Hadji playing for Al Arabi
|Date of birth||25 February 1980|
|Place of birth||Ifrane, Morocco|
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Playing position||Attacking midfielder / Striker|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19:08, 8 July 2016 (UTC).
Youssouf Hadji (Arabic: يوسف حجي, born 25 February 1980 in Ifrane Atlas-Saghir) is a Moroccan footballer who currently plays as an attacking midfielder for AS Nancy and also serves as the team captain. He also holds a French passport. He is the younger brother of former Moroccan star Mustapha Hadji and the uncle of striker Samir Hadji. On May 2016, he won the 2015–16 Ligue 2 with AS Nancy.
Bastia and Rennes
In 2003, Hadji moved to Corsica to play for SC Bastia in Ligue 1. After his old team were relegated at the end of his second season there, he reunited with Bölöni at Rennes. In Brittany, he wasn't a regular starter but contributed largely to their season with 3 goals and 3 assists.
Return to Nancy
On 31 August 2011, after four years at Nancy, Hadji returned to Rennes, for one season with the Ligue 1 team.
Hadji signed a two-year contract with Qatari side Al-Arabi on 26 June 2012. Sidelined due of injuries for most of the season, he terminated his contract after only one season making only 8 appearances in all competitions.
Hadji signed a two-year-deal with Elazığspor but he terminated his contract in February after financial problems in the club which prevented him from receiving his wages. He returned to train with his hometown club Nancy to keep fit.
Third stint with Nancy
2014–15 Ligue 2
In May 2014, Hadji came back to Nancy, making it the third stint with his debut team. He stated that he wanted to help his team promote to Ligue 1 again and to retire at his hometown club. He was named as the captain of the team in the match against Stade Brest and since then he remained captain. He scored his first goal in a 2–2 draw against US Orléans on 21 December 2014. His second goal was the equalizer in a 1–1 draw against Nîmes Olympique. He scored both goals in a 2–1 home win against Stade Brest, the club's first win since November 2014. Hadji scored another goal in a 2–0 away win against Sochaux followed by a brace in a 6–0 win against LB Châteauroux although playing for only 60 minutes in the game before being substituted. AS Nancy achieved three consecutive wins and gained 11 points out of a possible 15 from their last five matches, thereby moving up five positions to become 6th in Ligue 2.
2015–16 Ligue 2
On 3 August 2015, Hadji started the second season of his third spell at Nancy with a 0–0 draw against Tours FC. He assisted a goal in a 3–0 home win against Stade Brest. He scored his first goal in his sixth appearance in the league in a 1–1 draw in Stade Marcel Picot against Chamois Niortais F.C.. Again he recorded a second assist on 2 October in a 3–0 win against AC Ajaccio. He returned to scoring against Dijon FCO in a home win, and again in an away win against Evian Thonon Gaillard F.C. in the Parc des Sports, Annecy helping AS Nancy jump to the top of the Ligue 2 table. He scored a brace against Nîmes Olympique in January 2016. On 25 April 2016, AS Nancy were crowned as the champions of the 2015–16 Ligue 2 after a 1–0 home win against Sochaux. After the coronation, Hadji scored a brace in a 2–0 win against Tours FC, but before recorded another assist against Evian Thonon Gaillard F.C. which was relegated to 2016–17 Championnat National thanks to this goal. Hadji finished the season with 9 goals and 3 assists in 33 appearances.
Youssouf's older brother Mustapha was a Moroccan international footballer, having had a successful career in football, before ending his career in 2010. Mustapha previously played for well-known clubs such as Coventry City, Sporting and Deportivo La Coruña.
|SC Bastia||2003–04||Ligue 1||29||6||3||0||—||32||6|
|Al-Arabi||2012–13||Qatar Stars League||3||0||1||1||—||4||1|
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