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Friday, August 17, 2012

Oussama 'Ferrari' Assaidi – The Typical “Liverpool Way” Signing in 15 Facts

Ferrari packed at Anfield
Assaidi is 24 years old and was born in Beni-Boughafer village in northern Morocco on 15th August 1988, coincidentally the same date it was announced that he would sign for Liverpool.

He’s nicknamed the ‘Ferrari’, thanks to his bustling speed. Although he plays mostly on the left wing, he likes to cut in on his favoured right foot. He can also play on the right wing and as an attacking midfielder

He came through the youth system in Dutch side AZ Alkmaar

He began his professional career in the 06/07 season at FC Omniworld in the Dutch first division where he played for two seasons before signing for De Graafschap in 2008

He scored 6 goals in 27 appearances for Graafschap which earned him a move to Heerenveen on the last day of the 2009 transfer window

On December 12, 2010 in his second season with Heerenveen, Assaidi gave a Man of the Match-performance in a 6-2 home win against then Dutch league defending champions FC Twente. In spite of carrying an ankle injury he scored the first hat-trick of his career in the match and delivered 2 assists and a penalty

In total, Assaidi has scored 20 goals in 68 appearances for Heerenveen

He made his international debut for Morocco national team on February 9, 2011 replacing Queens Park Rangers midfielder Adel Taarbat in the 77th minute against Niger. He’s notched up 22 caps since then.

He previously played for the Netherlands U20 team making 5 appearances 

His past injury problems include a back and Achilles tendon problems both suffered last season. He’s received one yellow card and two red cards in his career 

He’s a speedy winger, has a good cross on him and has irreproachable dribbling that more often than not leaves defenders in a spin

At 1,78m, Assaidi is almost the same height as Lucas Leiva 

He started 19 games for SC Herenveen last season scoring 10 goals and claiming 7 assists. 

He shares the same agent (ProSoccer24) with Benfica’s Oscar Cardozo, PSG’s Kevin Gamiero, and Madrid’s Esteban Granero among others 

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