Amalfitano with West Ham United in July 2015
|Full name||Morgan Amalfitano|
|Date of birth||20 March 1985|
|Place of birth||Nice, France|
|Height||1.76 m (5 ft 9 1⁄2 in)|
|2013–2014||→ West Bromwich Albion (loan)||28||(4)|
|2014–2015||West Ham United||24||(3)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:38, 10 April 2016 (UTC).
Morgan Amalfitano (born 20 March 1985 in Nice) is a French professional footballer who is currently playing for Lille. He plays as a midfielder and has played for Cannes, Sedan, Lorient, Marseille, West Bromwich Albion and West Ham United. Amalfitano has earned one cap for the France national team, representing his country in a friendly in February 2012.
His main position is as a wide midfielder but he can also operate as an attacking or central midfielder. His younger brother Romain also plays professional football.
Amalfitano made his professional debut with CS Sedan Ardennes in a 1–1 draw against Marseille on 6 August 2006 under coach Serge Romano. He went on to play 30 games that season, starting in 28 of them. However, Sedan finished 19th and they were relegated to Ligue 2. The next season, Sedan managed to finish fourth failing to regain promotion under coach Jose Pasqualetti.
In the summer of 2008, Amalfitano moved to Ligue 1 side Lorient. He scored his first goal for Lorient, and his first professional goal, on 15 November 2008, scoring his side's first goal as they came from 2–0 down to defeat Marseille 2–3. On 23 December 2009, Amalfitano scored two goals as Lorient twice came from a goal behind to defeat Valenciennes 3–2.
On 28 March 2010, Amalfitano provided an assist and scored a goal as Lorient completed a 4–0 rout over Saint-Étienne. On 5 May, Amalfitano had a hand in both goals as Lorient drew 2–2 with Monaco, scoring his side's first equalizer before setting up Kévin Gameiro for a late equalizer that secured a point for the club. On 6 November 2010, Amalfitano provided assists for both of Gameiro's goals as Lorient defeat Saint-Étienne by a score of 2–1. In three seasons with the club, Amalfitano played 121 matches and scored 15 goals in all competitions.
In July 2011, Amalfitano joined Marseille on a free transfer, signing a contract until 2015. He made his debut for the club in the Trophée des Champions against Lille in a 5–4 win on 27 July, coming on as a substitute and later hitting the woodwork with his first show for the club. His competitive debut for the club came on 6 August in the first round of the new Ligue 1 season, he was substituted in the 66th minute for Mathieu Valbuena as Marseille had to settle for a 2–2 draw at home to Sochaux. He made his Champions League debut in a 1–0 win against Olympiacos on 13 September 2011. He scored his first goal for the club on 27 November 2011 in a 3–0 home victory against Paris Saint-Germain, as well as providing the assist for Jordan Ayew's goal that sealed the emphatic win. On 6 December 2011, in the final match of the group stage of the Champions League, Amalfitano provided assists for Loïc Rémy and André Ayew as a late Valbuena strike earned Marseille a 3–2 victory over Borussia Dortmund and a place in the knockout phase.
Amalfitano played the full 120 minutes on 14 April 2012 as Marseille defeated Lyon 1–0, thanks to a late Brandão strike, to win the Coupe de la Ligue trophy. Amalfitano finished the season with 49 appearances for the club, but the up-and-down campaign which ended with the club missing out on the Champions League resulted in Amalfitano asking for a transfer request.
West Bromwich Albion (loan)
On 1 September 2013, it was confirmed that Amalfitano had signed for West Bromwich Albion on a season-long loan deal with a view to a permanent transfer. He scored his first goal for West Brom against Sunderland on 21 September 2013 in a 3–0 win. He scored his second league goal the following weekend, taking the ball from midfield and then knocking it through Rio Ferdinand's legs, Amalfitano then nonchalantly dinked the ball over David de Gea, helping West Brom to a 2–1 victory over Manchester United at Old Trafford, their first win at Old Trafford in 34 years.
After a positive start to life at The Hawthorns, his form declined up until the run-in in which he scored an audacious lob from 35 yards in the thrilling 3–3 draw against fellow relegations rivals Cardiff City on 29 March 2014. He followed that strike up the following week with the solitary goal in West Brom's away win over Norwich City. Upon finishing his loan at West Brom, he returned to Marseille in July 2014.
West Ham United
On 1 September 2014, Amalfitano signed for West Ham United on a one-year deal for an undisclosed fee. He made his West Ham debut two weeks later against Hull City on 15 September, replacing Diafra Sakho in the second half of the 2–2 draw.
On 20 September 2014, Amalfitano made his home debut for the Hammers, coming on in the second half and scoring his first goal for West Ham, against Liverpool, to complete a 3–1 victory and secure the club's first home win of the season. Amalfitano's second goal for the club came on 25 October at home to Manchester City when he netted the opener in a 2–1 victory over the reigning champions.
Amalfitano replaced Kevin Nolan after 60 minutes of West Ham's FA Cup fifth round game at West Brom; ten minutes later he was booked for a heavy challenge. He then put his hand in an opponents face resulting in the referee issuing the red card in an eventual 4–0 defeat. In March 2015, Amalfitano signed a new, two-year contract with West Ham which would keep him at the club until the end of the 2016–17 season. In August 2015, Amalfitano was disciplined for a breach of club rules by new manager Slaven Bilić. Amalfitano was banned from the first-team squad and ordered to train with the under-21 team. On 6 October 2015, Amalfitano left West Ham by mutual consent.
Amalfitano made his debut in a 2–1 victory for France in a friendly against neighbors Germany on 29 February 2012. He replaced his then Marseille teammate Mathieu Valbuena after 67 minutes and provided the cross from which Florent Malouda scored their second goal of the game.
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|West Ham United|
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- Includes other competitive competitions, including the Trophée des champions, UEFA Super Cup, Intercontinental Cup, FIFA Club World Cup
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