Youssef El-Arabi

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Youssef El-Arabi
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El-Arabi with Caen in 2010
Personal information
Full name Youssef El-Arabi
Date of birth (1987-02-03) 3 February 1987 (age 32)
Place of birth Caen, France
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Olympiacos
Number 11
Youth career
2001–2002 Caen
2002–2004 SC Hérouville Football
2004–2007 USON Mondeville
2007–2009 Caen
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2011 Caen 75 (28)
2011–2012 Al-Hilal 21 (12)
2012–2016 Granada 130 (44)
2016–2019 Al-Duhail 60 (76)
2019– Olympiacos 0 (0)
National team
2010– Morocco 37 (15)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11:03, 9 July 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 8 October 2016

Youssef El-Arabi (Arabic: يوسف العربي‎; born 3 February 1987)[1] is a professional footballer who plays for Olympiacos FC as a striker.

He began his career with hometown club Caen in Ligue 1, making his debut in 2008. After a season in Saudi Arabia with Al Hilal he signed for La Liga club Granada for a club record €5 million in 2012. He scored 45 goals in 134 official games before leaving for Qatar in 2016.

Born in France, El-Arabi chose to represent Morocco at international level, making his debut in 2010. He represented them at three Africa Cup of Nations tournaments.

Club career[edit]

Caen/Al-Hilal[edit]

On 20 December 2008, El-Arabi made his debut for Caen, coming on as a substitute in the 76th minute against Lyon in Ligue 1. He played 2 more games that season (coming on in both as a substitute), and scored no goals (2008–09). The following season (2009–10) saw El-Arabi score 11 goals in 34 games (he came on in 11 of these games as a substitute) for Caen, as well as claiming eight assists, in Ligue 2. This season (2010–11) has seen El-Arabi score 17 goals in 38 games for Caen, as well as claiming five assists, in Ligue 1. After rejecting bids from Sevilla FC and Genoa C.F.C, he eventually signed for Al-Hilal FC in July 2011 on a four-year contract.

Granada[edit]

On 19 July 2012, El-Arabi returned to Europe, signing a five-year contract for La Liga club Granada for a club record €5 million fee.[2] He made his debut on 20 August, starting as the season began with a 1–0 loss at Rayo Vallecano. His first goal was scored on 7 October, a penalty to open a 2–1 win at Mallorca in a 2–1 win,[3] and his total of eight goals in 31 games helped his side avoid relegation.

He scored 12 times in his second season at the Estadio Nuevo Los Carmenes, including his first La Liga hat-trick, all three goals in a 3–1 win over rivals Málaga on 8 November 2013.[4] At the end of the season, he was nominated for the Best African player at the LFP Awards, losing out to teammate Yacine Brahimi.[5]

On 4 October 2014, El-Arabi scored in the first minute against Málaga, albeit in a 2–1 away loss.[6] He put the side ahead with a penalty at Levante the following 23 February but was later sent off for scrapping with Iván Ramis in a loss by the same score.[7] Granada avoided relegation on goal difference.

In his final season at Granada, El-Arabi scored 17 times in 38 games, including a hat-trick in a 5–1 win over Levante on 21 April 2016.[8]

Al-Duhail[edit]

On 18 July 2016, El-Arabi signed for Lekhwiya SC of the Qatar Stars League.[9] He made his debut on 17 September, scoring the opening goal of a 4–0 home win over Muaither. His 24 goals in 18 games made him joint top scorer for the season alongside Al Sadd's Baghdad Bounedjah, while Lekhwiya won the title.

On 11 December 2017, El-Arabi scored six goals in one match for the renamed Al-Duhail in an 8–0 QSL Cup group stage win at Al-Khor.[10] His team retained their league title, and he was again top scorer, with 26 goals in 20 games, one more than his teammate Youssef Msakni.[11]

Olympiacos[edit]

On 6 July 2019, El-Arabi signed a three-year contract with Greek side Olympiacos, returning to Europe after 3 years in Qatar.[12]

International career[edit]

On 5 September 2010, El-Arabi made his debut for the Morocco national football team, coming on as a substitute in the 65th minute for Mounir El-Hamdaoui against the Central African Republic. He followed this up with games against Tanzania and Northern Ireland, coming on as a substitute in both games.

