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After Moroccan all over the world, his Carrow Road return is confirmed on the anniversary of THAT goal

PUBLISHED: 17:00 19 April 2018 | UPDATED: 14:27 03 May 2018

Youssef Safri lights up Carrow Road with his stunning goal in Norwich City's Premier League victory over Newcastle United back in 2005. Now he will get the chance to repeat the trick for the Canaries' Legends side against Inter Forever in May. Photo: Nick Butcher

Youssef Safri lights up Carrow Road with his stunning goal in Norwich City's Premier League victory over Newcastle United back in 2005. Now he will get the chance to repeat the trick for the Canaries' Legends side against Inter Forever in May. Photo: Nick Butcher

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Former Morocco midfielder Youssef Safri will get to relive past Carrow Road glories, as the latest player recruited for Norwich City Legends’ inaugural game – against Inter Forever.

Moroccan international midfielder Youssef Safri in East Anglian derby action for Norwich City at Ipswich Town back in 2005. Photo: Nick ButcherMoroccan international midfielder Youssef Safri in East Anglian derby action for Norwich City at Ipswich Town back in 2005. Photo: Nick Butcher

The popular midfield figure made 92 appearances in yellow and green during three years with the club from 2004, alongside 70 international caps that included helping Morocco to the 2004 African Cup of Nations final.

Now he will return to Carrow Road on Sunday, May 20 (2pm) as City’s newly-formed Legends side take on Inter Forever – marking 25 years since Mike Walker’s Canaries made a memorable run to the third round of the Uefa Cup in 1993; one that ended at the hands of the Milan giants in the San Siro.

The game, supported by the club’s community partner Aviva, is raising funds to build a new sports facility and home for Norwich City’s Community Sports Foundation – to be called The Nest, on the northern outskirts of Norwich.

Safri’s unveiling comes within a day of an anniversary of his own – 13 years since his remarkable 40-yard strike etched its place in Carrow Road folklore, as well as helping City to a stirring comeback Premier League win over Newcastle United.

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The Moroccan midfield general also enjoyed successful spells at Coventry and Southampton while in England and is currently assistant manager at his boyhood club, Raja Casablanca.

Safri’s name joins a healthy list of players already confirmed for the post-season legends clash.

City’s squad will include Bryan Gunn, Darren Huckerby, Adam Drury, Chris Sutton, Iwan Roberts, Grant Holt, Mark Bowen, Rob Newman, Daryl Sutch, Paul McVeigh, Robert Ullathorne and John Polston – seven of whom were part of City’s historic Uefa Cup run.

Meanwhile, the Italians’ established Inter Forever squad has ensured some big hitters will take to Carrow Road, with legendary German striker Jurgen Klinsmann, Javier Zanetti, Nicola Berti, Maicon, Marco Materazzi, Euro 2004 victor Giogos Karagounis and goalkeeper Francesco Toldo announced.

CSF have launched a Build The Nest campaign to raise £2.5m, which the game will contribute towards, while marking the approaching 25-year anniversary of City’s famous Uefa Cup run under Mike Walker.

Tickets are £9.93 for adults and £1.93 for U18s from tickets.canaries.co.uk, by phone on 0844 826 1902 or from ticket offices at Carrow Road, Castle Mall or Chapelfield. Find out more about The Nest at thenest.org.uk

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