Carl Medjani

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Carl Medjani
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Personal information
Date of birth (1985-05-15) 15 May 1985 (age 29)
Place of birth Lyon, France
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)
Playing position Centre Back
Club information
Current team
Trabzonspor
Number 6
Youth career
2000–2003 Saint-Étienne
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2006 Liverpool 0 (0)
2004–2005 Lorient (loan) 25 (0)
2005–2006 Metz (loan) 23 (0)
2006–2008 Lorient 9 (0)
2007–2008 Ajaccio (loan) 35 (1)
2008–2013 Ajaccio 149 (7)
2013–2014 Monaco 15 (0)
2013–2014 Olympiacos (loan) 4 (0)
2014 Valenciennes (loan) 16 (1)
2014– Trabzonspor 17 (4)
National team
2001–2002 France U16 16 (0)
2002–2003 France U17 10 (0)
2003–2004 France U18 8 (0)
2004–2006 France U21 5 (1)
2010– Algeria 32 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:29, 1 December 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 11 October 2014

Carl Medjani (born 15 May 1985) is an Algerian international football player who currently plays as a defender who plays for Trabzonspor and the Algeria national team.

Club career[edit]

Liverpool[edit]

After spending his youth development years at Saint-Étienne he was signed by Liverpool's manager Gérard Houllier in August 2003.[1] Liverpool beat off stiff competition from Premiership rivals Arsenal, Manchester United and German giants Bayern Munich to secure his services.[2] In an interview with L'Equipe, Medjani revealed he left Saint-Étienne because he willing to stay if he have an opportunity with the first team. His request was refused by Manager Frédéric Antonetti.[3]

Medjani struggled to break in the first team was sent on loan to Lorient for the whole 2004-05 season by new Liverpool manager Rafael Benítez, where he made twenty five appearance.[4] Despite impressing in the Toulon under-20 tournament in summer 2005,[5] Benítez deemed it necessary for him to gain more experience and so he spent 2005-06 on loan at Metz.[6][7]

Lorient[edit]

At the start of the 2006-07 season, he rejoined Lorient, this time on a permanent basis.[8]

Ajaccio[edit]

In the 2007-08 season, Medjani move down to Ligue 2 to join Ajaccio for the reminder of the season.[9]

The 2008-09 season earned Medjani a permanent move with the club on a three year deal.[10] Medjani soon made an immediate impact when he scored his first goal in the second round of Coupe de la Ligue, as Ajaccio lose 4-2 against Montpellier. Then on 20 February 2009, Medjani came on as a substitute in the second half and 18 minutes to the game, Medjani was sent off, along with Brahim Ferradj in the same minutes, as Ajaccio drew 1-1 with Brest.[11] Medjani scored his first league goal of the season, as Ajaccio lose 3-1 against Strasbourg.[12]

Following the 2009-10 season and the World Cup, Medjani was linked with Ligue 2 Nantes.[13]

Though finish runner-up in Ligue 2, resulting promotion to Ligue 1, Medjani signed a two year contract extension, keeping him until 2013 with the club.[14] In 2011-12 season, Medjani continued to be in the first team, either playing in centre back and defensive midfield. Medjani would score his first goal in a 3-1 loss against Paris Saint-Germain on 16 October 2011.[15] On 10 December 2012, Medjani made a mistake in the last minutes, allowing Daniel Niculae to score in a 2-2 draw against Nancy, that could ended Ajaccio thirteen games without winning.[16] In April, Medjani scored his second goal of the season, in a 1-1 draw against Saint-Étienne.[17]

Ahead of the 2012-13 season, Medjani have desire to leave the club.[18] In December, Medjani started to wear the captain armband after wearing it for the last six matches.[19]

AS Monaco[edit]

In January 2013, just prior to the close of the transfer window, Medjani joined Monaco on a three and a half year contract from Ajaccio.[20]

Following Monaco promotion, Medjani was told by Manager Claudio Ranieri that his first team will be limited following the club's spending spree.[21] Following his loan spell from Valenciennes, Medjani spell at Monaco came to an end despite having two-years contract left.[22]

Loan spells[edit]

In July 2013, Medjani was sent as a loan to Olympiacos from Monaco until 1 January 2014, view to a permanent move.[23] After six months without being satisfied with his participation in Olympiacos, he returned to his parent club.[24]

Upon his return to France, Monaco then loaned him till the end of 2013/14 season to Valenciennes.[25] Following his move to Valenciennes, Medjani says he's determined to make an impression at the club and keep his international career status alive ahead of this years World Cup.[26]

Trabzonspor[edit]

After leaving Monaco, Medjani was linked with a move to Trabzonspor and Cagliari Calcio,[27] but joined Trabzobspor on a three-year contract.[28] He scored his first goal for the club, in the play-off round, as Trabzonspor beat Rostov 2-0 in the first leg.[29]

International career[edit]

Medjani captained the France U21 team in the 2006 Toulon tournament.[5][30] However, being of Algerian origin, he made the switch to represent Algeria in international competition[30] and was called up by Rabah Saâdane to the Algerian preliminary squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.[31]


Personal life[edit]

