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Marouane Chamakh

Marouane Chamakh (; born 10 January 1984) is a Morocco association footballer who plays for England club Arsenal F.C. in the Premier League and the Morocco national football team as a striker. Marouane Chamakh is described as a prototypical Forward (association football) and is noted for Marouane Chamakh "tall stature" and "excellent heading ability".

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Marouane Chamakh biography

Marouane Chamakh (; born 10 January 1984) is a Morocco association footballer who plays for England club Arsenal F.C. in the Premier League and the Morocco national football team as a striker. Marouane Chamakh is described as a prototypical Forward (association football) and is noted for Marouane Chamakh "tall stature" and "excellent heading ability".

Chamakh started Marouane Chamakh career training throughout various clubs in the Aquitaine Regions of France. In 2000, Marouane Chamakh signed with FC Girondins de Bordeaux. Chamakh made Marouane Chamakh professional debut for the club in the 2002–03 Ligue 1. Marouane Chamakh spent nine years at the club and helped Bordeaux win the Coupe de la Ligue in 2007 Coupe de la Ligue Final. In the 2008–09 Ligue 1 season, Chamakh won Marouane Chamakh first league title as Bordeaux were crowned champions for the first time since the 1998–99 French Division 1. The club also won the 2009 Coupe de la Ligue Final completing the Double (association football). In May 2010, Chamakh joined Arsenal of the Premier League on a Free transfer (football) after agreeing to a four-year contract with the club. In October 2010, Chamakh became the first player in UEFA Champions League history to score in six consecutive matches.

Although born and raised in France, Chamakh chose to play FIFA for Morocco, because Marouane Chamakh had Moroccan parents. Marouane Chamakh made Marouane Chamakh national team debut in July 2003 and has played at three Africa Cup of Nations tournaments, including the 2004 tournament in which Morocco finished runner-up. In August 2010, Marouane Chamakh Captain (association football) the national team for the first time.

Personal life

Chamakh was born in Tonneins, a small town near the Garonne River, to Morocco parents, and was raised in the nearby Communes of France of Aiguillon, Lot-et-Garonne. Marouane Chamakh father, El Mostafa Chamakh, was a former footballer in Morocco and played for Difaâ Aïn Sbaâ in Casablanca. In 1979, Marouane Chamakh left Morocco to locate more favorable living conditions and to find a better job. After settling in France and finding work as a stonemason, the elder Chamakh brought Marouane Chamakh family over soon after. Among Chamakh's family members include Marouane Chamakh younger brother Yassin who owns a café. Chamakh has stated that when Marouane Chamakh goes back home, Marouane Chamakh often Waiter tables to help out Marouane Chamakh brother. The lead deputy of the party, Jean Lassalle, stated on the decision to name Chamakh to the ballot: "I want to gather all the forces of Aquitaine to sustain our region, and Marouane is one of those forces who Aquitaine needs." Chamakh was listed as a non-eligible candidate on the ballot and Lasalle was accused of using Chamakh in order to garner votes from football supporters in the region.


Early career

Chamakh began Marouane Chamakh football career at the age of four playing for local club Nérac FC in the nearby Communes of France of Nérac. While at Nérac, youth coaches at the club nicknamed Marouane Chamakh "Mr. George" after the former FIFA World Player of the Year George Weah because Chamakh "used to score four or five goals in every game".


In 2000, Chamakh was pursued by several professional clubs that wanted to obtain Marouane Chamakh services. Marouane Chamakh drew interest from RC Lens, Toulouse FC, FC Lorient, and FC Girondins de Bordeaux. Chamakh eventually decided to sign with Bordeaux due to the club's infrastructure and training facilities and also because of the close proximity to Marouane Chamakh family.

