Nacer Chadli

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Nacer Chadli
Nacer Chadli 2018 (cropped).jpg
Chadli with Belgium at the 2018 World Cup
Personal information
Full name Nacer Chadli[1]
Date of birth (1989-08-02) 2 August 1989 (age 29)[2]
Place of birth Liège, Belgium
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)[3]
Playing position Attacking midfielder / Winger
Club information
Current team
Monaco
Number 20
Youth career
1994–1998 JS Thier-à-Liège
1998–2005 Standard Liège
2005–2007 MVV Maastricht
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2010 AGOVV Apeldoorn 90 (28)
2010–2013 Twente 84 (25)
2013–2016 Tottenham Hotspur 88 (15)
2016–2018 West Bromwich Albion 36 (6)
2018– Monaco 1 (0)
National team
2010 Morocco 1 (0)
2011– Belgium 51 (6)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23:34 15 September 2018 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15:54, 14 July 2018 (UTC)

Nacer Chadli (French pronunciation: ​[nɑsɛʁ ʃadli]; born 2 August 1989) is a Belgian professional footballer who plays as a winger for Ligue 1 side Monaco and the Belgium national team.

He began his career in the Eerste Divisie with AGOVV Apeldoorn, and in 2010, he was transferred to top-flight FC Twente, where he won the KNVB Cup in his first season. In 2013, Chadli joined Tottenham Hotspur, and three years later he signed for West Bromwich Albion for a club record £13 million.

Chadli played internationally for Morocco in 2010 as his father is of Moroccan descent,[4][5] but switched allegiance to Belgium the following year. He has earned over 40 caps for Belgium and represented the nation at the FIFA World Cup in 2014 and 2018.

Club career[edit]

Apeldoorn[edit]

Chadli played his youth football at JS Thier-à-Liège, Standard Liège and MVV Maastricht. In the summer of 2007, he was contracted by Dutch second division club AGOVV Apeldoorn, who scouted him at MVV's youth academy. Here he was considered an emerging talent. While Chadli was being tested by AGOVV, he went under the alias "Kaliffe", because technical manager Ted van Leeuwen was afraid other clubs would show their interest.[6] Chadli scored his first goal in professional football for AGOVV in a match against FC Volendam.

Twente[edit]

Chadli playing for Twente in 2011

In the summer of 2010, Chadli signed with FC Twente, and in the ensuing season became a first team player for the then reigning Eredivisie champions.[7] His first Eredivisie goal was the winning one away at title rivals PSV.[8] He made his European and Champions League debut in a 2–2 home draw against Internazionale on 14 September in the competition's group stage.[9] On 29 September, he scored his first Champions League goal away at Tottenham Hotspur (4–1),[10] and on 2 November scored his second at Werder Bremen in a 0–2 away victory.[11] He later scored again in the Champions League against Tottenham from a free-kick on 7 December, the goal securing a draw for Twente at home, 3–3.

Tottenham Hotspur[edit]

Chadli playing for Tottenham Hotspur in 2013

On 21 July 2013, Tottenham Hotspur agreed a deal with Twente to sign Chadli for a transfer fee of £7 million.[12] The club confirmed that subject to agreement of personal terms and a medical, Chadli would join the Spurs squad for pre-season training in Hong Kong.[13] On 23 July, the club confirmed that Chadli had joined the squad which was participating in training sessions prior to the club taking part in the 2013 Premier League Asia Trophy.[14] Chadli finally agreed terms on 26 July and became an official Tottenham player, later making his Spurs debut in a 5–2 friendly defeat to AS Monaco on 3 August.[15] He made his Premier League debut on 18 August, the first match of the 2013–14 season, against Crystal Palace in a 1–0 win,[16] then scored his first Premier League goal on 12 February 2014, a 0–4 win away to Newcastle United.[17]

On 24 August 2014, the second matchday of the 2014–15 season, Chadli scored twice as Tottenham defeated Queens Park Rangers 4–0 at home.[18] This was the start of a run of good form for Chadli, who went on to score several goals, including one against Tottenham's North London rivals Arsenal. The run of form, however, was cut short by injury, and before he could return to form, tragedy struck his family after his father died.[19] Chadli slowly returned to form, scoring two goals in two matches against Newcastle United and Southampton, respectively, in late April to take his season total to 12, ten in the Premier League. Chadli increased his tally to 11 Premier League goals by rounding the goalkeeper in a 2–0 victory against Hull City on 16 May 2015.

