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Marouane Fellaini: The Belgian Red Devil

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A Belgian professional football player who plays as a midfielder for Premier League club Manchester United and the Belgium national team. 61 goals in total career statistics, Marouane Fellaini, this midfielder is 30 today.

Early Life:

Fellaini was born to Moroccan parents from Tangier and brought up in Brussels; he has an identical twin named Mansour Fellaini. His father, Abdellatif, was a former goalkeeper for Raja Casablanca and Hassania Agadir who signed for Racing Mechelen but was unable to play as his former Moroccan club refused to release his paperwork. Instead of returning home, he opted to become a bus driver for STIB. He would later take early retirement to oversee his son’s career. Fellaini is a Muslim.

Career:

Marouane began to play football at the age of seven, when he joined the Anderlecht academy. Three years later the young footballer moved to Mons. He also played for youth teams of Sporting Charleroi, R. Francs Borains and Standard Liège.

Before the closing of the transfer window in the summer 2008, Marouane transferred to Everton and signed a five-year contract. He made his début in the match against Stoke City on 14 September the same year. Marouane Fellaini was voted the Everton Young Player of the Year by the end of that season.

Fellaini became the leader of the Toffees and was linked with many big clubs. On the last day of the transfer window 2013 the Belgian joined his former manager David Moyes at Manchester United.

Fellaini was eligible to play for either Belgium or Morocco. He chose to represent Belgium, from youth level upwards. He represented the under-23 team at the 2008 Olympics, when they finished in fourth place, losing to Brazil in the bronze medal match.

His senior team debut was made in February 2007, and his first goal for the senior team came in a 2–1 defeat against Portugal a UEFA Euro 2008 qualification match.

Achievements :

Club-

 

Standard Liège~

Belgian First Division: 2007–08

 

Manchester United~

FA Cup: 2015–16

EFL Cup: 2016–17

UEFA Europa League: 2016–17

FA Community Shield: 2016

 

Individual~

Belgian Ebony Shoe: 2008

Everton Young Player of the Season: 2008–09

Premier League Player of the Month: November 2012

Fellaini with the Belgian Ebony Shoe award in 2008

 

Though he is not upto his mark this season, maybe it his early injury, but United coach has always shown his faith in this Belgian international. An acrobatic figure with holding ball capacity, Fellaini is a dominating midfielder. Happy Birthday to this fellow !