Following the season, Chamakh turned professional and signed a three-year contract with Bordeaux. Marouane Chamakh spent the first half of the 2002–03 Ligue 1 playing in the fourth division, but following the winter break, was called up to the senior team by manager Elie Baup. Chamakh made Marouane Chamakh professional debut on 19 January 2003 in the team's Coupe de la Ligue match against FC Metz. Marouane Chamakh appeared as a substitute and played 15 minutes in a 1–0 defeat. Chamakh made Marouane Chamakh league debut three weeks later in a 2–0 home defeat to SC Bastia again appearing as a substitute. On 20 May, Marouane Chamakh scored Marouane Chamakh first professional goal against OGC Nice, netting the equalizing goal just a minute before injury time in a 1–1 draw. Chamakh appeared in 14 games, always as a substitute, during the campaign. In the 2003–04 Ligue 1, Marouane Chamakh was promoted to the senior team permanently by new manager Michel Pavon and made Marouane Chamakh first professional league start on 1 November 2003 in a 1–0 win over Olympique de Marseille. In the team's following match, Chamakh scored the opening goal in a 1–1 draw with RC Strasbourg just before halftime. However, mid-way through the second half, Marouane Chamakh received Marouane Chamakh first career Penalty card after incurring a second Penalty card. Upon returning from Marouane Chamakh one-game suspension, Chamakh developed into a regular starter for the club, scoring goals in consecutive matches against Metz and Montpellier HSC. Marouane Chamakh finished the league campaign with six goals in 25 matches. In the club's 2003–04 UEFA Cup campaign, Chamakh netted four times in eight appearances.
In the 2004–05 Ligue 1, Pavon decided to move Chamakh into the lead striker position and install Argentina playmaker Juan Pablo Francia as a support striker. The move was a success with Chamakh scoring ten league goals. Marouane Chamakh opened the campaign by scoring Marouane Chamakh first professional hat trick in a 5–1 victory over Nice. In September 2004, Chamakh scored goals in back-to-back matches against Bastia and Derby de la Garonne rivals Toulouse. Marouane Chamakh finished the campaign by scoring the opening goal in a 1–1 draw with AS Monaco FC. Despite the positive individual season from Chamakh, Bordeaux finished the campaign in 15th place; its worst finish since ending the league campaign in 16th 1995–96 French Division 1. Pavon, due to heart problems, stepped down from Marouane Chamakh position and was replaced by Ricardo Gomes. Under Gomes, Chamakh struggled to meet the success of Marouane Chamakh previous season scoring only 12 league goals in 58 matches over the course of two seasons. Two of Marouane Chamakh notable performances during Gomes' reign included scoring a double in league matches against Metz and AS Nancy. In the match against the former club, Chamakh scored both of Marouane Chamakh goals within a minute of each other. Marouane Chamakh was later ejected from the match after committing a red card offense. Chamakh ended the 2006–07 Ligue 1 campaign by hoisting the Coupe de la Ligue trophy after featuring in the team's 1–0 victory over Olympique Lyonnais in the 2007 Coupe de la Ligue Final. It was Chamakh's first major club honour.
Following the departure of Gomes, Bordeaux hired rookie manager Laurent Blanc ahead of the 2007–08 season. Chamakh has stated on several occasions that Blanc was an important figure in Marouane Chamakh development as a footballer. However, when Blanc first arrived to the club, Chamakh struggled to earn meaningful minutes because Blanc preferred David Bellion, a new recruit. Marouane Chamakh playing time up front was further hampered by the arrival of striker Fernando Cavenaghi, who had a prolific season scoring 15 goals in only 23 appearances. Due to Cavenaghi's emergence, Chamakh was used as a target man and scored four goals, Marouane Chamakh lowest output since becoming a professional. In the 2008–09 Ligue 1, Chamakh was relegated to appearing as a substitute for the first-half of the campaign. However, on 21 December 2008, Chamakh convinced Blanc to change Marouane Chamakh mind. With Bordeaux trailing 3–0 against AS Monaco FC, Chamakh appeared as a substitute and, within minutes on the field, scored a goal. Following a goal from Alou Diarra to make the match 3–2, Chamakh equalized three minutes from time and, two minutes later, Cavenaghi netted the game-winner to give Bordeaux a 4–3 victory. Following the winter break, Blanc decided to use both Chamakh and Cavenaghi in the attack with influential playmaker Yoann Gourcuff acting in support. It was the former who developed a consistent partnership with Gourcuff, and Chamakh responded by scoring eight league goals in the second half of the season. On 30 May 2009, Bordeaux sealed their first league title since the 1998–99 French Division 1 after defeating SM Caen 1–0 at the Stade Chaban Delmas. Chamakh played the entire match. The club also won the 2009 Coupe de la Ligue Final, completing the Double (association football).

