Abdul Razak (footballer)

Abdul Razak (born 11 November 1992) is an Ivorian footballer who plays as a midfielder.

Abdul Razak
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Razak with the Ivory Coast in 2012
Personal information
Full name Abdul Razak[1]
Date of birth (1992-11-11) 11 November 1992 (age 29)
Place of birth Bouaké, Ivory Coast
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Position(s) Midfielder
Youth career
2007–2010 Crystal Palace
2010–2011 Manchester City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2013 Manchester City 5 (0)
2011Portsmouth (loan) 3 (0)
2012Brighton & Hove Albion (loan) 6 (0)
2012Charlton Athletic (loan) 2 (0)
2013Anzhi Makhachkala (loan) 1 (0)
2013–2014 Anzhi Makhachkala 6 (0)
2014 West Ham United 0 (0)
2014–2015 OFI Crete 9 (0)
2015 Doncaster Rovers 9 (0)
2016 AFC United 12 (0)
2017 IFK Göteborg 5 (0)
2017AFC Eskilstuna (loan) 9 (0)
2018–2019 IK Sirius 21 (1)
2020–2021 Örgryte IS 32 (0)
National team
2012–2013 Ivory Coast 5 (0)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 29 May 2021

He began his career with Manchester City, making ten appearances and winning the FA Community Shield in 2012. After leaving in 2013, he had numerous short spells with clubs in Russia, England, Greece and Sweden.

Razak earned five caps for the Ivory Coast national team from 2012 to 2013, and played at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.

Club careerEdit

Manchester CityEdit

Having left Crystal Palace's youth set-up in 2008, Razak joined the Manchester City Elite Development Squad in July 2010.[2] However, he was not chosen to play his first game for the EDS until 3 February 2011 when he was one of the starting eleven in the EDS team that beat the Bury reserve team 2–0 at Ewen Fields in the Manchester Senior Cup.[3] Only two days later, Razak was then given a surprise debut for the first team, coming on as a substitute for David Silva in the final minutes of the Premier League game against West Bromwich Albion on 5 February 2011, a 3–0 win at the City of Manchester Stadium.[4] His unexpected first team debut makes Razak the ninth youth player to graduate from Manchester City's academy under manager Roberto Mancini in just over a year of the latter's management at the club. The day after his debut for the Manchester City first team Razak was added to the first team squad. In his second game for the EDS team three days later the young Ivorian was shown a straight red card for a rash challenge in the 51st minute of the Premier Reserve League North game against Bolton Wanderers.[5]

He made his first start on 21 September 2011 in the third round of the Football League Cup against Birmingham City, playing for 86 minutes before being substituted for Luca Scapuzzi.[6] He ended that season with one league appearance as Manchester City won the 2011–12 Premier League in dramatic circumstances on the last day of the season.[7]

On 28 October 2011, Razak was loaned to Championship club Portsmouth on a one-month deal.[8] He made his debut against Derby County the next day, coming on as a 62nd-minute substitute in a game Portsmouth lost 3–1.[9] After one month with Pompey and three appearances, Razak returned to Manchester City.[10]

On 17 February 2012, Razak, along with fellow City youngster Gai Assulin joined Championship side Brighton & Hove Albion on a three-month loan deal.[11]

On 12 August 2012, Razak was an unused substitute as City won the 2012 FA Community Shield 3–2 against Chelsea at Villa Park.[12][13]

 
Razak playing for the Ivory Coast in 2012

On 29 September 2012, Razak joined a third Championship club, Charlton Athletic, on a three-month loan deal.[14] After one month, he returned to Manchester City[15] having made only two first team appearances.

Later careerEdit

On 2 September 2013, Razak joined Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala on a season-long loan deal, with a trigger clause that once he made an appearance for Anzhi the transfer becomes a permanent one.[16][17] On 17 October, the clause was activated.[17][18]

On 30 January 2014, Razak returned to the Premier League, when he joined West Ham United on a short-term contract.[19] In April that year, he left the club without having played a first team game.[20]

Razak played for OFI Crete F.C. in Super League Greece before coming back to England to train with Doncaster Rovers. On 10 February 2015, he signed for Rovers for the rest of the League One season.[21]

In January 2017, Razak transferred from AFC Eskilstuna to IFK Göteborg on a three-year deal.[22] After only five appearances and a loan back to AFC, in February 2018 he left for another Swedish team, IK Sirius Fotboll.[23] In February 2020, he signed for Örgryte IS, IFK's rivals.[24]

International careerEdit

Razak made his début for the Ivory Coast national football team against Russia in a friendly match in August 2012.[25] He was included in the Ivory Coast squad for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations and was in Les Éléphants' starting line-up for their third group match against Algeria.

