger Elyounoussi til tippeligarival". Nettavisen (in Norwegian). 15 March 2014. Retrieved 14 April 2014.
  3. ^ "Toppscorern". Molde FK (in Norwegian). 9 December 2014. Archived from the original on 22 January 2015. Retrieved 20 January 2015.
  4. ^ "Mohamed Elyounoussi wechselt zum FCB". fcb.ch (in German). FC Basel. 6 July 2016. Retrieved 6 July 2016.
  5. ^ Marti, Caspar (2016). "3:0 gegen Sion – Der FCB war beim Auftact parat". FC Basel 1893. Retrieved 2016-07-24.
  6. ^ Marti, Caspar (2016). "Klarer Sieg beim FC Vaduz". FC Basel 1893. Retrieved 2016-07-31.
  7. ^ Marti, Caspar (2017). "Elyounoussi hattrick beim 4:0 gegen Lugano". FC Basel 1893. Retrieved 2017-02-04.
  8. ^ Marti, Casper (2017). "Der Saisonabschluss im Zeitraffer". FC Basel 1893. Retrieved 2017-06-02.
  9. ^ "Swiss football: FC Basel wins 3-0 over Sion in Geneva; police extra vigilant after game". allaboutgeneva.com. 25 May 2017.
  10. ^ "Mohamed Elyounoussi signs for Southampton from Basel for reported £16m". BBC Sport. 29 June 2018. Retrieved 29 June 2018.
  11. ^ "Saints sign Elyounoussi". Southampton FC. 29 June 2018. Retrieved 29 June 2018.
  12. ^ "Mohamed Elyounoussi på G17-landslaget". sa.no (in Norwegian). Sarpsborg Arbeiderblad. 28 June 2011. Retrieved 13 February 2012.
  13. ^ "HERRELANDSLAGETS TROPP TIL JANUAR-KAMPER" (in Norwegian). fotball.no. Archived from the original on 6 December 2013. Retrieved 14 April 2014.
  14. ^ "18.01.2014 Norway v Poland". eu-football.info. Retrieved 14 April 2014.
  15. ^ "M. Elyounoussi". Soccerway. Retrieved 14 June 2017.
  16. ^ "Tarik Elyounoussi håper han møter fetteren Mohamed (16) til duell". tv2.no (in Norwegian). TV 2. 11 June 2011. Retrieved 13 February 2012.
  17. ^ Heneage, Kristan (24 March 2016). "Mohamed Elyounoussi: The pizza-loving forward Leicester are eyeing as Mahrez's replacement". FourFourTwo. Retrieved 17 June 2016.
  18. ^ "Mohamed Elyounoussi". nifs.no (in Norwegian). A-pressen. Retrieved 10 December 2016.
  19. ^ Mohamed Elyounoussi at Soccerway. Retrieved 12 August 2018.
  20. ^ "Games played by Mohamed Elyounoussi in 2018/2019". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 30 August 2018.
  21. ^ "Mohamed Elyounoussi". eu-football.info (in Norwegian). EU Football. Retrieved 11 September 2018.
  22. ^ "Swiss football: FC Basel wins 3-0 over Sion in Geneva; police extra vigilant after game". allaboutgeneva.com. 25 May 2017.

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