Rachid Bouaouzan

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Rachid Bouaouzan
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Personal information
Full name Rachid Bouaouzan
Date of birth (1984-02-20) 20 February 1984 (age 33)
Place of birth Rotterdam, Netherlands
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Winger
Youth career
Sparta Rotterdam
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2007 Sparta 71 (4)
2007–2010 Wigan Athletic 0 (0)
2008–2009 N.E.C. (loan) 24 (1)
2010 Helsingborg (loan) 5 (0)
2010–2013 Helsingborg 52 (4)
Total 152 (9)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23 December 2013.

Rachid Bouaouzan (Dutch pronunciation: [rɑˈʃit buɑˈuzɑn]; born 20 February 1984) is a Dutch-Moroccan retired footballer.

Club career[edit]

Sparta and The Kokmeijer case[edit]

Bouaouzan was born in Rotterdam and made his debut in professional football, being part of the Sparta Rotterdam squad in the 2003–04 season. He played for his local club for 4 seasons.

In his second season, while playing in the Eerste Divisie, Bouaouzan reached the Dutch news headlines due to a heavy foul on Niels Kokmeijer, his opponent playing for Go Ahead Eagles on December 17, 2004.[1] Kokmeijer's leg was broken badly and he was subsequently forced to retire from professional football. Sparta Rotterdam suspended Bouaouzan for the rest of the season,[2] which was more than the 10 match ban the KNVB awarded him. Besides that he was taken to court by the Dutch government for battery, a unique moment in Dutch football history. Bouaouzan was sentenced to a conditional six months in jail.[3] In April 2008 the highest Dutch court confirmed this.

At the end of the season Sparta Rotterdam qualified for the play-offs where Bouaouzan returned on the pitch. In the last and final play-off match Bouaouzan scored Sparta's winning goal over Helmond Sport, thus securing them a spot in the Eredivisie for 2005–06.

Wigan Athletic[edit]

Rachid signed a three-year contract with Wigan Athletic in August 2007.[4] The transfer fee was rumoured to be in the region of £300,000. He made his first and only appearance for the club when he came on as a substitute in a League Cup tie with Notts County on 26 August 2008.[5] His contract with the club expired on 30 June 2010.[6]

N.E.C. and Helsingborgs IF loan[edit]

Because Bouaouzan was not able to get into the Wigan squad during the 2007/08 season, he went on a one-year loan deal to the Dutch Eredivisie side NEC Nijmegen[7] during the 2008/09 season to gain first team experience. In Nijmegen he was first choice for manager Mario Been and was able to play in Nijmegen's UEFA Cup campaign. During the season he was banned to the reserve squad three times for disciplinary reasons and motivational problems. In April 2009, after another incident, he was sent back to Wigan.[8] He failed to play a single game on his return to Wigan, and so on 1 April 2010 Bouaouzan joined Swedish club Helsingborgs IF on loan for three months.[6]

Helsingborgs IF[edit]

On 23 September 2010, he rejoined Helsingborgs IF, initially signing a short term deal with the club.[9] He was dismissed by the club in October 2013 after another act of indiscipline.[10]

International career[edit]

Bouaouzan joined the Moroccan national team in their preparation on October 2006 in Netherlands. He has played for the Dutch U21-team, but remains eligible to play for both senior national teams.


  1. ^ Foul Niels Kokmeijer – Youtube
  2. ^ Kokmeijer 'Daad Bouaouzan was aanslag' - Rijnmond (in Dutch)
  3. ^ Rechter veroordeelt Sparta-voetballer Rachid Bouaouzan voor zware mishandeling Niels Kokmeijer - Juridisch Dagblad (in Dutch)
  4. ^ Wigan Athletic wint strijd om Bouaouzan - Voetbal International (in Dutch)
  5. ^ "Wigan 4–0 Notts County". BBC Sports. 2008-08-26. 
  6. ^ a b "SWEDE GOODBYE". 
  7. ^ Rachid Bouaouzan wil verrassen met N.E.C. - NEC (in Dutch)
  8. ^ Been stuurt Bouaouzan weg bij NEC - NU (in Dutch)
  9. ^ "Rachid spelklar till AIK" (in Swedish). 23 September 2010. Retrieved 3 October 2010. 
  10. ^ Bouaouzan weggestuurd bij Helsingborgs IF - AD (in Dutch)

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