Ali Bencheikh

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Ali Bencheikh
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Personal information
Full name Ali Bencheikh
Place of birth El M'hir, Algeria
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1973–1978 MC Alger - (-)
1979–1980 DNC Alger 30 (12)
1980–1986 MC Alger - (-)
1986–1987 JSM Chéraga 28 (9)
1987–1988 MC Alger 27 (1)
National team
1976–1985 Algeria 63 (7)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Ali "Alilou" Bencheikh (Arabic: علي بن شيخ‎‎; born 9 January 1955 in the village of ath-wouaguag at the town El M'hir, Bordj Bou Arreridj, Algeria) is a former Algerian international footballer and coach.


«Alilou», as he was known to the MC Alger fans, was born in the village of (at-waguag in the biban mountains of basse kabylie ), close to the village of El M'hir daira of manssourah in the province of Bordj Bou Arreridj. He made his first team debut as a midfielder for MCA at age 17 and went on to win many trophies and awards on the way, including the club's only African Champions Cup in 1976.[1] He was a member of the Algerian team at the 1982 World Cup and was very close to signing for French club FC Nantes before the move was blocked by then Algerian president Houari Boumedienne.

Alilou was 19th in IFFHS voting for the African player of the century.[2]

Club career[edit]






  1. ^ "42e FINALE DE LA COUPE D'ALGERIE "Dr MAOUCHE": MC ALGER 2 - USM ALGER 1 - Alger a son nouveau roi" (in French). Le Soir d'Algerie. 2006-06-17. Retrieved 2009-08-10. 
  2. ^ Stokkermans, Karel (2000-01-30). "IFFHS' Century Elections". RSSSF. Retrieved 2009-08-10. 
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