Baghdad Bounedjah

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Baghdad Bounedjah
Personal information
Full name Baghdad Bounedjah
Date of birth (1991-11-24) 24 November 1991 (age 27)
Place of birth Oran, Algeria
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Al Sadd
Number 11
Youth career
0000 RCG Oran
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2011 RCG Oran 46 (69)
2011–2013 USM El Harrach 48 (16)
2013–2015 Étoile du Sahel 49 (26)
2015– Al Sadd 59 (82)
National team
2011–2016 Algeria U23 11 (7)
2013–2018 Algeria A' 2 (1)
2014– Algeria 26 (12[1])
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11:13, 9 July 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 23:05, 23 June 2019 (UTC)

Baghdad Bounedjah (Arabic: بغداد بونجاح‎, born 24 November 1991) is an Algerian footballer. He currently plays for Qatar Stars League side Al Sadd and the Algeria national team as a striker. In the 2018-19 season, he scored a league record of 39 goals in one season.[2]

Club career[edit]

RCG Oran[edit]

Baghdad started his career in his native city with RCG Oran when he played in the all youth categories until he arrives in senior in 2009 when he played two seasons. In 2011, he joined USM El Harrach.[3]

USM El Harrach[edit]

In the summer of 2011, Bounedjah signed a two-year contract with USM El Harrach, joining them from amateur club RCG Oran.[4] On 10 September 2011, he made his professional debut for the club as a starter in the first-round game of the 2011–12 Algerian Ligue Professionnelle 1 against MC Oran, scoring a goal in the 78th minute.[5]

Étoile sportive du Sahel[edit]

In June 2013, Bounedjah joined with the club of Sousse, Étoile du Sahel, with which he signed a three-year contract.[6] This transfer will be made official a month later, when his former employer, who disputed this transfer. On 26 September 2013, He made his debut for the team in Tunisian Ligue Pro 1 against US Monastir, also scored his first goal with the club. He quickly became an essential part of the ES Sahel, and finished top scorer in the 2014 Tunisian Ligue Pro 1 in his first year, scoring 14 goals in 23 games. This earned him the extension of his initial three-year contract, an additional year, the link now to the club until June 2017.[7] On 11 August 2013, Bounedjah, won his first title with Étoile du Sahel. The Algerian striker offered the 2013–14 Tunisian Cup to his club at the expense of CS Sfaxien, in the final at Rades.[8] In the second season, Bounedjah continued to shine and On 25 September 2014, scored his first hat-trick in Tunisian Ligue Pro 1 against EGS Gafsa in 3–0 victory. to finish the Ligue Pro 1 with 11 goals in second place the same thing with Étoile du Sahel where they failed to win the championship, two points behind Club Africain. But again he won the Tunisian Cup for the second time in a row, this time against Stade Gabèsien and scored Bounedjah a hat-trick.[9] Then continued to shine and this time in the CAF Confederation Cup and thus contributed to the victory of Étoile du Sahel title and achieved at the same time the title of the top scorer.[10]

Al Sadd[edit]

2015–16 season[edit]

On 29 April 2015, Algerian striker Baghdad Bounedjah is transferred to Qatar's Al Sadd, but he is back at Étoile du Sahel for a six-month loan period. Indeed, the Qatari club having already reached its quota of foreign players, decided to leave the player on loan to the Sahelian training for the first part of the season before returning to his workforce. during his loan, Bounedjah was seriously injured.[11] Ankle injury which kept him out for nearly three months On 7 March 2016, He made his debut for the team in Qatar Stars League against Al-Gharafa, later Bounedjah scored the winning goal against Al-Kharaitiyat his first goal with the club.[12] and with the end of a difficult season for him and his team participated only in 10 games and scored 7 goals in all competitions.

