Marouane Fellaini

Marouane Fellaini, born November 22, 1987 in Etterbeek (Brussels) in Belgium, is a Belgian international footballer currently playing as a midfielder in Shandong Luneng Taishan. He also has Moroccan nationality.

Versatile player, he can play as a defensive midfielder, runner or in support of the attack as during his stay at Everton FC.

The Belgian international can also occupy the tip of the attack, a position he once held at Manchester United. His excellent head play and, more anecdotally, his atypical hairstyle (until November 2018) contribute to his fame on the grounds.

Called into the Belgian national team since 2007, he participates notably in the 2014 World Cup, Euro 2016 and the 2018 World Cup.

Marouane, a native of Brussels in Etterbeek, comes from a family of Moroccan immigrants from Tangiers in northern Morocco. He arrives at Standard Liege in 2005 from the Royal Charleroi Sporting Club. After a season in reserve, he joined the first team in 2006. He made his surprise debut in the third qualifying round of the Champions League against Steaua Bucharest.

On May 31, 2007, the young Belgian midfielder threatened to unilaterally terminate the contract that binds him to Standard de Liège until 2011 (law of 1978), considering his salary too low. On June 18, 2007, he reached an agreement with his club and signed a new contract for 5 years revised upward. Clubs of the European top, however, are interested in him.

During the 2007-2008 season he acquired a new dimension under the leadership of his coach Michel Preud’homme. Pillar of his team, he accumulates high level games and stands as one of the strong men of the successful season of his club even if his rough game is worth a lot of cards. Having become indisputable with the national team, he is one of the men in form at the Olympic Games, during which Belgium finishes fourth.

In May 2008 he won his first awards: he received the ebony shoe, rewarding the best African player or of African origin, and won the Belgian championship with Standard Liege.

On September 1, 2008, Fellaini joined the English club Everton. Some newspapers talk of £ 12m (€ 14m at the time) for his transfer but the Standard says it is € 20 million, which confirms Everton on its own website. In fact, this is a direct cash transfer of € 14 million and a premium on future results estimated at € 6 million. He becomes the most expensive transfer in the history of Belgian football as well as Toffees at only 20 years old.

For his debut at Everton, Marouane started tenure and scored his first goal of the lead in his second Premier League game, restoring the score as Everton was led. He then imposes himself as an indisputable holder in his club. On the 20th day, Marouane Fellaini has 13 games played, 6 goals and was once again, on the 18th day, a score of 9, the best score given to a player by journalists that day. He continues to climb the Everton team as the new captain. But an injury takes him away from the field for the rest of the 2009-2010 season.

During the 2012-2013 season, he made an exceptional start to the season with his team from Everton. In November, he is named Player of the Month of the English Championship. He is the top scorer of his team with which he reached the 2nd place of the championship in October. His performances attract the attention of top English teams but Fellaini is committed to honouring his contract with Everton until 2016 if his club wishes to keep it. He has become one of the favourites of the public Toffees, some supporters proudly wearing a wig with his effigy by his haircut “Afro” now famous.

On 2 September 2013, during the final hour of the transfer window, Marouane Fellaini was transferred from Everton to Manchester United for € 32.5 million. The Standard de Liège will receive 25% of the capital gain made by Everton on the transfer, ie around € 2.5 million.

He started for the first time on September 17, 2013, the first day of the league of champions, for a 4-2 victory of the Red Devils against Bayer Leverkusen. Following the failure of David Moyes as a Red Devils coach, Marouane is also targeted as a resounding flop. However since the arrival of Louis van Gaal, he has managed to prove he was a first-rate player by aligning the quality benefits and important goals or assists. The proof is when he scores in important matches like against Tottenham (3-0 win) and against Manchester City (4-2 win). However, his season ends badly because he is excluded on the last day of the Premier League against Hull City and gets a suspension of 3 games.

On August 18, 2015, for his first game of the 2015-2016 season, he scored his third goal on a Memphis Depay service in Manchester United’s 3-1 win over Club Brugge KV in the play-offs of the league. champions.