During the club's victory parade, with only one year left on Marouane Chamakh contract Chamakh declared that Marouane Chamakh would be staying at Bordeaux for the 2009–10 Ligue 1, despite strong interest from Premier League club Arsenal F.C.. Despite the statement, rumors of a move to Arsenal continued to surface with negotiations reportedly having been ongoing throughout the summer. On 3 August 2009, president Jean-Louis Triaud declared that Arsenal had sent a bid of Euro7 million for Chamakh and that Marouane Chamakh had rejected it, demanding that Arsenal improve its offer. The following day, Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger announced that Marouane Chamakh would not be offering a better deal and declared the possible transfer dead. The announcement subsequently led Chamakh to confirm Marouane Chamakh intent to remain at Bordeaux for the 2009–10 season. On 29 August, Chamakh reportedly snubbed a move to West Ham United F.C.. The club offered Bordeaux Pound sterling18 million for the player and offered Chamakh a four-year contract worth £3 million a year. However, Chamakh remained firm on Marouane Chamakh stance, reiterating Marouane Chamakh commitment to Bordeaux.

In Marouane Chamakh final season with Bordeaux, Chamakh was equally adept in both the league and the UEFA Champions League. Marouane Chamakh began the season claiming Marouane Chamakh fifth trophy on 25 July 2009 as Bordeaux won the 2009 Trophée des Champions in a 2–0 victory over En Avant de Guingamp. Chamakh scored ten goals in league play and netted five in the Champions League, which included goals against Italy club Juventus F.C. and Germany club FC Bayern Munich in the group stage. Bordeaux were only one of two clubs to finish the group-stage portion undefeated. In the knockout rounds, Chamakh scored a goal in Bordeaux's 2–1 victory over Greece club Olympiacos CFP in the second leg of the team's UEFA Champions League opening knockout round match. Bordeaux won the tie with a 3–1 Playoff format to advance to the quarter-finals, where they faced league rivals Olympique Lyonnais. In the first leg, which Lyon won 3–1, Chamakh scored a vital away goal. In the second leg, Chamakh converted another goal to get the scoreline 3–2 on aggregate. However, in the second half, Bordeaux were unable to score another as Lyon advanced to the semi-finals on the aggregate scoreline. In Ligue 1, Chamakh appeared in all 38 matches for the first time in Marouane Chamakh career. Despite starting the campaign strong, Bordeaux fell out of the running for the league title in the spring and eventually finished the season in sixth place, failing to qualify for UEFA 2010–11 Ligue 1.


On 21 May 2010, Chamakh completed Marouane Chamakh move to Arsenal F.C. on a free transfer after completing Marouane Chamakh contract with Bordeaux. The transfer took effect on 1 July 2010. Marouane Chamakh made Marouane Chamakh debut in a pre-season Exhibition match against Barnet FC on 17 July, appearing as a substitute. On 27 July, Marouane Chamakh scored Marouane Chamakh first pre-season goal for the club, converting a penalty in a 4–0 victory over Austrian club SC Neusiedl am See 1919. In the 2010 edition of the Emirates Cup, Chamakh scored on Marouane Chamakh home debut against Italian club A.C. Milan. Marouane Chamakh made Marouane Chamakh Premier League debut on 15 August in the team's 1–1 draw with Liverpool F.C.. Chamakh contributed to the team's equalizing goal by heading a cross off the goal post, which then redirected off goalkeeper José Manuel Reina and in to the back of the net, resulting in an own goal.