2016–17 season[edit]

In his second season and On 7 December 2016, Bounedjah scored his first hat-trick in Qatar Stars League against Al-Rayyan in 5–0 victory.[13] his 13 goals in Qatar this season. later on 16 February 2017 Bounedjah scored another hat trick this time against Al-Arabi In this match, Bounedjah scored five goals for the first time in his career.[14] At the end of the season, his team failed to win the league title, two points behind Lekhwiya, but achieved the title of the top goalscorer in the Qatari Stars league with 24 goals alongside Lekhwiya's Youssef El-Arabi.[15] With the end of the league, Bounedjah won his first title Qatar Crown Prince Cup after winning the final against El Jaish and also scored a goal. after which Bounedjah achieve his second title by winning the Emir of Qatar Cup against Al-Rayyan.[16][17] before this final, in the quarter-finals Bounedjah scored a super-hat trick against Al-Kharaitiyat. As a result, Bounedjah finished the season with 30 goals. On 23 May 2017, After his big season he decided to extend his contract, which ends in 2018 For three seasons until 2021 despite the possibility of his professionalism in Europe.[18]

2017–18 season[edit]

At the start of his third season at Al Sadd, the 2017–18 campaign On 9 September 2017, First game of the season, first "hat trick" and first title for Bounedjah, during the Qatar Super Cup after beating league champion last season, Al-Duhail 4–1.[19] with the start of the league Bounedjah was aspiring to win the title and the start was good where he scored in 6 consecutive games until the match against Al-Duhail and defeat 4–2, after this game was exposed again, a difficult injury Shin fracture and kept him out for more than two months, This injury prevented him from competing for the title of goal scorer against his opponent last season Youssef El-Arabi, and after returning from injury and only in five matches Bounedjah scored 10 goals in Qatar Stars League including a super-hat trick against Al-Ahli The fourth goal is the 50 in all competitions with Al Sadd.[20] In the AFC Champions League and after a 7-year absence from the group stage Al-Sadd placed its focus on it, as well as Bounedjah Where he was remarkably successful scoring nine goals in eight games, Including four binaries against Al-Wasl back and forth, Persepolis and Al-Ahli in the Round of 16.[21] To finish the season strongly with 28 goals in all competitions.

2018–19 season[edit]

On 5 August 2018, Bounedjah scored a hat-trick in the first game of the season against Al-Kharaitiyat one week later, Bounedjah broke the Qatar Stars League single-game goal record, scoring 7 goals in a 10–1 win against Al Arabi.,[22] Bounedjah continued his success at the individual level by winning the top scorer of the 2018 AFC Champions League with 13 goals to become the first Algerian and the first player from a Qatari club to achieve this award, The Al-Sadd forward matched the all-time single tournament record held by Muriqui who netted the same tally by the conclusion of Guangzhou Evergrande's 2013 campaign.[23][24] despite failing to reach the final after a semi-final elimination against Persepolis. And continue to pursue and score goals with the club and the national team and his arrival at the barrier 50 goals in 2018, newspapers in Qatar and Europe spoke about the offer from Olympique Marseille to the Algerian star in the winter transfer.[25][26] Bounedjah said that, "if I get an offer from a good club I will leave Al Sadd but if it's the opposite I'll stay here".[27] On 2 December 2018, Bounedjah scored another hat-trick, his fourth for the season and this time against Al-Gharafa in 8–1 victory.[28] On 7 December 2018, Bounedjah set a new top goalscorer record for the Qatar Stars League with 28 goals after just 14 matches, breaking the record previously held by Brazilian striker Clemerson de Araújo, who scored 27 goals in 2007–08.[29]

By the end of 2018, Bounedjah managed to beat several stars such as Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi as the world's top scorer after reaching goal 58, including 29 in Qatar Stars League this season, 10 last season in the same competition, 13 in the Champions League and 7 with the Algerian team.[30] Bounedjah is also the first Algerian to have scored a total of 50 goals in a year and far ahead of his teammates in the selection Islam Slimani or Riyad Mahrez and even Nacer Bouiche who had exceeded 40 goals in 1986 with JS Kabylie. On 28 December 2018, Bounedjah decided to renew his contract until 2024 despite the offers he received from several European clubs.[31] With the start of the new year, Bounedjah won another individual award, this time the best Algerian player of 2018, ahead of his teammates Riyad Mahrez and Yacine Brahimi, The award was conferred by the Brazilian star Roberto Carlos.[32][33] Bounedjah is the first footballer based outside Europe and Algeria to win the award. On 23 February 2019, Bounedjah scored in the Qatari Classico against Al-Rayyan, bringing his tally with Al Sadd to 100 goal in all competitions, making him the first Algerian player based outside of Europe to claim this accolade with a single club.[34] On 4 April 2019, Bounedjah scored his sixth hat-trick of the season (and 39th goal in total - a league record) against Al-Ahli to lead Al Sadd SC to win the their first Qatar Stars League title in six seasons, is also the first league title for Bounedjah in its history.[35][36]

International career[edit]

In September 2011, Bounedjah was called by Azzedine Aït Djoudi up to the Algerian Under-23 National Team.[37] He participated with the team in a pair of friendlies against USM Blida and NA Hussein Dey.

