Nordin Amrabat

Nordin Amrabat

Amrabat with Galatasaray in 2013
Personal information
Full name Noureddine Amrabat[1]
Date of birth (1987-03-31) 31 March 1987[2]
Place of birth Naarden, Netherlands
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)[2]
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Number 7
Youth career
HSV De Zuidvogels
2003–2006 Huizen
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2007 Omniworld 36 (14)
2007–2008 VVV-Venlo 33 (10)
2008–2011 PSV 57 (9)
2011–2012 Kayserispor 38 (6)
2012–2015 Galatasaray 34 (1)
2014–2015Málaga (loan) 46 (8)
2015–2016 Málaga 13 (0)
2016– Watford 22 (0)
National team
2007–2008 Netherlands U21 7 (0)
2011– Morocco 23 (4)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 September 2016.

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 31 March 2015

Noureddine "Nordin" Amrabat (Arabic: نورالدين أمرابط; born 31 March 1987) is a professional footballer who plays as a winger for English club Watford.

He played for Dutch national youth teams and once was called up for the senior national side. On 1 October 2009, Amrabat announced his decision to play for Morocco, whom he represented at two Africa Cup of Nations tournaments and the 2012 Olympics.

Early life

Born in Naarden, North Holland, Amrabat was released from Ajax at age 13, having suffered stunted growth due to Osgood Schlatter disease. His father recommended that Amrabat play at the amateur level while studying for a different profession. He washed dishes, made desserts and vacuum cleaned his school while playing for SV Huizen in Almere. At 17, he planned to study Management, Economics and Law.[3]

Club career

Early career

After making his study plans, Amrabat was signed by Almere's Omniworld of the Eerste Divisie, contributing 14 goals and as many assists in 36 games. In 2007, he joined newly promoted Eredivisie club VVV Venlo, scoring ten times in 33 games. A year later, national champions PSV Eindhoven signed him for €2 million, and he represented them in the UEFA Champions League. Amrabat spent three years at the Philips Stadion before moving abroad for the first time, to Turkey's Kayserispor.[3]


On 12 July 2012 Amrabat signed for fellow Turkish club Galatasaray for a fee of €8.6 million on a five-year contract (€600,000 went to PSV; Kayserispor retained 10% valued €800,000).[4][5][6][7][8] Amrabat made his Debut on 12 August 2012 in the 2012 Turkish Super Cup Final against rivals Fenerbahce coming on as a substitute in the 70th minute as the game ended 3–2 with Galatasaray winning the title for the 12th time.[9] On 15 September 2012, Galatasaray Manager Fatih Terim picked Amrabat for the starting eleven for a game against Antalyaspor and he duly scored his first goal for Galatasaray in the 2012–13 Süper Lig and provided an assist as the game ended 4–0.[10]


In January 2014, Amrabat moved to Málaga CF in a six-month loan deal.[11] On 10 March he scored his first goal for the club, in a 2–0 away win against Osasuna,[12] and on 6 April he converted a penalty in a 4–1 Derby victory over Granada CF.[13] Fifteen days later, having earlier assisted Sergi Darder's goal, he received a straight red card in a 2–0 home win against Villarreal CF for gesturing that referee Álvarez Izquierdo needed glasses.[14]

In August 2014, Amrabat agreed to extend his stay in Andalusia for the full season.[15] On 30 April of the following year he was bought outright, for a €3.5 million fee.[16] His permanent spell on the Costa del Sol was less prolific than the temporary one, playing 12 games without scoring.


