Otman Bakkal

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Otman Bakkal
Otman Bakkal 2012.jpg
With Dynamo Moscow in 2012
Personal information
Date of birth (1985-02-27) 27 February 1985 (age 32)
Place of birth Eindhoven, Netherlands
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Youth career
1996–2003 PSV
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2012 PSV 118 (25)
2004–2005 Den Bosch (loan) 6 (0)
2005–2006 Eindhoven (loan) 33 (8)
2006–2007 Twente (loan) 31 (3)
2011–2012 Feyenoord (loan) 29 (9)
2012–2013 Dynamo Moscow 4 (0)
2013–2014 Feyenoord 8 (0)
Total 229 (45)
National team
2006–2007 Netherlands U21 13 (3)
2009 Netherlands[1] 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 8 May 2014 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 21:22, 11 October 2012 (UTC)

Otman Bakkal (born 27 February 1985) is a Dutch retired international footballer who played as an attacking midfielder.[2]

He began his career at PSV, and was loaned to Den Bosch, Eindhoven, Twente and Feyenoord. After making a permanent move to Dynamo Moscow in the summer of 2012, he returned to Feyenoord one year later.[3]

Playing career[edit]


Bakkal in 2007.

Otman Bakkal made his senior debut for PSV during the 2003–04 season in a 3-0 win over Auxerre. Three days later on 28 March 2004, Bakkal made his league debut and the first senior start of his career in a 3-1 loss against Willem II. He signed a new three-year deal with PSV in May of that year.[4]

Over the next three seasons, Bakkal would not get any playing time at PSV. Instead, he was loaned out to FC Den Bosch, FC Eindhoven and FC Twente.[5][6][7]

Following the 2006-07 season, Bakkal re-joined PSV and saw regular first-team action. In November 2010, Bakkal was bitten in the shoulder by Luis Suárez during a 0-0 draw against Ajax. That incident caused Suárez to be suspended for seven games.[8]

Bakkal at Dynamo Moscow in 2012.

During the 2010-11 season, Bakkal was loaned to Feyenoord, having lost any expectation of regular playing time with PSV.[9] Bakkal displayed impressive form and drew the interest of Premier League side Swansea City.[10] Instead, Bakkal joined Russian club Dynamo Moscow for the 2012–13 season.[11]

A year after leaving Holland for Russia, Bakkal returned to the Eredivisie to sign for former loan club Feyenoord, signing a one-year contract running until 30 June 2014.[12] At the end of the 2013-14 season, Bakkal's contract was subsequently allowed to expire.[13]

In March 2016 Bakkal announced he was not looking for a new club anymore after 2 years in the wilderness.[14]


Bakkal played at the 2007 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship and the 2008 Summer Olympics.[15] He made his debut for the senior national side in 2009, after coming on as a substitute in a friendly match against Paraguay.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Bakkal is of Moroccan descent.[11]


  1. ^ Otman Bakkal at National-Football-Teams.com
  2. ^ "Profile". Soccerway. 
  3. ^ "Profile" (in Dutch). Voetbal International. 
  4. ^ "PSV starlets sign new deals". Sky Sports. 6 May 2004. Retrieved 27 January 2013. 
  5. ^ "Den Bosch land PSV kid". Sky Sports. 17 November 2004. Retrieved 27 January 2013. 
  6. ^ "Eindhoven land trio". Sky Sports. 18 June 2005. Retrieved 27 January 2013. 
  7. ^ "Twente rents Otman Bakkal PSV" [Twente huurt Otman Bakkal van PSV] (in Dutch). FC Twente Official Homepage. 22 June 2006. Retrieved 27 January 2013. 
  8. ^ "Ajax suspend Luis Suárez for biting PSV's Otman Bakkal". The Guardian. 22 November 2010. Retrieved 29 August 2012. 
  9. ^ "Feyenoord strengthened themselves with Otman Bakkal" [Feyenoord versterkt zich met Otman Bakkal] (in Dutch). Feyenoord homepage. 31 August 2011. Retrieved 27 January 2013. 
  10. ^ "Swansea target PSV's Bakkal to replace Anfield-bound Sigurdsson". Daily Mail. 20 June 2012. Retrieved 27 January 2013. 
  11. ^ a b c Luis Mira (11 July 2012). "Official: Dynamo Moscow sign Bakkal from PSV". Goal.com. Retrieved 29 August 2012. 
  12. ^ "OTMAN BAKKAL TERUG BIJ FEYENOORD" (in Dutch). Feyenoord Homepage. 16 September 2013. Retrieved 28 August 2014. 
  13. ^ "Feyenoord zegt contracten van zeven spelers op" [Feyenoord ends contract of seven players]. ad.nl (in Dutch). Algemeen Dagblad. 28 March 2014. Retrieved 28 March 2014. 
  14. ^ Oud-PSV'er Otman Bakkal (31) lijkt in stilte gestopt - Eindhovens Dagblad (Dutch)
  15. ^ Otman BakkalFIFA competition record

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