On 4 October 2011, Bounedjah received a surprise call-up to the Algerian National Team from Vahid Halilhodžić for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Central African Republic, replacing the injured Rafik Djebbour.[38]

On 16 November 2011, he was selected as part of Algeria's squad for the 2011 CAF U-23 Championship in Morocco.[39]

Career statistics[edit]


As of 25 May 2019.[40]
Club Season League Cup[a] Continental[b] Other[c] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
USM El Harrach 2011–12 Algerian Ligue 1 20 6 5 1 25 7
2012–13 28 10 1 1 29 11
Total 48 16 6 2 54 18
Étoile du Sahel 2013–14 Tunisian Ligue 1 24 14 2 1 2[d] 2 28 17
2014–15 23 11 4 6 12[d] 7 38 24
2015–16 2 1 7[d] 4 9 5
Total 49 26 6 7 21 13 76 46
Al Sadd 2015–16 QSL 6 3 3 4 1[e] 0 10 7
2016–17 20 24 3 5 1[f] 0 1[e] 1 25 29
2017–18 11 16 0 0 8[f] 9 3[g] 3 22 28
2018–19 22 39 3 3 10[f] 6 0 0 35 48
Total 59 81 9 12 19 15 5 4 92 112
Career total 156 123 21 21 40 28 5 4 222 176
  1. ^ Includes Algerian Cup, Tunisian Cup and Qatar Emir Cup
  2. ^ Includes CAF Confederation Cup, CAF Champions League and AFC Champions League
  3. ^ Includes Qatar Crown Prince Cup and Qatari Super Cup
  4. ^ a b c All appearance(s) in CAF Confederation Cup
  5. ^ a b appearance in Qatar Crown Prince Cup
  6. ^ a b c All appearance(s) in AFC Champions League
  7. ^ One appearance and three goal in Qatari Super Cup, two appearances in Qatar Crown Prince Cup

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Algeria's goal tally first.[41]
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 7 January 2017 Mustapha Tchaker Stadium, Blida, Algeria  Mauritania 2–1 3–1 Friendly
2. 22 March 2018 July 5, 1962 Stadium, Algiers, Algeria  Tanzania 1–0 4–1
3. 4–1
4. 1 June 2018  Cape Verde 2–1 2–3
5. 8 September 2018 Independence Stadium, Bakau, Gambia  Gambia 1–0 1–1 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
6. 12 October 2018 Mustapha Tchaker Stadium, Blida, Algeria  Benin 2–0 2–0
7. 18 November 2018 Stade Municipal, Lomé, Togo  Togo 4–1 4–1
8. 27 December 2018 Khalifa International Stadium, Doha, Qatar  Qatar 1–0 1–0 Friendly
9. 26 March 2019 Mustapha Tchaker Stadium, Blida, Algeria  Tunisia 1–0 1–0
10. 11 June 2019 Jassim bin Hamad Stadium, Doha, Qatar  Burundi 1–0 1–1
11. 16 June 2019 Khalifa International Stadium, Doha, Qatar  Mali 1–1 3–2
12. 23 June 2019 30 June Stadium, Cairo, Egypt  Kenya 1–0 2–0 2019 Africa Cup of Nations

With Algeria U23
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 4 August 2016 Estádio Olímpico João Havelange, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil  Honduras U23 3–2 3–2 2016 Summer Olympics – Men's football tournament

Honours and achievements[edit]


Étoile du Sahel

Al Sadd




Notes and references[edit]



