Nasri is a former France youth international who has represented his country at every level available to him. Prior to joining the senior squad, he was a member of the under-17 side that won the UEFA European Under-17 Championship in 2004. He went on to make three appearances for the under-18s before making his full international debut in a 1-0 friendly defeat to Brazil on 4 June 2006.
Nasri was born in Marseille and is of Algerian descent. His father Mahied played for several French clubs including AS Monaco and FC Metz while his uncles Naceur and Larbi were professional players as well. The younger Nasri began his career with local club Olympique Marseille but moved to Arsenal in August 2005 when he signed a five-year contract. He made his Gunners debut against Aston Villa on 7 September 2006 in the League Cup and scored his first goal two weeks later against Leeds United in the FA Community Shield.
After just one season with Arsenal, during which time he helped the club win the FA Cup, Nasri moved to Manchester City for £20 million ($31.3 million). He made his debut in the Champions League against Maccabi Tel Aviv on 23 September 2007 and scored his first goal for the club four days later against A.C. Milan in the Champions League.
Nasri was born in Septemes-les-Vallons, a northern Marseille suburb, to Algerian-born French nationals. His mother, Ouassila Ben Said, and father, Abdelhafid Nasri, were both born in France; his father was born in Marseille and reared there, while his mother was raised in neighboring Salon-de-Provence.
Anigo elevated Nasri to the senior team and awarded him the number 22 shirt as a consequence of his professional contract. He began the season with the club's reserve squad, where he played four games before being called up to the senior team in September 2004.
Nasri declared his retirement from international football in 2014 after being left out of the 2014 World Cup. Samir Nasri (Arabic: smyr nSry) was born in Septemes-les-Vallons, a northern suburb of Marseille, to Algerian-born French citizens. He started his career at Marseille before moving to Arsenal in July 2006 for £16.5 million ($24.8 million).
He won the PFA Young Player of the Year award in 2005–06 and the Professional Footballers' Association (PFA) Players' Player of the Year award in 2012–13. Nasri has also been named in the PFA Team of the Year on several occasions - in 2007–08, 2008–09, 2009–10 and 2010–11. He is considered one of the best midfielders in Arsenal's history and one of the top three most creative midfielders in the club's history.
Nasri made his first appearance for France against South Africa in October 2004. He had previously played 11 times for the under-21 team, scoring once. Nasri was part of the French squad that won the UEFA European Championship in 2008 and the FIFA World Cup in 2010. He was also named in the Best XI of the Tournament.
After retiring from international play, Nasri returned to Marseille where he spent two seasons without making a single league appearance before joining Spanish club Manchester City in June 2016.
Nasri featured in 30 league matches, 25 of which he started. On April 29, 2007, he scored his sole league goal of the season in a 4-2 win against Sochaux. Nasri played five games in the Coupe de France as Marseille advanced to the final, where they met Le Classique rivals Paris Saint-Germain. Anigo elevated Nasri to the senior team and awarded him the number 22 shirt as a consequence of his professional contract. He began the season with the club's reserve squad, where he played four games before being called up to the senior team in September 2004. Nasri made his debut on September 15, coming on as a late substitute in a 1-0 loss at home to Bordeaux. Two weeks later, he started and played 90 minutes in a 2-1 away victory over Nantes.
Nasri returned from international duty on November 5, 2004 when Marseille lost 3-0 at home to Auxerre. He remained in the starting lineup until mid-January 2005, when he was replaced by Jean-Alain Boumsong. Nasri returned to the team after Anigo manager Michel d'Hollence was fired and took over the team during the winter break. He played eight games during the spring campaign as Marseille finished in second place behind PSG. Nasri ended the season with two goals in 31 appearances.
In June 2005, Nasri signed a new deal with the club that would have kept him at Marseille until 2010. A month later, he won the "Ligue de Football Professionnel" (LFP) Player of the Year award after helping the club win its first title in four years.
Nasri made his debut on 17 September 2004 in a 1-0 away defeat against Rennes, when he came on as a substitute for Olivier Giroud.
He scored his first goal on 24 October 2004 in a 2-1 home win over Caen, where he was introduced as a substitute for Olivier Giroud. At the end of the 2004-05 season, Anigo finished in sixth place in Ligue 1 and qualified for the UEFA Cup 2005-06. Nasri made twenty-two appearances and scored once during that season.
The following season, Nasri continued to be an important part of the team's attack and contributed greatly to their return to the Champions League after a one-year absence. In June 2006, he signed a new contract with the club which would have kept him at Anigo until 2010. However, Nasri decided to leave the club in July 2007 after falling out with manager Michel d'Hollence over a lack of playing time. The two parties could not come to an agreement on a new deal and Nasri joined Premier League side Manchester City on a free transfer.
Nasri resigned from international football in 2014, therefore he was unable to witness his country's World Cup victory. He has said that he will retire as a player once his contract with Manchester City expires at the end of this season.
Nasri has won almost every trophy available for soccer players in France, including the Ligue 1 title, the Coupe de France and the Coupe de la Ligue. His career totals include 144 caps and 26 goals for France. He has been selected for three European Championships with France.
Nasri came through the youth system at Marseille and made his debut in 2001 at the age of 19. In 2004, he helped the club win its first French title when they defeated Monaco in the final of the Coupe de France. The following year, Marseille won its second title in three years by beating Lyon 2-1 in the final of the Coupe de France.
In 2006, Nasri signed with Arsenal for £17 million ($A32.3 million). He had been expected to join Chelsea but failed a medical at the time.
At Arsenal, Nasri became an immediate success, helping the team win the FA Cup in 2005 and the Premier League title in 2006-07.