Status: Not ready to play
Condition: Thigh muscle strain
Start date: 22-08-2013
Estimated return: Estimated to return in late December
Date of birth: 02/04/1986
Height: 1.84 m
Ibrahim Afellay is a Dutch footballer who plays as a midfielder or winger for FC Barcelona in La Liga. Afellay, of Moroccan heritage, was born and raised in Utrecht and played youth football at Elinkwijk before joining the PSV youth academy at age 10. After debuting in 2004, he represented PSV for eight seasons. During this time, Afellay won four Eredivisie titles, one KNVB Cup and one Johan Cruijff Shield. He was named Dutch Football Talent of the Year in 2007 and was appointed captain in 2010.
In 2011, Afellay moved to FC Barcelona. In his first months, he won La Liga and the Champions League with the team. Afellay suffered a heavy ligament injury in September 2011, which ruled him out for seven months. After recovery, he was loaned to Schalke 04 but he only played incidentally because of new injuries. While recovering, he returned to Barcelona in 2013. Making his Netherlands national team debut in 2007, Afellay appeared at the 2010 World Cup, contributing to the Dutch side's second place in the tournament. He was also present at Euro 2008 and Euro 2012.
Afellay is of Moroccan descent; his parents left their hometown Al Hoceima in the 1960s to work in the Netherlands. He grew up in Overvecht, a neighbourhood in Utrecht with a large immigrant population. Afellay started to play football at local side VSK, but joined USV Elinkwijk after one season. Afellay left Elinkwijk in 1996 for PSV. In the PSV youth academy, he had to fight against doubts whether he would make the senior team because of his thin and short physique. Nonetheless, Afellay quickly rose through the ranks and neared the first team at the end of 2003.
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