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|Full name||Mehdi Carcela-González|
|Date of birth||1 July 1989|
|Place of birth||Liège, Belgium|
|Height||1.76 m (5 ft 9 1⁄2 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 5 September 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).
Club Football Career
Carcela-González is a product of the Standard Liège academy since joining the club since he was five. He made his professional debut for the club at age nineteen, where he came on as a substitute for Igor de Camargo in the 81st minutes, as Standard Liege would 2-0 win over Kortrijk on 13 September 2008. He later also made his European debut for the club in the UEFA Cup match on the last game of the group-stage against Stuttgart on 18 December 2008, where he came on as a substitute for Wilfried Dalmat in the 65th minutes. At the end of the season, his first season ended with a positive when the club win the league and Belgian Super Cup despite making only twelve appearance.
In 2009-10 season, Carcela-González starts his season, where he came on as a substitute, as they won the Belgian Super Cup for the second time running. He then scored his first goal for the club and making an assist, in a 5-1 win over Roeselare on 15 August 2009. Four weeks later, on 13 September 2009, He scored again, but this time with a brace, as they beat Mechelen 3-0. He then scored in the next match on 19 September 2009, in a 3-1 win over Lokeren. On 24 November 2009 he was sent off in the Champions League group match at Arsenal after he head-butted Cesc Fàbregas in the waning moments of the game. As a result, Carcela-González would miss two matches in the next European games. This season proved to a breakthrough season for Carcela-González, as he scored five goals in forty-four appearance in all competitions.
In 2010-11 season, Carcela-González performance kept an eye on by Zinedine Zidane from Real Madrid. He made an impressive start to the season when he scored four goals in two games against Lierse on 6 August 2010 and Lokoren on 14 August 2010 He then scored three goals in three matches between gameweeks 10 and 12, as he helped the club humiliated Anderlecht in a 5-1 win.; then scored another in a loss against Genk on 17 October 2010; and a 2-1 win against Gent on 24 October 2010. At the end of 2010, Carcela-González was among listed as the 100 best young players in the world.
On 17 May 2011, he was on the receiving end of a kick in the face from Chris Mavinga while both players were tussling for the ball in a Championship match against Genk, which left him with several facial fractures and broken teeth. After the match, Mavinga apologised to Carcela-Gonzalez for his actions. Meanwhile in the 2010-11 season, Carcela-González would help the club progress in the Belgian Cup and scored in the second leg of the semi final of Belgium Cup, as Standard Liege beat Gent 4-1 to reach the final. Because of his injury he sustained from Mavinga, Carcela-González went on surgery to have his injuries treated. Carcela-González described the incident as his "most difficult period of his life" that he could have died. As a result of having surgery, he missed the final of the Belgium Cup, though Standard Liege would win 2-0 against Westerlo. At the end of the season, Carcela-González made forty-four appearance in all competitions and scoring fourteen times, making him the club top scorer of the 2010-11 season.
In September 2011, Carcela-González moved to Russia by joining Anzhi Makhachkala for €5.7 million, where he signed on a four-year contract. Upon joining Anzhi, Carcela-González revealed that Spartak Moscow offered his wage doubled than his move to Anzhi. However, Carcela-González's claim was denied by Spartak Moscow's sporting director, Dmitri Popov, believing he joined Anzhi because of his religion, due to the fact that Makhachkala, capital of the Republic of Dagestan, has large Muslim population in the city and joining up his compatriot team-mate Mbark Boussoufa.
In his first season, Carcela-González made only eight appearance and missed most of it, due to his own injury concerns and his upcoming African Cup of Nations. At one point, Carcela-González played in the centre forward position on 1 April 2012, in a 1-0 loss against Rubin Kazan.
In his first full season, Carcela-González saw his future at the club in doubt after consider leaving the club if he doesn't get enough playing time and even the club management would consider selling him. As a result, he was linked with a move to Udinese Despite the surroundings, he scored his first goal for the club, in a 1-0 win over Amkar Perm on 5 August 2012. In the UEFA Europa League play-off round, Carcela-González then scored again in weeks, as Anzhi would thrash AZ 5-0 and beating them 6–0 on aggregate. From there, Carcela-González had an extended run in the first team that it's "is a step forward in his career."
In August 2013, following restructuring at business level, Anzhi chose to transfer list their whole squad, including Carcela-González is among them. Following this, Carcela-González expressed desire to leave the club, as he was linked with a move to Standard Liege, Roma., Marseille, Toulouse and Nice.
Return to Standard Liège
After two years in Russia, Carcela-González returned to Standard Liège on a three-year contract, with the undisclosed fee.
On 8 December 2013, after Oud-Heverlee Leuven's Bjorn Ruytinx committed a bad foul on Carcela-González and then appeared to begin laughing, Carcela-González got up, punched him in the face, and was sent off. He received a four-match suspension. To make effort to his Standard Liege career when he scored in a 1-0 against Charleroi on 15 February 2014. Carcela-González then scored his second goal of the season, in a 1-0 win over Anderlecht on 30 March 2014. On the last game of the season, he scored for the third time of the season, in a 1-0 win over Gent. But the win doesn't mean that Standard Liege didn't win the title after their arch rival Anderlecht won it after winning the match themselves.
He initially chose to represent his country of birth, Belgium, and even played two friendlies with the Red Devils, however, in December 2010 he changed his mind and decided to represent Morocco.
In February 2011, Carcela-González made his debut with the Atlas Lions of Morocco against Niger in a 3-0 win for his new side. He made an instant impact after being introduced as a substitute late into the second half; winning a penalty after being brought down by an opposing player which resulted in Boussoufa slotting it away to make it 2-0. He was an unused substitute against Algeria in the Atlas Lions' 1-0 away loss in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifying rounds on 27 March 2011. After making his debut, Carcela-González later spoke out on his decision playing for Morocco, saying that he is proud to represent the national team and felt "it's was like a childhood dream."
Carcela-González has made good progress with the national side, making a substitute appearance against Uganda in the LG Cup and Moroccan Manager Eric Gerets was very pleased with his performance and consequently he made the squad of the Africa Cup of Nations in January 2012.
Even playing for the club professionally, Carcela-González remains in touch with his home town city.
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