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Marouane Chamakh - Player of the Week

Marouane Chamakh - Player of the Week

Pardew's Palace still unbeaten!

Chamakh is strong in the air.In December, Crystal Palace didn’t win a match and had gone 8 matches without a victory when the chairman decided to make a change at the top. Alan Pardew took over as manager on the 2nd of January, when he changed the hot seat at Newcastle Utd for the one at Palace’s Selhurst Park. The Eagles are now flying high and have won every match that Pardew has been involved in. In the past 4 matches, Palace have scored 12 goals, after only scoring 3 in their previous 8 matches!

"I think they are better than they think they are, I keep telling them that." Alan Pardew, Crystal Palace manager talking about his new team.

Chamakh keeps Palace in the Cup

Chamakh celebrates with teammate.Palace’s most recent victory came away at Southampton, where they beat their hosts 3-2 in the FA Cup. Marouane Chamakh was Man of the Match in a game that will be remembered for a fantastic first half of football. Southampton, who have conceded the fewest Premier League goals this season, took the lead in the 9th minute through a Graziano Pelle goal from close range. But Crystal Palace equalised just 2 minutes later. Chamakh was the scorer when he bravely challenged for the ball in the penalty area. An own goal gave Southampton the lead again 5 minutes later but 5 more minutes after this, Palace equalised again, this time through Yaya Sanogo. In the 39th minute, Chamakh scored again, when he rounded the goalkeeper and finished in style. Palace progress to the fifth round of the Cup, where they will play Liverpool, if the Reds can win their replay against Bolton Wanderers.

"Chamakh was the best player on the pitch."  Alan Pardew.

What do we know about Marouane Chamakh?

Chamakh showing great control.Marouane Chamakh was born in January 1984, and is from Tonneins, which is a small town in the south west of France. As a youth player, Chamakh played for local teams, but when he was 16, many top professional teams noticed him. In 2000, Chamakh signed for top division side, Bordeaux, because they had great training facilities but also because it was near to his family home. With ex-Manchester Utd player and ex-France manager, Laurent Blanc, Chamakh won the French Cup in 2007 and the League and Cup double in 2008/09. After 8 seasons, 76 goals and 301 appearances for Bordeaux, Chamakh made the biggest move of his career when he decided to move to the UK.

"I gained a lot of confidence in the 3 years I worked under Laurent Blanc at Bordeaux." Marouane Chamakh talking about his time at Bordeaux.

Which Premier League teams has Chamakh played for?

Chamakh used to play for Arsenal.In May 2010, Chamakh was a free agent after completing his contract with Bordeaux.  He signed for Arsenal on a free transfer. Chamakh played 67 times for Arsenal and scored 14 times in 3 seasons at the club. During his time with Arsenal, Chamakh scored the fastest ever goal in Arsenal league history; 37 seconds v Wolves (November 2010). In January 2013, Chamakh had a brief spell on loan at West Ham but failed to score and in the summer of 2013, Chamakh signed for Crystal Palace. So far, he has played 44 matches and scored 9 times for the Eagles (January 2015).

"I don't regret coming to England because I found what I came for - the league and the atmosphere." Marouane Chamakh.

Why does Chamakh play for Morocco?

Chamakh in action for Morocco.Chamakh was born in France and has played his entire career in either France or England, but he plays international football for Morocco. He could have played for France, but Chamakh's parents are both Moroccan, so Chamakh decided to play for his parents' country.  Chamakh's father was also a footballer, in Casablanca, before he moved to France to look for work. Chamakh has played over 60 times for the Atlas Lions and has scored 18 goals. He has played in 3 Africa Cup of Nations tournaments and helped his country reach the final in 2004, but they lost 2-1 to Tunisia. 

"I'm very interested in history and I'm trying to discover more about my country. You shouldn't think that all footballers just play football and then their PlayStation." Marouane Chamakh.

What does Chamakh do outside football?

Chamakh and Alexis challenge for the ball.Chamakh doesn't really fit the normal stereotype of a footballer. He is very good at maths and enjoys working with spreadsheets. He got very good grades at school and left with a Baccalauréat (an academic qualification that students in France take at 18 years old) in accounting. Chamakh's younger brother has a cafe back home in France and it's not unusual to see him helping there when he has some free time. He is a practising Muslim and has an interest in politics. In 2010, Chamakh was listed as a political candidate for the Democratic Movement Party in France!

