(born 18 July 1993) is a French professional footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder or a forward for Lyon.
An academy graduate of #Lyon
, he was promoted to the senior squad in July 2013. Fekir became a first-team regular in his second season, when he was named the #Ligue1
Young Player of the Year. He has since made over 150 appearances for #LesGones
, scoring over 50 goals and gaining team captaincy in 2017.
Fekir joined the youth academy of #OlympiqueLyonnais
at the age of 12, and two years later he was released for not being strong enough.
Fekir was included in the Lyon first team squad for the first time on 30 July 2013, remaining as an unused substitute in 1–0 home win over Grasshopper in the #ChampionsLeague
third qualifying round first leg. He finally made his Lyon first team debut on 28 August 2013, replacing Yassine Benzia at half time in a 2–0 Champions League play-off round second leg away loss to Real Sociedad, which saw the club eliminated from the tournament after a 4–0 aggregate defeat. Three days later he made his Ligue 1 debut, playing the entire match in 2–1 away defeat to Evian TG. On 27 April 2014, against #Bastia
, he scored his first competitive goal for Lyon's first team and assisted one goal each for Bakary #Koné
and Alexandre #Lacazette
. Fekir made a total of 17 appearances in all competitions in his first season (2013-14) with Lyon's first team, scoring one goal.
In 2017–18, Fekir was part of a prolific forward line alongside Memphis #Depay
with 18 goals.
In June 2018, #Liverpool
negotiated with Lyon for the transfer of Fekir, offering a maximum €60 million but were not successful.
Fekir made just one appearance for the #France
national youth football team. He earned one cap at the under-21 level, made his France senior team debut on 26 March 2015 and On 25 August 2016 was called to the senior squad for the first time since his injury for a friendly against Italy and a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification match against Belarus. He was selected in the 23-man French national squad for the #fifaworldcup2018
. He played the last nine minutes of the final, a 4–2 win over Croatia.
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