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Karim Bellarabi

Karim Bellarabi

Bellarabi with Leverkusen in 2014.
Personal information
Full name Karim Bellarabi
Date of birth (1990-04-08) 8 April 1990
Place of birth West Berlin, West Germany
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Bayer Leverkusen
Number 38
Youth career
0000–1998 FC Huchting
1998–2004 Werder Bremen
2004–2007 FC Oberneuland
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2008 FC Oberneuland 7 (3)
2008–2010 Eintracht Braunschweig II 22 (11)
2008–2011 Eintracht Braunschweig 38 (8)
2011–2012 Bayer Leverkusen II 5 (0)
2011– Bayer Leverkusen 30 (7)
2013–2014 Eintracht Braunschweig (loan) 26 (3)
National team
2010–2011 Germany U20 4 (1)
2012 Germany U21 5 (0)
2014– Germany 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 29 November 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20:41, 19 November 2014 (UTC)

Karim Bellarabi (born 8 April 1990) is a German professional footballer who plays for Bayer Leverkusen, as a winger.[1][2][3]

Early and personal life

Bellarabi was born in Berlin, West Germany,[4] to a Moroccan father and a German[5] mother.[6][7]


Club career

He grew up in Bremen, where he played youth football for local clubs FC Huchting, Werder Bremen and FC Oberneuland.[8] In 2008, Bellarabi joined the under-19 side of Eintracht Braunschweig. He made his senior debut for them during the 2008–09 season, followed by two more appearances during the 2009–10 league campaign. He finally became a regular starter during the 2010–11 3. Liga season and attracted notice due to his performance.[8][9]

After the season, he left Braunschweig for Bundesliga side Bayer 04 Leverkusen.[10] Due to injury, Bellarabi missed most of the 2012–13 Bundesliga season.[11] In 2013, he returned from Leverkusen to Eintracht Braunschweig, by now playing in the Bundesliga as well, on a one-year loan deal.[12]

Bellarabi returned to Leverkusen at the start of the 2014–15 season. On 23 August 2014, he scored the fastest goal in Bundesliga history, just in 9 seconds, on the opening match of the 2014–15 season, away to Borussia Dortmund, he led the way to a 0–2 win.[13]

International career

Bellarabi has played youth international football for the German under-20 and under-21 teams.[14] He was called up by the senior team in October 2014.[15]

He made his senior international debut for Germany on 11 October 2014 in a 2–0 Euro 2016 qualifying defeat away to Poland, playing the full 90 minutes.[16]


  1. ^ "Bellarabi, Karim" (in German). Retrieved 2 October 2011. 
  2. ^ "Karim Bellarabi". Retrieved 2 October 2011. 
  3. ^ Karim Bellarabi profile at Soccerway
  4. ^ "Bellarabi steht auf Marokkos Wunschzettel" (in German). 6 September 2012. Retrieved 15 September 2013. 
  5. ^ ""Gegen Karim zu spielen, war nicht mehr lustig"" (in German). 23 October 2012. Retrieved 12 October 2014. meine Mutter ist Deutsche 
  6. ^ "Le marocain Karim Bellarabi joueura avec Ghana ou le Maroc ?" (in French). 15 March 2012. Retrieved 16 March 2012. 
  7. ^
  8. ^ a b "Karim Bellarabi - von Null auf Hundert" (in German). 15 October 2010. Retrieved 15 September 2013. 
  9. ^ "Braunschweigs Bellarabi: Vier Erstligisten jagen das Toptalent der 3. Liga" (in German). Sport Bild. 11 November 2010. Retrieved 15 September 2013. 
  10. ^ "Bayer schnappt sich Karim Bellarabi" (in German). 12 January 2011. Retrieved 15 September 2013. 
  11. ^ Schiebold, Christian (20 August 2013). "Karim Bellarabi kehrt zur Eintracht zurück" (in German). Retrieved 15 September 2013. 
  12. ^ "Bellarabi auf Leihbasis nach Braunschweig" (in German). 21 August 2013. Retrieved 15 September 2013. 
  13. ^ "Borussia Dortmund 0–2 Bayer 04 Leverkusen". BBC Sport. 23 August 2014. Retrieved 24 August 2014. 
  14. ^ "Nationalspieler Karim Bellarabi" (in German). Retrieved 21 August 2013. 
  15. ^ "Karim Bellarabi included in Germany squad". BBC Sport. 2 October 2014. Retrieved 3 October 2014. 
  16. ^ Lamont, Alasdair (11 October 2014). "Poland 2-0 Germany".  

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