Djamel Mesbah

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Djamel Mesbah
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Mesbah with Algeria national football team
Personal information
Full name Djamel Eddine Mesbah[1]
Date of birth (1984-10-09) 9 October 1984 (age 29)
Place of birth Zighoud Youcef, Algeria
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 12 in)
Playing position Left back, Left wingback
Club information
Current team
Livorno
Number 11
Youth career
1995–2001 US Annecy-le-Vieux (74)
2001–2003 Servette
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2004 Servette 11 (3)
2004–2006 Basel 11 (1)
2006 Lorient (loan) 0 (0)
2006–2008 Aarau 60 (1)
2008–2009 Luzern 6 (0)
2008–2009 Avellino (loan) 27 (2)
2009–2012 Lecce 82 (6)
2012–2013 Milan 9 (0)
2013– Parma 10 (1)
2014 Livorno (loan) 15 (1)
National team
2010– Algeria 27 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22 March 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

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

Djamel Eddine Mesbah (Arabic: جمال الدين مصباح‎; born 9 October 1984 in Zighoud Youcef) is an Algerian professional footballer who plays as a left back for the Italian Serie A club Livorno on loan from Parma.

An Algerian international, Mesbah was a member of the Algeria national team at the 2010 FIFA World Cup and the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, both in South Africa.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Mesbah began his playing career in the junior ranks of French club US Annecy-le-Vieux before being spotted by scouts from Swiss side Servette FC in 2001.[2] He progressed through the ranks at Servette FC and made his senior debut in the 2003–04 Swiss Super League season, playing in 11 games and scoring 3 goals.

Switzerland[edit]

In the summer of 2004, he left the club as it was facing financial difficulties and joined FC Basel. Used mostly as a substitute, he would go on to make just 11 appearances and score 1 goal. In January 2006, he was loaned out to FC Lorient who were playing in Ligue 2 at the time. However, he was injured before he could make his debut and never featured for them. In the summer of 2006, he signed with FC Aarau, a Swiss club playing in the countries second division. He stayed there for two seasons and was a starter the entire time. He was signed by FC Luzern on 1 July 2008, but made only 6 appearances the whole year, all of which were coming off the substitute bench.

Mesbah in action for A.C. Milan

AS Avellino 1912[edit]

On 1 September 2008, he was signed by A.S. Avellino 1912, the first Italian club in his career.

US Lecce[edit]

In July 2009 he was signed by U.S. Lecce. At Lecce he played mostly as a left sided midfielder, but occasionally as a central midfielder or even a left sided wing-back. His ability to play many positions well, attracted the interest of a few Italian clubs.

AC Milan[edit]

On 18 January 2012, US Lecce announced that Mesbah would be leaving the club to join A.C. Milan.[3] The following day, Milan confirmed the transfer, announcing that Mesbah had signed a four and a half-year contract with the club for an €1.2 million transfer fee[4][5] On 26 January 2012, Mesbah made his debut for Milan, starting in the 2011–12 Coppa Italia quarter-final tie against Lazio.[6] Mesbah played the entire match with Milan going on to win 3–1. On 20 March 2012, Mesbah scored his first goal for Milan, in a 2–2 draw with Juventus in the Semi-Finals of the 2011–12 Coppa Italia. His goal tied the game 1–1, but proved ineffective as Milan drew in extra time to exit the cup on aggregate 4–3.

International career[edit]

In May 2010, Mesbah was called up for the first time to the Algeria national football team by Rabah Saâdane for a two-week training camp in Crans-Montana, Switzerland in preparation for the 2010 World Cup.[7] Mesbah made his debut for the team two weeks later, on 28 May 2010, as a starter in a friendly against the Republic of Ireland.[8] He was included in the final 23-man squad for the World Cup.[9]

Statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 6 June 2014
Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Switzerland League Schweizer Cup League Cup Total
2003–04 Servette Swiss Super League 11 3 11 3
2004–05 Basel 6 1 6 1
2005–06 5 0 5 0
2006–07 FC Aarau 27 0 27 0
2007–08 Swiss Challenge League 33 1 33 1
2008–09 Luzern Swiss Super League 6 0 6 0
Total Switzerland 88 5 88 5
France League Coupe de France Coupe de la Ligue Total
2005–06 Lorient Ligue 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total France 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Italy League Coppa Italia Europe Total
2008–09 Avellino Serie B 27 2 0 0 0 0 27 2
2009–10 Lecce 36 3 2 0 0 0 38 3
2010–11 Serie A 33 2 0 0 0 0 33 2
2011–12 12 1 1 0 0 0 13 0
2011–12 Milan 8 0 2 1 2 0 12 1
2012–13 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 0
2012–13 Parma 7 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
2013–14 3 1 1 0 0 0 4 1
2013–14 Livorno 15 1 0 0 0 0 15 1
Total Italy 142 10 6 1 3 0 151 11
Career total 230 15 6 1 3 0 239 16

International[edit]

As of 6 June 2014[10]
Algeria national team
Year Apps Goals
2010 6 0
2011 0 0
2012 3 0
2013 11 0
2014 3 0
Total 23 0

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

FC Basel

References[edit]

  1. ^ "List of Players" (PDF). FIFA. Retrieved 2010-07-13. 
  2. ^ Interview de Djamel Mesbah : "Ma priorité actuelle, confirmer". | Football algérien
  3. ^ Ufficiale la cessione di Mesbah al Milan; US Lecce SPA, 18 January 2012.
  4. ^ page 134–135 AC Milan bilancio 2012 (Italian)
  5. ^ A.C. MILAN COMUNICATO UFFICIALE; AC Milan, 19 January 2012.
  6. ^ "Milan vs. Lazio – 26 January 2012 – Soccerway". Soccerway. 26 January 2012. Retrieved 2 April 2012. 
  7. ^ "Les 25 joueurs qui iront en Suisse". DZFoot. 4 May 2010. Retrieved 2 April 2012. 
  8. ^ "République d'Irlande 3–0 Algérie". DZFoot. 28 May 2010. Retrieved 2 April 2012. 
  9. ^ Richard Farley (1 June 2010). "Bougherra, Belhadj, Ziani Highlight Algeria's Final, 23-Man World Cup Roster". SB Nation. Retrieved 2 April 2012. 
  10. ^ "Mesbah, Djamel". National Football Teams. Retrieved 23 February 2012. 

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