|Full name||Fayçal Fajr|
|Date of birth||1 August 1988|
|Place of birth||Rouen, France|
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Playing position||Attacking midfielder|
|2015–2016||→ Deportivo La Coruña (loan)||38||(5)|
|2016–2017||Deportivo La Coruña||24||(0)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10 March 2019|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 13 October 2018
Fajr was born in the city of Rouen and began his career with local amateur club Sottevillais Cheminots. In 2000, he joined the youth academy of professional club Le Havre. After three years, Fajr was released after being told he lacked the physical requirements to remain. He, subsequently, returned home to join hometown club Rouen. Fajr spent two years at the club and, in 2005, signed a contract with CMS Oissel. With Oissel, he played in the Championnat de France amateur 2, the fifth division of French football.
After two seasons playing on the senior team of Oissel, in 2008, Fajr moved up one division to sign with Étoile Fréjus Saint-Raphaël, then known as ES Fréjus. In his first season with the club, he appeared in 29 matches scoring four goals. Fréjus finished second in its group, however, due to the Direction Nationale du Contrôle de Gestion (National Directorate of Management Control) (DNCG) imposing sanctions on several clubs in the Championnat National, the club was given a spot in the third division. After playing mainly as a substitute in his inaugural season with the club, Fajr became a starter in the club's first season in National. He appeared in 29 league matches as Fréjus finished mid-table. In his final season with the club, Fajr became the club's primary play-maker. He posted career-highs in appearances (34) and goals (8). Fréjus finished the campaign in sixth place.
After a successful campaign with Fréjus, Fajr was linked to several professional clubs, most notably Nice, Dijon, Lens, and Reims. On 18 July 2011, it was confirmed that he would be joining Ligue 1 club Caen on a three-year contract. The transfer was completed the following day. Fajr was assigned the number 29 shirt and simultaneously made his professional and club debut on 28 August in a league match against Rennes. Three days later, in a Coupe de la Ligue match against Brest, he scored his first goal for Caen in a 3–2 victory. Caen were relegated to the Ligue 2 in his first season, but he helped them back up two seasons later. In the 2013–14 season, he scored 8 league goals in 35 games and Caen were promoted to the top-flight Ligue 1.
On 24 June 2014, Fajr passed his medical and completed the move to the La Liga side Elche. He made his debut in the category on 24 August, coming on as a substitute for Ferrán Corominas in a 0–3 away loss against FC Barcelona.
Return to Caen
Despite being born and raised in France, Fajr joined the Royal Moroccan Football Federation. He made his senior debut for the Morocco national football team in a 2018 World Cup qualifying game against Equatorial Guinea in a 1–0 loss.
In May 2018 he was named in Morocco’s 23-man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. Morocco’s national football team played against Iran, Portugal, and Spain in the group stage. During Morocco’s match against Spain, Fajr made the corner kick that led to Youssef En-Nesyri’s goal with nine minutes remaining.
- As of 20 May 2017
|Club||Season||League||Cup[nb 1]||Europe||Other[nb 2]||Total|
- Statistics accurate as of match played 13 October 2018.
- Scores and results list Morocco's goal tally first.
|1.||24 March 2017||Stade de Marrakech, Marrakesh, Morocco||Burkina Faso||1–0||2–0||Friendly|
|2.||1 September 2017||Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium, Rabat, Morocco||Mali||5–0||6–0||2018 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|3.||13 October 2018||Stade Mohammed V, Casablanca, Morocco||Comoros||1–0||1–0||2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualification|
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