While growing up, Medjani revered boxer Muhammad Ali.[32]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Reds sign French starlet". Sky. 8 August 2003. Archived from the original on 10 February 2014. Retrieved 10 February 2014. 
  2. ^ "Reds pip Bayern, Arsenal, Juve & Utd to 5th summer signing". Liverpool Official Website. 8 August 2003. Archived from the original on 10 February 2014. Retrieved 10 February 2014. 
  3. ^ "Medjani has grown" [Medjani a bien grandi] (in French). L'Equipe. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 10 February 2014. 
  4. ^ "Medjani leaves on loan". Liverpool Official Website. 6 August 2004. Retrieved 10 February 2014. 
  5. ^ a b "Medjani leads France to the final". Liverpool Official Website. 9 June 2005. Retrieved 10 February 2014. 
  6. ^ "Medjani wants Rafa chat". Sky Sports. Retrieved 10 February 2014. 
  7. ^ "Defender leaves on loan". Liverpool Official Website. 8 August 2005. Retrieved 10 February 2014. 
  8. ^ "FRENCH DEFENDER LEAVES ANFIELD". Liverpool Official Website. 12 August 2006. Archived from the original on 9 February 2014. Retrieved 9 February 2014. 
  9. ^ "News from Tuesday" [Foot Transferts Les infos de mardi] (in French). L'Equipe. 18 July 2007. Retrieved 10 February 2014. 
  10. ^ "Football (transfer) - Carl Medjani signed for three years in AC Ajaccio" [Football (transfert) - Carl Medjani a signé pour trois ans à l'AC Ajaccio] (in French). ALTA Frequenza. 26 June 2008. Retrieved 10 February 2014. 
  11. ^ "Sessegnon takes 3 matches" [Sessegnon prend 3 matches] (in French). Le Figaro. 26 February 2009. Retrieved 10 February 2014. 
  12. ^ "Strasbourg and Metz before" [Foot Ligue 2 30e j. Strasbourg et Metz devant] (in French). L'Equipe. 5 April 2009. Retrieved 10 February 2014. 
  13. ^ "Medjani "interested in Nantes"" [Medjani intéressé par Nantes] (in French). L'Equipe. 18 July 2010. Retrieved 10 February 2014. 
  14. ^ "Medjani remains to Ajaccio" [Medjani reste à Ajaccio] (in French). Le Figaro. 17 June 2011. Retrieved 10 February 2014. 
  15. ^ "Gameiro: "Finishing top scorer"" [Gameiro : Finir meilleur buteur] (in French). L'Equipe. 16 October 2011. Retrieved 10 February 2014. 
  16. ^ "Carl Medjani disappointed" [Carl Medjani déçu] (in French). Le Figaro. 11 December 2012. Retrieved 10 February 2014. 
  17. ^ "Ajaccio: Medjani followed by Montpellier Lorient and other ..." [Ajaccio : Medjani suivi par Montpellier, Lorient et d’autres..] (in French). Foot Mercato. 9 April 2012. Retrieved 10 February 2014. 
  18. ^ "Ajaccio: Medjani wants to leave!" [Ajaccio : Medjani veut partir!] (in French). Foot Mercato. 24 June 2012. Retrieved 10 February 2014. 
  19. ^ "Medjani and the captaincy" [Medjani et le capitanat] (in French). Le Figaro. 5 December 2012. Retrieved 10 February 2014. 
  20. ^ Toufik O. (January 30, 2013). "Carl Medjani à l'AS Monaco, Orsoni confirme" (in French). DZFoot. Retrieved February 1, 2013. 
  21. ^ "Medjani: "Enough armed"" [Foot Ligue des Champions Olympiakos Medjani : Suffisamment armés] (in French). L'Equipe. 17 September 2013. Retrieved 10 February 2014. 
  22. ^ "Medjani (Monaco) est libre" (in French). L'Equipe. 31 July 2014. Retrieved 23 August 2014. 
  23. ^ "Medjani Olympiakos (official)" [Foot Transferts Medjani à l'Olympiakos (off.)] (in French). L'Equipe. 25 July 2013. Retrieved 10 February 2014. 
  24. ^ "Transfers: Carl Medjani considering a departure from Olympiacos" [Transferts : Carl Medjani envisage un départ de l'Olympiacos] (in French). DZFoot. 26 November 2012. Retrieved 10 February 2014. 
  25. ^ "Transfers: Carl Medjani officially loaned to Valenciennes" [Transferts: Carl Medjani officiellement prêté à Valenciennes] (in French). DZFoot. 3 January 2014. Retrieved 9 February 2014. 
  26. ^ "Carl Medjani eager to impress at Valenciennes". BBC Sport. 6 February 2014. Retrieved 10 February 2014. 
  27. ^ "Cagliari and Trabzonspor in negotiations for Carl Medjani". Get Football News France. 6 August 2014. Retrieved 23 August 2014. 
  28. ^ "Carl Medjani and Kevin Constant join Trabzonspor". BBC Sport. 8 August 2014. Retrieved 23 August 2014. 
  29. ^ "Trabzonspor 2 - 0 Rostov: Cardozo scores on his debut". Turkish Football.com. 21 August 2014. Retrieved 28 August 2014. 
  30. ^ a b "Carl Medjani". Sky Sports. 2 June 2010. Retrieved 10 February 2014. 
  31. ^ "National Team: The 25 players who will go to Switzerland" [Equipe Nationale : Les 25 joueurs qui iront en Suisse] (in French). DZFoot. 5 May 2010. Retrieved 10 February 2014. 
  32. ^ "CARL MEDJANI, SELF-PORTRAIT". AS Monaco Official Website. 9 April 2013. Retrieved 10 February 2014.