Romain Saïss

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Romain Saïss
Romain Saïss (cropped).jpg
Saïss with Morocco at the 2018 FIFA World Cup
Personal information
Full name Romain Ghanem Paul Saïss[1]
Date of birth (1990-03-26) 26 March 1990 (age 29)
Place of birth Bourg-de-Péage, France
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)[2]
Playing position Defender, midfielder
Club information
Current team
Wolverhampton Wanderers
Number 27
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2011 Valence 13 (4)
2011–2013 Clermont 48 (1)
2013–2015 Le Havre 61 (3)
2015–2016 Angers 35 (2)
2016– Wolverhampton Wanderers 85 (6)
National team
2012– Morocco 37 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15:48, 12 July 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15:49, 12 July 2019 (UTC)

Romain Ghanem Paul Saïss (born 26 March 1990) is a Moroccan professional footballer who plays for Premier League club Wolverhampton Wanderers and the Morocco national team as a defender or a midfielder.

Romain Saiss joined Wolves from French Ligue One side Angers in August 2016. The midfielder put pen to paper on a four-year deal after joining for an undisclosed fee. Saïss made 35 appearances for Angers in 2015/16, helping the club to a ninth place Ligue 1 finish. Prior to his time with Angers, he had spells with Le Havre, Clermont and Valence. The midfielder has also featured at international level for Morocco, including at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia (against Iran and Spain).[3]

Club career[edit]

On 3 July 2015, Saïss left Le Havre and joined Ligue 1 side Angers on a two-year contract.[4]

On 30 August 2016, he moved to England, joining Championship club Wolverhampton Wanderers for an undisclosed fee on a four-year deal.[5] He made his debut on 17 September 2016 in a 2–0 win at Newcastle.[6] He scored his first goal for the club on 30 September 2017 in a 4–0 win against Burton Albion.[7]

Following Wolves's promotion to the Premier League in 2018, Saïss made his debut Premier League appearance as a substitute in a 1–1 draw with Manchester United at Old Trafford on 22 September 2018.[8] Saïss's first start in the Premier League came in a 1–2 defeat away to Cardiff City at the Cardiff City Stadium on 30 November 2018.[9]

Saïss scored his debut Premier League goal for Wolves in a 1–1 draw with Fulham at Craven Cottage on 26 December 2018.[10] A little over a month later, on 29 January 2019, Saïss scored the opening goal in Wolves's 3–0 home win over West Ham United at Molineux to take his goal tally to two in twelve Premier League appearances.[11][12]

On 21 February 2019 it was announced that Saïss had agreed a new contract with Wolves, keeping him at the club until the summer of 2021.[13]

International career[edit]

Saïss, who was born and raised in France, chose to represent the Morocco national team, for which he qualified through ancestry. He made his debut in a 1–0 friendly loss to Togo in November 2012.[14]

In June 2018 he was named in Morocco's 23-man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia[15] and featured in Morocco's games in the tournament against Iran and Spain.[16]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 15 August 2019[17]
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Europe Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Valence 2010–11 CFA 2 13 4 0 0 13 4
Total 13 4 0 0 13 4
Clermont 2011–12 Ligue 2 17 1 1 0 0 0 18 1
2012–13 31 0 0 0 2 0 33 0
Total 48 1 1 0 2 0 51 1
Le Havre 2013–14 Ligue 2 27 1 0 0 1 0 28 1
2014–15 34 2 1 0 1 0 36 2
Total 61 3 1 0 2 0 64 3
Angers 2015–16 Ligue 1 35 2 1 0 1 0 37 2
Total 35 2 1 0 1 0 37 2
Wolverhampton Wanderers 2016–17[18] Championship 24 0 1 0 0 0 25 0
2017–18[3] 42 4 1 0 1 0 44 4
2018–19[19] Premier League 19 2 5 0 2 0 26 2
2019–20[16] 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 5 0
Total 86 6 7 0 3 0 4 0 100 6
Career total 243 16 10 0 8 0 4 0 265 16

International[edit]

As of match played 12 July 2019[20][21]
National team Year Apps Goals
Morocco 2012 1 0
2013 0 0
2014 0 0
2015 0 0
2016 7 0
2017 12 1
2018 11 0
2019 6 0
Total 37 1

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Morocco's goal tally first.[20]
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 20 January 2017 Stade d'Oyem, Oyem, Gabon  Togo 2–1 3–1 2017 Africa Cup of Nations

Honours[edit]

Wolverhampton Wanderers

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2018/19 Premier League squads confirmed". Premier League. 3 September 2018. Retrieved 4 September 2018.
  2. ^ "2018 FIFA World Cup Russia – List of Players" (PDF). FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 4 June 2018. Retrieved 19 June 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Games played by Romain Saïss in 2017/2018". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 17 May 2019.
  4. ^ "Romain Saïss signe deux ans à Angers [Romain Saïss signs for two years at Angers]". L'Equipe (in French). 3 July 2015. Retrieved 23 August 2016.
  5. ^ "Romain Saiss: Wolves sign Angers midfielder for undisclosed fee". BBC Sport. 30 August 2016.
  6. ^ "Newcastle 0–2 Wolves". BBC Sport. 17 September 2016.
  7. ^ "Burton Albion 0–4 Wolverhampton Wanderers". BBC Sport. 30 September 2017.
  8. ^ Bysouth, Alex (22 September 2018). "Manchester United 1–1 Wolves: Joao Moutinho earns visitors draw at Old Trafford". BBC Sport. Retrieved 22 February 2019.
  9. ^ Pritchard, Dafydd (30 November 2018). "Cardiff City 2–1 Wolverhampton Wanderers". BBC Sport. Retrieved 22 February 2019.
  10. ^ Skelton, Jack (26 December 2018). "Fulham 1–1 Wolves: Aleksandar Mitrovic 'wants to cry' after missing chances in draw". BBC Sport.
  11. ^ Sutcliffe, Steve (29 January 2019). "Wolves 3-0 West Ham: Jimenez double sees off Hammers". BBC Sport. Retrieved 22 February 2019.
  12. ^ "Games played by Romain Saiss in 2018/2019". www.soccerbase.com. Retrieved 22 February 2019.
  13. ^ Hatfield, Luke (21 February 2019). "Romain Saiss signs new Wolves deal". Express & Star. Retrieved 22 February 2019.
  14. ^ http://www.hac-foot.com/actualite/romain-saiss-au-hac-pour-2-ans.html
  15. ^ "Morocco announce 23-man World Cup squad". African Football. 4 June 2018. Retrieved 22 February 2019.
  16. ^ a b "Games played by Romain Saïss in 2017/2018". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 22 February 2019. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "RS19" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  17. ^ "R. Saïss". Soccerway. Retrieved 23 August 2016.
  18. ^ "Games played by Romain Saïss in 2016/2017". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 28 July 2017.
  19. ^ "Games played by Romain Saïss in 2018/2019". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 17 May 2019.
  20. ^ a b "Romain Saïss". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman.
  21. ^ "Games played by Romain Saiss in 2018/2019". www.soccerbase.com. Retrieved 22 February 2019.
  22. ^ Anderson, John, ed. (2018). Football Yearbook 2018–2019. London: Headline Publishing Group. pp. 386–387. ISBN 978-1-4722-6106-9.

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