After shutting out previously free-scoring Spain in the Round of 16, they will need to be equally resilient to keep Portugal and breakout star Goncalo Ramos at bay.
Amrabat’s tenacity at the heart of their midfield has stood out even in a team of eye-catching performances. Links have already been made to Liverpool and Arsenal, but where does the high-intensity midfielder play his club football right now?MORE: Morocco vs Portugal prediction, betting tips, best bets for World Cup quarterfinal
Where does Sofyan Amrabat play?
Since 2018, Amrabat has played in Italy’s Serie A. He now plays for Fiorentina.While spending a season on loan at Hellas Verona from Club Brugge in 2019/20, the Italian club signed him outright and immediately sold him to Fiorentina for a fee in the region of €20 million (£16.8m/€22.2m). He has since played in 78 matches for the Viola, scoring once.
Fiorentina, with a side starring Giacomo Bonaventura, Nicolas Gonzalez and Real Madrid loanee Luka Jovic, sit 10th in Italy’s top tier after 15 rounds of the 2022/23 season.
— ACF Fiorentina (@acffiorentina) February 15, 2022
Who is Sofyan Amrabat?
Amrabat was born in Huizen in the Netherlands and represented his birth nation at Under-15 level before switching his allegiance to Morocco.
His brother, Nordin, also represented the Netherlands at youth level before making the switch to the Moroccan national team. The 35-year-old former PSV, Watford and Galatasaray winger retired from international duty in 2019.
In 2017, Amrabat’s career path began to take shape. He secured a move to Feyernoord following a four-year stint with boyhood club Utrecht. After just one season, he moved to Belgium to play for Club Brugge, before quickly being loaned out to Hellas Verona. From there, Fiorentina kept him in the country on a permanent basis when they signed him in the winter window.
A combative centra midfielder, Amrabat has been a key part of the Fiorenit
Amrabat made his full international debut on March 28, 2017 in a 1-0 win over Tunisia.
Sofyan Amrabat’s Morocco career
Amrabat has played 43 times for Morocco since 2017 and is yet to score a goal for his country.
He featured in every match of Morocco’s 2021 Africa Cup of Nations campaign, including their quarterfinal exit at the hands of Egypt, which was decided after extra time.
The workmanlike midfielder only took the field once in Morocco’s 2018 World Cup campaign but has since turned things around and made himself a pivotal part of the final African side in this year’s competition.
He has played in every single minute of his side’s brilliant run in Qatar and will hope his efficacy continues and helps his nation to an even more impressive finish.