Karim Matmour

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Karim Matmour
Karim Matmour 2012.jpg
Matmour with Eintracht Frankfurt
Personal information
Full name Karim Matmour
Date of birth (1985-06-25) 25 June 1985 (age 29)
Place of birth Strasbourg, France
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder / Winger
Club information
Current team
1. FC Kaiserslautern
Number 16
Youth career
1991–1999 Vauban Strasbourg
1999–2003 RC Strasbourg
2003–2004 Vauban Strasbourg
2004–2006 SC Freiburg
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2008 SC Freiburg 79 (10)
2008–2011 Borussia Mönchengladbach 77 (4)
2011–2013 Eintracht Frankfurt 50 (7)
2013– 1. FC Kaiserslautern 25 (2)
National team
2007– Algeria 30 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17 March 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 27 July 2013

Karim Matmour (Arabic: كريم مطمور‎) (born 25 June 1985) is an Algerian professional footballer. He currently plays as an attacking midfielder or forward 1. FC Kaiserslautern.

An Algerian international since 2007, Matmour featured at the 2010 FIFA World Cup and 2010 Africa Cup of Nations. As of July 2013, he has won 30 international caps and scored 2 goals.

Club career[edit]

Matmour began his playing career at his hometown club of RC Strasbourg. After coming up through the academy team, he was not offered a professional contract. He subsequently briefly played for the amateur side Vauban Strasbourg before leaving to Germany to join SC Freiburg's reserve side.[1] He was eventually promoted to the senior side, where he made 80 league appearances in three seasons in the 2. Bundesliga.

Borussia Mönchengladbach[edit]

On 4 June 2008, Matmour joined newly promoted Bundesliga club Borussia Mönchengladbach on a four-year contract, with the team paying his former club SC Freiburg €2 million for the transfer.[2]

After Matmour's World Cup performances a number of clubs had shown interest including premier league duo Bolton Wanderers and Sunderland.[3]

On 1 August 2010, during Mönchengladbach's arranged friendly match versus Liverpool as part of their 110th anniversary celebrations at Borussia Park, Matmour took advantage of some poor play by Daniel Ayala inside the area and produced a powerful finish in the eighth minute. They won the contest thanks to Matmour's goal, with the final score being 1–0.[4][5]

On 30 January 2011, Matmour came on as a substitute for Mike Hanke in the forty-sixth minute in a league fixture against Eintracht Frankfurt. In the second half, Matmour came close to scoring with a header which bounced off the top of the crossbar. He set up the only goal scored in the encounter which was a cross from the left side to Igor de Camargo, who put the ball away inside the far right post.[6]

Eintracht Frankfurt[edit]

On 1 July 2011, Matmour signed a one-year contract, with Eintracht holding the option of a further two-year extension. The two clubs agreed not to release the transfer fee, therefore keeping it undisclosed. Eintracht chairman Heribert Bruchhagen said "In signing Karim Matmour we've found the optimal solution for the vacant slot on the right of the attack, in line with (coach) Armin Veh's wishes", about the signing of Matmour.[7]

Statistics[edit]

As of 15 April 2013
Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Germany League DFB-Pokal Other Total
2005–06 SC Freiburg 2. Bundesliga 16 2 - - 16 2
2006–07 31 3 2 0 - 33 3
2007–08 32 5 2 1 - 34 6
2008–09 Borussia Mönchengladbach Bundesliga 34 3 1 0 - 35 3
2009–10 25 1 2 0 - 27 1
2010–11 18 0 2 0 - 20 0
2011–12 Eintracht Frankfurt 2. Bundesliga 28 6 2 0 - 30 6
2012–13 Bundesliga 22 1 0 0 - 22 1
Total Germany 206 21 11 1 - - 217 22
Career total 206 21 11 1 - - 217 22

International career[edit]

He received first call up to Algeria against Libya, 6 February 2007.

In December 2009, Matmour was selected by Saâdane to play in the 2010 African Cup of Nations hosted in Angola.

On 3 May 2012, Matmour announced that he would be taking a break from international play to focus on his club career.[8]

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Algeria's goal tally first. "Score" column indicates the score after the player's goal.
Goal # Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 7 June 2009 Stade Mustapha Tchaker, Blida  Egypt 1–0 3–1 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification (CAF)
2 24 January 2010 Estádio Nacional do Chiazi, Cabinda  Ivory Coast 1–1 3–2 2010 African Cup of Nations

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Profile at SC Freiburg's official website". SC Freiburg. [dead link]
  2. ^ "Gladbach verpflichtet Matmour" (in German). kicker.de. 4 June 2008. Retrieved 16 July 2011. 
  3. ^ "Bolton fight Cats for £6m Karim". The Sun. 20 July 2010. Retrieved 16 July 2011. 
  4. ^ "Friendlies round-up". Sky Sports. 1 August 2010. Retrieved 16 July 2011. 
  5. ^ Calladine, Rob (2 August 2010). "Liverpool takeover 'stepped up' as Kenny Huang enters talks with RBS". guardian.co.uk. Retrieved 16 July 2011. 
  6. ^ "Eintracht Frankfurt 0–1 Borussia Monchengladbach". ESPN Soccernet. 30 January 2011. Retrieved 16 July 2011. 
  7. ^ "Frankfurt snap up Matmour". bundesliga.de. 1 July 2011. Retrieved 8 October 2011. 
  8. ^ "Matmour met entre parenthèses l'équipe nationale" (in French). DZFoot. 3 May 2012. Retrieved 14 May 2012. 

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