"I placed a lot of importance on my studies because I didn't want to neglect them for my football." Marouane Chamkh.

 

Chamakh and Gerrard battle for the ball. It finished Palace 3-3 Liverpool.

What did you understand?

 
How much did you understand?

Pardew's Palace still unbeaten!

In December, Crystal Palace didn’t win a match and had gone 8 matches without a victory when the chairman decided to make a change at the top. Alan Pardew took over as manager on the 2nd of January, when he changed the hot seat at Newcastle Utd for the one at Palace’s Selhurst Park. The Eagles are now flying high and have won every match that Pardew has been involved in. In the past 4 matches, Palace have scored 12 goals, after only scoring 3 in their previous 8 matches!

"I think they are better than they think they are, I keep telling them that." Alan Pardew, Crystal Palace manager talking about his new team.

Chamakh keeps Palace in the Cup

Palace’s most recent victory came away at Southampton, where they beat their hosts 3-2 in the FA Cup. Marouane Chamakh was Man of the Match in a game that will be remembered for a fantastic first half of football. Southampton, who have conceded the fewest Premier League goals this season, took the lead in the 9th minute through a Graziano Pelle goal from close range. But Crystal Palace equalised just 2 minutes later. Chamakh was the scorer when he bravely challenged for the ball in the penalty area. An own goal gave Southampton the lead again 5 minutes later but 5 more minutes after this, Palace equalised again, this time through Yaya Sanogo. In the 39th minute, Chamakh scored again, when he rounded the goalkeeper and finished in style. Palace progress to the fifth round of the Cup, where they will play Liverpool, if the Reds can win their replay against Bolton Wanderers.

"Chamakh was the best player on the pitch."  Alan Pardew.

What do we know about Marouane Chamakh?

Marouane Chamakh was born in January 1984, and is from Tonneins, which is a small town in the south west of France. As a youth player, Chamakh played for local teams, but when he was 16, many top professional teams noticed him. In 2000, Chamakh signed for top division side, Bordeaux, because they had great training facilities but also because it was near to his family home. With ex- Manchester Utd player and ex-France manager, Laurent Blanc, Chamakh won the French Cup in 2007 and the League and Cup double in 2008/09. After 8 seasons, 76 goals and 301 appearances for Bordeaux, Chamakh made the biggest move of his career when he decided to move to the UK.

"I gained a lot of confidence in the 3 years I worked under Laurent Blanc at Bordeaux." Marouane Chamakh talking about his time at Bordeaux.

Which Premier League teams has Chamakh played for?

In May 2010, Chamakh was a free agent after completing his contract with Bordeaux.  He signed for Arsenal on a free transfer. Chamakh played 67 times for Arsenal and scored 14 times in 3 seasons at the club. During his time with Arsenal, Chamakh scored the fastest ever goal in Arsenal league history; 37 seconds v Wolves (November 2010). In January 2013, Chamakh had a brief spell on loan at West Ham but failed to score and in the summer of 2013, Chamakh signed for Crystal Palace. So far, he has played 44 matches and scored 9 times for the Eagles (January 2015).

"I don't regret coming to England because I found what I came for - the league and the atmosphere." Marouane Chamakh.

Why does Chamakh play for Morocco?

Chamakh was born in France and has played his entire career in either France or England, but he plays international football for Morocco. He could have played for France, but Chamakh's parents are both Moroccan, so Chamakh decided to play for his parents' country.  Chamakh's father was also a footballer, in Casablanca, before he moved to France to look for work. Chamakh has played over 60 times for the Atlas Lions and has scored 18 goals. He has played in 3 Africa Cup of Nations tournaments and helped his country reach the final in 2004, but they lost 2-1 to Tunisia. 

"I'm very interested in history and I'm trying to discover more about my country. You shouldn't think that all footballers just play football and then their PlayStation."  Marouane Chamakh.

What does Chamakh do outside football?

Chamakh doesn't really fit the normal sterotype of a footballer. He is very good at maths and enjoys working with spreadsheets. He got very good grades at school and left with a Baccalauréat (an academic qualification that students in France take at 18 years old) in accounting. Chamakh's younger brother has a cafe back home in France and it's not unusual to see him helping there when he has some free time. He is a practising Muslim and has an interest in politics. In 2010, Chamakh was listed as a political candidate for the Democratic Movement Party in France!

