Issam El Adoua (born 9 december 1986) is a Moroccan footballer who plays for Al Dhafra as a central defender.[2]

Issam El Adoua
Personal information
Full name Issam El Adoua
Date of birth (1986-12-09) 9 December 1986 (age 33)
Place of birth Casablanca, Morocco
Height 1.89 m (6 ft 2 12 in)
Playing position Centre back / Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
Al Dhafra
Number 33
Youth career
Wydad Casablanca
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2009 Wydad Casablanca
2009–2010 Lens 0 (0)
2009Lens B (loan) 4 (0)
2010Nantes (loan) 8 (0)
2010–2011 Al Qadsia 18 (0)
2011–2013 Vitória Guimarães 41 (0)
2013–2015 Levante 22 (0)
2015 Chongqing Lifan 29 (1)
2016–2018 Al Dhafra 53 (2)
2018 Aves 13 (0)
2019 Kuwait SC 3 (0)
2019– Al Dhafra 0 (0)
National team
2007–2008 Morocco U23 4 (0)
2009–2015 Morocco[1] 35 (7)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17 March 2019

Club careerEdit

Born in Casablanca, El Adoua made his senior debuts for his hometown's Wydad Casablanca, and formed a solid partnership with Hicham Louissi during his spell at the club.

On 25 May 2009 El Adoua moved abroad, signing a four-year deal with Ligue 1 side RC Lens.[3] He made his debut for the side on 23 September, starting in a 4–3 away win over Montpellier HSC, for the campaign's Coupe de la Ligue; however he failed to appear in the league, and was subsequently loaned to FC Nantes on 16 January of the following year.[4] He appeared eight times in Ligue 2 before returning to his parent club.

In June 2010 El Adoua moved to Kuwait, joining Al Qadsia SC. In his one-year spell he won the Premier League and the Federation Cup. On 4 June 2011 he moved teams and countries again, signing a two-year deal with Primeira Liga side Vitória S.C..[5]

On 18 June 2013 the free agent El Adoua joined Levante UD, signing a two-year deal.[6] He made his La Liga debut on 17 August, coming on as a second-half substitute in a 0–7 away loss at FC Barcelona.[7]

On 15 February 2015, El Adoua transferred to Chinese Super League side Chongqing Lifan.[8]

International careerEdit

After appearing for the Morocco under-23's, El Adoua made a full international debut for Morocco on August 12, 2009 in a friendly against Congo.


Usually a central defender, El Adoua can also play as a defensive midfielder.


Wydad Casablanca
Al Qadsia
Vitória Guimarães


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