Youssef Rossi

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Youssef Rossi
Personal information
Full name Youssef Rossi
Date of birth (1973-06-28) June 28, 1973 (age 45)
Place of birth Casablanca, Morocco
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–1996 Raja Casablanca ? (?)
1997–1999 Stade Rennais 41 (0)
1999–2000 NEC Nijmegen 4 (0)
2000–2003 Dunfermline Athletic 20 (1)
2003–2004 Raja Casablanca ? (?)
2004–2007 Al Khor
2007–2008 Al Shamal
National team
1996–2002 Morocco 22 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:43, 26 June 2008 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of December 10, 2006 (UTC)

Youssef Rossi (Arabic: يوسف روسي‎) (born 28 June 1973 in Casablanca, Morocco) is a former Moroccan football player formerly playing for Qatari League side Al Khor.



Rossi started his playing career with local side Raja Casablanca in 1995, before being signed by French side Stade Rennais. After over 40 games for the Ligue 1 side, Rossi then signed al loan-contract for NEC Nijmegen, where he disappeared after only four matches, before moving to Scottish Premier League side Dunfermline Athletic in 2000.[1]

After 4 months with the SPL side, Rossi eventually made his debut against St Johnstone in November 2000, only to be sent off after 25 minutes.[2] He received his second red card in three games for a second bookable offence against Dundee United and as he made his way off the pitch was seen to make a gesture that provoked United fans.[3] He scored his only goal for the club against Aberdeen on Boxing Day 2000.[4] In August 2001, Rossi had his wages stopped in what proved to be a long drawn out saga which would see him leave Scotland for Morocco, only to have a worldwide ban placed on him by FIFA after going AWOL for more than a year.[5]

Rossi finally left Dunfermline in December 2003 to re-sign for his first club Raja Casablanca.[6] He stayed in Morocco for one year before moving to Al Khor in Qatar, where he has been since 2004.


He played for the Morocco national football team and was a participant at the 1998 FIFA World Cup.


He was the Technical Director of Raja from 2009-2012 and 2014-2016. In November 2015, he claimed he hasn't been paid by Raja's President, Mohamed Boudrika, for nine months.[7]


  1. ^ "Dunfermline snap up Moroccan Rossi". BBC Sport. July 8, 2000. Retrieved June 26, 2008. 
  2. ^ "On-off debut for Pars' Rossi". BBC Sport. November 8, 2000. Retrieved June 26, 2008. 
  3. ^ "Rossi disciplined as boss sees red". BBC Sport. November 29, 2000. Retrieved June 26, 2008. 
  4. ^ "Pars end nine-game barren spell". BBC Sport. 26 December 2000. 
  5. ^ "Rossi lands worldwide ban". BBC Sport. January 8, 2003. Retrieved June 26, 2008. 
  6. ^ "Raja sign Pars' Rossi". BBC Sport. December 17, 2003. Retrieved June 26, 2008. 
  7. ^ "Raja: Youssef Rossi sans salaire depuis 9 mois". sport.le360. November 15, 2015. Retrieved June 13, 2016. 

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