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Yacine Brahimi
Yacine Brahimi
Date of birth:

February 8, 1990

Nationality:

Flag of Algeria Algeria

Position:

Winger

Team:

FC Porto

Yacine Brahimi (Arabic: ياسين إبراهيمي‎; born 8 February 1990) is a French-born Algerian professional footballer who plays for FC Porto and the Algeria national team.[2][3][4] He plays as an attacking midfielder and a winger and is described as a "technically gifted player". His coach, Frédéric Antonetti, declared Brahimi would be the "future play-maker of Stade Rennais".[5] Yacine is also known for his "Brahimi Moments" (in Portuguese, "Momentos Brahimi")[citation needed].

Brahimi began his career throughout various clubs in the Île-de-France region, having trained at ASB Montreuil and CO Vincennois. In 2003, he was selected to attend the Clairefontaine academy. Brahimi spent three years at the academy and, upon leaving, signed with Rennes. While in the club's youth academy, he achieved several club honours. After turning professional, Brahimi was loaned out to second division club Clermont Foot. While at Clermont, he had a successful individual 2009–10 season. After spending the previous season there on loan, he moved to the La Liga club Granada CF in 2013, and then to Porto for €6.5 million one year later.

An Algerian international, Brahimi is a former France youth international having represented the country at all youth levels. In 2009, he played on the under-19 team that reached the semi-finals at the 2009 UEFA European Under-19 Championship. In February 2013, Brahimi switched his international allegiance to Algeria and made his debut for them a month later, also playing at the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.