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
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) 12 (1)
2014– Trabzonspor 0 (0)
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 28 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 12 June 2014

Carl Medjani (Arabic: كارل مدجاني‎) (born 15 May 1985 in Lyon, France) is an Algerian international football player who currently plays as a defender who plays for Trabzonspor and the Algeria national team.

Club career[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] During the season he made 23 appearances for a struggling Metz team, who were eventually relegated from the French Ligue 1.


At the start of the 2006-07 season, he rejoined Lorient, this time on a permanent basis.[8] His first season at Lorient was overshadowed with injuries and only made nine appearance. It would also couldn't get worse for Medjani when his first team place was overshadowed the partnership of Sylvain Marchal and Guillaume Moullec, who made a strong performance.


In the 2007-08 season, Medjani move down to Ligue 2 to join Ajaccio for the reminder of the season.[9] Medjani made his debut in the opening game of the season, in a 1-1 draw against Dijon and he would score against them in the second appearance of the season, which was a 1-1 draw. Coincidentally, the match was the last game of the season and Medjani made thirty five appearance.

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] In his first permanent season with Ajaccio, Medjani made thirty seven appearance in all appearance.

Following the 2009-10 season and the World Cup, Medjani was linked with Ligue 2 Nantes.[13] Despite the transfer speculation, Medjani stayed and would went on to make forty one appearance, as well as scoring twice in all competitions in the 2010-11 season. Medjani would lead the club promoted to Ligue 1.

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] Since his debut, Medjani would make fifteen straight appearance towards the end of the season in central defence, as Monaco was promoted to Ligue 1.

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,[24] he returned to Monaco, where he made eight appearance in all competitions.

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]


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] Trabzonspor would go through to the group-stages of the Europa League after a 0-0 draw in the return leg.

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]


As of 8 March 2014
Club Season League Cup Other Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Trabzonspor 2014–15 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0
Total 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0
Career Totals 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0

Personal life[edit]

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


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  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. 
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  4. ^ "Medjani leaves on loan". Liverpool Official Website. 6 August 2004. Retrieved 10 February 2014. 
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  8. ^ "FRENCH DEFENDER LEAVES ANFIELD". Liverpool Official Website. 12 August 2006. Archived from the original on 9 February 2014. Retrieved 9 February 2014. 
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  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. 
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  14. ^ "Medjani remains to Ajaccio" [Medjani reste à Ajaccio] (in French). Le Figaro. 17 June 2011. Retrieved 10 February 2014. 
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  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. 
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  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. 
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  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. 
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  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 21 August 2014. Retrieved 28 August 2014. 
  30. ^ a b "Carl Medjani". Sky Sports. 2 June 2010. Retrieved 10 February 2014. 
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