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Thursday, 10 November 2011

Marouane Fellaini

Name in native country: Marouane Fellaini-Bakkioui
Date of birth: 22.11.1987
Place of birth: Etterbeek
Height: 1,94
Nationality: Belgium
Position: Midfield - Central Midfield
Foot: right
Nickname: Screech
Chant: I want curly hair too...

Fellaini is a strong central midfielder with a great ability to bring the ball down and pass it about. He has great vision and is technically getting better all the time!

Did You Know? Marouane's Dad was also a pro footballer in his day!

After rejected advances from Manchester United and following reported interest from Aston Villa, Real Madrid, Tottenham and Bayern Munich, Fellaini signed for Everton in September 2008 on a five-year deal from Standard Liège for an initial transfer fee of £15 million (a record for a Belgian player and a club record for Everton).

He made his Everton debut in a 3–2 away victory at Stoke City on 14 September 2008, and scored his first goal for the team against Newcastle United in a 2–2 home draw on 5 October 2008.0 At the end of the 2008–09 season Fellaini was named Everton's Young Player of the Season.

In his time in England he has become well known for his large "afro" hair, becoming a cult hero with Everton fans regularly sporting afro wigs as a homage to Fellaini.

Fellaini was deployed as a Second striker during the 2008–09 season, when Everton had all of their forwards out injured, usually playing behind another midfielder being used as an attacker, Tim Cahill.

After a degree of inconsistency in the attacking position and after this time of injury crisis had calmed and Everton signed Jô, Fellaini reverted to play a key role in his favoured defensive midfield area.

His performances in late 2009 and early 2010 became so impressive that David Moyes labelled him "as good as anyone in the league", and he re-iterated this after Fellaini won Man of the Match against Manchester City on January 16, in this match he showed off incredible passing ability, tackling and forward play.

Fellaini was stretchered off in the 34th minute of the Merseyside Derby on 6 February after a two footed tackle by Sotirios Kyrgiakos, ruling him out for the rest of the season.

Fellaini suffered an ankle injury in the F.A Cup replay victory against Chelsea on February 19 and although he was able to play in the 2-0 win against Sunderland a week later, Everton confirmed he had to undergo surgery on the injury which ruled him out for the remainder of the 2010/11 season.

Speculation had increased that a number of top European clubs were preparing a bid for the midfielder, but Fellaini stated that he would like to stay with Everton. The club announced that Fellaini opened new contract negotiations in early April, 2011.

Fellaini made his return from injury in a pre-season friendly against Bury on July 15, 2011. On Saturday 20 August 2011, Fellaini came on for Jermaine Beckford in the 63rd minute in a 1-0 loss to Queens Park Rangers at Goodison Park.

On Saturday 1 October 2011, he started and played the full 90 minutes in the Merseyside derby with Liverpool at Goodison Park in a 2-0 defeat in the Barclays Premier League.

In November 2011 he signed a new five year contract with the club.

Fellaini had another great season in 2011-12 with many clubs such as Real Madrid, Chelsea and others being linked with the big Belgian midfielder. Fellaini stated in 2012 that he is happy at the club but urged the powers that be to invest in some good quality players to play with him so that the club can challenge in 2013.
Fellaini stated in November 2012 that he wants to play Champions League football in 2013 favourably with Everton!      

Marouane Fellaini left Everton for Manchester United during the September 2013 transfer window for a fee believed to be around £27.5m.

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