Rachid Bouaouzan

Rachid Bouaouzan

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Rachid Bouaouzan

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Rachid Bouaouzan (born 20 February 1984) is a Dutch-Moroccan footballer who is currently playing for the Swedish club Helsingborgs IF.

Club career

Sparta Rotterdam and The Kokmeijer case

Bouaouzan was born in Rotterdam and made his debut in professional football, being part of the Sparta Rotterdam squad in the 2003–04 season. He played for his local club for 4 seasons.

In his second season, while playing in the Eerste Divisie, Bouaouzan reached the Dutch news headlines due to a heavy foul on Niels Kokmeijer, his opponent playing for Go Ahead Eagles on December 17, 2004. Kokmeijer's leg was broken badly and he was subsequently forced to retire from professional football. Sparta Rotterdam suspended Bouaouzan for the rest of the season, which was more than the 10 match ban the KNVB awarded him. Besides that he was taken to court by the Dutch government for battery, a unique moment in Dutch football history. Bouaouzan was sentenced to a conditional six months in jail. In April 2008 the highest Dutch court confirmed this.

At the end of the season Sparta Rotterdam qualified for the play-offs where Bouaouzan returned on the pitch. In the last and final play-off match Bouaouzan scored Sparta's winning goal over Helmond Sport, thus securing them a spot in the Eredivisie for 2005–06.

Wigan Athletic

Rachid signed a three year contract with Wigan Athletic in August 2007. The transfer fee was rumoured to be in the region of £300,000. He made...
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