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Samir Nasri

Samir Nasri (born 26 June 1987) is a France Association football who plays for Arsenal F.C. in the Premier League and the France national football team.

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Samir Nasri biography

Samir Nasri (born 26 June 1987) is a France Association football who plays for Arsenal F.C. in the Premier League and the France national football team.

A youth product of Olympique de Marseille, Nasri plays primarily as a Midfielder Winger, although Samir Nasri has also been deployed in Midfielder Centre_midfielder in the absence of Cesc Fàbregas due to injury. During Samir Nasri time at boyhood club Marseille, Nasri's Algerian background, technical prowess and playmaking on the field earned Samir Nasri direct comparisons to French football great Zinedine Zidane – and the mantle of the 'French Pele'. In December 2010, Samir Nasri was named the France Football French player of the year for Samir Nasri performances during the calendar year.

Nasri was a regular for France at the youth level and was a member of the country's UEFA Euro 2008 squad, though Samir Nasri saw limited playing time.

Early life

Nasri's parents moved to France from Algeria. Samir Nasri father is from Constantine, Algeria and Samir Nasri mother is a native of Biskra. Nasri grew up in La Gavotte Peyret, a northern suburb of Marseille. Samir Nasri often played on the streets, where Samir Nasri learned many of Samir Nasri skills. Samir Nasri parents signed Samir Nasri up to the football club Pennes Mirabeau at the age of six. Samir Nasri spent two seasons at Pennes before being scouted by Olympique de Marseille in 1996.

Club career


Nasri began playing with Marseille when Samir Nasri was 17 years old. Samir Nasri started playing in Ligue 1 in the 2004/2005 season at the age of 17, where Samir Nasri started 13 games and came on as a substitute in 11 games, scoring one goal. The next season got Samir Nasri experience in both the UEFA Cup (10 games; no goals) and the UEFA Intertoto Cup (one game; one goal). In the 2006/2007 season Samir Nasri scored Samir Nasri first goal of the year in Ligue 1 late in the season on 29 April 2007, when Samir Nasri started the match against Sochaux-Montbéliard and helped Samir Nasri team to a 4–2 victory. This win allowed Marseille to climb into fourth place with just four games remaining, putting them into the UEFA Cup qualifying spot. Nasri was part of the squad that lost in the Coupe de France final in 2006 versus Paris Saint-Germain and Samir Nasri also lost in the 2007 final against Sochaux.

On 20 May 2007, Nasri was named French Ligue 1 Young Player of the Year ahead of Jimmy Briand and Karim Benzema. Samir Nasri was voted Marseille's player of the year by the fans, receiving 62% of the votes. In addition, like many, Samir Nasri was dubbed the "new Zinedine Zidane" for Samir Nasri vision and dribbling skills.


Premier League club Arsenal F.C. had been tracking Nasri and moved quickly to head off rival bids from Real Madrid and Inter Milan and a bid of £12.5 million was enough to convince Marseille about Samir Nasri transfer with Samir Nasri signing a four-year contract.
Nasri scored in Samir Nasri Premier League debut against West Bromwich Albion F.C. with a close range effort, after four minutes of the first game of the season, on 16 August 2008. On 27 August in the UEFA Coefficients 2nd Leg against FC Twente, Nasri scored in the 26th minute. Samir Nasri scored Samir Nasri third goal of the season in the 3–1 over Everton on October 18, 2008. On 8 November 2008, Nasri scored both of Arsenal's goals in a 2–1 win over Manchester United F.C.. On 17 January 2009 Samir Nasri scored the 2nd goal in Arsenal's 3–1 win over Hull City F.C. at the KC Stadium. On 21 March, Samir Nasri made the scoresheet again as Arsenal defeated Newcastle 3–1 at St. James' Park. Samir Nasri concluded Samir Nasri debut season with Arsenal with 7 goals and 5 assists.

Nasri missed the early part of the 2009–10 season with a broken leg that was picked up in the summer. On 9 March 2010 Nasri culminated an excellent display in Arsenal's 5–0 victory over F.C. Porto in the Champions League with a superb individual effort, dribbling past the Porto defence before driving it across the goalkeeper, sending the ball in off the far post. On 3 May 2010, Samir Nasri played the full 90 minutes in a 2-1 defeat to Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park. Nasri concluded Samir Nasri second season at Arsenal with 34 games, 5 goals, and 5 assists.

