Noureddine Naybet

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Noureddine Naybet
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Full nameNoureddine Naybet
Date of birth (1970-02-10) 10 February 1970 (age 49)
Place of birth Casablanca, Morocco
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Centre back
Senior career*
1989–1993 WAC 75 (4)
1993–1994 Nantes 34 (1)
1994–1996 Sporting CP 54 (5)
1996–2004 Deportivo La Coruña 211 (11)
2004–2006 Tottenham Hotspur 30 (1)
National team
1990–2006 Morocco 115 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Noureddine Naybet (Arabic : نور الدين نيبت; born 10 February 1970) is a Moroccan retired footballer who played as a central defender.

Morocco Country in North Africa

Morocco, officially the Kingdom of Morocco, is a country located in the Maghreb region of North West Africa with an area of 710,850 km2 (274,460 sq mi). Its capital is Rabat, the largest city Casablanca. It overlooks the Mediterranean Sea to the north and the Atlantic Ocean to the west. Morocco claims the areas of Ceuta, Melilla and Peñón de Vélez de la Gomera, all of them under Spanish jurisdiction.

Association football Team field sport

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He spent most of his 17-year professional career with Deportivo, appearing in 284 competitive games and winning four major titles, including the 2000 national championship. He also competed in France, Portugal and England.

Deportivo de La Coruña Spanish association football club

Real Club Deportivo de La Coruña is a professional football club based in the city of A Coruña, Galicia, Spain.

The 1999–2000 La Liga season, the 69th since its establishment, began on 21 August 1999 and ended on 20 May 2000. Deportivo La Coruña won their first league title with 69 points, the lowest for a champion since three points for a win was introduced in 1995.

Naybet played a record 115 matches for the Moroccan national team, representing the country in two World Cups and six Africa Cup of Nations tournaments.

Morocco national football team mens national association football team representing Morocco

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Africa Cup of Nations main international association football competition in Africa

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Club career

Born in Casablanca, Naybet started playing with local Wydad, being part of the squads that won three Botola championships as well as the 1992 edition of the CAF Champions League. From 1993 to 1996 he represented FC Nantes (France) and Sporting Clube de Portugal, being always an important first-team member and winning one domestic cup in each country.

Casablanca City / State in Casablanca-Settat, Morocco

Casablanca, located in the central-western part of Morocco and bordering the Atlantic Ocean, is the largest city in Morocco. It is also the largest city in the Maghreb region, as well as one of the largest and most important cities in Africa, both economically and demographically.

Botola association football league

The Botola, literally "the Moroccan Championship" is a Moroccan professional league for men's association football clubs. At the top of the Moroccan football league system, it is the country's primary football competition. Contested by 16 clubs, it operates on a system of promotion and relegation with the Football League.

The 1992 African Cup of Champions Clubs was the 28th edition of the annual international club football competition held in the CAF region (Africa), the African Cup of Champions Clubs. It determined that year's club champion of association football in Africa.

In the 1996 summer Naybet signed a four-year deal with Spain's Deportivo de La Coruña, for roughly 1.6 million. [1] He made his La Liga debut on 31 August 1996, playing the full 90 minutes in a 1–1 home draw against Real Madrid. [2]

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The Campeonato Nacional de Liga de Primera División, commonly known as La Liga, is the men's top professional football division of the Spanish football league system. Administered by the Liga Nacional de Fútbol Profesional, also known as the Liga de Fútbol Profesional (LFP), La Liga is contested by 20 teams, with the three lowest-placed teams at the end of each season relegated to the Segunda División and replaced by the top three teams in that division.

Naybet scored a career best four goals in the 1997–98 season, but the Galicians could only finish in 12th position. He was still an undisputed starter in 1999–2000 – often partnering Argentine Gabriel Schürrer – as the club conquered the first league in its history.

The 1997–98 La Liga season, the 67th since its establishment, started on 30 August 1997 and finished on 16 May 1998. On 29 March 1998, Sporting Gijón drew 0–0 with Real Zaragoza while Racing Santander, who were 19th in the table at the time, lost by Athletic Bilbao 4–3, to make Sporting Gijón the first team in La Liga history to be relegated in March, ending the season with a League record low points tally of just 13.

Galicia (Spain) Autonomous community of Spain

Galicia is an autonomous community of Spain and historic nationality under Spanish law. Located in the north-west of the Iberian Peninsula, it comprises the provinces of A Coruña, Lugo, Ourense and Pontevedra, being bordered by Portugal to the south, the Spanish autonomous communities of Castile and León and Asturias to the east, the Atlantic Ocean to the west, and the Cantabrian Sea to the north. It had a population of 2,718,525 in 2016 and has a total area of 29,574 km2 (11,419 sq mi). Galicia has over 1,660 km (1,030 mi) of coastline, including its offshore islands and islets, among them Cíes Islands, Ons, Sálvora, Cortegada, and—the largest and most populated—A Illa de Arousa.

Gabriel Francisco Schürrer Peralta is an Argentine retired footballer who played as a central defender, and a current manager.

Naybet started in all his 13 UEFA Champions League appearances in the 2003–04 campaign, helping Dépor to the semi-finals of the competition. In the last-four's second leg, at home against FC Porto, he was sent off by Pierluigi Collina after two bookable offenses, and the tie ended 1–0 in favour of the Portuguese. [3]

On 12 August 2004, aged 34, Naybet joined Tottenham Hotspur for a reported fee of £700,000. [4] [5] He netted his first and only goal for the Spurs on 13 November, in a 4–5 North London derby loss to Arsenal at White Hart Lane. [6]

After only three games in 2005–06, under new manager Martin Jol, Naybet was released and retired from football. In June 2005, however, he had renewed his contract for a further season. [7]

International career

Naybet was a Moroccan international for 16 years, gaining his first cap on 9 August 1990 in a 0–0 friendly draw in Tunisia. He proceeded to appear for his country in two FIFA World Cups, playing two games in 1994 and three in 1998 as both editions ended in group stage elimination. [8]

Naybet played all six contests in the 2004 African Cup of Nations, helping the Atlas Lions finish second in Tunisia. [9] In early January 2006, five months after announcing his international retirement after falling out of favour with coach Ezzaki Badou, [10] he returned to the national team just ahead of the 2006 Africa Cup of Nations. [11]

In August 2007, Naybet was named assistant manager under Henri Michel. [12]

Personal life

A devout Muslim, Naybet observed fasting during the month of Ramadan, even when it coincided with the football season. [13]

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  2. "Afortunado" [Lucky] (in Spanish). Mundo Deportivo. 1 September 1996. Retrieved 16 November 2015.
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