who is Yassine Bounou the Moroccan goalkeeper, terror of the Spanish shooters?

“They had to arrive with at least a thousand penalties drawn with their clubs, explained Enrique at a press conference on Monday. There will surely be a knockout match where we will have to go through a penalty shootout”, had expressed Luis Henrique the Spanish coach. His players may have trained in front of goal, but they came across an impassable Yacine Bounou and La Liga terror in this exercise.

Penalties are a little bit of intuition, a little bit of luck.”humbly explained the goalkeeper after the match, paying tribute to his teammates who “does the job“for 120 minutes.

8th in the Yachine Trophy in 2022

The Sevilla FC goalkeeper is considered one of the best goalkeepers in the world. He ranked 8th in the Yachine trophy (trophy for the best goalkeeper in the world) won by Thibault Courtois. He is now considered the best goalkeeper in African football ahead of Edouard Mendy, the Senegalese goalkeeper who has been in a surprisingly poor state for a year.

Best African goalkeeper?

Yassine Bounou was born on April 5, 1991 in Montreal, Canada. Her parents are Moroccan. His father is an engineer. The family returns to Morocco and settles in Casablanca. He plays football with his friends in Mers Sultan neighborhood and likes to play goalie. He joined the youth teams of Wiydad Athletic Club, a Casablanca club and one of the most successful clubs in Africa with three Champions Leagues. He became at the age of 19 the third goalkeeper of the first team. He plays a few games with the team but is barred by the titular goalkeeper Lamyaghri. His contract ended in 2012.

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AtlĂ©tico de Madrid spotted him and offered him a four-year contract. He becomes the team’s third goalkeeper. The first goalkeeper is a certain Thibault Courtois. In 2014, the club loaned him to Zaragoza, a second division club. He will play there for two seasons. He then joined Girone, still in the second division, and became a starter. Sevilla FC recruited him in 2019 in the form of a loan and exercised the purchase option convinced by the content of his first season. He becomes an indisputable holder in 2020 and participates in the qualification of FC Seville for the Champions League.

Highest save percentage in La Liga in 2021-22

A tall goalkeeper by size, Yacine Bounou has this ability that we find in Thibault Courtois to quickly lie down on the ground. He is very strong in taking penalties and he is impressive in the air. His kicking game remains perfectible.

In the 2021-2022 season, he becomes the goalkeeper with the highest save percentage in La Liga.

The Moroccan from Sevilla FC has a save percentage of 77.6% for the 2021-22 season, which places him sixth in this ranking at European level. The start of the 2022-2023 season is more complicated. Sevilla FC has lost executive players in defense like Jules Koundé who left for FC Barcelona.

The goalkeeper for a few months is happier in the national team where he can count on an iron defense symbolized by the two centrals, Nayef Aguerd and Zouhair Fedal.

Despite his performances in La Liga and in selection, the goalkeeper did not convince a very big European club, capable of winning the Champions League, to take him. The magical evening in Doha will undoubtedly change the situation.