Nasri started the 2010–11 season fairly well. Samir Nasri was named in Arsenal's starting line-up against Liverpool F.C. for the first match of the season on 15 August where Samir Nasri played the full 90 minutes. Arsenal confirmed after the draw that Nasri had suffered a knee injury that would keep Samir Nasri out for one month, but the play-maker made a speedy recovery after just three games to be named as a starter for the Champions League opener against S.C. Braga. Samir Nasri helped Arsenal defeat the Portuguese side 6–0. Nasri then scored Samir Nasri first and second goals of the season from penalties during extra time in Arsenal's Carling Cup win against main rivals Tottenham Hotspur F.C. at White Hart Lane. On 25 September 2010, Nasri scored a brace in Arsenal's disastrous 3–2 home defeat by the hands of West Bromwich Albion F.C., this was Samir Nasri fourth goal in two games. Nasri continued Samir Nasri fine form coming on as a substitute in Arsenal's midweek Champions League 3–1 away win against FK Partizan and Samir Nasri made Samir Nasri first assist of the season to Samir Nasri French compatriot Sébastien Squillaci from a corner late in the second half; this was also Squillaci's first goal for Samir Nasri new club. On 16 October 2010, Samir Nasri equalised from the penalty spot before Marouane Chamakh grabbed the winner in a 2–1 victory over Birmingham City. Nasri then scored a fine left-footed volley in a midweek UEFA Champions League versus Shakhtar Donetsk and created Arsenal's fifth goal. On the 24 October Nasri scored the first and set up the third in a 3–0 victory over Manchester City. Samir Nasri was on the score sheet again, scoring the opener in a 3–2 defeat to London rivals Tottenham. On 27 November, Nasri hammered home a volley against Aston Villa to give Arsenal a 2–0 lead, Arsenal went on to win the game 4–2. On 4 December, Nasri scored two outstanding goals against Fulham FC to give Arsenal a 2-1 win and top spot in the Premier League. The latter marking Samir Nasri 8th goal in the Premier League, Samir Nasri 11th of the season. With this goal, Samir Nasri falls just one goal short of Samir Nasri combined goal tally for Arsenal during the course of Samir Nasri first two seasons with the club(12 goals in total). Nasri also scored in Arsenal's vital last group game in the UEFA Champions League group stage against Partizan Belgrade which Arsenal won 3-1. Samir Nasri scored Samir Nasri 13th goal of the season in the 3–0 win against Birmingham City on New Year's Day 2011. Samir Nasri then went on to score the first goal in a 3rd round cup tie against Leeds United in which Arsenal went on to win. Samir Nasri returned to the squad after a hamstring injury against FC Barcelona in a Champions League to and provided a vital assist to team mate Andrei Arshavin, Arsenal went on to win 2-1

On 13 December 2010, for Samir Nasri performances during the 2010 calendar year, Nasri was named the France Football France Football French player of the year beating out Chelsea F.C. midfielder Florent Malouda and Olympique Lyonnais Goalkeeper (association football) Hugo Lloris. Samir Nasri is the first Arsenal player to achieve the honour since Thierry Henry in 2006. In all competitions for Arsenal, Nasri has made 108 appearances and has scored 26 goals in total..

International career

Nasri has been involved in the French national set up for a long time, progressing through the Under-16s, 17s, 18s, 19s and 21s. Samir Nasri was part of the team that won the 2004 UEFA European Under-17 Football Championship, scoring the game-winning goal in the final match against a Spanish side that contained future team mate Cesc Fabregas. Nasri received Samir Nasri first cap for France national football team on 28 March 2007 against Austria national football team, in a home friendly match at the age of 19. Samir Nasri delivered a Direct free kick low into the box from which teammate Karim Benzema scored the only goal of the match. Samir Nasri scored Samir Nasri first senior international goal in Samir Nasri third appearance for the senior team in a 1–0 win against Georgia national football team on 6 June 2007 in a UEFA Euro 2008 qualifier. Nasri was named in Raymond Domenech's final squad for Euro 2008; at age 20, Samir Nasri was one of the youngest members of the French squad selected for the final tournament. Samir Nasri made two appearances as a substitute and played for 26 minutes, scoring 0 goals. However, Samir Nasri was left out of France's initial 30 man squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. Samir Nasri was recalled by new coach Laurent Blanc for the international friendly against Norway on 11 August 2010.

International goals


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