Lakhdar Belloumi

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Lakhdar Belloumi
Lakhdar Belloumi (1986 WCQ).jpg
Lakhdar Belloumi (1986 WCQ)
Personal information
Full name Lakhdar Belloumi
Date of birth (1958-12-29) 29 December 1958 (age 55)
Place of birth Mascara, Algeria
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
Youth career
1970–1973 O. Sempac Mascara
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1973–1976 O. Sempac Mascara (–)
1976–1977 SKAF El-Khemis (–)
1977–1978 GC Mascara (–)
1978–1979 MC Oran (–)
1979–1981 MC Alger (–)
1981–1987 GC Mascara (–)
1987–1988 MC Oran (–)
1988 Al-Arabi SC 12 (4)
1989–1990 MC Oran (–)
1990–1991 GC Mascara (–)
1991–1992 USM Bel-Abbès (–)
1992–1993 GC Mascara (–)
1993–1994 MC Oran (–)
1994–1997 GC Mascara (–)
1997–1998 ASM Oran (–)
1998–1999 GC Mascara (–)
National team
1974–1977 Algeria U17 (–)
1977–1978 Algeria U20 (–)
1979–1980 Algeria military (–)
1978–1989 Algeria 101 (27)
Teams managed
2001–2002 MC Oran
2002–2003 USM Bel-Abbès
2003 Umm-Salal SC
2004–2005 Algeria
2005–2006 GC Mascara
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Lakhdar Belloumi (Arabic: لخضر بلومي‎) (born 29 December 1958 in Mascara, Algeria) is a former Algerian football player and manager. He is widely considered as the best Algerian player of all time and one of the best players in Africa. He is said to have invented the "Blind Pass".[1] He is awarded the 4th best African player of the century.[2] He holds the record as the most capped Algerian player (with 147 national caps) and he is the fourth best goalscorer of the Algeria team in all time (with 27 goals) after Abdelhafid Tasfaout (35 goals).

Belloumi's goal against reigning European champions West Germany earned Algeria a stunning 2–1 victory in their World Cup debut in Spain '82.[3]

International career[edit]

He participated at 1980 Summer Olympics, at two editions of FIFA World Cup (1982 and 1986), at four editions of Africa Cup of Nations (1980, 1982, 1984 and 1988) and at two editions of Mediterranean Games (1979 and 1983). For Algeria national football team he got 147 caps (FIFA recognize only 101 caps) and scored 27 goals. In 1981, he was awarded African Footballer of the Year. Belloumi scored the winning goal in the 2–1 win over West Germany in 1982 world cup, and was a pivotal player in the Algerian national team throughout the 1980s. His last game for Algeria came in 1989.

Club career[edit]

Lakhdar Belloumi, Algerian champion with GC Mascara 1984

Belloumi spent almost his entire career at home (apart from a brief spell in Qatar late in his career), most notably with his hometown club GC Mascara, as well as MC Oran. He played also with MC Alger for two years during his military service in Algiers. He won two domestic championships during his career in 1984 with GC Mascara and in 1988 with MC Oran. After returning for another spell in Mascara in 1994, he continued playing until retirement in 1999.

Belloumi had contact with various European clubs, including Barcelona, before Spain '82, but "the law did not allow us to leave the country before the age of 27". In 1985 he caught the eye of Juventus after shining in a friendly against them, only to miss out on a dream transfer after breaking his leg in the African Champions' Cup in Libya against Al-Ittihad. He was understandably disappointed "It was a real shame for me that I couldn't go".[3]

Often overlooked for international recognition due to not joining a major European club, despite the interest of major European clubs (Juventus were reportedly very keen to acquire his services despite the performances of Michel Platini). Belloumi was recognised by any who watched him play, including the great Pele, as a fantastic player.



With clubs[edit]

With the Algerian national team[edit]


Belloumi was a subject of an arrest warrant in Egypt for almost 20 years following an incident in Cairo in 1989 when after a 1990 FIFA World Cup qualifying match a brawl erupted between players of the Algerian squad and Egyptian supporters that left an Egyptian doctor seriously injured in his eye by a broken bottle which was attributed to be thrown by Belloumi. From 2006, he was added among the lists of the accused in Interpol. Belloumi always claimed his innocence and teammates present at the incident had also testified before the Algerian justice that it was goalkeeper Kamel Kadri responsible for inflicting the injury. The warrant was finally rescinded in April 2009 and Belloumi was cleared of all legal proceedings at the initiative of Algerian president Abdelaziz Bouteflika in collaboration of the Algerian and Egyptian authorities.[4][5][6]


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