Yassine Bounou

Morocco national football team Sevilla FC Youssef En-Nesyri

Yassine Bounou
Yassine Bounou.jpg
Bounou with Wydad Casablanca in 2012
Personal information
Full name Yassine Bounou
Date of birth (1991-04-05) 5 April 1991 (age 29)
Place of birth Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Height 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in)[1]
Playing position(s) Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Number 13
Youth career
1997–1999 Impact de Montréal[2]
1999–2010 Wydad Casablanca
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2012 Wydad Casablanca 6 (0)
2012–2014 Atlético Madrid B 47 (0)
2013–2016 Atlético Madrid 0 (0)
2014–2016Zaragoza (loan) 38 (0)
2016–2020 Girona 83 (0)
2019–2020Sevilla (loan) 6 (0)
2020– Sevilla 0 (0)
National team
2011–2012 Morocco U20 4 (0)
2011–2012 Morocco U23 4 (0)
2013– Morocco 20 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19 July 2020
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 21:05, 19 November 2019 (UTC)

Yassine Bounou (Arabic: ياسين بونو‎; born 5 April 1991), also known as Bono, is a Moroccan professional footballer who plays for Spanish club Sevilla FC and the Morocco national team as a goalkeeper.

Club career

Born in Montreal, Quebec, Bounou initially played with Montreal Impact in 1998 and he moved to Morocco at an early age, and made his senior debut with Wydad Casablanca in 2011, after being promoted to the first-team a year earlier. On 14 June 2012 he moved to La Liga club Atlético Madrid, being initially assigned to the reserves in Segunda División.[3]

Bounou appeared regularly for the team in the third level, and signed a new four-year deal on 31 May 2013.[4] In the 2014 summer, after profiting from Thibaut Courtois and Daniel Aranzubia's departures, he was definitely promoted to the main squad.

Bounou made his first-team debut on 24 July 2014, in a 1–0 pre-season friendly win against CD Numancia.[5] On 1 September, he was loaned to Segunda División's Real Zaragoza, in a season-long deal.[6] Kept out by Óscar Whalley for the first half of the campaign, he made his debut the following 11 January in a 5–3 loss at UD Las Palmas, and finished the season with 16 appearances. In the play-offs,[7] after Whalley's performance led to a 0–3 home loss to Girona FC in the first leg, Bounou replaced him in the second for a 4–1 win and advancement on away goals;[8] Zaragoza lost the final by the same rule to UD Las Palmas.

On 23 July 2015, Bounou returned to the Aragonese side, again in a one-year loan deal.[9] On 12 July of the following year, he signed a permanent two-year contract with fellow league team Girona FC.[10]

On 2 September 2019, after suffering relegation with the Catalans, Bono joined Sevilla FC in the top tier, on loan for one year.[11] Second-choice to Tomáš Vaclík in the league season, he played regularly in the domestic cup and as the side won the 2019–20 UEFA Europa League, earning plaudits for his performance against Wolves in the quarter-finals as he saved a penalty from Raúl Jiménez to earn a 1–0 win,[12] also in the 2–1 semi-final win over Manchester United,[13] and eventually his decisive save of Romelu Lukaku's one-on-one strike, to win the final 3–2 against Inter Milan.[14]

On 4 September 2020, Bono signed a permanent four-year contract with the Andalusians.[15]

International career

Bounou was eligible to represent Canada or Morocco,[16] but opted to represent the latter, appearing with the under-20 team at the 2012 Toulon Tournament, playing in one match during the competition. He was also selected in the 18-man under-23 squad for the 2012 Summer Olympics, but acted as a backup to Mohamed Amsif during the tournament, in which Morocco were eliminated at the group stage.

