Jaouad Zairi

Jaouad Zairi (Arabic: جواد الزايري‎; born 17 April 1982) is a Moroccan professional footballer who last played for Football League club Zakynthos in 2017. He represented the Morocco national team between 2000 and 2009, making 34 appearances and scoring 6 goals.

Jaouad Zairi
جواد الزايري
Personal information
Full name Jaouad Zairi
Date of birth (1982-04-17) 17 April 1982 (age 38)
Place of birth Taza, Morocco
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)[1]
Playing position(s) Winger
Youth career
1997–2000 Gueugnon
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2001 Gueugnon 28 (4)
2001–2006 Sochaux 87 (5)
2006Al-Ittihad (loan) 24 (8)
2006–2007 Boavista 6 (0)
2007Nantes (loan) 8 (0)
2007–2009 Asteras Tripolis 42 (0)
2009–2011 Olympiacos 32 (2)
2011–2012 PAS Giannina 8 (1)
2012 Anorthosis Famagusta 8 (1)
2013–2014 Al-Nasr 5 (0)
2014 Monts d'Or Azergues Foot 3 (0)
2015 Football Club Vaulx-en-Velin 9 (2)
2015–2017 Zakynthos 24 (7)
National team
2000–2009 Morocco 34 (6)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12:48, 14 April 2020 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 12:48, 14 April 2020 (UTC)

Early lifeEdit

Zairi was born into a large family in Taza, Morocco.[citation needed] At the age of 2, his family moved to Mâcon, a small French city.[citation needed] In 1997, he moved to FC Gueugnon.[citation needed]

Club careerEdit

Zairi joined the French Ligue 2 team FC Gueugnon at the age of 15.[citation needed] In the summer of 2001, he joined FC Sochaux and played for them until 2008. In January 2006 he was loaned to the Saudi club Al-Ittihad. He moved to Portugal and played for one year with Boavista F.C. (2006–2007). He returned in France and played another year with FC Nantes (2007–2008).

He moved to Greece and played for Super League Greece side Asteras Tripolis for the 2008–09 season.

On 25 April 2009, Olympiacos announced Zairi would join for the 2009–10 season. He won the 2010–11 Super League Greece with the club.[2] After two seasons with Olympiacos he was informed by Olympiacos' manager Ernesto Valverde that he was not to renew his contract with the club and that he was free to leave.[citation needed]

In July 2017, he made an appearance for Indonesian club Persija Jakarta in a friendly match against Espanyol.[3]

International careerEdit

Zairi made a debut for Morocco national team in 2000. He played in the Africa Cup of Nations in 2004 when Morocco made it to the finals but lost to their North African rivals Tunisia.

Zairi also played for Morocco at the 2000 Summer Olympics.[4]

International goalsEdit

Scores and results list Morocco's goal tally first.[5]
No Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 20 June 2003 Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium, Rabat, Morocco   Gabon 2–0 2–0 2004 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
2. 8 February 2004 Stade Taïeb Mhiri, Sfax, Tunisia   Algeria 3–1 3–1 (a.e.t) 2004 Africa Cup of Nations
3. 31 March 2004 Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium, Rabat, Morocco   Angola 3–0 3–1 Friendly
4. 9 February 2005 Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium, Rabat, Morocco   Kenya 1–0 5–1 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification
5. 2–0
6. 5–0

HonoursEdit

Olympiacos

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Jaouad Zairi". ESPNsoccernet. Retrieved 21 August 2009.
  2. ^ "El Olympiacos gana la liga griega tras pasar por encima del AEK". Marca (in Spanish). 20 March 2011. Retrieved 27 September 2020.
  3. ^ Elkerf, Nassim (24 July 2017). "Image: Lions de l'Atlas: Jaouad Zaïri veut toujours jouer au football... en Indonésie!". sport.le360.ma (in French). Retrieved 27 September 2020.
  4. ^ "Jawad Zairi Biography and Statistics". Sports-Reference.com. Archived from the original on 26 January 2011. Retrieved 16 February 2010.
  5. ^ "Zairi, Jaouad". National Football Teams. Retrieved 17 April 2017.

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