Youssouf Hersi

Youssouf Hersi (born 20 August 1982) is a retired professional footballer who played as an attacking midfielder.[1]

Youssouf Hersi
Hersi with the Western Sydney Wanderers at the end of season parade in Parramatta.
Personal information
Date of birth (1982-08-20) 20 August 1982 (age 37)
Place of birth Dire Dawa, Ethiopia
Playing position(s) Attacking midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2001 Ajax 9 (0)
2001–2002 NAC Breda 33 (3)
2002–2004 NEC 61 (19)
2004–2005 Heerenveen 9 (0)
2005–2007 Vitesse 69 (15)
2007–2009 Twente 46 (8)
2009–2010 AEK Athens 21 (1)
2010–2011 De Graafschap 22 (2)
2012–2014 Western Sydney Wanderers 47 (8)
2014–2015 Perth Glory 8 (0)
National team
2001–2003 Netherlands U21 8 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only



Youssouf Hersi with FC Twente.

Hersi has played in the Netherlands for Ajax, NAC Breda, NEC, Heerenveen, Vitesse Arnhem, Twente and De Graafschap.[2] He has also played for the Greek side AEK Athens.[3]

On 11 September 2012, Hersi signed with A-League club Western Sydney Wanderers.[4] He scored his first goal for the club in the Sydney Derby on 15 December 2012.[5] In February 2013, Hersi re-signed with the Wanderers for another season.[6] On 10 March 2013 against Wellington Phoenix Hersi broke the Australian football record for most consecutive wins for a player (14) beating Matt Horsley's 13 wins for the Wollongong Wolves from April to December 2001.[7] Hersi was sent off with a second yellow card in the Wanderers' Grand Final qualifier against Brisbane Roar FC and subsequently missed the 2013 A-League Grand Final in which the Wanderers lost 2–0 to Central Coast Mariners FC.[8]

In May 2014 Hersi signed with Perth Glory.[9] He requested a release from the club in May 2015, which was granted despite having another year to run on his contract.[10]

Hersi was set to sign for the Central Coast Mariners in February 2016 but the deal was scuppered at the last minute after he travelled to Australia on the wrong type of visa.[11]


Hersi played with the Dutch under-21 team at the 2001 FIFA World Youth Championship.[12][13] He scored two goals in the tournament, against Costa Rica and his birth country, Ethiopia.

He was never capped for the Dutch full national side, and although he had expressed an interest in representing the nation of his birth Ethiopia at the international level,[14] so far he has never been called to the Ethiopian senior team either.


  1. ^ Youssouf Hersi at Soccerway
  2. ^ "Profile" (in Dutch). Voetbal International.
  3. ^ "Hersi signs 1+2-year deal". AEK Athens F.C. official website. 30 August 2009.
  4. ^ FourFourTwo | Football News, Features and Statistics
  5. ^ "Western Sydney Wanderers exact derby revenge with 2-0 win over Sydney FC at Allianz Stadium". AAP. 15 December 2012.
  6. ^ Hersi extends A-League stay with Wanderers
  7. ^ FourFourTwo | Football News, Features and Statistics
  8. ^ [1]
  9. ^ "HERSI HEADS FOR GLORY". Football Federation Australia. 13 May 2014.
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  12. ^ Youssouf HersiFIFA competition record
  13. ^ "Journeyman Hersi smiling Down Under". 25 February 2014. Retrieved 21 February 2015.
  14. ^ Nicolas White (4 February 2005). "Hersi keen on Ethiopia". BBC Sport.

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