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

As of match played 4 December 2014
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Manchester City 2010–11 Premier League 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2011–12 Premier League 1 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
2012–13 Premier League 3 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
2013–14 Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 5 0 1 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 10 0
Portsmouth (loan) 2011–12 Championship 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Brighton (loan) 2011–12 Championship 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
Charlton Athletic (loan) 2012–13 Championship 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Anzhi 2013–14 (loan) Russian Premier League 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 0
2013–14 Russian Premier League 5 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 8 0
Total 7 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 11 0
West Ham 2013–14 Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
OFI 2014–15 Superleague Greece 9 0 0 0 0 0 9 0
Doncaster Rovers 2014–15 League One 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals
England 16 0 1 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 21 0
Russia 7 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 11 0
Greece 9 0 0 0 0 0 9 0
Career 32 0 1 0 4 0 4 0 0 0 41 0

InternationalEdit

As of 14 August 2013
Ivory Coast national team
Year Apps Goals
2012 2 0
2013 3 0
Total 5 0

HonoursEdit

Manchester City

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "List of Players" (PDF). Confederation of African Football (CAF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 23 January 2013. Retrieved 24 January 2013.
  2. ^ "Manchester City impressed by Abdul Razak 'ability'". menmedia.co.uk. 7 February 2011. Retrieved 10 February 2011.
  3. ^ "City 2 – 0 Bury". Manchester City F.C. 3 February 2011. Retrieved 10 February 2011.
  4. ^ "Man City 3 – 0 West Brom". BBC Sport. 5 February 2011. Archived from the original on 12 January 2016. Retrieved 6 February 2011.
  5. ^ "Bolton Wanderers 1 – 1 City". Manchester City F.C. 8 February 2011. Retrieved 10 February 2011.
  6. ^ "Man City 2 – 0 Birmingham". BBC Sport. 21 September 2011. Retrieved 27 October 2011.
  7. ^ "Man City 3–2 QPR" BBC Sport. 13 May 2012. Retrieved 1 February 2014.
  8. ^ "Manchester City Starlet Joins Pompey". Portsmouth F.C. 28 October 2011. Archived from the original on 6 April 2012. Retrieved 28 October 2011.
  9. ^ "Derby 3 – 1 Portsmouth". BBC Sport. 29 October 2011. Retrieved 29 October 2011.
  10. ^ "Razak Returns". Portsmouth F.C. 24 November 2011. Archived from the original on 28 December 2011. Retrieved 26 November 2011.
  11. ^ "Albion Sign Man City Duo". Brighton & Hove Albion F.C. 17 February 2012. Archived from the original on 19 February 2012. Retrieved 17 February 2012.
  12. ^ a b "TEAM NEWS: Hazard starts for Chelsea's Community Shield clash against Manchester City". Goal.com. 12 August 2012. Retrieved 2 October 2019.
  13. ^ a b Smith, Ben (12 August 2012). "Chelsea 2–3 Manchester City". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2 October 2019.
  14. ^ "Addicks sign Razak". Charlton Athletic F.C. 29 September 2012. Archived from the original on 1 October 2012. Retrieved 29 September 2012.
  15. ^ "Razak returns to Manchester City". Charlton Athletic F.C. 29 October 2012. Archived from the original on 1 November 2012. Retrieved 29 October 2012.
  16. ^ "Manchester City Men's Team News | Manchester City FC". Manchester City F.C. Retrieved 28 March 2018.
  17. ^ a b "Razak leaves City for Anzhi". Manchester Evening News. 17 October 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2013.
  18. ^ "Abdul Razak joins Anzhi Makhachkala on permanent deal". Sky Sports. Retrieved 17 October 2013.
  19. ^ "Hammers snap up Razak". West Ham United FC. 30 January 2014. Archived from the original on 1 February 2014. Retrieved 30 January 2014.
  20. ^ Bates, Steve (12 April 2014). "West Ham target Guilherme Siqueira transfer to finally fix problem left-back spot". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 13 April 2014.
  21. ^ "Razak Signs". Doncaster Rovers F.C. 10 February 2015. Retrieved 2 October 2019.
  22. ^ "Här blir han klar för IFK Göteborg" [Here he is ready for IFK Göteborg]. Expressen (in Swedish). 5 January 2017. Retrieved 2 October 2019.
  23. ^ Björck, Johann (21 February 2018). "Mittfältaren lämnar Blåvitt" [Midfielder leaves Blåvitt]. Aftonbladet (in Swedish). Retrieved 2 October 2019.
  24. ^ Junelind, Hector (21 February 2020). "Blåvitts floppspelare tillbaka i Göteborg" [Blåvitt flop player back in Gothenburg]. Expressen (in Swedish). Retrieved 2 March 2021.
  25. ^ "Razak recalled from Charlton loan". Manchester City F.C. 29 October 2012.

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