Youssef Rossi

Youssef Rossi (Arabic: يوسف روسي; born June 28, 1973) is a former Moroccan footballer who played as a defender.

Youssef Rossi
Personal information
Full name Youssef Rossi
Date of birth (1973-06-28) June 28, 1973 (age 48)
Place of birth Casablanca, Morocco
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Position(s) Defender
Youth career
Olympique de Casablanca
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–1996 Raja Casablanca ? (?)
1997–1999 Stade Rennais 41 (0)
1999–2000 NEC Nijmegen 4 (0)
2000–2003 Dunfermline Athletic 20 (1)
2003–2004 Raja Casablanca ? (?)
2004–2007 Al Khor
2007–2008 Al Shamal
National team
1996–2001 Morocco[1] 36 (0)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Club careerEdit

Rossi was born in Casablanca, Morocco. started his playing career with local side Raja Casablanca in 1995, before being signed by French side Stade Rennais. After over 40 games for the Ligue 1 side, Rossi then signed al loan-contract for NEC Nijmegen, where he disappeared after only four matches, before moving to Scottish Premier League side Dunfermline Athletic in 2000.[2]

After four months with the SPL side, Rossi first appeared in an under-21 match against St Johnstone in November 2000 but was sent off after 25 minutes.[3] He received another red card later that month, after being sent off for a second bookable offence against Dundee United.[4] As he made his way off the pitch, Rossi was seen to make a gesture that provoked United fans.[4] He scored his only goal for the club against Aberdeen on Boxing Day 2000.[5] In August 2001, Rossi had his wages stopped in what proved to be a long drawn out saga which would see him leave Scotland for Morocco, only to have a worldwide ban placed on him by FIFA after going AWOL for more than a year.[6]

Rossi finally left Dunfermline in December 2003 to re-sign for his first club Raja Casablanca.[7] He stayed in Morocco for one year before moving to Al Khor in Qatar.

International careerEdit

He played for the Morocco national football team and was a participant at the 1998 FIFA World Cup.

Managerial careerEdit

Rossi was the Technical Director of Raja from 2009 to 2012 and 2014 to 2016. In November 2015, he claimed he had not been paid by Raja's President, Mohamed Boudrika, for nine months.[8]


  1. ^ Morocco - Record International Players
  2. ^ "Dunfermline snap up Moroccan Rossi". BBC Sport. July 8, 2000. Retrieved June 26, 2008.
  3. ^ "On-off debut for Pars' Rossi". BBC Sport. November 8, 2000. Retrieved November 22, 2019.
  4. ^ a b "Rossi disciplined as boss sees red". BBC Sport. November 29, 2000. Retrieved November 22, 2019.
  5. ^ "Pars end nine-game barren spell". BBC Sport. December 26, 2000.
  6. ^ "Rossi lands worldwide ban". BBC Sport. January 8, 2003. Retrieved June 26, 2008.
  7. ^ "Raja sign Pars' Rossi". BBC Sport. December 17, 2003. Retrieved June 26, 2008.
  8. ^ "Raja: Youssef Rossi sans salaire depuis 9 mois". sport.le360. November 15, 2015. Retrieved June 13, 2016.

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