Amrabat at the 2018 FIFA World Cup
|Full name||Noureddine Amrabat|
|Date of birth||31 March 1987|
|Place of birth||Naarden, Netherlands|
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|HSV De Zuidvogels|
|2014||→ Málaga (loan)||15||(2)|
|2014–2015||→ Málaga (loan)||31||(6)|
|2017–2018||→ Leganés (loan)||27||(1)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 27 April 2018|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20:51, 25 June 2018 (UTC)
Amrabat played for Dutch national youth teams and once was called up for the senior national side. On 1 October 2009, Amrabat announced his decision to play for Morocco, which he represented at two Africa Cup of Nations tournaments and the 2012 Olympics.
Born in Naarden, North Holland, Amrabat was released from Ajax at age 13, having suffered stunted growth due to Osgood Schlatter disease. His father recommended Amrabat play at the amateur level while studying for a different profession. He washed dishes, made desserts and vacuum cleaned his school while playing for SV Huizen in Huizen. At age 17, he planned to study Management, Economics and Law.
After making his study plans, Amrabat was signed by Almere's Omniworld of the Eerste Divisie, contributing 14 goals and as many assists in 36 matches. In 2007, he joined newly promoted Eredivisie club VVV-Venlo, scoring 10 times in 33 matches. One year later, national champions PSV signed him for €2 million, and he represented them in the UEFA Champions League. Amrabat spent three years at the Philips Stadion before moving abroad for the first time, to Turkey's Kayserispor.
On 12 July 2012, Amrabat signed for fellow Turkish club Galatasaray for a fee of €8.6 million on a five-year contract (€600,000 went to PSV; Kayserispor retained 10%, valued at €800,000). Amrabat made his debut on 12 August 2012 in the 2012 Turkish Super Cup against rivals Fenerbahçe, coming on as a substitute in the 70th minute as the match ended 3–2, with Galatasaray winning the title for the 12th time. On 15 September 2012, Galatasaray manager Fatih Terim picked Amrabat for the starting XI for a match against Antalyaspor, and he duly scored his first goal for Galatasaray in the 2012–13 Süper Lig and provided an assist in a 4–0 triumph.
In January 2014, Amrabat joined Málaga on a six-month loan deal. On 10 March, he scored his first goal for the club, in a 2–0 away win against Osasuna, and on 6 April, he converted a penalty in a 4–1 derby victory over Granada. Fifteen days later, having earlier assisted Sergi Darder's goal, he received a straight red card in a 2–0 home win against Villarreal for gesturing that referee Álvarez Izquierdo needed glasses.
In August 2014, Amrabat agreed to extend his stay in Andalusia for the full season. On 30 April of the following year, he was purchased outright for a €3.5 million fee. His permanent spell on the Costa del Sol was less prolific than the temporary one, playing 12 matches without scoring.
On 18 January 2016, Amrabat joined Premier League club Watford for a £6.1 million transfer fee. He made his debut five days later, replacing Troy Deeney at the end of a 2–1 win over Newcastle United at Vicarage Road.
Al Nassr F.C.
Amrabat was expected to take part in the 2008 Olympic football tournament with the Netherlands but he and fellow PSV (and future Moroccan) teammate Ismaïl Aissati both failed to make the final squad.
In November 2011, Amrabat decided to play for Morocco. On 11 November 2011, he made his debut with the Atlas Lions of Morocco against Uganda in a 0–1 loss in the LG Cup. Two days later, he scored his first international goal in a friendly match against Cameroon as the match ended 1–1.
Amrabat was selected to compete at the 2012 Olympics for the Moroccan team, starting all three of their matches in another group stage exit. He also started their first two matches as they fell at the same point in the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.
In May 2018 he was named in Morocco’s 23-man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. Amrabat started all 3 of Morocco's matches as they were eliminated at the Group Stage. The Moroccan coaching team were heavily criticised by FIFA and others after allowing Amrabat to play in Morocco's second group game against Portugal, despite having received a concussion and coming off early in their first game against Iran.
|Málaga||2013–14 (loan)||La Liga||15||2||—||—||—||15||2|
|Leganés (loan)||2017–18||La Liga||30||2||5||1||—||—||35||3|
|Al Nassr||2018–19||Saudi Pro League||0||0||0||0||—||—||0||0|
- Statistics accurate as of match played 25 June 2018.
- Scores and results list Morocco's goal tally first.
|1.||13 November 2011||Stade de Marrakech, Marrakesh, Morocco||Cameroon||1–1||1–1 (2–4 pen.)||2011 LG Cup|
|2.||13 October 2012||Stade de Marrakech, Marrakesh, Morocco||Mozambique||4–0||4–0||2013 Africa Cup of Nations qualification|
|3.||13 November 2014||Stade Adrar, Agadir, Morocco||Benin||1–0||6–1||Friendly|
|4.||5 September 2015||Estádio Nacional 12 de Julho, São Tomé, São Tomé and Principe||São Tomé and Príncipe||1–0||3–0||2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualification|
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