Abdelaziz Ben Tifour

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Abdelaziz Ben Tifour
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Personal information
Full name Abdelaziz Ben Tifour
Date of birth (1927-07-25)25 July 1927
Place of birth Hussein Dey, Algeria
Date of death 19 November 1970(1970-11-19) (aged 43)
Place of death Algiers, Algeria
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1945–1946 Espérance Tunis (–)
1946–1948 CS Hammam-Lif (–)
1948–1953 Nice 129 (34)
1953–1955 Troyes 65 (15)
1955–1958 Monaco 86 (13)
1962–1963 USM Alger (–)
National team
1952–1957 France 4 (0)
1958–1962 FLN - (-)
Teams managed
1959–1962 FLN
1961–1962 US Tunis
1969 Algeria
1969–1970 JS Kabylie
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Abdelaziz Ben Tifour (Arabic: عبدالعزيز بن طيفور‎; (1927-07-25)25 July 1927 – 19 November 1970(1970-11-19)) was a professional French-Algerian footballer who played as a forward.

Life and career[edit]

He was a pioneer of Algerian football playing in Tunisia and France in the 40s and 50s as well as establishing the first Algerian national team with two other FLN activists featuring ten players in France’s provisional World Cup squad on the eve of the finals in Sweden. One of those players was Ben Tifour himself, who had played for the French national team on four occasions including one appearance at the 1954 World Cup.

Born in Hussein-Dey, the youngster began making headlines for Tunisian club Al-Taraji (“Hope”) or Espérance as an eighteen year-old with his elder brother Mustapha, in a team coached by the legendary Algerian Cheikh Habib Draoua. After only a year with the Tunis based club; the brothers and fellow Algerian player Ben Battouche were tempted by a generous offer from rival team Club Sportif de Hammam-Lif and helped the team to two consecutive Tunisia cups in 1947 and 1948. In the summer of 1948, he moved to Europe to play for French first division club OGC Nice, making his debut in a 1–1 draw with Red Star Paris and by the time Ben Tifour played at the 1954 FIFA World Cup in Switzerland in a 3–2 win over Mexico; he had already won two league titles and a French Cup with OGC Nice. He moved to Troyes AC after six seasons with Nice in 1954 and then signed for AS Monaco in 1956, which would be his last club in Europe. In total, he made 280 appearances in the French top division, scoring 62 goals.[1] He returned to Tunis in 1958 to form the FLN Algerian national team.

On his arrival in Tunis, Ben Tifour was met by FLN officials who did not believe in the team, thinking they would not stand up to the world’s best team, this only drove the players to greater things. Players like Ben Tifour, Rachid Mekloufi and Mustapha Zitouni proved them wrong with wins over Yugoslavia and credible draws with Hungary and Czechoslovakia. In the space of four years, Ben Tifour one of the founders behind the formation of the team would captain and later coach the team touring the world from the Far East to Eastern Europe. When Algeria was granted independence in 1962, the 33-year-old Ben Tifour unlike Mekloufi and Ahmed Oudjani who moved back to play in Europe, returned to his homeland to take up a player-coach role at Union Sportive de la Medina d'Alger leading them to the first Algerian championship in 1963.

Ben Tifour died at the age of only 43 while he was coach at Jeunesse Sportive de Kabylie during the 1970–1971 season.

Clubs[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Abdelaziz Ben Tifour". National Football Teams. Retrieved 14 April 2011. 

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