Lazhar Hadj Aïssa

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Lazhar Hadj Aïssa
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Personal information
Full name Lazhar Hadj Aïssa
Date of birth (1984-03-23) 23 March 1984 (age 30)
Place of birth Batna, Algeria
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
MC Alger
Number TBA
Youth career
1994–2003 MSP Batna
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2004 MSP Batna (–)
2004–2011 ES Sétif 137 (16)
2011–2012 Qadsia (3)
2012 Sharjah SC 0 (0)
2013– MC Alger 0 (0)
National team
2005 Algeria U23 8 (0)
2005– Algeria 8 (0)
2010–2011 Algeria A' 9 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 00:00, 17 March 2012 (UTC)

Lazhar Hadj Aïssa (Arabic: لزهر الحاج عيسى‎) (born 23 March 1984 in Batna) is an Algerian professional football player who currently plays as an attacking midfielder for MC Alger in the Algerian Ligue Professionnelle 1.

Personal[edit]

Hadj Aïssa is nicknamed "Baggio" because of his hair and his style of play's similarity to Italian legend Roberto Baggio.

Club career[edit]

MSP Batna[edit]

Hadj Aïssa started his playing career in 1994 with his hometown club MSP Batna, starting with the youth sides and progressing to become one of the most talented players at the club. In the 2003–2004 season, he made his full debut for the club in the Algerian Second Division, with his performances on the pitch attracting loads of interest from various domestic clubs.

ES Sétif[edit]

In the summer of 2004, Hadj Aïssa joined ES Sétif and made 25 appearances, scoring 2 goals, in his first season. The following season, he made 28 appearances and scored 5 goals.

On 10 June 2006, on the recommendation of Zinedine Zidane, Hadj Aïssa was offered a trial with Spanish club Real Madrid.[1][1]

In his third season with the club, Hadj Aïssa helped ES Sétif win the 2006–2007 Algerian League, their first league title since 1987. He also played a crucial role in the team's triumph in the 2006–2007 edition of the Arab Champions League and was named the Best Player of the competition.[2]

The following season, he helped the club win the 2007–08 Arab Champions League. However, on the domestic front, the club could only manage a third-place finish.

On 11 July 2008, it was announced that he was going on trial with Portuguese club Benfica.[3] However, days later, he announced that he would not join the club because they were looking to loan him out.[4] Two weeks later, he traveled to Ukraine and signed with Metalist Kharkov but the club would not match the price tag set by ES Sétif president Abdelhakim Serrar.[5][6]

On 9 August 2009, Hadj Aïssa signed with Saudi Arabian club Al-Ettifaq.[7] However, a few days later, the contract was canceled after Al-Ettifaq faced financial difficulties and failed to pay the transfer fee to ES Sétif.

On 24 August 2009, it was announced that he was going on trial with English Premier League club Portsmouth.[8] He trained with the club until the end of the transfer window, on 31 September[dubious ] but did not end up signing because of work permit issues. Portsmouth had been keen on keeping him, but due the administrative issues they were unable to do so.[9][10] [11][12]

In 2010, he captained his side in the final of the Algerian Cup, in which they won 3–0.[13]

Qadsia SC[edit]

On 15 August 2011, Hadj Aïssa signed a one year contract with Kuwaiti Premier League club Qadsia SC.[14]

Statistics[edit]

Club performance League Cup Continental Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Algeria League Algerian Cup Africa Arab Total
2003–04 MSP Batna Ligue 2 - - - - - - - -
2004–05 ES Sétif Ligue 1 25 2 1 0 - - - 26 2
2005–06 28 5 4 1 - - - 32 6
2006–07 23 1 2 0 - - - 25 1
2007–08 10 1 1 0 3 1 - - 14 2
2008–09 19 0 4 0 6 0 - - 29 0
2009–10 22 5 5 0 11 3 - - 27 5
2010–11 10 2 4 0 4 3 - 14 2
Kuwait League Emir Cup Asia Arab Total
2011–12 Qadsia SC Kuwaiti Premier League 7 2 - - - - - 7 2
Total Algeria 137 16 21 1 - - - 146 16
Total Kuwait 7 2 - - - - - 7 2
Career total 144 8 21 1 - - - - 153 18

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