Rabah Madjer

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Rabah Madjer
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Personal information
Full name Mustapha Rabah Madjer
Date of birth (1958-02-15) 15 February 1958 (age 56)
Place of birth Hussein Dey, Algeria
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1975–1983 Hussein Dey 94 (58)
1983–1984 Racing Paris 50 (23)
1985 Tours 7 (2)
1985–1988 Porto 50 (29)
1988 Valencia 14 (4)
1988–1991 Porto 58 (21)
1991–1992 Qatar SC 9 (6)
Total 282 (143)
National team
1978–1992 Algeria 87 (29)
Teams managed
1993–1995 Algeria
1995–1997 Porto (Youth teams)
1997–1998 Al Sadd
1998–1999 Al-Wakrah
1999 Algeria
2001–2002 Algeria
2005–2006 Al-Rayyan
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Mustapha Rabah Madjer (Arabic: مصطفى رابح ماجر‎; born 15 February 1958 in Hussein Dey, Algiers) is a retired Algerian footballer.

A skilled striker, he reached stardom as an F.C. Porto player during the 1980s, and is widely regarded as one of the best Algerian football players of all time.[1][2] He is widely remembered for scoring on 77 minutes, an audacious back-heeled equaliser in FC Porto's first European Cup final, against Bayern Munich in Vienna. He went on to create the late winner, four minutes after his equaliser, setting up substitute Filho Juary. The scoreline ended 2–1 in FC Porto's favour, winning their very first European Cup.[3][4]

One of the most prolific Algerian internationals in number of games and goals, Madjer played in two World Cups with his national team, helping it to its first ever participation in 1982. Having taken up coaching immediately after retiring, he managed several clubs, and also had several spells with the Algerian team.

Club career[edit]

Born in Hussein Dey, Algiers, Madjer started his European career in 1983–84, moving to RCF Paris from NA Hussein Dey. He stayed there during one 1/2 seasons, finishing the 1984–85 campaign with another French side, Tours FC.

Madjer arrived at F.C. Porto in 1985–86 and, the next season, entered the club's history books in the European Cup final against FC Bayern Munich, scoring the 1–1 equalizer in a memorable final, which eventually ended 2–1 to the Portuguese.[5] Pelé is believed to have said of this goal: "It would have been the greatest goal I have ever seen, if he had not looked back at it." He also scored in the club's Intercontinental Cup conquest the same year.[6][7]

After that stellar 1987, Madjer won the Ballon d'or Africain,[8] but was not allowed to compete for the European Golden Ball as he was not born in the region. He subsequently signed for La Liga's Valencia CF in July, but lasted only a few months with the Che, returning to Porto for a further three 1/2 seasons.

In the 1987–88 Portuguese season, the first upon his return, Madjer scored 10 in only 11 matches, being instrumental in the league conquest. He retired from the game in 1992, aged nearly 34, after a brief stint with Qatar SC.

International career[edit]

Madjer played for the Algerian national team for 19 years, and was present at the 1982 and 1986 FIFA World Cup finals. He retired as the nation's top goalscorer at 31, in 87 caps, having also won the Africa Cup of Nations in 1990, as the hosts incidentally beat Nigeria twice, in the opening match 5–1 and the final 1–0.

Madjer's most famous goal came in Algeria's 2–1 win over Germany in the 1982 World Cup, when he opened the scoring in the 53rd minute. In 1993, he began coaching the national team but, after failing to qualify for two 1994 major competitions, the World Cup and the CAN, resigned, returning to Porto as a youth coordinator.[1]

After a quick spell in 1999, Madjer returned two years later, only to resign with aggravation in the 2002 summer.[9] He also managed Qatari clubs Al-Wakrah Sports Club, Al-Rayyan Sports Club and Al Sadd.[10][11]





  • African Footballer of the Year: 1987
  • Arab Footballer of the 20th century: 2004
  • Algerian Footballer of the 20th century: 2009 (with Lakhdar Belloumi)
  • Algerian Footballer of the Year: Several awards
  • African Footballer of the 20th century: Fifth place


After his coaching spells, Madjer started a career as a professional analyst in Qatar, for Al-Jazeera Sports.


  1. ^ a b And is considered by many magazines and newspaper the best forgotten star ever. African legends: Rabah Madjer; BBC Sport, 1 September 2003
  2. ^ Rabah Madjer; UEFA.com, 16 January 2003
  3. ^ Peter Law (1 September 2003). "BBC SPORT | African legends: Rabah Madjer". BBC News. 
  4. ^ "1986/87: Madjer inspires Porto triumph –". UEFA. 27 May 1987. 
  5. ^ Madjer calls on Porto to do it again; UEFA.com, 2 April 2009
  6. ^ Porto, snow and Tokyo; UEFA.com 9 December 2004
  7. ^ Toyota Cup 1987; FIFA.com
  8. ^ African Player of the Year 1987; at RSSSF
  9. ^ Madjer shuts door on Algeria; BBC Sport, 17 July 2002
  10. ^ Madjer to coach Qatari club; BBC Sport, 21 December 2005
  11. ^ "Madjer the magnificent". FIFA. Retrieved 18 August 2012. 

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