Ibrahim Afellay is a Dutch footballer who plays for English Premier League team Stoke City and the Netherlands national football team. Making his Netherlands national team debut in 2007, Afellay appeared at the 2010 World Cup, contributing to the Dutch side's second place in the tournament.
Afellay is of Moroccan descent; his parents left their hometown Al Hoceima in the 1960s to work in the Netherlands. Afellay was chosen by manager Guus Hiddink to join the first team during their training camp in Turkey in January 2004. Afellay's official debut for PSV was on 4 February 2004 during a KNVB Cup match against NAC Breda at the age of 17. His first Eredivisie fixture followed ten days later against FC Twente.
In the 2005-06 season, Afellay established himself as a first-team regular at PSV. He formed a midfield with Timmy Simons and Phillip Cocu. After completing the €3 million transfer, Afellay signed a contract for 4.5 years at FC Barcelona. He made his Blaugrana debut on 5 January 2011 in the Copa del Rey match against Athletic Bilbao, replacing David Villa in injury time. Afellay was given his first start on 19 January 2011 against Real Betis in the Copa del Rey. His first goal also occurred in the Copa del Rey against UD Almería in February.
After both the Moroccan and the Dutch national teams managers selected him for their squads, he was caught in the dilemma to either play for the Moroccan national team, because of his Moroccan descent, or to play for the Dutch team, the Netherlands being his place of birth and residence. He ultimately decided to play for the Dutch national team despite the heavy competition for places in midfield. Afellay was included in Marco van Basten's squad for UEFA Euro 2008 and was mostly used as a substitute. Afellay was part of the Dutch team for the 2010 World Cup managed by Bert van Marwijk. Despite being injured for most of the 2011–12 season, he was included in the Netherlands' Euro 2012 squad.