|Youssef En-Nesyri Quick Info|
|Height||6 ft 2 in|
|Date of Birth||June 1, 1997|
|Eye Color||Dark Brown|
Youssef En-Nesyri is a Moroccan professional soccer player who has represented, as a striker, Atlético Malagueño (2016-2017), Málaga CF (2016-2018), CD Leganés (2018-2020), and Sevilla FC (2020-Present) in Spain. Atlético Malagueño is the reserve team of Málaga CF and competes in the 5th tier of the Spanish soccer league system. With Sevilla FC, he won the UEFA (Union of European Football Associations) Europa League (the 2nd-tier club competition in European soccer, ranking below the UEFA Champions League) title in the 2019-20 season. This was the club’s record-extending 6th such title and incredibly, this was their 6th appearance in the final of the tournament. In other words, they had won the title every time they had reached the final of the tournament – 2006, 2007, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2020. As of December 2022, no other club had won this title more than 3 times. At the international level, Youssef represented Morocco at the under-20 and under-23 tiers before making his senior national debut in August 2016. He was an integral member of the Moroccan squad that created history by finishing in 4th place in the 2022 edition of the FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association) World Cup.
He splits his time between Morocco and Seville, Andalusia, Spain.
Professional Soccer Player
- Father – Rachid En-Nesyri
- Siblings – Zainab Zumrud (Sister), Mohamed Amin En-Nesyri (Brother)
- 9, 18, 7, 19 – Morocco
- 26 – Málaga CF, CD Leganés
- 51, 15 – Sevilla FC
6 ft 2 in or 188 cm
73 kg or 161 lbs
Race / Ethnicity
He is of Moroccan descent.
- Toned physique
- Side-cropped hair
- Sports a rugged beard
Youssef En-Nesyri Facts
- Youssef started his youth career in 2010 when, as a 13-year-old, he joined the youth team of the Moroccan professional soccer club Maghreb de Fès. In 2011, he joined Mohammed VI Football Academy, a sports training institution located in Salé, Morocco.
- He trained with the academy until 2015 when he was signed up by Málaga CF, a professional soccer club based in Málaga, Andalusia, Spain, for a fee of €125k. By 2016, he began representing both Atlético Malagueño and Málaga CF. Atlético Malagueño is the reserve team of Málaga CF.
- In February 2019, representing CD Leganés, Youssef scored a hat-trick (the feat of scoring 3 goals (not necessarily consecutive) in a match) against Real Betis. This made him the first CD Leganés player to have recorded a hat-trick in La Liga (the top tier of the Spanish soccer league system).
- For his performances in the 2018-19 season, he was named CD Leganés‘ ‘Player of the Season’.
- In 2021, France Football (a renowned French weekly soccer magazine that is considered to be one of the most reputable sports publications in Europe) included Youssef in its ‘CAF Men’s Team of The Year’. CAF (Confederation of African Football) is the administrative and controlling body for soccer, futsal, and beach soccer in Africa.
- At the 2022 edition of the FIFA World Cup, Youssef scored the 2nd goal in Morocco’s 2-1 win over Canada in the team’s last match of the group stage. The win (a draw would have proved enough as well) helped Morocco progress to the pre-quarterfinal stage of the tournament for just the 2nd time in history – the first and only other such occasion was in 1986.
- In the pre-quarterfinal match, Morocco upset 2010 champions Spain on penalties, winning the shootout by a 3-0 margin. The victory meant that the country had qualified for the quarter-final stage of the FIFA World Cup for the first time in history. In that quarter-final match, against Portugal, Youssef scored the only goal (in the 42nd minute) in Morocco’s 1-0 win. This made Morocco the first African nation ever to reach the semi-final stage of the FIFA World Cup. Their fairytale journey was halted in the semi-final stage by defending champions France who beat them by a 2-0 margin.
- In a strange coincidence, Morocco and its 2 victims in the knockout stages of the 2022 FIFA World Cup (Spain and Portugal) were all part of the same group (Group B) in the previous (2018) edition of the tournament. On that occasion, Spain and Portugal had advanced to the knockout stage while Morocco ended up in the last spot in the group with just 1 point to their name. That solitary point was achieved in the last match of the group stage when Morocco held Spain to a 2-2 draw. Youssef had scored Morocco’s 2nd goal in that match (in the 81st minute) to raise hopes of a famous win but that was not to be as Spain equalized in the stoppage time that was added after the end of the regulation time of 90 minutes.
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