Abdelmalek Ziaya

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Abdelmalek Ziaya
Personal information
Full name Abdelmalek Ziaya
Date of birth (1984-01-23) 23 January 1984 (age 33)
Place of birth Guelma, Algeria
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
ES Sétif
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2005 ES Guelma 62 (77)
2005–2010 ES Sétif 94 (27)
2010–2012 Ittihad 29 (12)
2012–2013 CA Bizertin 11 (4)
2013–2014 USM Alger 25 (6)
2014– ES Sétif 11 (6)
National team
2010– Algeria 6 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 00:00, 25 July 2014 (EST).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 00:00, 25 July 2014 (EST)

Abdelmalek Ziaya (born 23 January 1984 in Guelma) is an Algerian footballer who is currently playing for Algerian Ligue Professionnelle 1 club ES Sétif.


ES Sétif[edit]

Ziaya plays regularly in ES Sétif's first team, and was a fixture in the club's 2006–07 Arab Champions League triumph, scoring a goal against Al-Ittihad in the second round[1] and against Al-Nasr in the group stage.[2] Ziaya scored again in the 2007–08 Arab Champions League versus Al-Wehda in the round of 16.[3]

On 26 December 2009, it was announced that the 25-year-old Algerian striker was going to move on loan from ES Sétif to FC Sochaux with an option to buy.[4] However, 4 days later, it was reported that ES Sétif president refused to loan the player to Sochaux and was negotiating with Saudi Arabian club Ittihad Jeddah.[5]

Ittihad Jeddah[edit]

On 6 January 2010, Ziaya signed a two-year contract with Saudi Arabian Ittihad Jeddah, with the club paying €2 million for the transfer.[6] He scored two goals in his first game for the club, a 4-1 win in a friendly against Al-Ettifaq.[7] On 23 February 2010, Ziaya made his official debut for Al-Ittihad in an AFC Champions League match against FC Bunyodkor in Uzbekistan, with the score ending 3-0 in favour of the home side.[8] He scored his first official goal for the club on 8 March 2010 in an AFC Champions League match Zob Ahan.[9] Ziaya scored the goal in the 16th minute of the game, with the game ending 2-2. In his first league game for Ittihad, on 14 March against Al-Ahli, he delivered an assist to Manaf Abushgeer for the only goal of the game. Despite achieving only 1 championship with the team in 2 years, he is considered to be one of Ittihad's greatest strikers recently and has expressed his urge to rejoin Saudi Arabia.[10]

Club Athlétique Bizertin[edit]

On 29 July 2012, Ziaya signed a two-year contract with Tunisian club CA Bizertin.[11] On 1 August 2012, he made his official debut for the club in a league game against ES Zarzis, scoring a goal on the occasion.[12]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 10 January 2012
Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Saudi Arabia League Crown Prince Cup League Cup Asia Total
2009–10 Ittihad Jeddah Saudi Premier League 2 1 0 0 5 2 5 3 12 6
2010–11 23 9 2 0 4 2 7 4 36 15
2011–12 4 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 6 2
Total Country 29 12 2 0 9 4 14 7 54 23

International career[edit]

After showing excellent form for ES Setif in 2009, scoring 15 goals in 13 games in the 2009 CAF Confederation Cup and a further 8 goals in first half of the domestic league, Ziaya was called up by Rabah Saadane for the 2010 African Cup of Nations in Angola.[13]

On 12 January 2010, Ziaya made his debut for the Algerian National Team coming on as a substitute in the 63rd minute in a group game against Malawi at the 2010 African Cup of Nations.[14]





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