Abdelilah Saber (Arabic: عبد الإله صابر‎; born 21 April 1974) is a Moroccan retired footballer who played as a right back.

Abdelilah Saber
Personal information
Full name Abdelilah Saber
Date of birth (1974-04-21) 21 April 1974 (age 45)
Place of birth Casablanca, Morocco
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Right back
Youth career
WAC
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1993–1996 WAC
1997–2001 Sporting CP 61 (0)
2000–2001Napoli (loan) 18 (0)
2001–2003 Napoli 49 (0)
2003–2004 Torino 11 (0)
Total 121 (0)
National team
1995–2003 Morocco[1] 53 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Club careerEdit

Born in Casablanca, Saber played his first professional years with local Wydad Athletic Club. In January 1997, he began playing in Europe, signing with Sporting Clube de Portugal.

With the Lisbon side, Saber struggled initially, but eventually became first-choice. In January 2000, however, he lost his place to newly arrived César Prates, as the Lions eventually won the national championship, the first in 18 years – he still contributed to the feat with 18 matches.

Saber would play the next four years in Italy, initially being loaned to S.S.C. Napoli, moving to that club alongside Sporting teammates Facundo Quiroga and Luís Vidigal. The move was made permanent at the end of the season, as Napoli relegated from the Serie A, and the player played the remainder of his career in the country in the Serie B – two more years at Naples and one with Torino FC – retiring at only 30.

International careerEdit

Saber gained 39 caps for Morocco, the first arriving in 1997. In the following year's FIFA World Cup, he started in all three group stage matches as the national team exited with one win, one loss and one draw.[2]

International goalsEdit

Scores and results list Morocco's goal tally first.[3]
No Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 12 February 2003 Stade Sébastien Charléty, Paris, France   Senegal 1–0 1–0 Friendly

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Abdelilah Saber - International Appearances
  2. ^ Abdelilah SaberFIFA competition record
  3. ^ "Saber, Abdelilah". National Football Teams. Retrieved 21 April 2017.

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