Wahbi Khazri

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Wahbi Khazri
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Personal information
Full name Wahbi Khazri[1]
Date of birth (1991-02-08) 8 February 1991 (age 25)
Place of birth Ajaccio, Corsica, France
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
Sunderland
Number 10
Youth career
1995–2003 JS Ajaccio
2003–2009 Bastia
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2014 Bastia 171 (31)
2014–2016 Bordeaux 52 (14)
2016– Sunderland 13 (2)
National team
2009 Tunisia U20 1 (1)
2012 France U21 1 (0)
2013– Tunisia 23 (9)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 8 May 2016.

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 17 November 2015

Wahbi Khazri (Arabic: وهبي خزري‎‎; born 8 February 1991) is a professional footballer who plays for the Tunisian national football team and Sunderland in the Premier League.

Club career[edit]

Bastia[edit]

A native of Ajaccio, Khazri started his career with local side Jeunesse Sportive Ajaccio before moving to SC Bastia. He received his first call up to the senior squad for their match against Amiens SC on 20 February 2009.[2] He made his debut in that match coming on as a substitute in the 85th minute for Ludovic Genest. Bastia scored the winning goal a minute later to win the match 1–0.[3] He scored his first career goal on 13 March 2009, in a 1–0 victory over Montpellier.[4] Wahbi quickly established himself as a goalscorer, scoring again a couple of weeks later in a 3–1 win over Vannes.[5] He scored again, this time on the final match day of the season against Troyes, scoring the first goal in a 2–1 victory.[6] The loss meant Troyes would be relegated to the Championnat National.

Bordeaux[edit]

After five years in Bastia, Khazri signed a four-year contract with FC Girondins de Bordeaux in July 2014.[7]

Sunderland[edit]

Khazri (right) playing for Sunderland against Chelsea in May 2016

On 30 January 2016, Khazri joined Sunderland on a four and a half year contract for an undisclosed fee.[8] Khazri scored his first goal for Sunderland against Manchester United on 13 February 2016, opening the scoring with a direct free kick that beat David de Gea at his far post. Khazri later set up Lamine Koné's 82nd minute goal from a corner, as Sunderland won 2-1.[9]He scored against Chelsea to make it 1-1 in a huge game. A first time volley in to the top corner that helped Sunderland to a 3-2 victory. In the following game, which Sunderland won 3-0 (against Everton), his set pieces were crucial, nearly scoring direct from a corner that was eventually turned in by Lamine Kone. This result confirmed Sunderland's future in the Premier League and relegated bitter rivals Newcastle.

International career[edit]

Youth teams[edit]

In 2009, Khazri made his debut for the Tunisia national under-20 football team.[10] However, in November 2011, he was called up by Erick Mombaerts to the France national under-21 football team for a pair of 2013 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship qualifiers against Romania and Slovakia.[11] In February 2012, he played his first and only game for the French side, against Italy, before being substituted by Frédéric Bulot.[12]

Senior team[edit]

In late 2012, Khazri switched his international allegiance once again, when he accepted a call-up from Sami Trabelsi, the Tunisian national team's coach, including him in the squad for the 2013 African Cup of Nations.[13]

Career statistics[edit]

Club statistics[edit]

As of 24 August 2016.[14]
Team Season League[nb 1] Cup[nb 2] Europe[nb 3] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Bastia 2008–09 Ligue 2 13 3 0 0 13 3
2009–10 Ligue 2 31 2 2 0 33 2
2010–11 Championnat National 34 4 7 2 41 6
2011–12 Ligue 2 33 9 2 1 35 10
2012–13 Ligue 1 29 7 3 0 32 7
2013–14 Ligue 1 32 6 2 1 34 7
Total 171 31 16 4 0 0 187 35
Bordeaux 2014–15 Ligue 1 32 9 2 0 34 9
2015–16 Ligue 1 20 5 2 0 8 1 30 6
Total 52 14 4 0 8 1 64 15
Sunderland 2015–16 Premier League 14 2 0 0 14 2
2016–17 Premier League 1 0 1 0 2 0
Total 15 2 1 0 0 0 16 2
Career total 238 47 21 4 8 1 267 52

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Includes Ligue 1, Ligue 2 and Championnat National.
  2. ^ Includes Coupe de France, Coupe de la Ligue and Trophée des champions.
  3. ^ Includes UEFA Champions League, UEFA Cup and UEFA Super Cup

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Squads for 2016/17 Premier League confirmed". Premier League. 1 September 2016. Retrieved 11 September 2016. 
  2. ^ Baptême du feu pour Khazri
  3. ^ Amiens v. Bastia Match Report
  4. ^ Bastia v. Montpellier Match Report
  5. ^ Bastia v. Vannes Match Report
  6. ^ Bastia v. Troyes Match Report
  7. ^ "Wahbi Khazri signs for Bordeaux!". girondins.com. 2 July 2014. Retrieved 4 July 2014. 
  8. ^ "404". 
  9. ^ "Khazri shows he can give Sunderland a new start after troubled week". 
  10. ^ "Montpellier : vers l'association Saihi-Khazri". Topnet.tn. 15 February 2012. Retrieved 6 April 2012. 
  11. ^ Jérôme Negroni (28 February 2010). "Khazri : " Un beau match à jouer "". SC-Bastia.net. Retrieved 6 April 2012. 
  12. ^ "Match : France – Italie". fff.fr. 28 February 2012. Retrieved 15 May 2013. 
  13. ^ "Khazri switches allegiance to Tunisia". aljazeera.com. 21 December 2012. Retrieved 15 May 2013. 
  14. ^ Wahbi Khazri profile, footballdatabase eu, Retrieved 15 June 2012.

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