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Málaga CF signs striker Mounir El Hamdaoui

Málaga Club de Fútbol has reached an agreement with ACF Fiorentina to sign Moroccan striker, Mounir El Hamdaoui (Born in Rotterdam, Holland, 14/07/1984) on loan to the Blue and Whites for 2013/14, with an option to buy at the end of the contract. El Hamdaoui comes from Italy’s Seria A side, Fiorentina, having played for teams in Holland, England and Italy, scoring over a hundred goals in his career so far. Mounir El Hamdaoui will be officially presented to the media today, Thursday 29th August at 1 p.m. at La Rosaleda’s press room, after his first training session with his new team. The new striker will then be presented to the fans, who can access the stadium via doors 5 and 6, and who will also free gifts from Málaga Club de Fútbol sponsors, Coca Cola and San Miguel.

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29/08/2013 11:12

Career
Mounir El Hamdaoui (Rotterdam, Holland, 14/07/1984) is a Dutch-born striker of Moroccan origin, who has played for teams in Holland, England and Italy.  He started his career at the SBV Excelsior academy, and made his debut with the Eredivisie team in 2001/02.  Following four seasons with the Dutch first division side, where he scored 32 goals, El Hamdaoui moved to the Premier League in 2005/06, joining the ranks of Tottenham Hotspur and Derby County.
 
In 2006/07 he returned to Holland and joined Amsterdam’s Willem II, AZ Alkmaar and Ajax, scoring 113 goals in seven seasons.  Last season, El Hamdaoui signed to Serie A Team, Fiorentina, and a year later is on loan from the Italian club to Málaga Club de Fútbol.

         
Player of the year and highest goal-scorer of Holland’s Eredivisie
El Hamdaoui won Holland’s Eredivisie title in 2008/09 with AZ Alkmaar, and again in 2010/11 with Ajax, as well as the Dutch Supercup in 2009.  He was also named the highest goal-scorer in the Dutch league, scoring 23 goals with AZ, and also the player of the year that season.

 
International career
El Hamdaoui was born in Holland, and was an international with Holland’s under-21’s.  Following that, due to his Moroccan origin, the striker decided to play for Morocco, making his official debut on 11th February 2009 against the Czech Republic.  He has represented his country five times.
 
 
Medical examinations
Málaga Club de Fútbol’s new signing, Mounir El Hamdaoui, passed the routine medical checks on Wednesday morning at Clínicas Rincón.  After the contract signing, and first training session with the team, the new Blue and Whites’ striker will be officially presented today at 1 p.m.