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Hakim Ziyech (Arabic: حكيم زياش‎; born 19 March 1993) is a Moroccan professional footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder for Ajax and for the Morocco national team. In 2019, he was selected as one of the 20 best players in the UEFA Champions League for the 2018–19 season.[4] He is known for his finishing, dribbling, long passes, technique and free kick ability.[5][6]

Hakim Ziyech
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Ziyech with Morocco at the 2018 FIFA World Cup
Personal information
Full name Hakim Ziyech[1]
Date of birth (1993-03-19) 19 March 1993 (age 26)
Place of birth Dronten, Netherlands
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)[2]
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
Ajax
Number 22
Youth career
2001–2004 Reaal Dronten[3]
2004–2007 ASV Dronten
2007–2012 Heerenveen
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012–2014 Heerenveen 36 (11)
2014–2016 Twente 68 (30)
2016– Ajax 93 (33)
National team
2012 Netherlands U19 1 (0)
2012–2013 Netherlands U20 3 (1)
2013–2014 Netherlands U21 3 (2)
2015– Morocco 28 (14)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10:51, 11 August 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 08:18, 12 July 2019 (UTC)

Ziyech started his professional career at Dutch club Heerenveen in 2012 and signed for fellow Dutch club Twente two years later.[7][8] The 2015–16 season was the most prolific season in Ziyech's career, as he scored 17 goals and provided 10 assists in the Eredivisie.[9] In 2016, Ziyech signed for Ajax on a five-year deal, with a reported transfer fee of €11m.[10][11]

Ziyech was eligible to play for the Netherlands or Morocco.[12] In 2015, he confirmed his choice to represent Morocco at the international stage.[13][14] He was selected for the final 23-man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.[15][16]

Contents

Club careerEdit

HeerenveenEdit

Ziyech was born in Dronten, in the Netherlands. Between 2001 and 2007, he played for the youth academy of Reaal Dronten and ASV Dronten. In 2007, he joined the Heerenveen academy.[17]

2012–13 seasonEdit

On 2 August 2012, Ziyech made his formal debut for Heerenveen in the first leg of the third qualifying round of the Europa League, against Rapid București, playing a total of 53 minutes before being substituted.[18] He made his Eredivisie debut for the club on 10 August, in a 0–2 loss to NEC.[7]

2013–14 seasonEdit

Ziyech scored his first goal for Heerenveen in a 2–0 win over NAC Breda, on 10 August 2013.[19] On 23 August, Ziyech provided two assists in a 3–3 draw with Ajax.[20] On 8 November, Ziyech scored and provided an assist in a 5–2 win over Waalwijk.[21] On 18 December, Ziyech scored two goals against AZ Alkmaar, in the fourth round of the KNVB Cup, one in regular time and a last-minute penalty to draw level and take the game into a penalty shootout, but he missed his penalty and Heerenveen were knocked out 6–5 on penalties.[22] On 21 December, Ziyech scored twice and provided one assist in a 5–1 away win over AZ Alkmaar.[23] On 18 January 2014, Ziyech scored in a 2–2 draw with Roda.[24] On 9 February, he scored in a 3–1 win over Groningen.[25] On 27 April, Ziyech scored once and provided an assist in a 4–1 win over Utrecht, after coming on as a substitute.[26][27]

TwenteEdit

On 18 August 2014, Ziyech joined Twente, signing on a three-year contract, and took the number 10 shirt.[8]

2014–15 seasonEdit

On 5 October, Ziyech scored once and provided an assist in a 2–2 draw with AZ Alkmaar.[28] On 6 March 2015, Ziyech scored twice in a 2–2 draw with Willem II.[29] On 10 May, he provided three assists in a 3–0 home win over Dordrecht.[30][31] On 17 May, Ziyech scored twice and provided an assist in a 3–1 away win over his former club Heerenveen.[32][33]

2015–16 seasonEdit

For the 2015–16 season, Ziyech was selected as captain of the club; however, he was stripped off the captaincy in early January 2016, after he made disrespectful comments against the club and publicly requesting a transfer.[34][35] The 2015–16 season was the most prolific season in Ziyech's career, as he scored 17 goals and provided 10 assist in the Eredivisie.[9]

AjaxEdit

On 30 August 2016, Ziyech signed for Ajax on a five-year deal, with a reported transfer of €11m.[10][11]

2016–17 seasonEdit

On 15 September, Ziyech was given a red card in the 79th minute, in a 2–1 win over Panathinaikos in the opening group game of the Europa League.[36] Six days later, on 21 September, he scored his first goal for Ajax in a 5–0 win over Willem II in the KNVB Cup.[37] On 2 October, Ziyech scored his first league goal for the club in a 3–2 win over Utrecht.[38] On 20 October, he scored in a 2–2 draw with Celta Vigo in the Europa League.[39] On 20 October, he scored in a 1–0 win over Excelsior.[40] On 3 November, Ziyech scored in a 3–2 win over Celta Vigo in the Europa League.[41] On 4 December, he scored a penalty in a 2–0 win over Groningen.[42] On 15 January 2017, Ziyech scored twice in a 3–1 away win over Zwolle.[43] On 29 January, he scored in a 3–0 win over Den Haag.[44] On 8 April, he scored in a 5–1 away win over NEC.[45]