West Bromwich Albion[edit]

On 29 August 2016, West Bromwich Albion agreed a deal with Tottenham Hotspur to sign Chadli for a club-record transfer fee of £13 million.[20] He made his debut in a 1–0 defeat to Bournemouth.[21] Chadli scored twice and got two assists on his home debut, only his second league appearance for the club which ended as a 4–2 win over West Ham United.[22]

In 2017–18, Chadli was troubled by recurring thigh injuries and made only three appearances by the end of April in a West Bromwich Albion side that was eventually relegated.[23] Totalling five appearances, he scored once, a free kick in a 1–1 draw at Leicester City on 16 October 2017.[24]

AS Monaco[edit]

On 30 August 2018, Monaco announced the signing of Chadli on a three-year deal.[25]

International career[edit]

Chadli lining up for Belgium

A dual citizen of Belgium and Morocco, Chadli was thus able to represent either nation. He made his debut for Morocco side on 17 November 2010, in a 1–1 friendly draw against Northern Ireland at Windsor Park,[26] and was named man of the match.[27] On 28 January 2011, however, he announced his intention to represent Belgium at the international level, which was permitted because he had not yet played in a competitive match for Morocco. He made his debut for the Belgian squad for a 9 February friendly match against Finland.[28]

Chadli has played as a striker for the Belgian national team,[29] scoring his first international goal in a UEFA Euro 2012 qualifier against Azerbaijan in the King Baudouin Stadium in Brussels on 29 March 2011.

On 26 May 2014, Chadli scored what would have been his third international goal in a pre-2014 World Cup friendly against Luxembourg. The match, however, was later recognised invalid as coach Marc Wilmots had made seven substitutions instead of the permitted six.[30]

On 13 May 2014, Chadli was named to Belgium's squad for the 2014 World Cup.[31] He started in midfield but was substituted at half time for Dries Mertens in the team's first game of the tournament, a 2–1 win over Algeria in Belo Horizonte.[32]

In May 2018 he was named to Belgium’s preliminary squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.[33]

On 2 July 2018, Chadli came off the bench to score the winning goal in injury time to lift Belgium to a 3–2 victory over Japan in the round of 16 of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.[34] The goal is chosen by the BBC panel as goal of the tournament in the 2018 World Cup.[35]

Style of play[edit]

Chadli is a versatile midfielder who can play as an attacking midfielder, in a number 10 role, or as a winger on either flank. He is comfortable on both feet and has a good shot at his disposal.[36]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of the end of the 2017–18 season[37]
Club Season League Cup[nb 1] League Cup[nb 2] Europe[nb 3] Other[nb 4] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
AGOVV Apeldoorn 2007–08 Eerste Divisie 19 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 19 2
2008–09 34 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 34 9
2009–10 37 17 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 40 18
Total 90 28 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 93 29
FC Twente 2010–11 Eredivisie 33 7 6 3 0 0 11 3 0 0 50 13
2011–12 25 6 2 1 0 0 8 2 0 0 35 9
2012–13 26 12 2 0 0 0 10 6 0 0 38 18
Total 84 25 10 4 0 0 29 11 0 0 123 40
Tottenham Hotspur 2013–14 Premier League 24 1 1 0 3 1 6 3 0 0 34 5
2014–15 35 11 2 1 3 1 5 0 0 0 45 13
2015–16 29 3 4 3 1 0 6 1 0 0 40 7
Total 88 15 7 4 7 2 17 4 0 0 119 25
West Bromwich Albion 2016–17 Premier League 31 5 1 0 0 0 32 5
2017–18 Premier League 4 1 0 0 1 0 5 1
Career total 300 72 19 9 8 2 46 15 2 0 371 98
Notes
  1. ^ Includes FA Cup and KNVB Cup.
  2. ^ Includes Football League Cup.
  3. ^ Includes UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League.
  4. ^ Includes play-off games.

