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Ismaïl Aissati : biography

16 August 1988 -

Ismaïl Aissati (born 16 August 1988 in Utrecht) is a Dutch-Moroccan footballer who plays for Antalyaspor in the Turkish Süper Lig. He also plays for the Moroccan national team.



  • Eredivisie (2): 2005–06, 2007–08
  • Eredivisie (1): 2011–12
  • KNVB Cup (1): 2009–10


Netherlands U21 
  • UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship (2): 2006, 2007

Career stats

Season Club Country Competition Matches Goals
2005/06 PSV Eredivisie 18 2
2006/07 PSV Eredivisie 10 1
2006/07 FC Twente Eredivisie 14 1
2007/08 PSV Eredivisie 16 0
2008/09 Ajax Eredivisie 9 1
2009/10 Ajax Eredivisie 14 3
2010/11 Vitesse Eredivisie 29 4
2010/11 Ajax Eredivisie 2 0
2011/12 Ajax Eredivisie 11 2
2012/13 Antalyaspor Süper Lig 22 3
Total 145 17

International career

Netherlands youth squads

He was part of the team winning 2006 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship. In 2007 he was also part of the team that defended their title for the 2007 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship held in the Netherlands. Aissati played in the first match against Israel (1–0 win), but was substituted in the first half by Otman Bakkal due to an injury. After the Dutch win over Portugal (2–1) they secured a semi final spot and a qualification for the 2008 Summer Olympics, as well as reaching the finals after beating England (1–1, 13–12) after penalties. The Dutch went on to retain their 2006 title by beating Serbia 4–1 in the final.


On 20 October 2007 a Moroccan website stated that Ismaïl chose to represent Morocco internationally instead of Netherlands, and that Henri Michel the coach of the will include him in the selection that will face France in 17 November in a friendly match in Paris. This, however, turned out to be a false statement. On 30 December, the Royal Moroccan Football Federation revealed that Ismaïl Aissati would represent Morocco. It was thought that he would most likely make his debut on 11 February 2009 against the Czech Republic in Casablanca, but he was later ruled out of this match with injury. He made is debut for Morocco on 9 October 2011 as a part of the preliminary squad for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualification in the 3–1 home victory against Tanzania in Marrakech, Morocco.


Being born to Moroccan parents in the Netherlands, he was eligible to represent either nation. He represented the Netherlands at U21 level, before opting to represent Morocco in 2007 instead. His first call up for the Moroccan national team didn't come until 2009. Sidelined by an injury however, his debut for Morocco wasn't until 9 October 2011. He also played on loan for FC Twente during the second half of the 2006/07 season, and Vitesse during the 2010/11 season, the year Ajax would clinch their 30th league title.


Aissati joins PSV Eindhoven in 2000 after being scouted before in 2005 Aissati turn professional for PSV.On 28 August 2005, Aissati made his professional debut in Eredivisie as PSV win over Roda JC. On 4 February 2006, Aissati scored his first professional goal for PSV in a 3–2 win over Roda JC (the club that he played against on his debut). His second goal for PSV was against Willem II. In his first season, Aissati made 17 league appearance and scoring 2. During his first season on 19 October 2005 he made his first UEFA Champions League appearance for PSV Eindhoven. In doing so, he became the youngest Dutch player ever to play in the UEFA Champions League, taking over from Ryan Babel, who debuted also at age 17, but eight months older. In the match against A.C. Milan he came off the bench in the 63rd minute. However, on 1 November 2005 PSV Eindhoven played the return match against A.C. Milan where he played the whole match, with Andrea Pirlo as opponent.

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