|Full name||Karim Koceila Yanis Ziani|
|Date of birth||17 August 1982|
|Place of birth||Sèvres, France|
|Height||1.69 m (5 ft 7 in)|
|2004–2005||→ Lorient (loan)||24||(1)|
|2011||→ Kayserispor (loan)||13||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 00:00, September 24, 2013 (EST).
† Appearances (Goals).
Karim Koceila Yanis Ziani (Arabic: كريم زياني) (born 17 August 1982) is an Algerian professional footballer who is playing for Al-Arabi SC (Qatar). He has the talent to play in many different positions in midfielder, but he is best known for being a playmaker.
Ziani is considered to be a national hero by many Algerians, as it was his cross that led to the goal that put them into their first World Cup competition since 1986 at the expense of bitter rivals Egypt. He has participated in two continental tournaments 2004 Africa Cup of Nations and the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations, the latter in which Algeria finished fourth, and the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. Overall he has participated in sixty-two official games for the Algerian national team, in which he has scored five goals.
Ziani was born in Sèvres, France, to an Algerian father from Béjaïa and a French mother. Ziani is married and has 2 children: a girl, Lina, and a boy, Kaïs. Ziani has a twin sister by the name of Karima who is married to fellow Algerian international Antar Yahia.
Though diminutive in stature, Ziani more than makes up for his lack of physicality with his outstanding technique and never-say-die spirit.
In 1998, he was spotted by scouts from Troyes, he was subsequently brought into the youth academy from RC Paris. Whilst playing for the youth team there was a significant amount of keen admirers interested in him. A number of clubs such as Lens and Nantes were very keen on him. In 2001, having spent three seasons playing with the youth team and because of the level of interest, the president of Troyes offered Ziani a five-year deal, which in turn was his first professional contract. With Ziani agreeing to a five-year deal, he was immediately promoted to the senior squad by Alain Perrin at the age of 17 and was assigned the number 17 shirt. He made his professional debut on 8 December 2001 against SC Bastia coming on as a substitute, replacing David Hamed in the seventy-second minute of the game. After making a few substitute appearances, he made his first start on 3 March 2002 in a 1–0 loss to Lille playing the full length of the game. He played a total of 8 games in the 2001–02 season. He became more of a regular in the 2002–03 season as he participated in a total of 24 games. After subsequently spending two seasons playing for Troyes in Ligue 1, the club was relegated to Ligue 2 at the end of the 2002–03 season. Whilst in Ligue 2, during the 2003–04 season, Ziani played 28 games in total and scored his first professional goal against FC Rouen, in the 9th minute with the score ending 3–0. He spent the following season mostly on the bench for Troyes and with interest from other clubs being shown, Troyes had decided to part ways with Ziani. Turkish club Rivaspor had made a bid but could not negotiate a contract with Ziani, as Ziani had put in a condition which Rivaspor rejected. Ziani revealed the condition merely as having Madjid Bougherra have a trial with the club to display his qualities as they had both travelled to Turkey and Ziani would have liked a compatriot with him at the club as he was only 19 at the time. When Rivaspor rejected the condition, both Ziani and Bougherra left Turkey together.
In the summer of 2004, Ziani was loaned out to FC Lorient. In the next two seasons he would become Lorient's top player and would lead them to promotion to Ligue 1. He was voted as the top player in Ligue 2 for the 2005–06 season.
Olympique de Marseille
The following summer, Ziani saw increasing attention from other French clubs, namely Olympique de Marseille. This interest culminated on 29 June 2007, when news broke that Ziani had finalized his move to Marseille for a transfer fee of $11 million. Karim scored his first goal with Marseille in a match against Valenciennes. He has since then become a familiar face in Eric Gerets' starting eleven.
It was announced on July the 7th 2009 that Karim Ziani had signed for €10 million signing a four-year contract with the Bundesliga champions VfL Wolfsburg. Armin Veh the Wolfsburg coach had been a keen admirer of the player and was delighted to have obtained the player's services, in a statement released by the club's website Armin Veh said "I'm delighted we were able to sign Ziani, He fits in well with our team and will help us achieve our goals".
