He’s only missed one game this season. In 29 days, Amine Oudrhiri (28) has 27 starts and 1 entry into the game under the colors of Farense (2 assists elsewhere). For a first experience in Liga NOS, it’s a masterstroke. “Personally, it’s a good season. I had the chance to play, I participated in almost all the matches. So it’s pretty satisfying. I didn’t necessarily expect it to turn out so well. Afterwards, I gave myself the means. I worked hard to have the opportunity to play as many matches as possible. The coaches (Sérgio Agostinho de Oliveira Vieira was sacked and replaced by Jorge Costa) trusted me. It’s going well on this plan ”, he explained to us before continuing.
“We still have some fears, I didn’t know the level, I didn’t know what to expect. It was necessary to work, to adapt as quickly as possible to the requirements. Obviously, there is a difference in level, in intensity between the Liga NOS and the Segunda Liga. It’s normal. I managed to respond with confidence. And it went well. In my head, I knew I had the level. I wanted to prove that I deserved to play in the first division. Thanks to my services, I want to show that I am a player of the first division and that I do not have to make the elevator “, he confided to us while he and his team are fighting ardently for maintenance.
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Affirmation in Portugal
In Portugal since the winter of 2017, the midfielder has known everything. “I signed for Leixões at the end of January, but the club could not register new players. I had the choice to stay and only practice or be loaned to 3rd division (Lusitano VRSA) to save playing time. I decided to play because I had been stopped for six months already. I chose to play a few matches for a few months and then come back. I have very good memories of the club, it is the club that welcomed me to Portugal. I am still in contact with the president and the sporting director, they have helped me a lot in relation to everything in Portugal. It’s a historic club, a great club. It went well for three seasons ”, he told us, fully blossomed in Portugal.
“It’s a very, very welcoming country, I had never been there before signing, I really loved it. It is a country that loves football a lot. It’s a different style from the French championship, it plays ball. We find sizes a little less imposing than in France, but it plays ball, that’s what I like too. Life here, I love it, I feel good. I was in Porto, it’s a beautiful city. Now, I am in the south, the living environment is superb, we live very very well. This is my fourth year. I feel really good here ”, he confirmed to us, returning to his eventful stint at FC Nantes, where he signed his first professional contract in January 2014 after revealing himself to the Red Star in National 1, before stringing together loans (Arles- Avignon, Sedan) and disappointments.
The painful Nantes episode
“I was in Nantes and I had a small problem, I was excluded from the group for no reason in the summer of 2016 when I had a year of contract left. I couldn’t sign anywhere in France, in Ligue 2, because I was still under contract with Nantes with the LFP. I went six months without playing, without a club ”, he remembered before continuing. “I had to do the preparation, René Girard wanted to see me to decide and a week before the resumption, I was told that I was at the end of the contract. It was a management decision. This is their method. I was completely put aside ”, he reminded us, still disappointed. “I know that if I had had the opportunity to play in Nantes in Ligue 1, I could have shown that I had my place. I never had that opportunity ”, he regretted, not making a return to France an absolute priority.
“It stays in the back of my mind, it’s normal, it’s my country, but it’s not necessarily a goal. I tell myself that I would have liked to show that I have my place in Ligue 1. But I do not make it a goal at all costs ”, he revealed to us. At the highest level in Portugal now, Amine Oudhiri, under contract until June 2022 with Farense, wants to continue to prove his talent by the end of the season. “I wouldn’t mind staying, I feel good here. Afterwards, I do not close any door ”, he concluded. And in view of his performances (named in the typical team for the week of the 13th and 28th day, designated man of the match against Moreirense and Vitoria Guimarães), it is his that many clubs are likely to come and hit.