2017–18 seasonEdit

On 12 August 2017, Ziyech scored the opening goal in a 1–2 defeat to Heracles Almelo.[46] On 20 August, Ziyech scored in a 3–1 win over Groningen.[47] On 9 September, Ziyech missed a penalty but eventually scored just five minutes later in a 3–0 win over Zwolle.[48] On 18 November, Ziyech provided an assist in an 8–0 win over NAC Breda.[49][50] On 26 November, he provided an assist in a 5–1 win over Roda.[51][52] On 14 December, Ziyech scored in a 3–1 win over Excelsior.[53] On 20 December, Ziyech missed a penalty against his former club Twente, in the round of sixteen of the KNVB Cup, with Ajax suffering elimination after losing the penalty shootout.[54] On 4 February 2018, Ziyech scored an injury-time goal in a 3–1 win over NAC Breda.[55][56] Three days later, on 7 February, he scored in a 4–2 away win over Roda.[57] On 18 March, Ziyech scored twice in a 5–2 away win over Sparta Rotterdam.[58] On 19 April, Ziyech scored in a 4–1 win over Venlo.[59]

2018–19 seasonEdit

On 25 July 2018, Ziyech scored in a 2–0 win over Sturm Graz in the second qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League.[60] On 22 August 2018, Ziyech scored in a 3–1 win over Dynamo Kyiv in the play-off round of the UEFA Champions League.[61] On 13 February 2019, he scored his first Champions League goal, scoring the equaliser in a 1–2 loss against Real Madrid in the round of 16.[62] On 5 March 2019, he scored again in the 4–1 victory over Real Madrid in the second leg, which saw the title holders being knocked out and bringing Ajax to the quarter-finals, where they eliminated Juventus to reach the semi–finals of the competition.[63]

On 30 April 2019, Ziyech assisted for the only goal in the Champions League semi–final first leg win at Tottenham Hotspur.[64] He also scored the second goal for Ajax in the second leg of the semi-final, where Ajax were beaten 3–2 by Tottenham and were knocked out of the torunament on away goals with a 3–3 aggregate score.[65]

 
Ziyech playing for Morocco at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

2019–20 seasonEdit

In August 2019, he signed a new three-year contract with Ajax.[66]

International careerEdit

NetherlandsEdit

Ziyech was eligible to play for the Netherlands or Morocco.[12] Ziyech played for Dutch national youth teams, playing for the U19s, U20s and U21s. He received his first call-up to the senior squad in May 2015, for friendly matches against the United States and Latvia.[12]

MoroccoEdit

In September 2015, Ziyech confirmed his choice to represent Morocco at the international stage.[13][14] Ziyech made his debut for the national team on 9 October, in a 1–0 defeat to Ivory Coast.[67] On 27 May 2016, he scored his first two goals for Morocco, in a 2–0 win over Congo.[68] On 4 September, Ziyech scored in a 2–0 win over São Tomé and Príncipe in a 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match.[69] Ziyech was not selected for the final 23-man squad for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.[70]

On 1 September 2017, Ziyech scored in a 6–0 win over Mali, in a qualifying match for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.[71][72] He was selected for the final 23-man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.[15][16]

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

As of 12 July 2019[73][74]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Cup Continental1 Other2 Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Heerenveen 2012–13 3 0 1 0 2 0 2 0 8 0
2013–14 31 9 3 2 2 0 36 11
2014–15 2 2 2 2
Total 36 11 4 2 2 0 4 0 46 13
Twente 2014–15 31 11 5 4 2 0 38 15
2015–16 33 17 1 0 34 17
2016–17 4 2 4 2
Total 68 30 6 4 2 0 76 34
Ajax 2016–17 28 7 1 1 13 2 42 10
2017–18 34 9 1 0 4 0 39 9
2018–19 29 16 3 0 17 5 49 21
2019–20 2 1 0 0 1 1 1 0 4 2
Total 93 33 5 1 35 8 1 0 134 42
Career total 197 74 15 7 39 8 5 0 256 89
1 Includes UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League matches.
2 Includes Johan Cruyff Shield and Eredivisie playoffs matches.

InternationalEdit

As of 12 July 2019[75]
National team Year Apps Goals
Morocco 2015 4 0
2016 5 5
2017 4 2
2018 10 5
2019 5 2
Total 28 14

International goalsEdit

As of match played 16 June 2019. Morocco score listed first, score column indicates score after each Ziyech goal.[75]
International goals by date, venue, cap, opponent, score, result and competition
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition
1 27 May 2016 Grand Stade de Tanger, Tangier, Morocco 6   Congo 1–0 2–0 Friendly
2 2–0
3 4 September 2016 Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium, Rabat, Morocco 8   São Tomé and Príncipe 1–0 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
4 11 October 2016 Stade de Marrakech, Marrakesh, Morocco 9   Canada 2–0 4–0 Friendly
5 3–0
6 1 September 2017 Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium, Rabat, Morocco 10   Mali 1–0 6–0 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
7 3–0
8 23 March 2018 Stadio Olimpico, Turin, Italy 14   Serbia 1–0 2–1 Friendly
9 9 June 2018 A. Le Coq Arena, Tallinn, Estonia 18   Estonia 2–0 3–1
10 9 September 2018 Stade Mohammed V, Casablanca, Morocco 22   Malawi 1–0 3–0 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
11 16 November 2018 23   Cameroon 1–0 2–0
12 2–0
13 16 June 2019 Stade de Marrakech, Marrakesh, Morocco 25   Zambia 1–1 2–3 Friendly
14 2–2

HonoursEdit

ClubEdit

Ajax[76]

IndividualEdit

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