"I placed a lot of importance on my studies because I didn't want to neglect them for my football."  Marouane Chamkh.

 

Activity 1: In this activity, try to answer the questions to show how much of the article you understand.

 


 

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Activity 2: Have a go at this hangman game. Can you guess the right word from the article about Marouane Chamakh? Remember to use the clues to help you!

 


 

Did you know......?

  • Marouane Chamakh became the first ever player to score in 6 consecutive Champions League games. 
  • Chamakh was Morocco's captain in 2010.
  • Chamakh scored the fastest Arsenal goal in league history (37 seconds).
  • Crystal Palace haven't played at the 'Crystal Palace' since 1915!
  • The most famous Moroccan to play in the Premier League was probably Mustapha Hadji, who played for Aston Villa and Coventry City.
Chamakh and Crystal Palace play at Selhurst Park.

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What are your hobbies and interests?

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Rema's picture
Rema
03/02/2015
RS
538
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Really interesting story, I wasn't know that Chamakh love maths and similar subjects. I think that Chamakh's hobbies are really atypically for football players.


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Rema
03/02/2015 16:49
Serbia
West Ham United
538

Really interesting story, I wasn't know that Chamakh love maths and similar subjects. I think that Chamakh's hobbies are really atypically for football players.

Rich's picture
Rich
03/02/2015
ES
805
points

Yes, I agree. I think with all the statistics involved in football today, that maths is a really useful subject for all footballers (and non-footballers).


Rich's picture
Rich
03/02/2015 17:13
Spain
Liverpool
805

Yes, I agree. I think with all the statistics involved in football today, that maths is a really useful subject for all footballers (and non-footballers).

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almirpereira
24/10/2015
BR
1315
points

Uh, hoo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! - I'm arriving in the ranking.


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almirpereira
24/10/2015 23:27
Brazil
Chelsea
1315

Uh, hoo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! - I'm arriving in the ranking.

aragorn1986's picture
aragorn1986
03/11/2015
ME
6882
points

My hobbies are wines and mountain climbing. Sometimes I don't have enough spare time.


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aragorn1986
03/11/2015 09:04
Montenegro
Arsenal
6882

My hobbies are wines and mountain climbing. Sometimes I don't have enough spare time.

nikosonris
23/11/2015
UA
2453
points

My hobby is reading and amateur football coaching. No matter how difficult it is to make time for my hobbies, but I manage to spare at least a few minutes every day for one of them.


nikosonris
23/11/2015 10:31
Ukraine
Arsenal
2453

My hobby is reading and amateur football coaching. No matter how difficult it is to make time for my hobbies, but I manage to spare at least a few minutes every day for one of them.

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aragorn1986
04/12/2015
ME
6882
points

I will agree with nikosonris. I like reading also, and I like playing different sports at different times of the year.


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aragorn1986
04/12/2015 17:44
Montenegro
Arsenal
6882

I will agree with nikosonris. I like reading also, and I like playing different sports at different times of the year.

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HakanUslu1881
17/03/2016
TR
1750
points

I like everything about football(watching,playing,reading,talking)


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HakanUslu1881
17/03/2016 17:01
Turkey
Leicester City
1750

I like everything about football(watching,playing,reading,talking)

HakanUslu1881's picture
HakanUslu1881
17/03/2016
TR
1750
points

I enjoy travelling,discovering new places.


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HakanUslu1881
17/03/2016 17:01
Turkey
Leicester City
1750

I enjoy travelling,discovering new places.

HakanUslu1881's picture
HakanUslu1881
17/03/2016
TR
1750
points

Seeing that I am a student,interms of me, to make time for my hobbies is very easy.


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HakanUslu1881
17/03/2016 17:03
Turkey
Leicester City
1750

Seeing that I am a student,interms of me, to make time for my hobbies is very easy.

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Learn all about Crystal Palace's Moroccan star, Marouane Chamakh, and learn some new vocabulary.

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Recording Vocabulary

How do you keep a record of new vocabulary? There are some great apps you can use on your computer, tablet or smartphone. Here are a couple of suggestions:

  • Evernote is a fantastic tool for storing and categorising vocabulary.
  • Anki is another great tool - you can use it to create flash cards and then test yourself.