Monday, April 23, 2012

Marouane Fellaini


Profile Football Stars | Marouane Fellaini | At the age of 17, he signed his first contract with Standard Liege permanent. Born in Etterbeek, Brussels, Fellaini began playing football at the age of 8 for Anderlecht. In his first season at Anderlecht's Academy, he scored 26 goals in his second and he scored 37. Fellaini's first love was track, with the 10.000 meters being his preferred event. After rejected advances from Manchester United and Following reported interest from Aston Villa, Real Madrid, Tottenham and Bayern Munich, Fellaini signed for Everton in September 2008 on a five-year deal from Standard Liege for an initial transfer fee of £ 15 million (a record for a Belgian player and a club record for Everton). He made his Everton debut in a 3-2 away victory at Stoke City on 14 September 2008, and scored his first goal for the team against Newcastle United in a 2-2 home draw on 5 October 2008. Fellaini went on to score nine goals in his first season, the most he has scored in a single season at the club to date.


At the end of the 2008-09 season Everton's Fellaini was named Young Player of the Season. In his time in England he has Become well known for his large "afro" hair, Becoming a cult hero with the Everton fans sporting Afro wigs regularly as a homage to Fellaini. Later Fellaini Reverted to play in his favored defensive midfield area.  Fellaini suffered an ankle injury in an FA Cup replay victory against Chelsea in February 2011 and although he was Able to play in a 2-0 win against Sunderland a week later, the injury Caused him to miss the remainder of the 2010-11 season.


He did not play a competitive match until August 2011, when he Appeared as a substitute in a 1-0 loss to Queens Park Rangers at Goodison Park and played the full match in the very next fixture, as Everton beat Sheffield United 3 -1 in the League Cup. Eligible to play for either Belgium or Morocco, Fellaini he chose to Represent the country of his birth from youth level upwards.


Personal information
Full name Marouane Fellaini-Bakkioui
Date of birth 22 November 1987 (age 24)
Place of birth Etterbeek, Belgium
Height 1.94 m (6 ft 4 1/2 in)
Playing position Midfielder

Club information
Current club Everton
Number 25

Youth career
Everton 1994-1997
Mons 1997-2000
2000-2002 R. Francs Borains
2002-2004 Sporting Charleroi
2004-2006 Standard Liege

Senior career
years Team
2006-2008 Standard Liege 64 (9)
2008-Everton 104 (14)

National team
2007-Belgium 33 (5)


Honours

Club
Standard Liège
     Belgian First Division winner: 2007-08
     Belgian Ebony Shoe winner: 2008

Everton
     FA Cup runner-up: 2009
     Young Player of the Season winner: 2008/09

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