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 20 January 2018[13]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Cup Other Cups Continental Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Caen 2008–09 Ligue 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
2009–10 Ligue 2 34 11 0 0 0 0 34 11
2010–11 Ligue 1 38 17 1 0 0 0 39 17
Total 75 28 1 0 0 0 76 28
Al-Hilal 2011–12 Saudi Professional League 21 12 1 0 4 0 6 4 32 16
Total 21 12 1 0 4 0 6 4 32 16
Granada 2012–13 La Liga 31 8 1 0 32 8
2013–14 36 12 0 0 36 12
2014–15 28 8 0 0 28 8
2015–16 35 16 3 1 38 17
Total 130 44 4 1 134 45
Al Duhail 2016–17 Qatar Stars League 18 24 0 0 4 3 22 27
2017–18 13 19 3 7 16 26
Total 31 43 3 7 4 3 38 53
Career total 257 127 9 8 4 0 10 7 280 142

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Morocco's goal tally first.[14]
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 10 August 2011 Stade Demba Diop, Dakar, Senegal  Senegal 2–0 2–0 Friendly
2. 29 February 2012 Stade de Marrakech, Marrakesh, Morocco  Burkina Faso 2–0 2–0 Friendly
3. 13 October 2012 Stade de Marrakech, Marrakesh, Morocco  Mozambique 3–0 4–0 2013 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
4. 23 January 2013 Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban, South Africa  Cape Verde 1–1 1–1 2013 Africa Cup of Nations
5. 24 March 2013 Benjamin Mkapa National Stadium, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania  Tanzania 3–1 3–1 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
6. 8 June 2013 Stade de Marrakech, Marrakesh, Morocco  Tanzania 2–0 2–1 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
7. 7 September 2013 Stade Félix Houphouët-Boigny, Abidjan, Ivory Coast  Ivory Coast 1–0 1–1 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
8. 5 March 2014 Stade de Marrakech, Marrakesh, Morocco  Gabon 1–0 1–1 Friendly
9. 23 May 2014 Estádio de São Luís, Faro, Portugal  Mozambique 2–0 4–0 Friendly
10. 4–0
11. 5 September 2015 Stade Adrar, Agadir, Morocco  São Tomé and Príncipe 2–0 3–0 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
12. 12 November 2015 Stade Adrar, Agadir, Morocco  Equatorial Guinea 1–0 2–0 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
13. 26 March 2016 Estádio Nacional de Cabo Verde, Praia, Cape Verde  Cape Verde 1–0 1–0 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
14. 29 March 2016 Stade de Marrakech, Marrakech, Morocco  Cape Verde 1–0 2–0 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
15. 2–0

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Al-Duhail

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Youssef El-Arabi". worldfootball.net. Retrieved 21 December 2013.
  2. ^ "El-Arabi ya es el fichaje más caro del Granada" [El-Arabi is Granada's most expensive signing]. Marca (in Spanish). 20 July 2012. Retrieved 30 December 2017.
  3. ^ "El Granada conquista el fortín del Mallorca" [Granada conquer Mallorca's fortress]. Diario AS (in Spanish). 7 October 2012. Retrieved 30 December 2017.
  4. ^ Fish, Joe (9 November 2013). "Result: Youssef El-Arabi inspires Granada to win over Malaga". Sports Mole. Retrieved 30 December 2017.
  5. ^ "gala de premios LFP 2013/14" [LFP Awards show 2013/14] (in Spanish). Liga de Fútbol Profesional. Retrieved 10 November 2014.
  6. ^ "Málaga come back to win again". La Liga. 4 October 2014. Retrieved 30 December 2017.
  7. ^ Mellero, Delfín (23 February 2015). "El Levante resurge de sus cenizas" [Levante rise from their ashes]. Marca (in Spanish). Retrieved 30 December 2017.
  8. ^ "Youssef El Arabi bags treble as Granada hammer Levante". ESPN FC. PA Sport. 21 April 2016. Retrieved 30 December 2017.
  9. ^ "Youssef El-Arabi signe au Lekhwiya Sports Club (Qatar)" [Youssef El-Arabi signs for Lekhwiya Sports Club (Qatar)]. L'Équipe (in French). 18 July 2016. Retrieved 30 December 2017.
  10. ^ "Big wins for Kharaitiyat, Al Gharafa, and Duhail". Gulf Times. 12 December 2017. Retrieved 30 December 2017.
  11. ^ "Qatar: Le Marocain Youssef El Arabi sacré meilleur buteur de la saison" [Qatar: Moroccan Youssef El-Arabi awarded top scorer of the season]. Huffington Post (in French). 19 May 2018. Retrieved 19 August 2018.
  12. ^ "Παίκτης του ΟΛΥΜΠΙΑΚΟΥ ο Ελ Αραμπί". Olympiacos F.C. 6 July 2019. Retrieved 7 July 2019.
  13. ^ "Y. EL-ARABI". Soccerway.com. Retrieved 27 May 2016.
  14. ^ "El Arabi, Youssef". National Football Teams. Retrieved 8 March 2018.

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