On 21 August 2010, Chamakh scored Marouane Chamakh first Premier League goal with a header against Blackpool F.C.. In the same match, Marouane Chamakh won a penalty when Marouane Chamakh was fouled by Ian Evatt, which Andrei Arshavin subsequently converted in a 6–0 win for Arsenal. In Marouane Chamakh third start in four games, Chamakh scored the team's second goal against Bolton Wanderers F.C. in a 4–1 victory. On 15 September, in Marouane Chamakh first UEFA Champions League match for the club, Marouane Chamakh scored the third goal in a 6–0 win against Portugal club S.C. Braga. Two weeks later, Chamakh scored Marouane Chamakh second Champions League goal for Arsenal against Serbian outfit FK Partizan. The goal was Marouane Chamakh seventh goal in Marouane Chamakh last eight Champions League matches. Following the international break, Chamakh continued Marouane Chamakh solid form, scoring the winning goal in a 2–1 victory over Birmingham City F.C.. Three days later, Marouane Chamakh scored Marouane Chamakh eighth goal in nine Champions League matches against Ukraine club FC Shakhtar Donetsk in a 5–1 rout. On 10 November, Chamakh scored both goals in a midweek victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C.. Marouane Chamakh scored the opening goal 37 seconds into play, which is the fastest league goal scored in the club's history. The previous record was held by Thierry Henry, who scored a goal after 58 seconds for Arsenal against Reading F.C. on 22 October 2006.

On 20 November, Chamakh scored a goal in a 3–2 defeat against Tottenham Hotspur F.C. in the North London derby. A week later, Marouane Chamakh converted another goal, this time in a 4–2 win over Aston Villa F.C.. Following the goal against Aston Villa, Chamakh went scoreless in the winter months often appearing as a substitute in a majority of the matches. In matches Marouane Chamakh did start, Marouane Chamakh was often substituted on early in the second half. On 15 February 2011, Chamakh admitted that Marouane Chamakh felt burnt out stating "By the start of January I felt that I had completely lost my edge". The striker also admitted Marouane Chamakh needed some rest and wouldn't return to full form until March. On 20 February, Chamakh played the entire match in Arsenal's 1–1 draw with Leyton Orient F.C. in the FA Cup. It was the first time in nearly two months Marouane Chamakh had played the full 90 minutes in a match. On 2 March, in the replay against Leyton Orient, Chamakh scored Marouane Chamakh first goal since November in a 5–0 win. In the 2011–12 season, Chamakh scored Marouane Chamakh first goal on 17 September 2011 in a 4–3 defeat against Blackburn Rovers F.C..

International career

Chamakh is a Morocco national football team at the senior level. Prior to representing Morocco, Marouane Chamakh played for the France national under-19 football team of France national football team and made Marouane Chamakh debut on 12 February 2003 in a friendly match against the Czech Republic national football team. That was Marouane Chamakh only appearance with the team. Chamakh was called up to the team for the 2003 UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship, but declined the offer after being called up for Morocco national team duty by coach Badou Zaki for the team's 2004 African Cup of Nations qualification matches against Sierra Leone national football team and Gabon national football team. On 7 June 2003, Marouane Chamakh made Marouane Chamakh debut with the team in the match against Sierra Leone. On 10 September 2003, Chamakh scored both goals, which included Marouane Chamakh first international goal, in a 2–0 victory over Trinidad and Tobago national football team. Marouane Chamakh participated in the rest of the qualification matches and was later named to participate in 2004 Africa Cup of Nations. Chamakh scored two goals in the competition; one against Benin national football team in the group stage and another in the quarter-finals against Algeria national football team. Morocco beat Mali national football team in the semi-finals to reach the final where they faced Tunisia national football team. In the match, Chamakh played the entire contest as Morocco were defeated 2–1 at the Stade 7 Novembre in Tunis.

In 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification – CAF Second Round for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, Chamakh scored three goals. One of Marouane Chamakh goals during qualification occurred on 8 October 2010 against Tunisia. With Morocco needing a win to qualify for the World Cup, Chamakh opened the scoring in the third minute. However, the match finished 2–2, which resulted in the team failing to qualify for the competition. However, the draw did allow Morocco qualification for the 2006 Africa Cup of Nations. In the tournament, Morocco were eliminated in the group stage and departed the tournament without scoring a goal. In 2008, Chamakh was selected to participate in Marouane Chamakh third consecutive Africa Cup of Nations and was held scoreless in 2008 Africa Cup of Nations as Morocco were again eliminated in the group stage. In 2009–2010, Chamakh appeared in only four matches and scored no goals as Morocco failed to qualify for both the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations and the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

On 11 August 2010, Chamakh Captain (association football) the national team for the first time in a 2–1 win over the Equatorial Guinea national football team. After going scoreless for six months at international level, on 4 June 2011, Chamakh scored the second goal in a 4–0 win over Algeria national football team in 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualification for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations.


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