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Hassan El Fakiri

Personal information
Full nameHassan El Fakiri
Date of birth18 April 1977(age 39)
Place of birthTemsamane, Morocco
Height1.74 m (5 ft 8.5 in)
Playing positionRight fullback, Midfielder
Club information
Current clubSK Brann

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Hassan El Fakiri ( , born 18 April 1977 in Temsamane, Morocco) is a Norwegian footballer currently playing for SK Brann.

El Fakiri started his career with the Oslo-based club Lyn. He made his debut in game against local rivals Skeid on 28 May 1995. As a young and talented midfielder, El Fakiri earned the adulation of the Lyn fans, who made him player of the year in 1997.

El Fakiri joined SK Brann in 2000, instantly catching the eyes of scouts from the French side AS Monaco FC. Due to SK Brann's dire financial straits at the time, Hassan El Fakiri was sold to the French Ligue 1 team before he had actually played a league game for SK Brann. El Fakiri played nine league games for SK Brann, scoring three goals, before leaving Bergen in the transfer window. One of the most notable contributions from El Fakiri was a sterling performance in midfield in the first game of the 2000 Tippeliga season, a 4 1 home drubbing of local rivals Viking FK. Two of the goals in this game was scored by the striker Mons Ivar Mjelde, who later re-signed El Fakiri, this time as manager for SK Brann.

El Fakiri's stay in Monaco started off slowly, being sent out on loan to both his boyhood team Lyn and Rosenborg BK. The 2002 03 French League 1 season saw El Fakiris fortunes change, with AS Monaco coach Didier Deschamps' preferring to use the midfielder as a right back. Hassan El Fakiri was even a un-used substitute in the 2004 Champions League final between AS Monaco and Portuguese side FC Porto. Hassan El Fakiris contract with AS Monaco FC expired in 2005, and El Fakiri chose to continue his career with Borussia Mönchengladbach, joining the Bundesliga side on a Bosman free transfer. At Borussia, El Fakiri returned to his favoured midfield berth, helping the side to tenth place in the 2005 06 Bundesliga. However, the next season Borussia were relegated from the Bundesliga after losing 1 0 at home to VfB Stuttgart on the last matchday.

The relegation coincided with El Fakiri's contract expiring, and after considering several contract proposals from Norwegian clubs, Fakiri returned to Brann seven years after he left Brann for Monaco. El Fakiri's return to Bergen was a happy one, helping SK Brann to their first Norwegian championship in 44 years.

He has been capped nine times by the Norway national football team.

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