Fouad Bachirou

Fouad "Fred" Bachirou (born 15 April 1990) is a French-born Comorian international footballer who plays for Malmö FF in Allsvenskan.

Fouad Bachirou
Personal information
Date of birth (1990-04-15) 15 April 1990
Place of birth Valence, France
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Malmö FF
Number 7
Youth career
0000–2006 USA Clichy
2006–2008 Paris Saint-Germain
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2010 Paris Saint-Germain CFA[1] 22 (1)
2010–2014 Greenock Morton 117 (2)
2014–2017 Östersunds FK 86 (2)
2018– Malmö FF 46 (0)
National team
2014– Comoros 19 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11 November 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 30 June 2019

He had previously played for Paris Saint-Germain reserves, Greenock Morton in Scotland and Swedish side Östersund.

Career

Paris Saint-Germain

Born in Valence, Bachirou started his career in the youth teams at local side Football Club de la Place de Clichy, before winning a move to Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain, where he played in the CFA side in the French third division – scoring once against UJA Maccabi Paris Métropole.[2]

Morton

He transferred to Greenock Morton in July 2010, after a trial spell at the club.[3] He made his competitive debut for Greenock Morton in a Scottish Challenge Cup match against Dumbarton on 25 July 2010.[4] In June 2011, Bachirou signed a new one-year contract at Morton.[5] After over 50 appearances for the club, Bachirou scored his first goal in a 2–2 draw with Queen of the South on 7 April 2012.[6] Bachirou stated he would not be seeking a new contract with the club in May 2012.[7] On 17 August 2012, Bachirou made a U-turn and re-signed for the club,[8] after rejecting a move to league rivals Hamilton Accies.[9]

In September 2013, he signed a contract extension until summer 2015.[10]

Östersunds FK

Bachirou made a surprise move to Östersunds FK in August 2014.[11] He made his debut from the bench away to promoted club Husqvarna FF.[12] During his time at Östersund they managed to get a promotion to Allsvenskan, win the Swedish Cup and qualify for the 2017-18 UEFA Europa League.

Malmö FF

On 9 January 2018, Swedish champions Malmö FF confirmed the transfer of Bachirou for an estimated fee of around 7 million SEK (roughly £600,000).

International career

In February 2014, Bachirou received a call-up to the Comoros national football team for their friendly against Burkina Faso.[13] Bachirou played for 90 minutes as Comoros recorded a respectable 1–1 draw in Marseille, France.[14]

He made his first competitive appearance, and won his second cap, in the first leg of an Africa Cup of Nations first round qualifier away to Kenya in Nairobi.[15] Bachirou started the match but couldn't prevent Comoros from suffering a narrow 1–0 defeat.

Career statistics

Club

As of 11 November 2019[16]
Club Season League Cup Continental Total
DivisionAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
PSG Reserves 2008–09 CFA 121121
2009–10 100100
Total 2210000221
Greenock Morton 2010–11 First Division 19070261
2011–12 30160361
2011–12 33150380
2013–14 Championship 35060410
Total 1170240001410
Östersunds FK 2014 Superettan 10010110
2015 29000380
2016 Allsvenskan 22110231
2017 25160121432
Total 862801211023
Malmö FF 2018 Allsvenskan 22060130410
2019 Allsvenskan 24040130410
Total 460100260820
Career total 27134203813514

Personal life

Bachirou is a Muslim, and his parents hail from the Comoros.[17] In 2019, he married his Scottish fiancée, Debbie, who now lives with him in Malmö.

Honours

See also

References

  1. "Fouad Bachirou joueur de Libre/Etranger – Foot National" (in French). Foot-National. 16 April 2012. Retrieved 16 April 2012.
  2. "Football à Clichy : Des jeunes à haut niveau" (in French). Clichy Evenements. 22 July 2010. Retrieved 16 April 2012.
  3. "ALBA EXTRA: Moore will go with the flow". Evening Times. 23 July 2010. Retrieved 2 August 2010.
  4. "Morton sink Dumbarton 4–3 on penalties after stalemate". BBC Sport. 25 July 2010. Retrieved 2 August 2010.
  5. Mitchell, Jonathan (4 June 2011). "Sean and Fred sign up for Ton". Greenock Telegraph. Retrieved 4 June 2011.
  6. "Morton 2–2 Queen of the South: Plucky showing as Queens seek survival". The Scotsman. 8 April 2012. Retrieved 8 April 2012.
  7. Mitchell, Jonathan (8 May 2012). "Fred: It's time to move on". Greenock Telegraph. Retrieved 9 May 2012.
  8. Mitchell, Jonathan (18 August 2012). "BREAKING NEWS: Bachirou back at Morton". Greenock Telegraph. Retrieved 18 August 2012.
  9. Tait, Chris (28 August 2012). "Happy to be Bach". Greenock Telegraph. Retrieved 28 August 2012.
  10. Mitchell, Jonathan (27 September 2013). "EXCLUSIVE Duo pen new deals for Morton". Greenock Telegraph. Retrieved 27 September 2013.
  11. Mitchell, Jonathan (9 August 2014). "Bachirou make Sweden switch". Greenock Telegraph. Retrieved 9 August 2014.
  12. "HUSQVARNA VS. ÖSTERSUNDS FK 1 – 4". Soccerway. 16 August 2014. Retrieved 29 August 2014.
  13. Mitchell, Jonathan (26 February 2014). "Fred's delight at international call-up". Greenock Telegraph. Retrieved 26 February 2014.
  14. Mitchell, Jonathan (6 March 2014). "Bachirou's joy at international debut". Greenock Telegraph. Retrieved 6 March 2014.
  15. Mitchell, Jonathan (21 May 2014). "Bachirou earns his 2nd cap". Greenock Telegraph.
  16. "Fouad Bachirou". soccerway.com. Soccerway. Retrieved 19 August 2019.
  17. Mitchell, Jonathan, "An Interview With Fouad Bachirou", Greenock Morton F.C. official matchday programme
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