Karim Ziani

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Karim Ziani
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Personal information
Full name Karim Koceila Yanis Ziani[1]
Date of birth (1982-08-17) 17 August 1982 (age 32)
Place of birth Sèvres, France
Height 1.69 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Ajman
Number 10
Youth career
1995–1998 RC Paris
1998–2001 Troyes
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2005 Troyes 63 (1)
2004–2005 Lorient (loan) 24 (1)
2005–2006 Lorient 37 (7)
2006–2007 Sochaux 36 (8)
2007–2009 Marseille 49 (3)
2009–2011 VfL Wolfsburg 15 (0)
2011 Kayserispor (loan) 13 (0)
2011–2013 El Jaish 41 (1)
2013– Al-Arabi 23 (3)
2014 Ajman 0 (0)
National team
2004 Algeria U23 2 (0)
2003–2011 Algeria 62 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 00:00, September 24, 2013 (EST).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 00:00, September 24, 2013 (EST)

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.[2] 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.

Personal life[edit]

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.[3] Ziani has a twin sister by the name of Karima who is married to fellow Algerian international Antar Yahia.[4]

Characteristics[edit]

Though diminutive in stature, Ziani more than makes up for his lack of physicality with his outstanding technique and never-say-die spirit.

Club career[edit]

Ziani began his football career in 1995 with the junior side at Racing Club de Paris at the age of 13.[5]

Troyes[edit]

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.[6]

Lorient[edit]

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.

Sochaux[edit]

In the summer of 2006, he signed a three-year deal with FC Sochaux and reunited with his first coach at Troyes Alain Perrin.

Olympique de Marseille[edit]

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.[7]

Wolfsburg[edit]

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".[8]

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.[9] 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.[10]

On 8 July 2011, Wolfsburg and Ziani reached a mutual agreement to terminate his contract.

El Jaish[edit]

On 20 July 2011, Ziani signed a three-year contract with Qatari club El Jaish.[11] On 18 September 2009, Ziani made his Qatar Stars League debut for El Jaish as a starter in a league game against Al Khor.[12] Although he failed to find the net in his first season, he finished the 2011–12 season as the top assistant with 13 assists.[13]

Statistics[edit]

As of 21 August 2010
Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
France League Coupe de France Coupe de la Ligue Europe Total
2001–02 Troyes Ligue 1 8 0 2 0 - - - - 10 0
2002–03 24 0 1 0 1 0 - - 26 0
2003–04 Ligue 2 28 1 1 0 1 0 - - 30 1
2004–05 4 0 - - - - - - 4 0
2004–05 Lorient Ligue 2 24 1 - - - - - - 24 1
2005–06 37 7 - - 2 1 - - 39 8
2006–07 Sochaux Ligue 1 36 8 5 0 3 1 - - 44 9
2007–08 Olympique Marseille Ligue 1 21 1 2 0 2 1 4 0 29 2
2008–09 28 3 - - - - 9 0 37 3
Germany League DFB-Pokal Other Europe Total
2009–10 Wolfsburg Bundesliga 10 0 2 0 - 4 0 16 0
2010–11 5 0 2 0 - 0 0 7 0
Turkey League Türkiye Kupası League Cup Europe Total
2010–11 Kayserispor Süper Lig 13 0 0 0 - 0 0 13 0
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
Total France 210 21 11 0 9 3 13 0 243 24
Germany 15 0 4 0 - 4 0 23 0
Turkey 13 0 0 0 - 0 0 13 0
Qatar 13 0 0 0 - 0 0 13 0
Career total 251 21 15 0 9 3 17 0 292 24

International career[edit]

Ziani had stunned many people in 2003 in his choice to represent Algeria instead of France.[14]

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[edit]

[15]

Algeria national team
Year Apps Goals
2003 3 0
2004 11 0
2005 6 0
2006 3 1
2007 8 0
2008 8 2
2009 7 1
2010 14 1
2011 2 0
Total 62 5

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Algeria's goal tally first.
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
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)
3 3–0
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

Honours[edit]

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