Mbark Boussoufa

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Mbark Boussoufa
Mbark-Boussoufa.jpg
Personal information
Full nameMoubarak Boussoufa
Date of birth(1984-08-15) 15 August 1984 (age 30)
Place of birthAmsterdam, Netherlands
Height1.67 m (5 ft 5 12 in)
Playing positionAttacking Midfielder, Left Winger
Club information
Current team
Lokomotiv Moscow
Number11
Youth career
1994–1995Middenmeer
1995–1996Fortius
1996–2001Ajax
2001–2004Chelsea
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
2004–2006Gent59(14)
2006–2011Anderlecht148(48)
2011–2013Anzhi Makhachkala68(11)
2013–Lokomotiv Moscow22(2)
National team
2006–Morocco32(5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21 September 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 6 March 2012
 
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Mbark Boussoufa
Mbark-Boussoufa.jpg
Personal information
Full nameMoubarak Boussoufa
Date of birth(1984-08-15) 15 August 1984 (age 30)
Place of birthAmsterdam, Netherlands
Height1.67 m (5 ft 5 12 in)
Playing positionAttacking Midfielder, Left Winger
Club information
Current team
Lokomotiv Moscow
Number11
Youth career
1994–1995Middenmeer
1995–1996Fortius
1996–2001Ajax
2001–2004Chelsea
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
2004–2006Gent59(14)
2006–2011Anderlecht148(48)
2011–2013Anzhi Makhachkala68(11)
2013–Lokomotiv Moscow22(2)
National team
2006–Morocco32(5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21 September 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 6 March 2012

Moubarak "Mbark" Boussoufa (Arabic: مُبارك بوصوفا‎, born 15 August 1984) is a Dutch-Moroccan footballer who currently plays as an Attacking Midfielder for Lokomotiv Moscow[1] and the Moroccan national team. He won the Belgian Golden Shoe for the second time in 2010.[2]

Early career[edit]

Mbark started off at the youth academy of Ajax Amsterdam before joining Chelsea F.C. He spent the 2005/06 season with K.A.A. Gent, winning several prizes in 2006: Belgian Golden Shoe, Belgian Footballer of the Year, Belgian Young Footballer of the Year and Belgian Ebony Shoe. He is the second player from a North African country to win the Ebony Shoe, after Mido.

Club career[edit]

Boussoufa with Anzhi Makhachkala

In June 2006, Boussoufa signed a 4-year contract with R.S.C. Anderlecht after a €3.5 million transfer.[3] In his first season he was a regular in the title-clinching squad. He became a key player for the team that finished second in both the 2007–2008 and the 2008–2009 seasons. Boussoufa was named Belgian Footballer of the Year for a second time after the 2008–2009 season in which Anderlecht barely missed out on the title, losing the Championship play-off against Standard de Liège. The next year, he managed 14 goals and 20 assists which made him the most valuable player in Anderlecht's championship-winning squad. He was named Belgian Footballer of the Year for a second consecutive time and the third time overall. After the season he renewed his contract with a significant raise, making him the best paid footballer in Belgium.[4] He won the Belgian Golden Shoe for the second time in 2010.[2]

On 7 March 2011, Russian side FC Terek Grozny announced his signing,[5] but his transfer fell through three days later. According to Terek's VP Khaidar Alkhanov, Boussoufa requested unacceptable conditions in his personal contract, even though Anderlecht had agreed to sell him.[6] In the late evening of 10 March, it was announced that the transfer to Terek Grozny had collapsed and that Boussoufa had signed for another Russian team, Anzhi Makhachkala.[7]

On August 16, 2013 he signed a 3-year contract with FC Lokomotiv Moscow.[1]

International career[edit]

Boussoufa has a Dutch passport and, as such would have been eligible to play for the Dutch national team if selected, but chose Morocco and played his first match for the Moroccan national team against the USA on 23 May 2006.

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 2 December 2013
ClubSeasonDomestic LeagueDomestic CupEuropeTotal
AppsGoalsAssistAppsGoalsAssistAppsGoalsAssistAppsGoalsAssist
Gent2004–052952300---3252
2005–0628916411610381117
2006–07200000200400
Total591418711810741619
Anderlecht2006–0732811720602451013
2007–0822577326003589
2008–09351114200201391115
2009–103614244121333531829
2010–11231014303914351121
Total14848702367364102075887
Anzhi2011–1238761000003976
2012–132648401142744616
2013–14400000000400
Total6811145011427871322
Lokomotiv Moscow2013–1421250000002125
Total21250000002125
Career total2967510735795871738989133

International goals[edit]

Honours[edit]

R.S.C. Anderlecht

Belgian First Division

Belgian Cup

Belgian Supercup

Individual[edit]

2006, 2010
2005–2006, 2008–2009, 2009–2010
2005–2006, 2008–2009, 2009–2010
2005–2006
2008–2009: 11 goals
2009–2010: 24 assists

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Mbark Boussoufa in Loko!" (in Russian). fclm.ru. Retrieved 2013-08-16. 
  2. ^ a b "Mbark Boussoufa wins Golden Shoe 2010" (Dutch), Sporza, 19 January 2011
  3. ^ "Boussoufa finalises switch to Anderlecht" by Fahd Chafik, Morocco Times, 7 June 2006, retrieved 11 June 2006
  4. ^ "Boussoufa: Did Herman drink too much champagne?" (Dutch), Sporza, 27 April 2010
  5. ^ "Мбарк Буссуфа перешел в "Терек"." (in Russian). FC Terek Grozny. Retrieved 2011-03-07. 
  6. ^ "Трансфер Буссуфы в "Терек" сорвался из-за непомерных требований футболиста" (in Russian). Sport Express. Retrieved 2011-03-10. 
  7. ^ "Boussoufa moves to Anzhi, not to Grozny" (in Dutch). sporza.be. Retrieved 2011-03-10. 

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