|Is|| Athlete |
Association football player
|Birth||5 December 1991, Lille, Lille metropolis, Nord, Hauts-de-France|
Abdellah Zoubir (Arabic: عبدالله زوبير; born 5 December 1991) is a French professional footballer who plays mainly as an attacking midfielder for Racing Club de Lens.
Early years / Istres
Born in Lille of Moroccan descent, Zoubir started playing futsal in his native city at the age of 6. He represented France at youth level in that sport, sharing teams at one point with Wissam Ben Yedder.
In 2012, Zoubir signed for FC Istres in Ligue 2. He was loaned in January 2013 to lower league club Grenoble Foot 38.
In August 2013, in the same predicament, Zoubir joined Scottish side Hibernian after being recommended by former footballer Frédéric Arpinon. He made his first start for his new team in a Scottish League Cup match against Stranraer on 24 September, also scoring the second goal in a 5–3 win. However, after the departure of manager Pat Fenlon, he did not seem to enter the plans of new coach Terry Butcher, coming on mostly as a substitute.
An ankle injury kept Zoubir out for five months, and he ended the season (which ended in relegation after 15 years) with 16 matches and one goal all competitions comprised. He subsequently returned to Istres, now in the Championnat National.
On 24 June 2015, Zoubir joined Romanian side FC Petrolul Ploiești on a three-year contract. He made his Liga I debut on 11 July, playing the full 90 minutes in a 0–0 draw at defending champions FC Steaua București; he adapted quickly, being voted Footballer of the Month for July by fans on the DoarPetrolul.ro forum. He netted his first goal for the club on 9 November in a 1–1 home draw against CS Concordia Chiajna, and his second came against CFR Cluj late in the same month (1–0, also at the Ilie Oană Stadium).
During early December 2015, it was reported that Bucharest rivals Steaua and FC Dinamo were interested in acquiring Zoubir during the winter transfer window.