Abdelkader Ghezzal

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Abdelkader Ghezzal
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Personal information
Full name Abdelkader Mohamed Ghezzal[1]
Date of birth (1984-12-05) 5 December 1984 (age 29)
Place of birth Décines-Charpieu, France
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Latina
Number 31
Youth career
0000–1998 Vaulx-en-Velin
1998–2002 Olympique Lyon
2002–2004 Vaulx-en-Velin
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2005 AS Saint-Priest 22 (11)
2005–2008 Crotone 39 (20)
2006 Biellese (loan) 12 (9)
2006–2007 Pro Sesto (loan) 31 (9)
2008–2010 Siena 66 (11)
2010–2013 Bari 37 (4)
2011–2012 Cesena (loan) 13 (0)
2012 Levante (loan) 16 (2)
2013– Parma 0 (0)
2013– Latina (loan) 4 (0)
National team
2008– Algeria 28 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21:00, 30 September 2013 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 21:00, 13 May 2012 (UTC)

Abdelkader Mohamed Ghezzal (Arabic: عبد القادر غزال; born 5 December 1984) is an Algerian footballer. He currently plays as a forward for the Italian club Latina on loan from Parma.

Club career[edit]

After starting his career with a number of minor league clubs in France, Ghezzal moved to Italy in 2005 to join Crotone. There, he managed to breakthrough to the higher level by scoring 20 goals in the Serie C1/B 2007–08 season, guiding his club to a Serie B promotion.

On 13 June 2008, Ghezzal signed with the Serie A side Genoa C.F.C., for €2 million. However, Ghezzal joined another Serie A squad A.C. Siena on 2 July 2008 for €3.5 million.[2] It was part of the deal that Fernando Forestieri returned to Genoa for €4.5 million. Early in June Manuel Coppola joined Siena in co-ownership deal for €1.5 million.

On 1 July 2010, Ghezzal joined A.S. Bari, signing a four-year contract with the club, in co-ownership deal, for €2.25 million. Co-currently, Siena signed Pedro Kamatà and Filippo Carobbio also in co-ownership deal, for €500,000 each, made Ghezzal worth €1.25 million cash plus players.[3][4]

In June 2011 Bari purchased Ghezzal outright for pre-agreed €2.25 million, again, it involved player swap. Kamatà and Carobbio joined Siena outright for pre-agreed price (€1 million in total), as well as Nicola Belmonte joined Siena outright after two-year loan in Bari for €1.25 million, thus the deal did not involve cash.[5]

On 31 August 2011, Ghezzal joined A.C. Cesena on a season-long loan deal.[6]

Statistics[edit]

Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Italy League Coppa Italia League Cup Total
2008–09 Siena Serie A 36 5 1 0 - - 37 5
2009–10 30 6 1 0 - - 31 6
2010–11 Bari Serie A 20 2 - - - - 20 2
2011–12 Cesena Serie A 13 0 1 0 - - 14 0
2011–12 Levante La Liga 16 2 - - - - 16 2
2012–13 Bari Serie B 17 2 - - - - 17 2
Total Italy - - - - - - - -
Spain 16 2 - - - - 16 2
Career total - - - - - - - -

International career[edit]

On 23 October 2008, in an interview with A.C. Siena's official website, Ghezzal indicated that he had spoken with Algeria head coach Rabah Saadane and that he was going to represent Algeria in international competition. Ghezzal had the opportunity to represent France, having been born there.[7]

On 12 November 2008, Ghezzal was called up by Algeria manager Rabah Saadane for a friendly against Mali on 18 November 2008 in Rouen, France.[8]

On 11 February 2009, Ghezzal scored his first goal for Algeria in a 2–1 win over Benin

On 13 June, at the 2010 FIFA World Cup group stage, Ghezzal was brought on as a substitute in a match against Slovenia, but was subsequently sent off for two yellow card offences within thirteen minutes of being on the pitch.[9]

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 11 February 2009 Blida, Algeria  Benin 2–1 Won Friendly
2. 7 June 2009 Blida, Algeria  Egypt 3–1 Won 2010 WCQ
3. 11 October 2009 Blida, Algeria  Rwanda 3–1 Won 2010 WCQ

Personal life[edit]

His younger brother, Rachid Ghezzal, is also a footballer and currently plays for Lyon.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "List of Players" (PDF). FIFA. Archived from the original on 4 July 2010. Retrieved 13 July 2010. 
  2. ^ Genoa CFC Report and Accounts on 31 December 2008 (Italian)
  3. ^ "Bari: Altre operazioni di mercato" (in Italian). AS Bari. 1 July 2010. Retrieved 13 April 2012. 
  4. ^ AS Bari Report and Accounts on 31 December 2010 (Italian)
  5. ^ AC Siena Report and Accounts on 30 June 2011 (Italian)
  6. ^ Ghezzal: " Cesena è stata la mia prima scelta" (Italian)[dead link]
  7. ^ http://www.acsiena.it/newsdetail.php3?id=6738
  8. ^ http://www.faf.org.dz/equipe_nationale-2008/point%20de%20presse%20Saadane%20121108.htm
  9. ^ "World Cup 2010". BBC. 13 June 2010. Retrieved 13 June 2010. 
  10. ^ [1] (French)

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