Faouzi Chaouchi

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Faouzi Chaouchi
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Personal information
Full name Faouzi Chaouchi
Date of birth (1984-12-05) 5 December 1984 (age 29)
Place of birth Bordj Ménaïel, Algeria
Height 1.94 m (6 ft 4 12 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Unnatached
Number 1
Youth career
0000–2003 JS Bordj Ménaïel
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2006 JS Bordj Ménaïel 87 (0)
2006–2009 JS Kabylie 76 (0)
2009–2011 ES Sétif 36 (0)
2011–2013 MC Alger 18 (1)
National team
2008– Algeria 11 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 00:00, 21 May 2012 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

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

Faouzi Chaouchi (born 5 December 1984 in Bordj Ménaïel) is an Algerian professional football goalkeeper who last played for Algerian Ligue Professionnelle 1 club MC Alger and the Algerian national team.[1]

Chaouchi is considered to be national hero by many Algerians, as he put in a heroic performance in the play-off that put the Algerian national team into their first World Cup finals since 1986 at the expense of their bitter rivals Egypt. He constantly denied the Egyptian national team all scoring opportunities. Chaouchi was only 23 years of age at the time of the play-off and played in place of suspended Lounès Gaouaoui. It was only Chaouchi's third cap during the unforgettable night in Al Merreikh Stadium, Omdurman (Sudan). In 2010, Chaouchi was known to have been Algeria's highest-paid footballer, earning roughly around 13 million Algerian dinars.[2]

Chaouchi was not employed by an soccer team during the 2013-14 season, and has not been called up by the Algerian national team since 2010.[3]

Early life[edit]

Born in Bordj Ménaïel, Boumerdès, Chaouchi was born to Houria and Rachid Chaouchi a former goalkeeper himself that played for JS Bordj Ménaïel.[4] It was his father Rachid Chaouchi that noticed Faouzi's talent when he watched him play with other children in their neighbourhood.

A few days later Faouzi asked his father if he could sign the authorization form so that he could join the JS Bordj Ménaïel youth team. According to his mother he abandoned his education in favour of having a career in what he loved most – football, which angered her at the time, but acknowledged that she knew he had a great future ahead of him in football at the time.[4]

Club career[edit]

JS Bordj Ménaïel[edit]

Chaouchi began his career playing for his hometown club JS Bordj Ménaïel. He was the captain of the team during the 2005/06 season. His good form that season, conceding just seven goals in 32 games, had begun to create interest from other clubs.[6]

JS Kabylie[edit]

Chaouchi signed for JS Kabylie from Inter-Régions club JS Bordj Ménaïel in 2006. It was confirmed that the goalkeepeer was joining after agreeing terms and signing a three-year contract. He was pleased to be joining such a club

He won the Algerian Championnat National in 2008, which was his greatest achievement as well as the highlight of his three season spell at the club from 2006 to 2009. He is also remembered by the canary fans for scoring a penalty against Cotonsport Garoua in the CAF Champions League with a powerful shot. He was nicknamed “The Canary” by the supporters of the club and is fondly remembered.

Whilst at JS Kabylie, Chaouchi was rumoured to be leaving the club at the end of the season and had talks with various clubs such as Lille OSC, ES Sétif and MC Alger. Chaouchi had a string of discipline problems with manager's and the team president since replacing Gaouaoui in the starting line up in the 2007/08 season.[7][8][9]

ES Sétif[edit]

Chaouchi signed for ES Sétif in June 2009, after the club won the race to recruit the goalkeeper who was known for his outstanding performances at JS Kabylie, where he had shown his abilities and his dramatic shot stopping. He was also known for his extrovert humour prior to making his move to ES Sétif.

In December 2009, Chaouchi helped his side win the North African Cup of Champions tournament by beating ES Tunis in the final, after a penalty shoot-out. Chaouchi was selected as the best goalkeeper in the tournament.[10] On 1 May 2010, Chaouchi played in the final of the Algerian Cup (coupe d'Algerie) against CA Batna by winning 3–0 and helping the club lift the Algerian Cup for the first time in twenty years and the seventh in their history, with the last being in 1989. The Algerian president Abdelaziz Bouteflika presented the trophy with the head of state presenting the medals.[11][12][13]

