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Marouane Fellaini
Marouane Fellaini vs USA.jpg
Fellaini with Belgium before a match against theUnited States on 29 May 2013
Personal information
Full nameMarouane Fellaini-Bakkioui[1]
Date of birth22 November 1987 (age 27)[1]
Place of birthEtterbeekBrussels, Belgium
Height1.94 m (6 ft 4 in)[2]
Playing positionMidfielder
Club information
Current team
Manchester United
Youth career
2000–2002R. Francs Borains
2002–2004Sporting Charleroi
2004–2006Standard Liège
Senior career*
2006–2008Standard Liège64(9)
2013–Manchester United29(3)
National team
2004–2005Belgium U183(0)
2006Belgium U196(1)
2006–2007Belgium U217(0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17 January 2015.
† Appearances (Goals).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 16 November 2014
Marouane Fellaini-Bakkioui (pronounced [mɑrwan fɛlajni]; born 22 November 1987), known as Marouane Fellaini, is a Belgian footballer who plays for English club Manchester United and the Belgium national team.
Born in Etterbeek to Moroccan parents, Fellaini played youth football for AnderlechtR.A.E.C. MonsRoyal Francs Borains and Charleroi S.C. before joining Standard Liège. After winning the Belgian First Division and the Ebony Shoe as a Liège player, he moved to England to join Everton. At Everton, he was the club's Young Player of the Season for 2008–09, when the club were losing finalists in the FA Cup.
After five years at Everton, he transferred to Manchester United in a deal worth £27.5 million in September 2013.[3]

Club career

Early career

Born in EtterbeekBrussels, Fellaini began playing football at the age of 8 for Anderlecht. Fellaini's first love was track, with the10,000 metres being his preferred event.[4] As a child he would run to school while his classmates used to make their daily journey by bus or car.[5] However, Fellaini's father Abdellatif, who was a professional footballer himself, guided his son towards football.[4] In his first season at Anderlecht's Academy, he scored 26 goals and in his second he scored 37. He was at Anderlecht's academy until the age of 10 when he joined Mons, due to his father getting a new job in the city.[4] Three years later, he joined R. Francs Borains before leaving the club when he signed for Sporting Charleroi. At the age of 17, he signed his first permanent contract with Standard Liège. Between 2006 and 2008, he made 84 appearances for the club, scoring 11 times.[6] He is known for his heading ability and stamina, which made him one of the best box-to-box midfielders in the Belgian First Division and resulted in him winning the Ebony Shoe in 2008,[7] an award given to the best player of the season of African descent.


After rejecting the advances of Manchester United[8] and following reported interest from Aston Villa,[9] Real MadridTottenham Hotspur and Bayern Munich,[10] Fellaini signed forEverton in September 2008 on a five-year deal from Standard Liège for an initial transfer fee of £15 million (at the time a record for a Belgian player and club record for Everton).[11] He made his Everton debut in a 3–2 away victory at Stoke City on 14 September 2008,[12] and scored his first goal for the team against Newcastle United in a 2–2 home draw on 5 October 2008.[13] Fellaini went on to score 9 goals in his first season. During his debut season he was booked 10 times in his first 17 GAMES and avoided a lengthy suspension by attending a personal hearing with England's chief referee, Keith Hackett, where he vowed to improve his behaviour. He kept his promise as he only picked up 3 further bookings in 16 GAMES following the meeting, although his total was still more than any other Premier League player.[4] At the end of the 2008–09 season Fellaini was named Everton's Young Player of the Season.[14]

Fellaini in his final appearance for Everton against Cardiff City on 31 August 2013
In his time in England he has become well known for his large afro hairstyle, becoming a fan favourite with Everton fans regularly sporting Afro wigs as a homage to Fellaini.[4] Fellaini was deployed as a second striker during the 2008–09 season, when Everton had all of their forwards out injured, usually playing behind another midfielder being used as an attacker, Tim Cahill.[15] Later Fellaini reverted to play in his least favourite defensive midfield area. His performances in late 2009 and early 2010 became so impressive that David Moyes labelled him "as good as anyone in the league", and he re-iterated this after Fellaini won Man of the Match against Manchester City on 16 January.[16][17] Fellaini was stretchered off in the 34th minute of the Merseyside derby on 6 February after a two-footed tackle by Sotirios Kyrgiakos, ruling him out for the rest of the 2009–10 season. Sotirios Kyrgiakos was then sent off as a result of Fellaini's injury.[16]
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.[18] 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.[19] In November 2011 he signed a new five-year contract with the club.[20] He finished the season having won the most tackles, aerial duels and made more passes than anyone else at the club. He won the second highest number of tackles in the league and won possession of the ball 190 times, the most out of any player.[21]
In the opening GAME of the 2012–13 Premier League season against Manchester United, Fellaini received plaudits for his outstanding performance, as he scored the only goal in a 1–0 victory.[22] He CONTINUED the season in great form with goals against Arsenal, Manchester City, Sunderland and Fulham amongst others. Fellaini was subsequently awarded Premier League Player of the Month for November 2012.
Fellaini was banned for three matches by the Football Association on 17 December 2012 after headbutting Ryan Shawcross during a GAMEagainst Stoke City, an incident missed by the match officials at the time.[23] The same month he was ranked as number 60 in The 100 best footballers in the world by The Guardian.[24][25]