During December 2010 and January 2011, a number of clubs showed interest in signing Ziani, these were Newcastle United, Everton, Birmingham City, AS Monaco and VfB Stuttgart. On 14 January 2011, it was reported that Ziani had moved to Turkish high-flyers Kayserispor on an initial six-month loan deal, with an option to sign him permanently at the end of the season.
On 8 July 2011, Wolfsburg and Ziani reached a mutual agreement to terminate his contract.
On 20 July 2011, Ziani signed a three-year contract with Qatari club El Jaish. On 18 September 2009, Ziani made his Qatar Stars League debut for El Jaish as a starter in a league game against Al Khor. Although he failed to find the net in his first season, he finished the 2011–12 season as the top assistant with 13 assists.
- As of 21 August 2010
|Club performance||League||Cup||League Cup||Continental||Total|
|France||League||Coupe de France||Coupe de la Ligue||Europe||Total|
|2007–08||Olympique Marseille||Ligue 1||21||1||2||0||2||1||4||0||29||2|
|Turkey||League||Türkiye Kupası||League Cup||Europe||Total|
|Qatar||League||Emir of Qatar Cup||League Cup||Asia||Total|
|2011–12||El Jaish||Qatar Stars League||13||0||0||0||-||0||0||13||0|
Ziani had stunned many people in 2003 in his choice to represent Algeria instead of France.
Ziani made his debut for the Algerian national team in 2003 when he was called up by Belgian caretaker Georges Leekens for a friendly against Belgium. He was a member of the Algerian 2004 African Nations Cup team, who finished second in their group in the first round of competition before being defeated by Morocco in the quarter-finals. He was also named in the Team of the Tournament at the 2004 African Nations Cup. Karim Ziani scored his first goal for Algeria against Gambia with a penalty in a 2008 African Nations Cup qualifier, Algeria won 1–0. Ziani then added two more goals to his tally in a 2010 World Cup against Liberia. Algeria won the game 3–0. Ziani was also the artist of the recent Algerian team performances during the final phase of the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification together with 2010 African Cup of Nations.
National team statistics
|Algeria national team|
- Scores and results list Algeria's goal tally first.
|1||7 October 2006||Stade 5 Juillet 1962, Algiers||Gambia||1–0||1–0||2008 Africa Cup of Nations qualification|
|2||6 June 2008||Stade Mustapha Tchaker, Blida||Liberia||2–0||3–0||2010 FIFA World Cup qualification (CAF)|
|4||11 October 2009||Stade Mustapha Tchaker, Blida||Rwanda||3–1||3–1||2010 FIFA World Cup qualification (CAF)|
|5||5 June 2010||Playmobil-Stadion, Germany||United Arab Emirates||1–0||1–0||Friendly|
- Member of 2004 African Nations Cup Top 11 team
- DZFoot d'Or: 2004, 2005, 2006
- Top player in Ligue 2: 2005/2006 (FC Lorient)
- Algerian Ballon d’Or (Ballon d’Or El Haddaf): 2006, 2007
- Coupe de France: 2007 (FC Sochaux-Montbéliard)
- "List of Players" (PDF). FIFA. Retrieved 2010-07-13.
- K COMME KAÏS, L COMME LINA
- Antar Yahia a officialisé hier son mariage
- "Algeria's Ziani joins Marseille". BBC Sport. 29 June 2007. Retrieved 2007-06-30.
- http://football.uk.reuters.com/bundesliga/news/L7287058.php. Missing or empty
- "Newcastle to listen to offers for Sol Campbell as Toon eye swoop for Wolfsburg's Karim Ziani". Daily Mail (London). 1 January 2011.
- Transferts : Karim Ziani officiellement à Al-Jaish (Qat.)
- "El Jaish vs. Al Khor – 18 September 2011 – Soccerway". SoccerWay. 18 September 2012. Retrieved 16 April 2012.
- Karim Ziani at National-Football-Teams.com
- L’apport de la légion étrangère. L'Observateur Paalga – Jan 2004.
- DZFoot d'Or 2006. DZfoot.com.
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- Video report of Karim Ziani (2006–07 season) on video.lequipe.fr (French)
- Karim Ziani French league stats at LFP.fr (French)
- Karim Ziani – FIFA competition record