In 2009, a number of European clubs had shown an interest in Chaouchi, predominantly Olympique de Marseille. In 2010, during an interview a few days after the win against CA Batna in the Algerian Cup final he was asked if he had received any new offers from clubs abroad, he replied by confirming that his agent had been informed that representatives from Olympique de Marseille will be attending the friendly between the Republic of Ireland and Algeria in Dublin on 28 May 2010 to have another look at him. whilst also confirming that he is still in contact with French club Le Mans since the previous transfer window. He also confirmed he had just received a proposal from a club in the gulf, but didn't want to mention the club as he had no interest in joining any Arabian clubs as he wanted to join an ambitious club based in Europe.[14]

On 17 October 2010, there were reports that Chaouchi was involved in a car accident. These reports were verified, stating that Chaouchi was involved in a minor car accident whilst visiting family and friends in his home-town Bordj Ménaïel. According to the reports he did not sustain any serious injuries, but the car was damaged beyond repair.[15]

On 30 November, the Ligue National de football disciplinary committee decided to give a one match ban to Chaouchi, and a fine of 20.000,00 Algerian dinars along with Khaled Lemmouchia for contesting the decision of the penalty against AS Khroub, which ended 3–3. He was suspended for the game against MC Oran.[16][17]

MC Alger[edit]

On 19 July 2011, Chaouchi joined MC Alger, signing a one year contract with the club.[18] In June 2012, Chaouchi flew to Turkey to negotiate contract offers with newly promoted Süper Lig clubs Elazığspor and Kasımpaşa S.K..[19]

Statistics[edit]

Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Algeria League Algerian Cup Africa Total
2003–04 JS Bordj Ménaïel Ligue Inter-Régions - - - - - -
2004–05 - - - - - -
2005–06 32 0 - - 32 0
2006–07 JS Kabylie Championnat National 23 0 3 0 11 0 37 0
2007–08 24 0 - - 4 1 - -
2008–09 29 0 0 0 2 0 31 0
2009–10 ES Sétif Championnat National 19 0 4 0 4 0 27 0
2010–11 Ligue 1 13 0 1 0 - - 10 0
Total Algeria 131 0 - - - - - -
Career total 131 0 - - - - - -

International career[edit]

Chaouchi received his first call-up to the Algerian national team on 4 February 2008 for training which was due to be held in France, after his good form for club JS Kabylie did not go unnoticed by the national team coach Saâdane.[20] On 26 March 2008, he made his debut for Algeria in a friendly against DR Congo coming on as a substitute at half-time for Lounès Gaouaoui.

On 18 November 2009, Chaouchi was selected to play fierce rivals Egypt in what was to be the most important game of his football career, the reward being the remaining African place for the 2010 World Cup finals as first-choice goalkeeper Lounès Gaouaoui was ruled out through suspension.[21][22] [23][24] Chaouchi put in a heroic performance in the play-off as he constantly denied Egypt to send Algeria through to the 2010 FIFA World Cup, with the final score being 1–0 with centre-back Antar Yahia scoring the only goal with a stunning first-half volley at an angle eight yards out from Karim Ziani's punt into the box. After his heroic performance Chaouchi gave Saâdane something to think about whilst preparing for the 2010 African Cup of Nations.

In December 2009, Chaouchi was selected by Saâdane to play in the 2010 African Cup of Nations hosted in Angola. He was normally regarded as second-choice goalkeeper under coach Rabah Saâdane, who had been using Lounès Gaouaoui as his first-choice goalkeeper, but due to Chaouchi's heroic performance in Khartoum and Lounès Gaouaoui withdrawing from the 2010 African Cup of Nations due to an attack of acute appendicitis, Rabah Saâdane did not hesitate in using Chaouchi as first-choice goalkeeper in the 2010 African Cup of Nations. Chaouchi's sending off in the semi-final against Egypt for receiving two cautions along with his head-butting of referee Cofi Codija saw him earn a suspension for 3 matches and $10,000 fine from CAF.

Chaouchi started his country's first match of the World Cup against Slovenia and was at fault for the Slovenian winner scored by captain Robert Koren. The goalkeeper allowed the shot to squirm past his body, condemning Algeria to a 1–0 defeat.[25] He was replaced by Rais M'Bohli for the match against England.

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Colin Randall (31 January 2013). "Algerians in a football league of their own – The National". Thenational.ae. 
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  17. ^ "Ennahar Online". Ennahar Online. 
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  19. ^ "MCA : Chaouchi n’a pas trouvé un terrain d’entente avec Elazig Sport et Kasimpasa". . Le Buteur. 17 June 2012. 
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