Abdelhafid Tasfaout

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Hafid Tasfaout
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Abdelhafid Tasfaout (2013)
Personal information
Full name Abdelhafid Tasfaout
Date of birth (1969-02-11) 11 February 1969 (age 50)
Place of birth Oran, Algeria
Height 1.71 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Youth career
1981–1982 SONATIBA Oran
1982–1984 MC Oran
1985–1986 SNCF Oran
1986–1987 ASM Oran
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1987–1990 ASM Oran (–)
1990–1995 MC Oran 145 (50)
1995–1998 Auxerre 35 (5)
1997–1998Guingamp (loan) 25 (6)
1998–2002 Guingamp 129 (17)
2002–2003 Al-Rayyan 13 (6)
National team
1990–2002 Algeria 87 (36)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Abdelhafid Tasfaout (born 11 February 1969) is a retired Algerian footballer. A midfielder, he was the captain of the Algerian national team for five years.


Tasfaout suffered a life-threatening head injury during the 2002 African Cup of Nations in Mali after he clashed with Boubacar Diarra of Mali. An ambulance was driven onto the pitch to give assistance and at the time many of his teammates feared he had been killed. However, he made a complete recovery and it was confirmed that he suffered a broken nose and a swallowed tongue.[1]

Tasfaout is the Algeria national football team's all-time best scorer with 36 goals.[2][3]



  • Best goalscorer with the Algeria team with 35 goals
  • Best Algerian player with MC Oran in 1992, 1993 and 1994
  • Best goalscorer in the Algeria Ligue 1 with MC Oran in 1992 and 1993 with 17 goals



  1. ^ Gleeson, Mark. "Algeria's Tasfaout recovers after swallowing tongue". ESPN. Archived from the original on 3 September 2009. Retrieved 10 August 2009.
  2. ^ "Slimani s'attaque au record de Tasfaout". Le Temps d'Algérie. Retrieved 10 June 2013.
  3. ^ Holstein, Dick & Owsianski, Jarek. "Abdelhafid Tasfaout - International Goals". RSSSF. Archived from the original on 4 June 2009. Retrieved 9 July 2009.

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