Samir Nasri

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Samir Nasri
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Samir Nasri
Personal information
Full name Samir Nasri
Date of birth 26 June 1987 (1987-06-26) (age 27)
Place of birth Marseille, France
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current club Manchester City
Number 8
Youth career
1995–1997 Pennes Mirabeau
1997–2004 Marseille
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2008 Marseille 121 (11)
2008–2011 Arsenal 86 (18)
2011– Manchester City 92 (14)
National team
2002–2003 France U16 16 (8)
2003–2004 France U17 16 (6)
2004–2005 France U18 4 (0)
2005–2006 France U19 10 (5)
2006–2007 France U21 4 (0)
2007– France 41 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Samir Nasri (born 26 June 1987) is a French football player. He plays for Manchester City and the France national team. He is a midfielder. He is of Algerian heritage. Nasri has been called a player whose whose "vision and imagination make him an unpredictable opponent".[1] His playing style, ability, and cultural background have led people to compare him to French legend Zinedine Zidane.[2][3]

Nasri began his football career playing for local youth clubs in his hometown of Marseille. He joined professional club Olympique de Marseille aged 9. He spent seven years developing in the club's youth academy at La Commanderie, which is the club's training center. Nasri made his professional debut in the 2004–05 season at the age of 17. In the next season, he became a regular starter in the team. He also took part in European competition for the first time in the 2005–06 UEFA Cup. In the 2006–07 season, Nasri won the National Union of Professional Footballers (UNFP) Young Player of the Year award and was also named in the Team of the Year. He finished his career with Marseille making over 160 appearances. He played in the teams that reached back-to-back Coupe de France finals in 2006 and 2007.

In June 2008, Nasri joined Premier League club Arsenal. He agreed on a four-year contract. He reached fame with the team in his third season where he won the Professional Footballers' Association (PFA) Fans' Player of the Month award three times. He was alson named in the PFA's Team of the Year. In December 2010, he was named the French Player of the Year for his performances during the year.[4] In August 2011, after three seasons with Arsenal, Nasri joined Manchester City. He agreed on a four-year contract. In his first season with the club, they won the 2011–12 of the Premier League. This was Nasri's first important honour as a player.

Nasri was a French youth international. He has played for his nation at every level for which he was able to. He played on the France under-17 team that won the 2004 UEFA European Under-17 Football Championship. Nasri made his senior team debut in March 2007. It was a friendly match against Austria. Two months later, he scored his first senior international goal in a 1–0 UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying win over Georgia. Nasri has played for France at two major international tournaments: UEFA Euro 2008 and UEFA Euro 2012.

Club career statistics[change | change source]

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
France League Coupe de France Coupe de la Ligue Europe Total
2004/05 Olympique Marseille Ligue 1 24 1 0 0 24 1
2005/06 30 1 11 0 41 1
2006/07 37 3 4 0 41 3
2007/08 30 6 8 0 38 6
England League FA Cup Football League Cup Europe Total
2008/09 Arsenal Premier League 29 6 5 0 0 0 10 1 44 7
2009/10
Country RFA 122 11 23 0 145 11
England 29 6 5 0 0 0 10 1 44 7
Total 151 17 5 0 0 0 33 1 189 18

International career statistics[change | change source]

As of 31 March 2014.[5]
National team Season Apps Goals
France 2006–07 3 1
2007–08 9 1
2008–09 3 0
2009–10 0 0
2010–11 7 0
2011–12 13 2
2012–13 0 0
2013–14 6 1
Total 41 5

International goals[change | change source]

# Date Place Opponent Score Result Competition
1
6 June 2007 Stade de l'Abbé Deschamps, Auxerre, France  Georgia
1–0
1–0
UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying
2
16 November 2007 Stade de France, Saint-Denis, France  Morocco
2–1
2–2
Friendly
3
11 October 2011 Stade de France, Saint-Denis, France  Bosnia and Herzegovina
1–1
1–1
UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying
4
11 June 2012 Donbass Arena, Donetsk, Ukraine  England
1–1
1–1
UEFA Euro 2012
5
10 September 2013 Central Stadium, Gomel, Belarus  Belarus
2–3
2–4
2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
Correct as of 10 September 2013

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