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Nacer Chadli

Nacer Chadli
Full nameNacer Chadli[1]
Date of birth (1989-08-02) 2 August 1989 (age 26)
Place of birthLiège, Belgium
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Playing positionWinger / Second striker
Club information
Current team
Tottenham Hotspur
Youth career
1994–1998JS Thier-à-Liège
1998–2005Standard Liège
Senior career*
2007–2010AGOVV Apeldoorn90(28)
2013–Tottenham Hotspur56(12)
National team

Nacer Chadli (Arabic: ناصر الشاذلي‎; born 2 August 1989) is a Belgian professional footballer who plays for Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur and the Belgium national team as a winger.

He began his career in the Dutch Eerste Divisie with AGOVV Apeldoorn, and in 2010 transferred to top-flight FC Twente, where he won the KNVB Cup in his first season. In 2013, Chadli joined Tottenham.

Chadli played an international for Morocco in 2010 but the following year switched allegiance to Belgium, and has since earned over 25 caps and played at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Club career


Chadli played his youth football at JS Thier-à-Liège, Standard Liège and MVV Maastricht. In the summer of 2007, he was contracted by Dutch second division club AGOVV Apeldoorn, who scouted him at MVV's youth academy. Here he was considered an emerging talent. When Chadli was tested for the first time by AGOVV, he went under the alias "Kaliffe", because technical manager Ted van Leeuwen was afraid other clubs would show their interest.[3] Chadli scored his first goal in professional football for AGOVV, in a match against FC Volendam.

FC Twente

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Chadli playing for Twente in 2011

In the summer of 2010, Chadli signed with FC Twente, and in the ensuing season became a first team player for the then reigning Eredivisie champions.[4] His first Eredivisie goal was the winning one away at title rivals PSV.[5] He made his European and Champions League debut in a 2–2 home draw against Internazionale on 14 September.[6] On 29 September he scored his first Champions League goal away at Tottenham Hotspur,[7] and on 2 November got his second at Werder Bremen.[8] He scored against Tottenham Hotspur with a free kick on 7 December in the Champions league.

Tottenham Hotspur

On 21 July 2013, Tottenham Hotspur agreed a deal with Twente to sign Chadli for a fee of £7 million.[9] The club confirmed that subject to agreement of personal terms and a medical Chadli would join up with the squad for pre-season training in Hong Kong.[10] On 23 July, the club confirmed that Chadli had joined the squad which was participating in training sessions prior to the club taking part in the 2013 Premier League Asia Trophy.[11] Chadli finally agreed terms on 26 July and became an official Tottenham player. He made his Spurs debut in a 5–2 friendly defeat to Monaco on 3 August.[12] He made his Premier League debut at 18 August 2013 against Crystal Palace in a 1–0 win.[13] He scored his first Premier League goal on 12 February 2014, in a 4–0 win away to Newcastle United.[14]

On 24 August 2014, Chadli scored twice as Tottenham defeated Queens Park Rangers 4–0 at home.[15] This was the start of a run of good form for Chadli, who went on to score several goals, including one against Tottenham's bitter rivals Arsenal. The run of form was cut short by injury, and before he could return to form tragedy struck his family as his father died. Chadli didn't return to form for quite some time afterwards, however two goals in two matches against Newcastle and Southampton in late April took his season total to 12, 10 in the premier league. Chadli increased his tally to 11 Premier League goals by rounding the keeper in a 2-0 against Hull City on 16 May 2015.

International career

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Chadli lining up for Belgium

A dual citizen of Belgium and Morocco, Chadli was thus able to represent either nation. He made his debut for Morocco side on 17 November 2010, in a 1–1 friendly draw against Northern Ireland national football team at Windsor Park,[16] and was named man of the match.[17] On 28 January 2011, he announced his intention to represent Belgium at international level, which was permitted as he had not played in a competitive match for Morocco, and made his debut for the national squad for a 9 February friendly match against Finland.[18]

Chadli has played as a striker for the Belgian national team.[19] He scored his first international goal in the UEFA Euro 2012 qualifier against Azerbaijan in the King Baudouin Stadium in Brussels on 29 March 2011.

