Marouane Chamakh (French pronunciation: [ma.ʁwan ʃa.mak] ; Arabic: مروان الشماخ; born 10 January 1984) is a professional footballer who is currently a free agent and plays as a forward for the Morocco national team. He is described as a prototypical target man and is noted for his "link-up play", "tall stature" and "excellent heading ability". He is the first and only player in UEFA Champions League history to score in six consecutive matches.
Chamakh started his career training throughout various clubs in the Aquitaine region. In 2000, he signed with Bordeaux. Chamakh made his professional debut for the club in the 2002–03 season. He spent nine years at the club and helped Bordeaux win the Coupe de la Ligue in 2007. In the 2008–09 season, Chamakh won his first league title as Bordeaux were crowned champions for the first time since the 1998–99 season. The club also won the Coupe de la Ligue completing the league and league cup double. In May 2010, Chamakh joined Arsenal of the Premier League on a free transfer after agreeing to a four-year contract with the club, helping to take the Gooners to a final berth at the League Cup of 2011.
Although born and raised in France, Chamakh chose to play international football for Morocco, because he had Moroccan parents. He made his national team debut in July 2003 and has played at three Africa Cup of Nations tournaments, including the 2004 tournament in which Morocco finished runner-up. In August 2010, he captained the national team for the first time.Close