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The very nice surprise Azzedine Ounahi, who went from National 1 to the quarter-finals of the 2022 World Cup!



“I used to be pleasantly stunned by quantity 8, can’t bear in mind the identify, sorry. Oh my God !!! The place is that this man from? He performs very properly. Achraf and Ziyech are apparent, En-Nesyri was recognized, we all know Amrabat too… However this boy didn’t cease operating. We mentioned it with the employees. It was spectacular.” After Morocco’s historic qualification in opposition to Spain (0-0, 3-0 on penalties) within the quarter-finals of the 2022 World Cup, La Roja coach Luis Enrique was amazed by Azzedine’s efficiency Ounahi. The Angers midfielder, like his teammates, delivered a powerful efficiency. Throughout the pitch, he lined a minimum of 14.7 kilometers on this sport, greater than every other participant. A spotlight for the 22-year-old who couldn’t include his pleasure after the sport: “We did one thing uncommon. We now have a era of expertise, we will go far on this competitors. After the matches, we watch the celebration movies of Moroccans within the nation, in Europe or in Africa, who’re all outdoors, it actually makes us proud.

To see Morocco and Azzedine Ounahi being three video games away from a possible world championship title is totally loopy, particularly if we seek advice from the course of the native of Casablanca. Skilled on the Mohammed VI Academy like different gamers of his choice (Nayef Aguerd, Youssef En-Nesyri or Ahmed Reda Tagnaouti), the midfielder took time to exhibit all his expertise. Left in the summertime of 2018 on the facet of Strasbourg and his reserve, Azzedine Ounahi was lastly unable to signal skilled with the Alsatians – not enjoying any assembly with the primary crew – in a context marked by the Covid pandemic -19 and he had the chance to bounce again in Nationwide 1, on the facet of US Avranches. Backing as much as leap higher, such was Azzedine Ounahi’s determination and she or he smiled at him. Enjoying 28 matches with the Normans for five objectives scored the place he alternated between the place of midfielder and that of winger, he made the happiness of Frédéric Reculeau, his former coach. “I knew he had qualities however to not the purpose that he might chain as a lot. It’s a simply reward and a pleasure to see him evolve at this time, whether or not in Ligue 1 or on this World Cup. defined the latter to the Fifa.

A meteoric rise

Spectacular in a championship that was shortly too small for his qualities, Azzedine Ounahi shortly satisfied Angers to guess on him in the summertime of 2021. For his first match in opposition to Olympique Lyonnais (3-0), he additionally distinguished himself by coming into the sport and collaborating within the victory of his crew with a aim. An achievement that launched his journey with the SCO since he step by step received his place as an indeniable holder in his crew. With 32 matches performed (2 objectives and a couple of choices) for his first season in Ligue 1, he additionally received his place within the Moroccan choice, which participated in CAN 2021 final January. Holder in opposition to Ghana and Gabon within the group stage, he was attention-grabbing earlier than ending the competitors as an alternative. A primary discovery underneath the orders of Vahid Halilhodžić, which allowed him to shortly mix into the Atlas Lions collective. To the purpose of turning into part of the brand new coach Walid Regragui for this 2022 World Cup.

His membership season is just not going properly regardless of an unchanged standing, since Angers SCO is in a harmful twentieth place on the backside of Ligue 1. A sophisticated begin to the season for the 22-year-old who has discovered a context conducive to his improvement with the Atlas Lions. In a trident with Sofyan Amarabat as sentry and Selim Amallah at his facet, he brings his excessive quantity of play, his technical high quality, his passing sport and his capacity to undertaking himself. An amazing weapon for Morocco and Walid Regragui who began the 4 matches of his nation on this World Cup. A waking dream as he confided to the official FIFA media : “It’s unbelievable what is occurring to me, a 12 months in the past I used to be in Nationwide and I by no means imagined that I’d be on the World Cup at this time. I progressed, I labored and the very fact of arriving in Angers allowed me to enter the choice. A powerful trajectory for a participant who’s prone to be talked about in the course of the subsequent home windows of the switch market…

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