Aymen Abdennour (Arabic: أيمن عبد النور‎; born 6 August 1989) is a Tunisian professional footballer who plays as a central defender for Turkish club Kayserispor.

Aymen Abdennour
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Abdennour playing for Valencia in 2015
Personal information
Full name Aymen Abdennour
Date of birth (1989-08-06) 6 August 1989 (age 30)
Place of birth Sousse, Tunisia
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Kayserispor
Number 5
Youth career
2007–2008 Étoile du Sahel
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2011 Étoile du Sahel 33 (5)
2010Werder Bremen (loan) 6 (0)
2011–2014 Toulouse 77 (3)
2014Monaco (loan) 6 (0)
2014–2015 Monaco 18 (0)
2015–2019 Valencia 35 (0)
2017–2019Marseille (loan) 8 (0)
2019– Kayserispor 0 (0)
National team
2009–2010 Tunisia U21 3 (0)
2009– Tunisia 53 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11:38, 19 July 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 11:37, 19 July 2019 (UTC)

A full international with over 53 caps since 2009, he represented Tunisia at three Africa Cup of Nations tournaments.

CareerEdit

Early careerEdit

Abdennour was born in Sousse, Tunisia, and started his career at Étoile Sportive du Sahel in 2008. During his spell there, he became the favourite player by fans despite being one of the youngest players in the team. In the 2008–09 season he scored five goals for his club, but they missed on the title and finished third.

On 14 January 2010, Abdennour signed a half-year loan deal with SV Werder Bremen which initially saw him stay at the club until the end of the 2009–10 season. Bremen had the contract option to sign him permanently.[1] Abdennour made six appearances for Werder Bremen, but they did not take up the option to sign him and he returned to Étoile.

ToulouseEdit

In July 2011, Abdennour signed a four-year contract with the Ligue 1 side Toulouse. In February 2012, Toulouse extended this, tying the Tunisian to a deal running until 2016.

MonacoEdit

On 31 January 2014, Abdennour joined the league rivals Monaco on a loan deal.[2] After impressing during a loan spell, he signed a four-year deal with Monaco on 4 July 2014.[3] The 2014–15 season was a successful season for Abdennour and his team, with a third place in Ligue 1 and an elimination against Champions League finalist Juventus in the quarter final.

ValenciaEdit

In August 2015, after a good season with Monaco, Abdennour signed a five-year deal until 2020 with La Liga side Valencia CF for an undisclosed fee, mainly as a replacement to Manchester City-bound Nicolás Otamendi.[4] On 11 July 2019, it was announced that Abdennour had been released by Valencia. Following Abdennour's release, he joined Turkish club Kayserispor.

Loan to MarseilleEdit

On 29 August 2017, Abdennour returned to France to play for Olympique de Marseille, on a two-year loan deal.[5]

KayserisporEdit

On 11 July 2019, it was announced that following Abdennour's release from Valencia, that he would immediately join Turkish Süper Lig club Kayserispor.

International careerEdit

His excellent domestic performances earned him a call-up to the Tunisia squad, and, as of July 2019, has won 53 caps for his country,[6] scoring one goal.

He was also the captain of the under-21 team.[7]

Career statisticsEdit

InternationalEdit

As of matches played on 19 July 2019[8]
Tunisia national team
Year Apps Goals
2008 0 0
2009 1 0
2010 1 0
2011 5 1
2012 11 0
2013 10 0
2014 6 0
2015 8 0
2016 6 1
2017 5 0
Total 53 2

HonoursEdit

Individual

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Officiel – Abdennour prêté au Werder Brême" [Official - Abdennour loan to Werder Bremen] (in French). etoile-du-sahel.com. 14 January 2010. Archived from the original on 18 January 2010.
  2. ^ "Aymen Abdennour nouveau renfort défensif" [Aymen Abdennour new defensive reinforcement] (in French). AS Monaco FC. 31 January 2014. Archived from the original on 18 February 2014.
  3. ^ "Abdennour définitivement monégasque" [Abdennour definitely Monaco's player] (in French). AS Monaco FC. 4 July 2014. Archived from the original on 19 August 2014.
  4. ^ "Valencia sign Aymen Abdennour from Monaco". Fox Sports. 29 August 2015. Retrieved 29 August 2015.
  5. ^ "Aymen Abdennour rejoint l'Olympique de Marseille".
  6. ^ "Aymen Abdennour". kicker.de (in German). Retrieved 19 December 2015.
  7. ^ "Werder Bremen testet Tunesier Abdennour" (in German). ran.de. 8 December 2009. Archived from the original on 27 April 2010. Retrieved 27 January 2010.
  8. ^ Aymen Abdennour at National-Football-Teams.com
  9. ^ "CAF – CAF Awards – Previous Editions – 2016". CAFOnline. Retrieved 7 January 2017.

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