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
Youth career
1972–1974 Onalait Hussein Dey
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1975–1983 NA 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]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Country[edit]

Individual[edit]

  • 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

Clubs goals[edit]

European competition[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 17 September 1986 Estádio das Antas, Porto Malta Rabat Ajax F.C. 9-0[12] 4–0 1986–87 European Cup
2. 4 March 1987 Estádio das Antas, Porto Denmark Brøndby IF 1-0[13] 1–0 1986–87 European Cup
3. 27 May 1987 Prater Stadium, Vienna Germany FC Bayern Munich 2-1[14] 1–1 1987 European Cup Final
4. 16 September 1987 Estádio das Antas, Porto Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia FK Vardar 3-0[15] 1–0 1987–88 European Cup
5. 16 September 1987 Estádio das Antas, Porto Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia FK Vardar 3-0[15] 3–0 1987–88 European Cup
6. 30 September 1987 City Stadium of Skopje, Skopje Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia FK Vardar 0-3[16] 0–3 1987–88 European Cup
7. 21 October 1987 Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, Madrid Spain Real Madrid C.F. 2-1[17] 0–1 1987–88 European Cup
8. 3 October 1990 Shamrock Park, Portadown Northern Ireland Portadown F.C. 1-8[18] 0–1 1990–91 European Cup
9. 3 October 1990 Shamrock Park, Portadown Northern Ireland Portadown F.C. 1-8[18] 0–2 1990–91 European Cup
10. 3 October 1990 Shamrock Park, Portadown Northern Ireland Portadown F.C. 1-8[18] 0–3 1990–91 European Cup
11. 3 October 1990 Shamrock Park, Portadown Northern Ireland Portadown F.C. 1-8[18] 0–6 1990–91 European Cup
12. 13 December 1987 National Stadium, Tokyo Uruguay Peñarol 2-1[19] 2–1 1987 Intercontinental Cup

International goals[edit]

National Team[edit]

Scores and results list Algeria's goal tally first. "Score" column indicates the score after the player's goal.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 20 June 1980 19 Juin 1965, Oran  Sierra Leone 3-1[20] 3–1 1982 FIFA World Cup qualification
2. 20 July 1980 Dinamo Stadium, Minsk  Syria 3–0[21] 2–0 Football at the 1980 Summer Olympics
3. 10 April 1981 19 Juin 1965, Oran  Mali 5-1[22] 3–0 1982 African Cup of Nations qualification
4. 10 April 1981 19 Juin 1965, Oran  Mali 5-1[22] 4–0 1982 African Cup of Nations qualification
5. 1 May 1981 Stade 17 Juin, Constantine  Niger 4-0[23] 1–0 1982 FIFA World Cup qualification
6. 30 August 1981 19 Juin 1965, Oran  Burkina Faso 7-0[24] 1–0 1982 African Cup of Nations qualification
7. 30 August 1981 19 Juin 1965, Oran  Burkina Faso 7-0[24] 2–0 1982 African Cup of Nations qualification
8. 30 October 1982 Stade 17 Juin, Constantine  Nigeria 2-1[25] 2–1 1982 FIFA World Cup qualification
9. 10 March 1982 March 28 Stadium, Benghazi  Nigeria 2-1[26] 1–1 1982 African Cup of Nations
10. 25 April 1982 Stade 5 Juillet 1962, Algiers  Peru 1-1[27] 1–1 Friendly
11. 28 April 1982 Stade 5 Juillet 1962, Algiers  Republic of Ireland 2-0[28] 2–0 Friendly
12. 16 June 1982 El Molinón, Gijón  West Germany 2-1[29] 1–0 1982 FIFA World Cup
13. 8 April 1983 Stade 5 Juillet 1962, Algiers  Benin 6-2[30] 4–0 1984 African Cup of Nations qualification
14. 8 April 1983 Stade 5 Juillet 1962, Algiers  Benin 6-2[30] 6–0 1984 African Cup of Nations qualification
15. 26 April 1983 Cotonou  Benin 1-1[31] 1–1 1984 African Cup of Nations qualification
16. 10 June 1983 Stade 5 Juillet 1962, Algiers  Uganda 3-0[32] 1–0 Friendly
17. 28 August 1983 Stade 5 Juillet 1962, Algiers  Senegal 2-0[33] 1–0 1984 African Cup of Nations qualification
18. 17 March 1984 Stade Félix Houphouët-Boigny, Abidjan  Egypt 3-1[34] 1–0 1984 African Cup of Nations
19. 13 July 1985 Stade 5 Juillet 1962, Algiers  Zambia 2-0[35] 2–0 1986 FIFA World Cup qualification
20. 18 August 1985 Stade 5 Juillet 1962, Algiers  Kenya 3-0[36] 3–0 1986 African Cup of Nations qualification
21. 6 October 1985 Stade El Menzah, Tunis  Tunisia 1-4[37] 1–1 1986 FIFA World Cup qualification
22. 18 October 1985 Stade 5 Juillet 1962, Algiers  Tunisia 3-0[38] 1–0 1986 FIFA World Cup qualification
23. 14 March 1986 Alexandria Stadium, Alexandria  Cameroon 2-3[39] 0–1 1986 African Cup of Nations
24. 27 March 1987 Stade 5 Juillet 1962, Algiers  Tunisia 1-0[40] 1–0 1988 African Cup of Nations qualification
25. 7 January 1989 Stade 19 Mai 1956, Annaba  Zimbabwe 3-0[41] 3–0 1990 FIFA World Cup qualification
26. 25 June 1989 National Sports Stadium, Harare  Zimbabwe 1-2[42] 0–2 1990 FIFA World Cup qualification
27. 25 August 1989 Stade 19 Mai 1956, Annaba  Ivory Coast 1-0[43] 1–0 1990 FIFA World Cup qualification
28. 2 March 1990 Stade 5 Juillet 1962, Algiers  Nigeria 5-1[44] 1–0 1990 African Cup of Nations
29. 2 March 1990 Stade 5 Juillet 1962, Algiers  Nigeria 5-1[44] 2–0 1990 African Cup of Nations

Post-retirement[edit]

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

References[edit]

  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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  33. ^ "Algeria vs. Sénégal - 28 August 1983". dzfoot. Retrieved 31 October 2014. 
  34. ^ "Algeria vs. Egypte - 17 March 1984". dzfoot. Retrieved 31 October 2014. 
  35. ^ "Algeria vs. Zambia - 13 July 1985". dzfoot. Retrieved 31 October 2014. 
  36. ^ "Algeria vs. Kenya - 18 August 1985". dzfoot. Retrieved 31 October 2014. 
  37. ^ "Algeria vs. Tunisia - 6 october 1985". dzfoot. Retrieved 31 October 2014. 
  38. ^ "Algeria vs. Tunisia - 18 october 1985". dzfoot. Retrieved 31 October 2014. 
  39. ^ "Algeria vs. Cameroon - 14 March 1986". dzfoot. Retrieved 31 October 2014. 
  40. ^ "Algeria vs. Tunisia - 27 March 1987". dzfoot. Retrieved 31 October 2014. 
  41. ^ "Algeria vs. Zimbabwe - 7 January 1989". dzfoot. Retrieved 31 October 2014. 
  42. ^ "Algeria vs. Zimbabwe - 25 June 1989". dzfoot. Retrieved 31 October 2014. 
  43. ^ "Algeria vs. Ivory Coast - 25 August 1989". dzfoot. Retrieved 31 October 2014. 
  44. ^ a b "Algeria vs. Nigéria - 2 March 1990". dzfoot. Retrieved 31 October 2014. 

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