Adlène Guedioura

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Adlène Guedioura
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Guedioura with Algeria in 2014
Personal information
Full name Adlène Guedioura[1]
Date of birth (1985-11-12) 12 November 1985 (age 29)
Place of birth La Roche-sur-Yon, France
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)[2]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
(on loan from Crystal Palace)
Number 5
Youth career
1992–2004 Racing Paris
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2005 Sedan 0 (0)
2005–2006 Noisy-le-Sec 15 (1)
2006–2007 L'Entente SSG 33 (3)
2007–2008 Créteil 24 (6)
2008–2009 Kortrijk 10 (0)
2009–2010 Charleroi 25 (1)
2010–2012 Wolverhampton Wanderers 38 (3)
2012 Nottingham Forest (loan) 19 (1)
2012–2013 Nottingham Forest 40 (3)
2013– Crystal Palace 16 (0)
2014–2015 Watford (loan) 6 (2)
2015– Watford (loan) 9 (1)
National team
2010– Algeria 32 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:18, 15 April 2015 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 2 June 2014

Adlène Guedioura (Arabic: عدلان قديورة‎; born 12 November 1985) is a French born Algerian international footballer who plays as a midfielder for Watford on loan from Crystal Palace.

Guedioura is the son of former Algerian international striker, Nacer Guedioura. His mother, Enriqueta Soreira Pons, was a former Spanish basketball player.[3] His younger brother Nabil Guedioura is also a professional footballer who last played for Nottingham Forest's under 21's development team.[4] Guedioura is Muslim.[5] Guedioura is known for his powerful long range shots earning him the nickname Rocket Factory. In the 2011–2012 season, he won "Goal of the Season" for both Nottingham Forest and Wolverhampton Wanderers. He is thought to be the first footballer ever to win the award for two clubs in the same season.[6]

Club career[edit]


Guedioura, born in La Roche-sur-Yon, France, started playing amateur football with Racing Paris, in the Fifth Tier of French football. His impressive form for the club attracted attention from Ligue 2 club Sedan, who he then joined in 2004. Guedioura struggled to find any first team chances at Sedan and left the club in 2005 to join French Fourth Tier club Noisy-le-Sec. He made a total of 15 appearances for the club, scoring one goal. He then moved up to the Third Tier of French football with L'Entente SSG in 2006. He made a total of 21 appearances for the club, scoring 3 times. He then moved onto fellow French Third Tier side US Créteil-Lusitanos in 2007, where he scored 6 times in 24 appearances.[citation needed]


Guedioura moved from French Third Tier football into Belgian football in the summer of 2008, joining Belgian Pro League side Kortrijk on a two-year deal. He made a total on 10 appearances for Kortrijk. He spent just half a season with the club and moved to fellow Belgian Pro League side Charleroi in January 2009, and signed a year-and-a-half contract. He made a total of 25 appearances for the club as a captain, scoring one goal, before joining English Premier League side Wolverhampton Wanderers on loan until the end of the season.[7]


Wolverhampton Wanderers[edit]

Within 24 hours of his arrival, he made his Wolves debut as a substitute in a goalless draw against Liverpool, soon becoming a regular starter as the club ensured their survival in the Premier League for the first time. He made his first Wolves start in the 1–0 win over Tottenham, on 10 February 2010. He scored his first goal for the club in the final game of the season to earn a victory over Sunderland,[8] after which it was confirmed that he had signed a three-year contract for an undisclosed fee, believed to be in the region of £2m.[9]

Guedioura suffered a fractured tibia after a challenge by Aston Villa's Steve Sidwell on 26 September 2010.[10] On 30 March, Guedioura returned for Wolves after 6 months out injured against Blackpool Reserves, playing the full 90 minutes and winning the game 2–1, with Guedioura scoring a 25-yard strike.[11] On 9 April, Guedioura made his first team appearance after 6 months out injured for Wolves, playing 75 minutes against Premier League side Everton. On 8 May he scored his first goal of the 2010/2011 Premier League season during the 3–1 win in the local derby against West Bromwich Albion.[citation needed]

Nottingham Forest[edit]

On 30 January 2012, Guedioura joined Championship side Nottingham Forest on loan until the end of the season.[12] Guedioura made his debut for Nottingham Forest in their 0–2 loss against Burnley on 31 January 2012.[13] Guedioura was praised by Forest manager Steve Cotterill for his 'heart and soul' while playing for Forest,[14] and Sky Sports described him as a "firm favorite with the Forest faithful" due to his "all-action displays".[15] He scored his first and only goal for Forest in the 2011/12 season with a 35-yard strike in the 7–3 away win against Leeds United.[16] The goal won Nottingham Forest's Goal of the Season award.[17]

On 23 July 2012, Guedioura joined Nottingham Forest permanently for an undisclosed fee,[18] believed to be £1m.[19] He signed a three-year contract.[20] He asked his Twitter followers if he should wear the 22 shirt or number 7 for the club.[21] He announced the following day that he would be wearing number 7,[22] which was confirmed by the club soon after.[23]

Guedioura scored the winner for Nottingham Forest on the first day of the season, in a 1–0 win over Bristol City. On 10 November Guedioura scored an equalizer against Leicester City F.C. to make the score 1–1, the game finished 2–2. Two weeks later on 24 November he scored against his former club Wolverhampton Wanderers with a trade mark long range effort.[citation needed]

Crystal Palace[edit]

On 3 September 2013, Guedioura completed a late deadline day move to Premier League side Crystal Palace for an undisclosed fee, signing a three-year deal.[24] He made his debut for the club on 14 September 2013, away to reigning league champions Manchester United, coming on as a 56th-minute substitute for José Campaña.[25]

On 26 November 2014, Guedioura moved on loan to Watford until 1 January 2015.[26] Guedioura scored a brace for Watford in their game against Cardiff City on 28 December 2014.

Guedioura returned from his loan deal in January 2015 and was used immediately by new manager Alan Pardew playing as a half-time substitute in a 2-1 win over Tottenham. [27] New manager Pardew went on to cite Guerdioura as a "maverick" and the calibre of player that Crystal Palace needed to avoid relegation. [28]

Guedioura rejoined Watford on an emergency loan deal on 27 February 2015. [29]

International career[edit]

Guedioura with Algeria in 2012

Guedioura received his first international recognition when he was included in Algeria's preliminary squad for the 2010 World Cup.[30] He made his international debut on 28 May 2010 in a 0–3 defeat to the Republic of Ireland,[31] before being confirmed in the final squad for the tournament in South Africa. He appeared as a substitute in all three of Algeria's group games – against Slovenia, England and the USA – during the competition where the team finished bottom of their group. On 3 September 2010 Guedioura scored the equalizer in a 1–1 home draw with Tanzania in the 2012 African nations qualifier winning Algeria their first point of the campaign. He's currently the captain of this selection.


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  31. ^ "Rep of Ireland 3–0 Algeria". BBC Sport. 28 May 2010. 

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