Tijani Belaïd

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Tijani Belaïd
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Tijani Belaïd (right)
Personal information
Date of birth (1987-09-06) 6 September 1987 (age 26)
Place of birth Paris, France
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
Club Africain
Youth career
2003–2004 Paris
2004–2005 Inter Milan
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2008 Inter Milan 1 (0)
2007 PSV Eindhoven (loan) 0 (0)
2007–2008 Slavia Prague (loan) 15 (4)
2008–2011 Slavia Prague 49 (11)
2011 Hull City 8 (0)
2011–2012 APOEL 8 (1)
2012 Union Berlin 20 (0)
2013 Moreirense 4 (0)
2013–2014 Lokomotiv Plovdiv 18 (1)
2014– Club Africain 2 (2)
National team
2006–2009 Tunisia 18 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 8 July 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 27 January 2011

Tijani Belaïd (Arabic: تيجاني بلعيد‎) (born 6 September 1987) is a French-born Tunisian international footballer who plays for Club Africain as an attacking midfielder.

Club career[edit]

Born in Paris, Île-de-France, Belaïd started his career at Paris FC, close to his birthplace.

Inter Milan[edit]

In 2004, he signed for Internazionale's Primavera side.[1] The first Serie A appearance of Belaïd was in the last match of 2004–05 season, against Reggina Calcio.

In January 2007, Belaïd was loaned to PSV Eindhoven, but did not feature for the first team.

Slavia Prague[edit]

In the summer of 2007, Belaïd was sent on loan to Slavia Prague. With the Czech team he scored his first goal in the UEFA Champions League on 19 September 2007. However in October he was demoted to train with the club's 'B' team after disciplinary problems. Coach Karel Jarolím stated: "I think he needs to think above all about his behaviour off the pitch, I don't like his attitude when he doesn't play or when he comes on as a substitute".[2] A month later, Belaïd was taken back to the main squad.

In January 2008, while preparing for the 2008 African Cup of Nations with the Tunisian national team, he was involved in a car crash, which resulted in the deaths of three people.[3] He was kept in custody for several days, but was later cleared of any charges by the court.[4] Belaïd finished the 2007–08 season with 15 league appearances for Slavia, in which he scored four goals.[5]

In July 2008, Slavia Prague used an option to buy him from Internazionale for undisclosed fee. Belaïd signed a three-year contract. In February 2010, he was trialed at Mladá Boleslav to finalize a possible loan, however the trial was unsuccessful, and he returned to Slavia Prague.[6]

In 2011, Belaïd was released by Slavia Prague, having made 49 league appearances and scored 11 goals during his permanent spell at the club.[5]

Hull City[edit]

On 17 January 2011 he started a trial with English Championship club Hull City[7] and was strongly linked also with their Championship rivals Cardiff City.[8] On 20 January 2010, it was confirmed that, subject to international clearance, Hull City had won the race to signing him, with him penning a deal until the end of the season, with an option of two more years, should the club want him to stay.[9] The deal was confirmed a week later on 27 January, with the news that he would be available for the squad to play Queens Park Rangers on 29 January.[10] Belaïd made his debut on 1 February 2011 coming off the bench as a replacement for Aaron McLean in the 2–2 draw against Leeds United at the KC Stadium.[11]

On 10 May 2011, following the end of the 2010–11 season, it was confirmed by the club that Belaïd had been released from Hull City along with three other players, after making only eight appearances for the East Riding of Yorkshire club.[12]

APOEL[edit]

On 31 August 2011, Belaïd signed a two years contract with Cypriot champions and UEFA Champions League contenders APOEL. He made his official debut on 15 October in a League game against AEL Limassol, coming on as a substitute early into the second half. On 19 November 2011, he scored his first goal for APOEL in a Cypriot First Division match against Ermis Aradippou, by scoring APOEL's second goal in a 2–0 home win. He made his debut in the UEFA Champions League group stages with APOEL on 6 December 2011, after coming on as a substitute on 60th minute, in his side's 0–2 home loss from Shakhtar Donetsk for the final matchday of Group G. In January 2012, Belaid's contract was terminated by APOEL, leaving the club after four months.

Union Berlin[edit]

At the end of the January 2012 transfer window, he signed a six-month contract with German side Union Berlin. He would remain with the German side until December where he was released. In January 2013, he signed for Moreirense F.C..[13]

Club Africain[edit]

On 7 July 2014, Belaïd joined Tunisian side Club Africain, signing a two-year contract.[14]

International career[edit]

Belaïd was called up for the Tunisian under-17 team.[citation needed] In September 2005 he received his first and only call-up to France under-19 for a training camp.[15] He received a call from Tunisia, making his debut in 2006.[5]

Honours[edit]

Personal[edit]

Belaïd's brother Aymen is also a footballer who plays in midfield.[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Two Youngsters Sign For Inter". F.C. Internazionale Milano. 4 July 2004. Retrieved 10 March 2012. 
  2. ^ "Slavia drop Belaid to reserves". BBC Sport. 26 October 2007. Retrieved 30 October 2007. 
  3. ^ Rami (1 January 2002). "Tijani Belaid Involved in Car Crash on New Year’s Day". tunisia.worldcupblog.org. Retrieved 10 March 2012. 
  4. ^ "The Prague Post Online: Sports: Sports Roundup". [dead link]
  5. ^ a b c "Belaïd, Tijani". National Football Teams. Retrieved 27 January 2011. 
  6. ^ "Nebude Belaid, nebude Nečas" (in Czech). fkmb.cz. 15 February 2012. Retrieved 10 March 2012. 
  7. ^ "Tigers to Make Decision on Trialist Belaid". Hull Daily Mail. 17 January 2011. Retrieved 20 January 2011. 
  8. ^ "Cardiff boss Dave Jones eyes up move for Tunisian midfielder Tijani Belaid". Daily Mail. 18 January 2011. Retrieved 20 January 2011. 
  9. ^ "Belaid sees 'something special' in Tigers camp". Hull Daily Mail. 20 January 2011. Retrieved 20 January 2011. 
  10. ^ "Belaid deal confirmed so he can join squad to face QPR". Hull Daily Mail. 27 January 2011. Retrieved 27 January 2011. 
  11. ^ "Hull 2–2 Leeds". BBC Sport (BBC). 1 February 2011. Retrieved 1 February 2011. 
  12. ^ "Tigers Allow Four To Leave". Hull City A.F.C (Hull City A.F.C). Archived from the original on 7 September 2011. Retrieved 10 June 2013. 
  13. ^ "Tijani Belaid é reforço do Moreirense" [Tijani Belaid is a reinforcement for Moreirense]. ZeroZero (in Portuguese). 22 January 2013. Retrieved 24 January 2013. 
  14. ^ "Football : Tijani Belaid signe au CA" (in French). fkmb.cz. 7 July 2014. Retrieved 9 July 2014. 
  15. ^ "France U19 Call-up For Belaid". F.C. Internazionale Milano. 2 September 2005. Retrieved 10 March 2012. 
  16. ^ "Inter Beat Milan To Lift Primavera Cup". F.C. Internazionale Milano. 5 April 2006. Retrieved 10 March 2012. 
  17. ^ "Tijani Belaid". ZeroZero (in Portuguese). Retrieved 20 February 2013. 

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