Often criticized by the fans, several media evoke rumors of his departure from the club, but the new coach José Mourinho would have called him directly shortly after his appointment to affirm his support. Fellaini played 100% of the playing time during the preparation matches of the summer of 2016.

National team

Between Morocco and Belgium

Possessing dual Belgian and Moroccan nationality, Marouane begins as a Moroccan international with the young team Morocco. Aged just 18, he is summoned by Fathi Jamal to join the Atlas Lions. After some tests during training in selection, the coach will decide to recalibrate the player, considering that the profile of the player did not correspond to the national team of Morocco. He will finally conclude “that he has the profile for Belgium”. Dissatisfied with the way he is treated, Marouane Fellaini will decide to definitively turn his back on the FRMF by opting for an international career with the Red Devils. He will then join the hopes of Belgium and is selected in national team A for the first time on 7 February 2007 against the Czech Republic.

Belgian international hope, Marouane participates in the 2007 European Championship Espoirs in the Netherlands where young Belgians will go until the semi-finals.

On June 2, 2007, he scored the only Belgian goal of the Euro 2008 qualifier against Portugal (1-2 defeat).

During the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, he scored the goal of the equalizer against Algeria (2-1 win).

On 28 March 2015, he scored twice against Cyprus in Euro 2016 qualifiers (5-0 win). He is also the decisive scorer of the next game, a tricky victory for the Red Devils against Israel (1-0). He has scored a total of 6 goals in the last four games of the Red Devils (including 2 against the French team).

David Ginola

David Ginola Desire; was born January 25, 1967, Gassin, Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur, France – French footballer, midfielder, known for playing for the French team and the clubs Paris Saint-Germain, Newcastle United, Tottenham Hotspur, Aston Villa and Everton.

David Ginola was born near the city of Saint-Tropez. Skinny Ginola had the nickname “Jambes des baguettes,” which means “stick legs”. However, this did not prevent him from playing well and standing out among his peers.


Carier start

At the age of 11, David, already a graduate of the Saint-Maxine School, played at the local St. Raphael amateur tournament under the name of Eric Boyer. He was recognized as the best footballer and even invited to Milan. Deception soon opened, and Zhinola had to be content with “Toulon”. At the age of 18, David made his debut in the first division in a match against Metz. He spent three seasons at Toulon, quickly becoming one of the team leaders. And this could not go unnoticed by the coaches of capital clubs. In 1988, Ginola came to conquer Paris for the first time.


Two years he spent in the “Racing”. And in this period, Ginola was on the verge of his first victory. Racing played in the French Cup final against Montpellier, but lost in extra time – 1: 2. Ginola himself scored a goal in that game, but that didn’t help his team anymore.


David’s next club was Brest. It was here that Michel Platini, head coach of the French national team, drew attention to Ginola. November 17, 1990 in Tirana, David made his debut in the composition of the “tricolor”. However, the very first season at Brest turned out to be unsuccessful, both for the player himself and for the club. Due to financial problems, Brest sank into the second division. Ginola played for the club for another half of the season and in the winter of 1992 he set off to conquer Paris for the second time.


Now he was waiting for “Paris Saint-Germain”, a club where Liberian George Weah and Brazilian Rai were already playing. The second attempt of the provincial was more successful.

In the ranks of the “red-blue” Zhinola became the champion of France (for PSG it was the first title in eight years), and the winner of the national cup. In addition, it was in PSG that Zinola played for the first time in European competitions – and, moreover, in all three.


In the end, David went after Eric Canton to Britain. And for two years, his new club Newcastle (who bought a Frenchman for £ 2.5 million) competed with Canton Manchester United in the fight for primacy in the Premier League. David played his first match in England on August 19, 1995 against Coventry City. And the first goal of Ginola flew into the Sheffield Wednesday gate six days later. The successful game of David in England, however, did not become a pretext for his return to the national team. The tricolor coach Aime Jaquet did not see either Jinola, Canton or Papen in his team. And even the fact that the European Championship was held in England, where Canton and Ginola became favorites, did not change the views of Jacquet. He argued that both of them are individualists, and they will not be able to play as he sees football. But Zhinol had complete mutual understanding with another coach – Kevin Keegan. And with his departure from the post of manager of Newcastle, Ginola firmly sat in the reserve.


