A detailed look at the most interesting facts about Hakim Ziyech, from his childhood to his breakthrough season at Ajax Amsterdam and now his new spell with Chelsea.
One of the most promising stars of world football,Hakim Ziyech
had the best season of his career in 2018-2019 season with Ajax Amsterdam. The Moroccan midfielder was instrumental in his team incredible campaign in which the Dutch side managed to win the domestic treble and reach the semi-final of the Uefa Champions League.
A heartbreaking last minute goal from Tottenham meant that Ziyech and co could not reach the final, but the stars of the team soon joined the biggest clubs in Europe. Following the departure of Frenkie de Jong to Barcelona and Mathias de Ligt to Juventus, it was Ziyech turn as he signed for Chelsea in June 2020.
A versatile player known for his incredibly accurate long balls and deadly free-kicks, Ziyech is one of the hottest prospects in the world of football and it is very interesting to know more about his personal life and career. So follow the article to know the most interesting
facts about Hakim Ziyech
, Chelsea's new signing.
In the following article we will take a look at the most interesting facts about Chelsea's new signing Hakim Ziyech. First we present you with some of the general information about him.
: Hakim Ziyech
: The assist King
Date and Place of Birth
: 19 March 1993, Dronten, Netherlands
Height & Weight
: 5 ft. 11 in (1.81 m), 67 kg
: Fouzi Ziyech (Brother), Jam Ya (Sister)
: Chelsea FC
22 at Ajax and Chelsea, 10 with Morocco National Team
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Hakim Ziyech was born on 19th of March 1993 in Dronten, Netherlands. He shares his birthday with many great stars from football and other fields. Some of the most famous figures born on 19th of March are:
, Khabib Kolo Toure, Max Kruse and Alessandro Nesta
Actors and Actresses: Bruce Willis
Hakim Ziyech nationality is Dutch-Moroccan. He could play for both national teams but opted to defend the shirt of Morocco. He played his first game for Morocco national team in October 2015 against Ivory Coast.
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At this part we will look at the facts about Hakim Ziyech Childhood and the family and background he grew up in.
Hakim Ziyech was born to a Dutch father and a Moroccan Mother. He is the last of 8 children, including four older brothers who influenced his career in football. His has Dutch, Arab and African ethnicity.
Hakim started playing football at the age of 5. He had a very difficult childhood. His father died of sickness when he was only 10 years old and the burden of raising all the 8 children fell on his mother shoulders.
This tragedy made Hakim disheartened and he subsequently quit school and football altogether. One of his brothers and another one of his relatives also had to quit football when they were caught and sentenced to prison for robbery.
Ziyech soon went back to play football but he never pursuit education again. The death of his father still haunted him and he made controversies by coming late to training and causing tension in the dressing room.
But things were not meant to stay bitter for the youngster as he was taken under the protective wings of Aziz Doufikar, the first Moroccan professional footballer to play in theEredivisie
. Ziyech thus began focusing on his skills development, and he progressed through the ranks of SC Heerenveen.
Doufikar became a father figure for Hakim and with the improvement came more financial rewards and Ziyech was able to overcome the tragic death of his father and help his family as well.
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star has kept his relationship private, which is not surprising given the fact that he is deeply religious. Despite being in the spotlight, Hakim has successfully kept his relationship status unknown.
The only fact that we are sure of is that whoever Hakim Ziyech girlfriend is that he was once rumored to be dating the famous American Model, Aja Narie. However, The rumors were never confirmed by either of them and we still don’t know much about Hakim Ziyech love life.
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Hakim Ziyech career as a professional player started at 2012 when he joinedHeerenveen
. His first season was not a success and he only appeared in 8 matches across all competitions without scoring any goals. In his second season though, Ziyech found his form and managed to score 11 goals and 15 assists in 36 games.
His third season at Heerenveen was much like the first season as injuries pushed him into the sidelines and he only appeared in two games during the whole season. At the end of 2013-14 Ziyech called it quits at his first big club with 13 goals in 46 matches.
Ziyech was absolutely amazing in his first two seasons with his next club,Twente
. In the first season he scored 15 goals and 15 assists in 38 games and in his second he bettered his stats by scoring 17 goals and 10 assists in 34 matches.
Just like his time in Heerneveen, Ziyach's third season at twente was marred by injuries as he only played 4 games and scored 2 goals during the whole campaign. In total Ziyech scored 34 goals and made 30 assists in 76 games for Twente.
Despite the injury, Ziyech excellent performances persuaded Dutch Giants,Ajax Amsterdam
to sign the versatile winger in 2016. Ziyech spent four seasons with Ajax and was among the team's best players every year. In his first and second season with Ajax he scored 10 goals in 42 games and 9 goals in 39 games respectively.
The 2018-2019 season proved to be the best season of Ziyech career as Ajax took the domestic titles by storm and even managed to reach UCL semi-final by eliminating the likes ofReal Madrid
and Juventus along the way.
