Karim El Ahmadi Arrousi
: كريم الأحمدي; born 27 January 1985 in Enschede
) is a Moroccan footballer
who currently plays as a defensive midfielder
for the Dutch Eredivisie
El Ahmadi was born and raised in Enschede
, The Netherlands
At the age of 9, El Ahmadi started playing football at local Enschede club UDI. He got noticed quickly by scouts from FC Twente and was invited to join their academy.
On March 21, 2004, El Ahmadi made his official debut in FC Twente's first time in the away match against FC Utrecht (2–0). El Ahmadi quickly became a first team regular. Also thanks to the rapid development from the defensive midfielder, FC Twente qualified for the UEFA Champions League in the season 2007/2008.
On April 16, 2008, it was announced that El Ahmadi signed a 5-year deal with Dutch giants Feyenoord
for the price tag of 5 million euros.
El Ahmadi was struck with an injury, delaying his debut in the shirt of Feyenoord. He made his debut as a substitute in the UEFA Cup
-match against Kalmar FF
, which Feyenoord won 2–1. He made his debut in the starting line-up against NEC
, which ended in a 0–2 home defeat.
El Ahmadi played for the Dutch national youth teams, but opted to represent Morocco
at the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship
in the Netherlands