On 14 August 2013, Bounou was called up to the main squad for a friendly match against Burkina Faso.[17] He made his debut in the following day, playing the entire second half of an eventual 1–2 defeat in Tangier.[18]

In May 2018 Bounou was named in Morocco's 23-man squad for the World Cup in Russia,[19] where he sat on the bench as Munir played all three group games. At the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt he was first choice for Hervé Renard's team, keeping clean sheets in 1–0 wins over Namibia and the Ivory Coast to qualify for the last 16.[20][21]

Career statistics


As of match played 14 February 2020[22]
Year Apps Goals
2013 1 0
2014 4 0
2015 1 0
2016 2 0
2017 2 0
2018 4 0
2019 10 0
Total 24 0






  1. ^ "2018 FIFA World Cup Russia – List of Players" (PDF). FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 4 June 2018. Retrieved 10 June 2018.
  2. ^ Baillairge-Charbonneau, Alexandre (16 June 2018). "Un Montréalais au Mondial? Oui, sous les couleurs du Maroc" [A Montréal native at the World Cup? Yes, in the colours of Morocco] (in French). Balle Courbe. Retrieved 6 September 2020.
  3. ^ El Atlético de Madrid ficha al internacional marroquí Yassine Bounou para su filial (Atlético Madrid signs Moroccan international Yassine Bounou to their reserve squad); Goal.com, 14 June 2012 (in Spanish)
  4. ^ Bono renueva por el cuadro colchonero hasta 2017 (Bono renews for the colchoneros until 2017); Mundo Deportivo, 31 May 2013 (in Spanish)
  5. ^ Siqueira: "I’m happy to have made my debut with Atlético"; Atlético Madrid, 24 July 2014
  6. ^ Acuerdo con el Real Zaragoza para la cesión de Bounou (Agreement with Real Zaragoza for the loan of Bounou); Atlético Madrid, 1 September 2014 (in Spanish)
  7. ^ Ferrer, Pedro Luis (11 June 2015). "El Girona sentencia en la noche negra de Óscar Whalley" [Girona sentence Óscar Whalley's black night] (in Spanish). Diario AS. Retrieved 21 March 2016.
  8. ^ Moya, Ángel (14 June 2015). "Zaragoza obra el milagro" [Zaragoza work a miracle] (in Spanish). Marca. Retrieved 21 March 2016.
  9. ^ El guardameta Bounou jugará una temporada más en el Real Zaragoza (Goalkeeper Bounou will play a further season at Real Zaragoza); Real Zaragoza, 23 July 2015 (in Spanish)
  10. ^ El Girona FC completa la porteria amb el fitxatge de Bono (Girona FC complete the goal with the signing of Bono); Girona FC, 12 July 2016 (in Spanish)
  11. ^ "Yassine Bounou arrives on loan from Girona FC". Sevilla FC. 2 September 2019. Retrieved 3 September 2019.
  12. ^ "Bono on the win against Wolves". sevillafc.es. 11 August 2020.
  13. ^ McNulty, Phil (16 August 2020). "Sevilla 2–1 Manchester United". BBC Sport. Retrieved 21 August 2020.
  14. ^ "Seville 3–2 Inter Milan". BBC Sport. 21 August 2020.
  15. ^ "El Sevilla FC cierra el traspaso de Yassine Bounou" [Sevilla FC complete the transfer of Yassine Bounou] (in Spanish). Sevilla FC. 4 September 2020. Retrieved 4 September 2020.
  16. ^ أتليتيكو مدريد يعير الحارس المغربي ياسين بونو لسرقسطة (Atlético Madrid loans Moroccan goalkeeper Bounou to Zaragoza); Tanger Inter, 31 August 2014 (in Arabic)
  17. ^ Match Maroc – Burkina Faso Aujourd’hui (Match Morocco – Burkina Faso today); Bladi, 14 August 2013 (in French)
  18. ^ Maroc – Burkina: Les Etalons triomphent à Tanger (Morocco – Burkina: The Etalons triumph in Tangier); Le Faso, 15 August 2013 (in French)
  19. ^ "Boufal left out of Morocco squad". BBC Sport.
  20. ^ "Morocco 1–0 Namibia". BBC Sport. 23 June 2019. Retrieved 20 November 2019.
  21. ^ "Morocco 1–0 Ivory Coast". BBC Sport. 28 June 2019. Retrieved 20 November 2019.
  22. ^ Yassine Bounou at National-Football-Teams.com
  23. ^ Wilkinson, Jack (21 August 2020). "Sevilla 3-2 Inter Milan: Sevilla edge five-goal thriller for sixth Europa League crown". Sky Sports. Retrieved 21 August 2020.
  24. ^ "UEFA Europa League Squad of the Season". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 26 August 2020. Retrieved 26 August 2020.