With Dynamo Moscow in 2012
|Date of birth||27 February 1985|
|Place of birth||Eindhoven, Netherlands|
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Playing position||Attacking midfielder|
|2004–2005||→ Den Bosch (loan)||6||(0)|
|2005–2006||→ Eindhoven (loan)||33||(8)|
|2006–2007||→ Twente (loan)||31||(3)|
|2011–2012||→ Feyenoord (loan)||29||(9)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
He began his career at PSV, and was loaned to Den Bosch, Eindhoven, Twente and Feyenoord. After making a permanent move to Dynamo Moscow in the summer of 2012, he returned to Feyenoord one year later.
Otman Bakkal made his senior debut for PSV during the 2003–04 season in a 3–0 win over Auxerre. Three days later, on 28 March 2004, he made his league debut and the first senior start of his career in a 3–1 loss against Willem II. He signed a new three-year deal with PSV in May of that year.
Following the 2006–07 season, Bakkal re-joined PSV and saw regular first-team action. In November 2010, he was bitten in the shoulder by Luis Suárez during a 0–0 draw against Ajax. That incident caused Suárez to be suspended for seven games.
During the 2010–11 season, Bakkal was loaned to Feyenoord, having lost any expectation of regular playing time with PSV. He displayed impressive form and drew the interest of Premier League side Swansea City. Instead, he joined Russian club Dynamo Moscow for the 2012–13 season.
A year after leaving Holland for Russia, Bakkal returned to the Eredivisie to sign for former loan club Feyenoord, signing a one-year contract running until 30 June 2014. At the end of the 2013–14 season, his contract was subsequently allowed to expire.
In March 2016 Bakkal announced he was not looking for a new club anymore after two years in the wilderness.
Bakkal played at the 2007 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship and the 2008 Summer Olympics. He made his debut for the senior national side in 2009, after coming on as a substitute in a friendly match against Paraguay.
Bakkal is of Moroccan descent.
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- Oud-PSV'er Otman Bakkal (31) lijkt in stilte gestopt - Eindhovens Dagblad (in Dutch)
- Otman Bakkal – FIFA competition record