Hadji in 2012
|Date of birth||16 November 1971|
|Place of birth||Ifrane Atlas-Saghir, Morocco|
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|2005–2007||1. FC Saarbrücken||54||(10)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 July 2009.
† Appearances (Goals).
Mustapha Hadji (born 16 November 1971 in Ifrane Atlas-Saghir, Morocco) is a former Moroccan footballer. He was named as the 50th Greatest African Player of All Time by African football expert Ed Dove.
After playing five seasons for AS Nancy, Hadji joined Sporting and then Deportivo, but it was with Coventry City where he became well known, especially in Britain. After an impressive 1998 FIFA World Cup, where Hadji scoring a memorable goal against Norway, he became much sought after, especially after being named African Footballer of the Year in 1998. He was signed a year later by Gordon Strachan for Coventry.
Hadji was a goal-scoring attacking midfielder with great pace and skillful runs. At Coventry, he was joined by Moroccan international, Youssef Chippo, sparking a brief trend for City fans to wear fezzes to games in their honor. After Coventry were relegated in 2001, he joined local rivals Aston Villa, having scored against them three times in the previous season. But after only playing sporadically, scoring twice in the league against Southampton and Everton and once in the UEFA Cup against Varteks, he was released on a free transfer to Espanyol in Spain in 2004 where he remained until June 2004.
Hadji has since played for Al Ain FC in United Arab Emirates where he remained for one year before returning to Europe. The 1. FC Saarbrücken (then in the 2. Bundesliga played) in 2005, where he signed a two year contract. At the request of then-coach Horst Ehrmanntraut Hadji should make with Faysal El Idrissi a midfield duo. On 4 August 2005 Hadji finally debuted for Saarbrücken, as he at first Spieltag of the 2nd Bundesliga against VfL Bochum was used, which, however, was lost with 0:4. After another defeat in the next point Ehrmanntraut game was released. After the team was briefly managed by Coach Fox, Rudi Bommer took over as coach in Saarland. However different the first FC Saarbrücken in the DFB Cup against then league rivals from SpVgg Unterhaching, in the second one as Round with 1:2 aet subject. In this encounter Hadji met for temporary 1-0 lead his team, however, saw in the 85th Minute red card. Of the DFB sports court drew Hadji for three games in the competition from the market.
At the 1994 FIFA World Cup, Hadji played in all three group games for Morocco, two as substitute. In Morocco's third game against the Netherlands, Hadji setup the equalizer for Hassan Nader with his first touch after coming on as substitute. Despite this, Morocco lost all three games and was eliminated. Hadji scored a great goal in Morocco's 2–2 draw with Norway in the 1998 World Cup. He was named African footballer of the year after a brilliant world cup in France.
Recent events for Hadji included being selected for Ambassadorship during the 2010 World Cup by FIFA to represent Africa. Hadji is also involved in a partnership with plans to invest in Morocco, thus making opportunities for the local people, as he's aiming to help rid poverty from his homeland.
Hadji is also a supporter of Show Racism The Red Card charity.
His three younger brothers all followed in his footsteps, Youssouf Hadji is also a Moroccan international and currently plays for Rennes in France, Brahim Hadji plays for SV Klarenthal 1911 in Germany, and Farid Hadji for 1. FC Saarbrücken in the same country. Moustapha's son Samir Hadji plays for Fola Esch in the BGL Ligue in Luxembourg.
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