Abdelhak Nouri

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Abdelhak Nouri
Personal information
Full name Abdelhak Nouri
Date of birth (1997-04-02) 2 April 1997 (age 21)
Place of birth Amsterdam, Netherlands
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
2005–2015 Ajax
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2015–2017 Jong Ajax 45 (11)
2015–2017 Ajax 9 (0)
Total 54 (11)
National team
2012 Netherlands U15 1 (0)
2012–2013 Netherlands U16 2 (0)
2013–2014 Netherlands U17 12 (5)
2014 Netherlands U18 2 (0)
2014–2016 Netherlands U19 19 (9)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 5 June 2017
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 18 July 2016

Abdelhak ″Appie″ Nouri (born 2 April 1997) is a former Dutch professional footballer who played as a midfielder for Eredivisie club Ajax. Nouri operated primarily as an attacking midfielder, but could also be deployed as a winger.

In July 2017, during a match, Nouri collapsed and suffered a cardiac arrhythmia attack, which left him with severe and permanent brain damage.[1] Despite his condition, Nouri was listed as a member of the Ajax first team squad ahead of the 2017–18 season.[2]

Early life[edit]

Nouri was born in Amsterdam, and is of Moroccan descent.[3] He made his name as a footballer largely in his youth, attracting attention from multiple publications as a future star. He was named as one of the best 40 youth players by The Guardian in 2014, before he made his professional debut.[4]

Club career[edit]


Nouri is a youth exponent from the academy at Ajax. He made his professional debut for the reserve side, Jong Ajax, on 13 March 2015, in a Eerste Divisie game against VVV Venlo, replacing Danny Bakker after 78 minutes in a 1–0 loss.[5]

On 21 September 2016, Nouri made his official first-team debut in a KNVB Cup match against Willem II, and scored a goal. His exploits throughout the season for Jong Ajax saw him being gifted the Player of the Season award for the 2016–17 season, as well as a promotion to the first team.[6]

Cardiac arrhythmia[edit]

On 8 July 2017, Nouri collapsed during a friendly match against Werder Bremen, due to cardiac arrhythmia. He was taken to the hospital by a trauma helicopter, and his condition was announced as stable.[7][8] Five days later, however, Ajax reported that Nouri had suffered severe and permanent brain damage as a direct result of the incident.[9] Nouri eventually left intensive care on 25 July 2017, being able to breathe unaided, but will not be able to play football again.[10] In June 2018, Ajax announced an investigation had found that the medical treatment Nouri received on the field was "inadequate".[11] In August 2018, he came out of a year long coma with Nouri said to be able to recognise and communicate with members of his family by moving his mouth and eyebrows.[12]






  1. ^ "Ajax's Abdelhak Nouri out of intensive care and breathing unaided".
  2. ^ "Definitieve rugnummers seizoen 2017-2018, Ajax.nl".
  3. ^ "Laatste interview 'Appie' Nouri vanavond op tv".
  4. ^ sport, Guardian; Blight, Garry; sport, Guardian; Blight, Garry. "Next Generation 2014: 40 of the best young talents in world football" – via www.theguardian.com.
  5. ^ "VVV Venlo vs. Jong Ajax - 13 March 2015 - Soccerway". soccerway.com. Retrieved 22 March 2015.
  6. ^ a b AFC Ajax on Twitter
  7. ^ AFC Ajax on Twitter
  8. ^ "Ajax midfielder Abdelhak Nouri collapses during pre-season friendly". BBC Sport. 8 July 2017.
  9. ^ "Ajax midfielder Nouri suffers 'permanent brain damage'". ITV News. 13 July 2017. Retrieved 13 July 2017.
  10. ^ "Update situatie Abdelhak Nouri" (in Dutch). AFC Ajax N.V. 25 July 2017. Retrieved 25 July 2017.
  11. ^ "Abdelhak Nouri: Ajax say medical treatment of midfielder was "inadequate"". BBC Sport. 26 June 2018. Retrieved 26 June 2018.
  12. ^ Sky Sports News (21 August 2018). "Ajax's Nouri awake after year-long coma". Sky Sports. Retrieved 22 August 2018.
  13. ^ "2016/17: United win it for Manchester". UEFA. 30 May 2017.
  14. ^ "Nouri verkozen tot grootste talent". Ajaxshowtime.nl. Retrieved 23 August 2017.

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