Player Focus: Yacine Brahimi | Goals, Skills, Assists | FC Porto | 2014/2015
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Yacine Brahimi (Arabic: ياسين إبراهيمي born 8 February 1990) is an Algerian professional footballer who plays for Porto and the Algeria national team. He plays as an attacking midfielder and a winger and is described as a “technically gifted player”. His coach, Frédéric Antonetti, declared that Brahimi would be the “future play-maker of Stade Rennais”.
Brahimi started his career throughout various clubs in the Île-de-France region, having trained at ASB Montreuil and CO Vincennois. In 2003, he was selected to attend the Clairefontaine academy. Brahimi spent three years at the academy and, upon leaving, signed with Stade Rennais. While in the club’s youth academy, he achieved several club honours. After turning professional, Brahimi was loaned out to second division club Clermont Foot. While at Clermont, he had a successful individual 2009–10 season. After spending the previous season there on loan, he moved to the La Liga club Granada CF in 2013, and then to Porto for €6.5 million a year later.
His first goal for the club came in the second leg of their Champions League play-off against Lille, netting directly from a free-kick as Porto advanced to the group stage with a 3–0 aggregate victory. He scored his first hat-trick for the club in Porto’s first match of the Champions League group stage, a 6–0 home win over BATE Borisov on 17 September. In their next European fixture, he had his penalty saved by Andriy Pyatov with the game goalless at Shakhtar Donetsk. He scored his first league goal against C.D. Nacional in a 2–0 win on 1 November. On 5 November, Brahimi scored one goal and assisted another as Porto defeated Athletic 2–0 to secure qualification to the knock-out stage of the Champions League.
On 22 June 2014, Brahimi scored his first international goal, the fourth for Algeria as they won 4–2 against South Korea in the group stage of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Playing Position ~ LW, RW, AM
Preferred Foot ~ Right
Strength ~ Dribbling, Balance, Control
Weakness ~ Aerial Ability, Marking
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