Mehdi Kerrouche

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Mehdi Kerrouche
Personal information
Full name Mehdi Kerrouche
Date of birth (1985-10-11) 11 October 1985 (age 28)[1]
Place of birth Douai, France
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)[2]
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
CS Constantine
Number 39
Youth career
0000–2001 RC Lens
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2007 AC Cambrai 18 (9)
2007 KSK Ronse 23 (11)
2007 USM Alger 5 (1)
2008–2009 GFCO Ajaccio 16 (7)
2009–2010 Naval 18 (5)
2010–2011 Al-Oruba (UAE) 18 (12)
2011–2012 Swindon Town 13 (6)
2012 Oxford United (loan) 4 (0)
2012–2013 CS Constantine 0 (0)
2013- FC Les Lilas
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 00:00, 30 June 2012 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Mehdi Kerrouche (born 11 October 1985 in Douai, France) is an Algerian footballer who plays for Algerian Ligue Professionnelle 1 club CS Constantine.

Club career[edit]

Kerrouche started his senior career playing for AC Cambrai in the French CFA2. In 2007, he left the club to try his luck in the Belgian Second Division with K.S.K. Ronse.

USM Alger[edit]

On 18 August 2007, Kerrouche signed a one-year contract with Algerian club USM Alger.[3] However, in December 2007, he was released from the club, having made just five league appearances and scored one goal.[4]

GFCO Ajaccio[edit]

He played the 2008–09 season with GFCO Ajaccio in the French CFA. He made 16 appearances, scoring seven goals.[5]

Naval[edit]

In August 2009, Kerrouche signed with Associação Naval 1º de Maio.[6] On 11 September 2009, he made his debut for the club as a starter in a league game against Vitória.[7]

Swindon Town[edit]

In July 2011, Kerrouche signed a two-year contract with English Football League Two side Swindon Town, subject to international clearance.[8][9] On 10 September 2011, Kerrouche scored his first goal in a 2–0 victory over Southend United. Three days later, he scored twice against Crawley Town in a 3–0 win. On 24 September 2011, Kerrouche scored again against Barnet. On 8 October 2011, Kerrouche scored again in a 3–3 draw against Hereford United. On 5 November 2011, Kerrouche scored his first penalty for Swindon Town in a 2–0 win over Port Vale. On 12 November 2011, he scored his first FA Cup goal, having come on as a substitute during a 4–1 defeat of Huddersfield Town of League One.[10] Kerrouche then since losing his regular place after being he was substituted after just 26 minutes in a 1–0 win over Colchester United in a FA Cup on 3 December 2011 and left out of the squad for the Swindon match against Southend United in the southern area final of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy which his side won 2–1, manager Paolo Di Canio warned Kerrouche saying he must improve his attitude to hold on to a first-team place and has told BBC Wiltshire "He's professional but he can be lazy. He will give his best in the future for sure but he has to train better. What you do in the game is a product of what you create during the week." and also added "In the last few days he has done well. I decided to leave him out but now he is better, It's important he focuses his attention on the game and doesn't forget that the priority is the team not the individual player""[11] Eventually, Kerrouche and Di Canio had a fallen out and since then Di Canio would not put on Kerrouche. At the end of the season, Kerrouche left the club by mutual consent.[12]

Loan at Oxford United[edit]

On 9 February 2012, after being unsettled at Swindon, he joined bitter local rivals Oxford United on a one-month loan.[13] Oxford United need cover over striker crisis after losing strikers like Jon-Paul Pittman, Alfie Potter and Tom Craddock. On 14 February 2012, he made his debut for Oxford United in a 2–1 win over Dagenham & Redbridge, giving the club their first match in February. After just a month-long spell with just one start and three substitute appearance and failing to score a goal, Kerrouche has returned to Swindon after his loan spell with Oxford came to an end.[14] After his loan spell at Oxford, Kerrouche had yet played under Di Canio due to their falling out.

CS Constantine[edit]

After being released by Swindon, Kerrouche returned to Algeria joining Ligue 1 side CS Constantine on a two-year deal.[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mehdi Kerrouche". Soccerway. Global Sports Media. Retrieved 9 February 2012. 
  2. ^ "Mehdi Kerrouche". L'Équipe. Retrieved 9 February 2012. 
  3. ^ "Interview de Mehdi Kerrouche". [dead link]
  4. ^ "KERROUCHE Mehdi". [dead link]
  5. ^ "FOOTBALL AJACCIO GFCO EFFECTIF CFA 2008/2009". Retrieved 9 February 2012. 
  6. ^ "Transferts : Mehdi Kerrouche à Naval" (in French). dzfoot.com. 28 August 2009. Retrieved 9 February 2012. 
  7. ^ "http://www.lpfp.pt/liga_sagres/pages/jogo.aspx?epoca=20092010&jornada=4&jogo=5715". [dead link]
  8. ^ "Kerrouche agrees to Town move". Swindon Town official website. 18 July 2011. Retrieved 9 February 2012. 
  9. ^ "Swindon Town sign Algerian striker Mehdi Kerrouche". BBC Sport. 19 July 2011. Retrieved 9 February 2012. 
  10. ^ "Swindon 4 Huddersfield 1". BBC Sport. 12 November 2011. Retrieved 9 February 2012. 
  11. ^ "Mehdi Kerrouche must improve at Swindon Town – Di Canio". BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation). 8 December 2011. Retrieved 29 March 2012. 
  12. ^ "Kerrouche contract cancelled". Sky Sports. 25 June 2012. Retrieved 19 July 2012. 
  13. ^ "Swindon Town's Mehdi Kerrouche signs for Oxford United". BBC Sport. 9 February 2012. Retrieved 9 February 2012. 
  14. ^ "Striker returns to Robins". EatSleepSport.com. 12 March 2012. Retrieved 29 March 2012. 
  15. ^ "KERROUCHE : " REJOINDRE L'EN "" (in French). FootAfrica 365. 30 June 2012. Retrieved 19 July 2012. 

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