At the end they were beaten by the away goal rule against Tottenham and could not complete their fairy tale but Ziyech and other stars of the team proved themselves to be among Europe's best talents. Ziyech scored 21 times and made 19 further assists during the season.
Unlike his fellow teammates, De Ligt and De Jong who joined Juventus and Barcelona, Hakim Ziyech opted to stay another year with Ajax and went on to score another 9 goals in 35 games.
In Februrary 2020 it was announced that Ziyech will joinFrank Lampard
's Chelsea side at the beginning of 2020-21 season. In total Ziyech scored 49 goals in 165 games for Ajax.
On the international level he played his first game for Morocco against Ivory Coast in 2016. He was one of Morocco's best players in 2018 World Cup.
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Hakim Ziyech religion is Islam. He is a devoted Muslim and has stated in many interviews that he holds the religion close to his heart. Hakim prays 5 times a day and fast for thirty days in the Month of Ramadan. Now at Chelsea he will be playing alongside another well-known Muslim star,N'Golo Kante
Currently Hakim Ziyech market value is at 40 million Euros. Hakim Ziyech salary in 2020 is 4 Million Euro per year. Hakim Ziyech net worth is believed to be approximately $7 million.
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According to Hakim Ziyech Transfermarket stats, Hakim Ziyech has played a total of 325 games for three clubs (Heerneveen, Twente and Ajax Amsterdam). He has scored 110 goals and has provided 125 assists for his team mates. Hakim Ziyech stats shows why he is considered among the best Forwards in the world.
On the international level he has played 32 games forMorocco
and has scored 14 goals. His most important goal for the national team was against Cameroon in 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualification.
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Ziyech played 7 games in total forNetherlands
under-19, Under-20 and under-21 and scored three goals before opting to play for Moroccan national team.
Playing pool and hanging around with friends and family members are Ziyech most favorite hobbies.
Hakim Ziyech car collection includes a Lamborghini Urus and a Mercedes Benz. He is really passionate about cars.
Having a troubled childhood and teenage years himself, Hakim Ziech later became an ambassador for Drontense SOEP project, which helps to fix the lives of troubled youngsters by providing them with needs and assistance.
Hakim Ziyech height is 1.81. Hakim Ziyech weight is 71kg. Hakim Ziyech age is 25. Hakim Ziyech position is left-midfielder.
There is no interesting fact about Hakim Ziyech tattoos except that he, like many other Muslim players in football has no tattoos on her body.
Hakim Ziyech is active in social media. He revealed his decision to play for Morocco via social media. Hakim Ziyech Instagram account has around 3.6 million followers.
The attaching midfielder is nicknamed the assist king for a reason. He really is exceptional when it comes to providing assists for his team mates. Ziyech was the best assist provider ofEredivisie
on for different seasons from 2015 to 2020.
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On why he chose Chelsea as his new club:
"It [Chelsea] is a big club in a big competition. I like the style of play, they play really attacking football, and that is something that fits me and that is one of the biggest reasons I chose therefore."
"When I was young, the players that played here, it was always a big club so I am very happy and it means a lot. I was playing in the youth in Heerenveen and here was playing [Didier] Drogba, Lampard, [John] Terry, all those big names."
On the prospect of working with Frank Lampard:
"I always said that I like the style of playing that he’s using now and the attacking play was for me a big part of my decision to come to Chelsea."
On his attitude in general:
“I say what I think and that’s why I’m not the easiest guy for some coaches.”
On his telepathic connection with Tadic at Ajax Amsterdam:
"That's something between certain footballers. We are both quite technical.Dusan
has some more duel power. He is also physically stronger than me. But in general we look a bit like each other. How we think about football, our insight on the field. "
On the tragic death of his father:
“I remember well, it was winter, just after Christmas. My father was in a bed in the living room. He’d been sick for some time, getting worse and worse. I had to go to bed that night, but I wanted to stay with him. Finally, I fell asleep on the edge of his bed. Around midnight, I woke up and went up to my room. A few hours later, around 3am, I heard family members crying downstairs. I went into the living room. My father was dead.
"But I can handle everything well. I also do not need a mental coach in my neighborhood to stay afloat. Look, I have already experienced a few things in my life. Losing your father is the worst thing that can happen to a young boy. Everything that happens next, I put into perspective."
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We round up our article on the top facts about Hakim Ziyech with a list of his most notable achievements at club and international level.
Eredivisie, KNVB Cup, Johan Cruyff Shield,Uefa Champions League
Semi-Finalist (all in 2018-2019) UEFA Champions League Squad of the Season (2018-2019), Eredivisie Team of the Year and AFC Ajax Player of the Year (three back-to-back seasons from 2016 to 2019), Dutch Footballer of the Year (2017-2018), Eredivisie Player of the Month (2 times)
Moroccan player of the Year and CAF Team of the Year (2016)