International[edit]

As of 14 July 2018[38]
Belgium
Year Apps Goals
2011 6 1
2012 5 1
2013 7 0
2014 10 2
2015 3 0
2016 2 0
2017 9 1
2018 9 1
Total 54 6

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Belgium's goal tally first.
International goals
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 29 March 2011 King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels, Belgium  Azerbaijan
3–1
4–1
UEFA Euro 2012 qualification
2. 29 February 2012 Pankritio Stadium, Heraklion, Greece  Greece
1–1
1–1
Friendly
3. 26 May 2014 Cristal Arena, Genk, Belgium  Luxembourg
4–1
5–1
Friendly
4. 10 October 2014 King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels, Belgium  Andorra
3–0
6–0
UEFA Euro 2016 qualification
5. 9 June 2017 A. Le Coq Arena, Tallinn, Estonia  Estonia
2–0
2–0
2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
6. 2 July 2018 Rostov Arena, Rostov-on-Don, Russia  Japan
3–2
3–2
2018 FIFA World Cup
Correct as of 14 July 2018

Honours[edit]

Twente

Belgium

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "2018 FIFA World Cup Russia: List of players: Belgium" (PDF). FIFA. 10 June 2018. p. 3. Retrieved 11 June 2018. 
  3. ^ "premierleague.com- Nacer Chadli". Premier League. 2016. Archived from the original on 8 March 2016. Retrieved 7 March 2016. 
  4. ^ "World Cup: Moroccan-Belgians Fellaini and Chadli Take Belgium to Quarterfinals". Morocco World News. 3 July 2018. Retrieved 15 July 2018. 
  5. ^ Mulvenney, Nick. "'Winners' Fellaini, Chadli keep African interest alive". U.S. Retrieved 15 July 2018. 
  6. ^ Nacer Chadli profile at Atlas-Lions Archived 18 July 2011 at Archive.is (Dutch)
  7. ^ "FC Twente swoop for Rosales and Chadli – Soccer News". soccernews.com. 
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 23 August 2010. Retrieved 15 July 2013. 
  9. ^ "FC Twente 2 Inter Milan 2: match report". The Daily Telegraph. London. 14 September 2010. 
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  11. ^ "Werder Bremen vs. FC Twente – Football Match Report – November 2, 2010 – ESPN". ESPNFC.com. 
  12. ^ Chadli Deal Agreed, Tottenham Hotspur F.C., 21 July 2013 
  13. ^ "Chadli deal agreed". THFC. Retrieved 25 July 2013. 
  14. ^ "Spurs in HK – Nacer trains with the squad". THFC. Retrieved 25 July 2013. 
  15. ^ On 25 September, he scored his first goal for Tottenham in a 4–0 League Cup victory over Aston Villa Chadli Deal Agreed, Tottenham Hotspur F.C., 26 July 2013 
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  20. ^ "West Bromwich Albion confirm signing of Belgium international Nacer Chadli from Tottenham Hotspur". West Bromwich Albion F.C. 29 August 2016. Retrieved 29 August 2016. 
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  22. ^ "Nicer Chadli's double helps West Brom romp to 4–2 win over West Ham". The Guardian. 17 September 2016. Retrieved 17 September 2016. 
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  24. ^ Johnston, Neil (16 October 2017). "Leicester City 1–1 West Bromwich Albion". BBC Sport. Retrieved 18 June 2018. 
  25. ^ "Nacer Chadli to AS Monaco". Monaco. 30 August 2018. Retrieved 30 August 2018. 
  26. ^ "Northern Ireland 1–1 Morocco". BBC Sport. 17 November 2010. Retrieved 4 June 2014. 
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  28. ^ "Chadli kiest voor België". De Telegraaf (in Dutch). 28 January 2010. Retrieved 29 January 2010. 
  29. ^ "Nacer Chadli completes Tottenham switch after passing medical and agreeing terms". Sky Sports. 26 July 2013. Retrieved 26 July 2013. 
  30. ^ "Adnan Januzaj's Belgium debut wiped from record books". BBC Sport. 4 June 2014. Retrieved 4 June 2014. 
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