On 18 January 2016, Amrabat joined Premier League club Watford for a fee of £6.1 million.[17] He made his debut five days later, replacing Troy Deeney at the end of a 2–1 win over Newcastle United at Vicarage Road.[18]

International career

Amrabat was expected to take part in the 2008 Olympic football tournament with the Netherlands but he and fellow PSV (and future Moroccan) teammate Ismaïl Aissati both failed to make the final squad.[19]

In November 2011 he decided to play for the Morocco national football team. On 11 November 2011, Amrabat made his debut with the Atlas Lions of Morocco against Uganda in a 0–1 loss in the LG Cup. Two days later, he scored his first international goal in a friendly match against Cameroon as the game ended 1–1.[20]

He was selected to compete at the 2012 Olympics for the Moroccan team,[21] starting all three of their matches in another group stage exit. He also started their first two matches as they fell at the same point in the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.[22]

Personal life

His younger brother Sofyan is also a footballer, currently playing for FC Utrecht.[23]

Career statistics


As of 18 September 2016.[22][24]
Club Season League Cup League Cup Europe Total
Omniworld 2006–07 361414361414
VVV-Venlo 2007–08 3310700033107
PSV 2008–09 25541013002955
2009–10 26353104103355
2010–11 6102115001321
Kayserispor 2010–11 14160001416
2011–12 24582102668
Galatasaray 2012–13 3017200100100343110
2013–14 4003201005011321
Málaga (loan) 2013–14 15251525
2014–15 31664013567
Málaga 2015–16 13010001401
Watford 2015–16 12003001500
2016–17 400000400
Career total2734849205320027143235470


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  2. 1 2 "Premier League Player Profile Nordin Amrabat". Barclays Premier League. 2016. Retrieved 7 February 2016.
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  4. "Amrabat'tan 3 milyon Euro'luk fedakarlık!". NTVSPOR. Retrieved 12 July 2012.
  5. "Amrabat 8 milyon euro'ya aslan". Hürriyet Newspaper. Retrieved 12 July 2012.
  6. "Özel Durum Açıklaması (Genel)". Istanbul Stock Exchange. Retrieved 19 July 2012.
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  8. Galatasaray complete €8.5M signing of Kayserispor winger Nordin Amrabat
  9. "Turkish champ Galatasaray starts new season with trophy". Today's Zaman. 13 August 2012.
  10. "Lions rehearse for Manchester match with 4 goals in Antalya". Today's Zaman. 16 September 2012.
  11. "Malaga reach principle agreement with Galatasaray for Nordin Amrabat". Retrieved 23 May 2014.
  12. "Schuster se queda sin excusas" [Schuster remains without excuses] (in Spanish). Marca. 19 March 2014. Retrieved 5 August 2014.
  13. Liceras, Ángel (6 April 2014). "El buen estudiante" [The good student] (in Spanish). Marca. Retrieved 15 June 2015.
  14. Melero, Delfín (21 April 2014). "El Málaga ya está tranquilo" [Málaga is now calm]. Marca. Retrieved 15 June 2015.
  15. "Málaga CF and Galatasaray SK reach agreement for Nordin Amrabat to return to the Martiricos Club". Málaga's official website. 31 August 2014. Retrieved 31 August 2014.
  16. "El Málaga hace efectiva la opción de compra sobre Amrabat" [Málaga turns effective the buyout option over Amrabat] (in Spanish). El Mundo Deportivo. 30 April 2015. Retrieved 24 June 2015.
  17. "Nordin Amrabat: Watford sign Morocco forward from Malaga". BBC Sport. 18 January 2016. Retrieved 19 February 2016.
  18. Chowdhury, Saj (23 January 2016). "Watford 2-1 Newcastle". BBC Sport. Retrieved 19 February 2016.
  19. "Amrabat and Aissati dropped from Olympic squad". PSV official site. 15 July 2008. Retrieved 19 January 2016.
  20. "Amrabat, Nordin". National Football Teams. Retrieved 19 January 2016.
  21. Mosselhi, Mohamad (24 July 2012). "London 2012: Morocco's Amrabat 'proud' to participate in Olympics". Retrieved 19 January 2016.
  22. 1 2 Nordin Amrabat profile at Soccerway
  23. "Trotse Nordin Amrabat ziet broer Sofyan bij FC Utrecht tekenen". Retrieved 9 November 2014.
  24. "Nordin Amrabat". 9 April 2012. Retrieved 19 January 2016.
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