44 Facts About Adil Rami


Adil Rami was born on 27 December 1985 and is a French professional footballer who plays as a centre-back for Ligue 1 club Troyes, for which he is the captain.


In 2006, Adil Rami ascended three divisions after signing with Ligue 1 club Lille.


At Lille, Adil Rami developed into a starter, making his professional debut in May 2007.


Adil Rami is nicknamed "Shrek" by teammates and Lille supporters.


In January 2011, Adil Rami joined Spanish club Valencia on a four-year contract.


Adil Rami was in the preliminary list to play for France at the 2010 FIFA World Cup finals but did not make the final squad.


Adil Rami made his senior debut on 11 August 2010 in a friendly match against Norway.

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Adil Rami was born in the city of Bastia on the island of Corsica to Moroccan parents.


Adil Rami is the third of four children and has two sisters and one brother.


Adil Rami often did odd-jobs such as taking care of the maintenance and cleanliness of the city.


Adil Rami registered as a youth player for Etoile Frejus Saint-Raphael, then known as ES Frejus, in 1994 at the age of nine.


Adil Rami appeared in four matches in his first season.


Adil Rami initially played as an offensive player often in the midfield, but following an injury to a teammate, whom Rami described as his best friend, his coaches inserted him into defence.


The transition was a success, with Adil Rami appearing in 30 matches with Frejus finishing mid-table for the third consecutive season.


Midway through the campaign, Adil Rami was offered a trial by professional club Lille.


Adil Rami appeared in 27 matches as the team finished in third position, the highest finish amongst professional clubs' reserve team's playing in the group.


Adil Rami made his professional debut on 19 May 2007 in a Ligue 1 match against Auxerre, starting at centre-back.


On 4 June, Adil Rami signed his first professional contract after agreeing to a three-year deal lasting until 2010.


Adil Rami was then promoted to the senior squad on a permanent basis and assigned the number 23 shirt.


Adil Rami subsequently missed three-and-a-half months due to the injury, returning in November 2007.


The announcement led to a distraught and angry Adil Rami declaring he would see out the rest of his contract with Lille playing in the reserves if he was not transferred.


Adil Rami even went as far as to state that there was a conspiracy between Lille and Lyon, due to the club's easy negotiations during transfers between each other, as well as Seydoux's brother, Jerome, being a shareholder of Lyon.


On 15 August 2009, Adil Rami apologized for the comments and said he would remain at Lille.


Adil Rami made his UEFA Europa League debut on 30 July 2009 in the first leg of the club's third qualifying round match.


On 25 February 2010, Adil Rami scored the aggregate-winning goal in the team's round of 32-second leg tie away to Fenerbahce after connecting on a header five minutes from time.

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Meanwhile, Adil Rami left the Spanish club and started training with AC Milan.


On 13 August 2019, Adil Rami was sacked by Marseille for 'gross misconduct'.


On 24 August 2021, Adil Rami signed with Ligue 1 side Troyes on a one year deal.


Adil Rami is a French international, having made his debut on 11 August 2010 in a friendly match against Norway.


Ahead of the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations, Adil Rami was offered a chance to play with Morocco at the competition by manager Henri Michel.


However, Adil Rami declined the offer, citing his ambition to play for France.


Adil Rami has stated on several occasions that he would prefer to "represent Morocco within the France team".


On 20 March 2008, Adil Rami received his first call-up to the France national team by then head coach Raymond Domenech for a friendly match against England.


Adil Rami was informed of the call-up by Lille teammate and captain Rio Mavuba, which Adil Rami initially considered a joke.


Adil Rami featured with the B team in its friendly against Mali on 25 March 2008.


On 11 May 2010, despite having not made a single appearance for France, Adil Rami was named to the 30-man preliminary list by Domenech to play in the 2010 FIFA World Cup finals, but failed to make the final 23-men squad.


On 5 August 2010, Adil Rami was called up to the senior team by the new manager Laurent Blanc for the team's friendly match against Norway on 11 August 2010.


Adil Rami earned his first senior cap in that match, starting at centre-back alongside Philippe Mexes.


Adil Rami made his debut in the finals of a World Cup or UEFA European Championship on 11 June in his team's Euro 2012 opening match against England.


Adil Rami took part in the finals of the UEFA Euro 2016 tournament, called up to replace the injured Raphael Varane, Adil Rami played every minute of the first four matches of the finals, against Romania, Albania, Switzerland and the Republic of Ireland.


On 17 May 2018, Adil Rami was called up to the 23-man French squad for the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia.


Adil Rami announced his retirement from the national team after winning the trophy.


Adil Rami was the only unused outfield player in that tournament.


Adil Rami was an unused substitute for all those three matches, with France failing to reach the finals that was held in Portugal.