Kenny Dalglish, who replaced Keegan in Newcastle, almost never allowed Ginol to play for the team. So David’s departure from United was obvious. He joined Tottenham in July 1997 for £ 2 million. In the new team he had to forget about the championship medals. “Spurs” fought for survival, and David with his game helped them to save a place in the Premier League. And next year, Ginola became the leader of the team, which now was able to beat Manchester in the League Cup, and then completely win the trophy itself in a difficult match with Leicester City. In addition, Tottenham Hotspur made it to the semi-finals of the FA Cup, where he lost to Newcastle only in extra time. Ginola spent this season so enthusiastically that his colleagues again – like five years ago in France – recognized him as the best football player of the championship.

Marco Materazzi

Marco Materazzi; born. August 19, 1973, Lecce, Italy) – Italian footballer and football coach. He played the defender position; ex-player of the Italian national team, world champion of 2006. Five-time champion of Italy, three-time winner of the Italian Cup. Widely known for the extremely rigid manner of the game. Officer of the Order of Merit for the Italian Republic.

The son of the famous Italian trainer Giuseppe Materazzi. He started his career in the clubs of the lower Italian divisions. In 1995, he joined the team of Series B “Perugia”, from the first time he failed to gain a foothold in his team, was rented out in “Carpi” (Series C). Upon returning from there, he began to progress and got a stable match practice in Perugia. He spent the 1998/99 season on loan at Everton, England, then the middle Premier League; Marco spent 27 games for this club and three times removed from the field. “Perugia” in his absence came to Serie A. In the summer of 1999, Materazzi returned to the structure of “Perugia”. In the 2000/01 season, he scored 12 goals, breaking the record for the number of goals for the season among defenders of the A series, owned by Daniel Passarella. In the summer of 2001, was bought by Inter Milan. Became one of the leaders of “Inter”. Won a large number of trophies in the club, including five consecutive national championships, three cups and three Super Bowls. In the 2006/07 season, he again became the top scorer among defenders, scoring 10 goals. On July 1, 2009, Materazzi extended the contract with Inter until the summer of 2012.

 2013 Materazzi, together with Gianluca Zambrotta, Fabio Grosso and Phillipo Inzaghi, received a UEFA Pro coaching license

First played for the Italian national team in 2000 against the South African team. He played for the Italian national team in the World Championships (2002), European Championships (2004), World Championships (2006), European Championships (2008).

At the 2002 World Cup held one match, at the Euro 2004 – also one. At the 2006 World Championships, which became victorious for the Italian national team, Materazzi was initially also taken as a reserve defender, but after Alessandro Nesta was injured in the group stage match against the Czech Republic, Martello Lippi was replaced by Nateta in the centre of defence.

The 2006 World Cup Final, where the Italians were confronted by the French team, was perhaps the most famous match in the Materazzi career, and Marco played one of the most important roles in it: in the 7th minute, a penalty kick was awarded to the Italians for a foul, Zinédine Zidane, in the 19th minute, Marco leveled the score with his head, and in the 110th minute Zidane, the French leader provoked by him, was removed because of the attack on Materazzi, which many football fans and analysts thought influenced the outcome of the final match win nnogo Italians on penalties. Zidane hit his head into Materazzi’s chest: according to one version, Materazzi called Zidane’s sister “whore”, according to others, in response to Zidane’s offer to donate a T-shirt, he would prefer his sister.

In the fall of 2006, Materazzi wrote and published the book “What I actually said to Zidane,” in which he described 250 versions of what was said, of varying degrees of wit. At the same time, Materazzi attributed insulting remarks to the mother of Zidane, but the Italian said that he would never have dared to offend a person in this way.

At the 2008 European Championships, Materazzi played one match, replacing the injured team captain Fabio Cannavaro in the group stage game with the Netherlands. This match was his last for the Italian team. In total for the national team he spent 41 games, scored 2 goals.

The reason for the completion of Marco Materazzi’s career was a cruciate ligament injury. The last match was held on May 21, 2011 for Inter.