On 26 May 2014, Chadli scored what would have been his third international goal, in a pre-World Cup friendly against Luxembourg. However, the match was later recognised as invalid as Belgian coach Marc Wilmots had made 7 substitutions instead of the permitted 6.[20]

On 13 May 2014, Chadli was named in Belgium's squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.[21] He started in midfield but was substituted at half time for Dries Mertens in the team's first game of the tournament, a 2–1 win against Algeria in Belo Horizonte.[22]

Style of play

Chadli is a versatile midfielder, who can play as an attacking midfielder in a number 10 role or as a winger on either flanks. He is comfortable on both feet and has a decent shot at his disposal. [23]

Career statistics

Club statistics

As of 25 April 2015.[24]
Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Club League Season Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Netherlands League KNVB Cup Europe Total
AGOVV Apeldoorn Eerste Divisie 2007–08 19 2 19 2
2008–09 34 9 34 9
2009–10 391 17 1 1 40 18
FC Twente Eredivisie 2010–11 33 7 6 3 11 3 50 13
2011–12 25 6 2 1 8 2 35 9
2012–13 26 12 2 0 10 6 38 18
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
Tottenham Hotspur Premier League 2013–14 24 1 1 0 3 1 6 3 34 5
2014–15 31 11 2 1 3 1 5 0 41 13
Career totals Netherlands 176 53 11 5 29 11 216 69
England 55 12 3 1 6 2 11 3 75 18
Career statistics 231 65 14 6 6 2 40 14 291 87
1Includes play-off games.

International goals

Scores and results list Belgium's goal tally first.





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  2. ^ " Nacer Chadli". Tottenham Hotspur Ltd. 201X. Retrieved 20 January 2015. 
  3. ^ Nacer Chadli profile at Atlas-Lions (Dutch)
  4. ^ FC Twente swoop for Rosales and Chadli
  5. ^
  6. ^ "FC Twente 2 Inter Milan 2: match report". The Daily Telegraph (London). 14 September 2010. 
  7. ^ Liew, Jonathan (29 September 2010). "Tottenham Hotspur v FC Twente: as it happened". The Daily Telegraph (London). 
  8. ^
  9. ^ Chadli Deal Agreed, Tottenham Hotspur, 21 July 2013 
  10. ^ deal agreed THFC website, Accessed 25 July 2013
  11. ^ in HK – Nacer trains with the squad THFC website, Accessed 25 July 2013
  12. ^ On 25 September, he scored his first goal for Tottenham in a 4–0 League Cup victory over Aston Villa Chadli Deal Agreed, Tottenham Hotspur, 26 July 2013 
  13. ^
  14. ^ "Newcastle United 0–4 Tottenham" BBC Sport. 12 February 2014. Retrieved 12 February 2014.
  15. ^ Fifield, Dominic (24 August 2014). "Tottenham give Harry Redknapp unhappy homecoming with QPR defeat". The Guardian. Retrieved 24 August 2014. 
  16. ^ "Northern Ireland 1–1 Morocco". BBC Sport. 17 November 2010. Retrieved 4 June 2014. 
  17. ^ "Moroccan international Chadli pledges future to Belgium". BBC Sport. 4 February 2011. Retrieved 6 February 2011. 
  18. ^ "Chadli kiest voor België" (in Dutch). De Telegraaf. 28 January 2010. Retrieved 29 January 2010. 
  19. ^ "Nacer Chadli completes Tottenham switch after passing medical and agreeing terms". Sky Sports. 26 July 2013. Retrieved 26 July 2013. 
  20. ^ "Adnan Januzaj's Belgium debut wiped from record books". BBC Sport. 4 June 2014. Retrieved 4 June 2014. 
  21. ^ "Adnan Januzaj included in Belgium's World Cup squad". BBC Sport. 13 May 2014. Retrieved 15 May 2014. 
  22. ^ Chowdhury, Saj (17 June 2014). "Belgium 2–1 Algeria". BBC Sport. Retrieved 17 June 2014. 
  23. ^ George, Joseph. "Tottenham Transfers – Who Is Nacer Chadli?". The Hard Tackle. Retrieved 23 July 2013. 
  24. ^ "Belgium – N. Chadli". Retrieved 27 May 2014. 

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