Manchester United


On 2 September 2013, Fellaini signed a five-year contract, reuniting with former manager David Moyes at Manchester United in a £27.5 million, last-second, deadline day deal.[3]He made his debut for the club on 14 September, in a 2–0 home win against Crystal Palace, coming on as a 62nd-minute substitute for Anderson.[26] He made his full debut on 17 September, starting in a 4–2 win against Bayer Leverkusen in the UEFA Champions League.[27]
On 5 November 2013, Fellaini received his first red card for Manchester United in a match against Real Sociedad in the group stage of the Champions League.[28]
In April 2014, Fellaini was named as one of the "10 worst buys of the Premier League season" by The Daily Telegraph.[29] He made only fifteen league starts throughout the season, in contrast to thirty one starts he made in the previous season while at Everton.[1]


In his first pre-season GAME of 2014–15, Fellaini came off the substitutes bench to score his first Manchester United goal in injury time, giving the club a 2–1 win over Valenciain Louis van Gaal's first GAME at Old Trafford as manager.
On 20 October 2014, he scored his first competitive goal for Manchester United in 2–2 draw in the Premier League against West Bromwich Albion two minutes after coming on as a half time substitute.[30] He was given his first start of the season by Van Gaal in the following match against Chelsea, and helped United EARN a point against the league leaders. Fellaini covered 12.17 kilometres in the match, the most by any United player, and made 70 high-intensity runs, more than anyone else on the pitch. He was also effective in shutting down Cesc Fàbregas, who completed only three passes in the first 20 minutes and just 11 in the whole first half. This was remarkable given Fàbregas has played more passes than anybody else in the Premier League. During second half stoppage time, he contributed to United's goal when his header was saved by Thibaut Courtoisand ultimately rebounded in by Robin van Persie.[31]
On 2 December, Fellaini scored his first competitive goal for Manchester United at Old Trafford in a 2–1 defeat of Stoke City.[32] His third goal of the season came in a 2–0 away win at Queens Park Rangers on 17 January 2015.[33]

International career

Fellaini with Belgium in 2013
Fellaini was eligible to play for either Belgium or Morocco. He chose to represent Belgium, from youth level upwards. He represented the U-23 team at the 2008 Olympics and achieved fourth place, losing to Brazil.
His senior team debut was made in February 2007, and his first goal for the senior team came in a 2–1 defeat against Portugal a UEFA Euro 2008 qualification match.
Fellaini made seven appearances in Belgium's 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification campaign, scoring once, as the Red Devils reached the finals for the first time since 2002.
On 4 June 2014 Fellaini was selected as part of Belgium's 23-man squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.[34] On 17 June, in Belgium's opening match against Algeria, Fellaini came on as a second-half substitute and scored the Red Devils' equalising goal in a 2–1 win.[35]He was then named in the starting line-up for the second match against Russia on 22 June.[36]

Personal life

Fellaini was born to Moroccan parents from Tangier and brought up in Brussels.[37] His father, Abdellatif, was a former goalkeeper forRaja Casablanca and Hassania Agadir who signed for Racing Mechelen but was unable to play as his former Moroccan club refused to release his paperwork. Instead of returning home, he opted to become a bus driver for STIB.[38] He would later take early retirement to oversee his son's career.[5] Fellaini is a Muslim.[39]

Career statistics


As of 18 January 2014.[40]
Club performanceLeagueCupLeague CupContinentalTotal
Standard Liege[41]2006–073037130404
Manchester United[42]2013–14160000050210
Career total2343631610320029547



International goals

Scores and results list Belgium's goal tally first.



Standard Liège