Riyad Mahrez

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Riyad Mahrez
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Mahrez representing Algeria in May 2014
Personal information
Full name Riyad Mahrez[1]
Date of birth (1991-02-21) 21 February 1991 (age 23)
Place of birth Sarcelles, France
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)[2]
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Leicester City
Number 26
Youth career
AAS Sarcelles
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2010 Quimper 27 (1)
2010–2013 Le Havre II 60 (24)
2011–2014 Le Havre 60 (6)
2014– Leicester City 35 (5)
National team
2014– Algeria[2] 13 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13:36, 2 January 2015 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 27 January 2015

Riyad Mahrez (born 21 February 1991) is an professional footballer who plays for English club Leicester City, as a winger.

Born in France, Mahrez represents Algeria at international level. He was a member of the Algerian team at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

Early and personal life[edit]

Mahrez was born in Sarcelles, France, and possesses French, Algerian, and Moroccan citizenships.[3]

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

In 2009, Mahrez joined CFA side Quimper from AAS Sarcelles, making 22 appearances and scoring 2 goals in his first season with the club.[4]

He joined Le Havre in 2010, initially playing for second team, Le Havre II, before going on to play 60 times and score 6 goals for the first team in the French Ligue 2 from 2011 until leaving in January 2014.[5][6]

Leicester City[edit]

He moved to English Football League Championship club, Leicester City on 11 January 2014, signing a three-and-a-half-year contract.[7][8] Mahrez made his debut on 25 January 2014, coming on in the 79th minute as a substitute replacing fellow winger Lloyd Dyer, in the 2–0 win against Middlesbrough.[9] After making four substitute appearances for Leicester, including scoring his first goal for the club, an 82nd minute equaliser against local rivals Nottingham Forest, manager Nigel Pearson announced in February 2014 that he thought Mahrez was ready to start games.[10]

He made his Premier League debut on 16 August 2014, and scored his first Premier League goal on 4 October 2014.[11][12]

International career[edit]

In November 2013 Mahrez expressed his desire to represent Algeria internationally.[13] He was called up to the provisional Algerian squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.[14] On 31 May 2014, Mahrez made his international debut for the Desert Foxes as a starter in a pre-World Cup friendly match against Armenia, and he was subsequently called up to the full-squad for the tournament on 2 June.[15] On 15 October 2014, Mahrez scored his first international goal, as well as setting up Islam Slimani in Algeria's 3–0, Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Malawi.[16] In December 2014 he was announced as being part of Algeria's squad for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.[17]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 2 January 2015[4][5][11]
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Quimper 2009–10 27 1 27 1
Le Havre II 2010–11 32 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 32 13
2011–12 25 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 25 11
2012–13 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Total 60 24 0 0 0 0 0 0 60 24
Le Havre 2011–12 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 0
2012–13 34 4 4 1 1 0 0 0 39 5
2013–14 17 2 0 0 2 3 0 0 19 5
Total 60 6 4 1 3 3 0 0 67 10
Leicester City 2013–14 19 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 19 3
2014–15 16 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 17 2
Total 35 5 0 0 1 0 0 0 36 5
Career total 182 36 4 1 4 3 0 0 190 40

International[edit]

As of 27 January 2015[2]
Algeria
Year Apps Goals
2014 9 2
2015 4 1
Total 13 3

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Leicester City

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Barclays Premier League: notification of shirt numbers" (PDF). Premier League. p. 10. Retrieved 16 August 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c "Riyad Mahrez". National Football Teams. Retrieved 10 June 2014. 
  3. ^ "Comment la FAF a chipé Mahrez au Maroc" (in French). Le Buteur. 9 May 2014. Retrieved 10 June 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "QUIMPER 17e CFA Groupe D" (in French). Stat2foot.com. Retrieved 11 January 2014. 
  5. ^ a b Riyad Mahrez profile at Soccerway
  6. ^ Riyad Mahrez French league stats at LFP.fr (French)
  7. ^ "Riyad Mahrez Signs For Leicester City". Leicester City F.C. 11 January 2014. Retrieved 11 January 2014. 
  8. ^ "Transfer window: Riyad Mahrez joins Leicester from Le Havre". BBC Sport. 11 January 2014. Retrieved 13 January 2014. 
  9. ^ "Leicester 2 – 0 Middlesbrough". BBC Sport. 25 January 2014. Retrieved 25 January 2014. 
  10. ^ "Riyad Mahrez: Nigel Pearson says winger ready to start games". BBC Sport. 21 February 2014. Retrieved 23 February 2014. 
  11. ^ a b Riyad Mahrez career stats at Soccerbase
  12. ^ "'Unknown' Riyad Mahrez making impressive strides, says Nigel Pearson". Leicester Mercury. 8 October 2014. Retrieved 16 October 2014. 
  13. ^ "Riyad Mahrez "Je sais que je peux jouer en EN"" (in French). DZFoot. 11 November 2013. Retrieved 11 January 2014. 
  14. ^ "World Cup 2014: Nabil Bentaleb in Algeria's 30-man squad". BBC Sport. 12 May 2014. Retrieved 12 May 2014. 
  15. ^ "World Cup Beckons For Mahrez". Leicester City F.C. 2 June 2014. Retrieved 2 June 2014. 
  16. ^ "Mahrez Stars In Algeria Win". Leicester City F.C. 15 October 2014. Retrieved 16 October 2014. 
  17. ^ "Nations Cup 2015: Newcastle's Mehdi Abeid in Algeria squad". BBC Sport. 15 December 2014. Retrieved 18 December 2014.