  1. ^ Baghdad Bounedjah at
  2. ^ "Heroes and Villains". World Soccer. Summer 2019. p. 12.
  3. ^ "Bounedjah invité à l'émission « C'est vous l'Expert »". La Gazette du Fennec. Retrieved 5 March 2017.
  4. ^ USMH : Bounedjah et Ferahi, les deux premières recrues officielles Archived 6 March 2014 at the Wayback Machine; Le Buteur, 19 June 2011.
  5. ^ "Fiche de Match". Retrieved 25 May 2018.
  6. ^ "Transferts : Baghdad Bounedjah officiellement à l'ES Sahel". Retrieved 7 December 2018.
  7. ^ "Transferts : Bounedjah prolonge d'un an à l'ES Sahel". Retrieved 7 December 2018.
  8. ^ "Baghdad Bounedjah offre la Coupe de Tunisie à l'ES Sahel !". Retrieved 7 December 2018.
  9. ^ "Bounedjah inscrit un triplé en finale de la coupe de Tunisie". Retrieved 13 December 2018.
  10. ^ "ES Sahel : la belle image laissée par Baghdad Bounedjah". Retrieved 13 December 2018.
  11. ^ "Suite à la blessure de Bounedjah: L'Etoile sera-t-elle obligée de dédommagement Al Sadd ?". Retrieved 7 December 2018.
  12. ^ "Qatar : Premier but de Bounedjah avec Al Sadd". Retrieved 7 December 2018.
  13. ^ "Bounedjah signe un Hat-Trick face à Al Rayyan". Retrieved 8 December 2018.
  14. ^ "Al Sadd : Bounedjah réalise un grand exploit face à Al-Arabi". Retrieved 8 December 2018.
  15. ^ "Qatar : Bounedjah, 24 buts, en tête des buteurs". Retrieved 8 December 2018.
  16. ^ "Al Sadd garner Emir Cup glory with record 16th title". qatar-tribune. 19 May 2017. Retrieved 8 December 2018.
  17. ^ "Qatar : Hamroun buteur, l'Emir Cup pour Al Sadd". Retrieved 8 December 2018.
  18. ^ "Al Sadd : Bounedjah prolonge jusqu'en 2021 !". 23 May 2017. Retrieved 28 December 2018.
  19. ^ "Qatar : Hat-trick et Super coupe pour Bounedjah". Retrieved 9 December 2018.
  20. ^ "Qatar : Bounedjah inscrit un quadruplé avec Al Sadd". Retrieved 9 December 2018.
  21. ^ "AFC : Doublé décisif de Bounedjah à Djeddah". Retrieved 9 December 2018.
  22. ^ "Record-breaking Bounedjah seals big win for Al Sadd - The Peninsula Qatar". Retrieved 13 August 2018.
  23. ^ "Al Sadd's Bounedjah bags Top Scorer Award". Retrieved 10 November 2018.
  24. ^ "AFC CL : Bounedjah termine meilleur buteur". Retrieved 11 November 2018.
  25. ^ "Mercato - OM : Bounedjah afficherait une volonté claire pour son avenir !". Retrieved 6 December 2018.
  26. ^ "L'OM N'A PAS ABANDONNÉ LA PISTE BAGHDAD BOUNEDJAH". Retrieved 6 December 2018.
  27. ^ "Bounedjah : "Je partirai à certaines conditions"". Retrieved 7 December 2018.
  28. ^ "Qatar : Triplé et deux passes pour Bounedjah". Retrieved 7 December 2018.
  29. ^ "Qatar : Baghdad Bounedjah bat le record de buts". Retrieved 7 December 2018.
  30. ^ "Baghdad Bounedjah : Ses 59 buts de l'année 2018". Retrieved 27 December 2018.
  31. ^ "Officiel : Baghdad Bounedjah prolonge avec Al-Sadd". Retrieved 28 December 2018.
  32. ^ "Baghdad Bounedjah élu joueur de l'année 2018". 15 January 2019.
  33. ^ "Ballon d'Or Algérien 2018 : Baghdad Bounedjah Lauréat". 15 January 2019.
  34. ^ "Qatar : Bounedjah buteur et passeur dans le classique qatarien". 23 February 2019.
  35. ^ "Qatar : Triplé de Bounedjah, Al Sadd champion". Retrieved 5 April 2019.
  36. ^ "Algeria's Baghdad Bounedjah wins Qatari title with 39 goals". 5 April 2019 – via
  37. ^ EN U23 : Deux défaites en match d'application;, 28 September 2011.
  38. ^ L'inconnu Bounedjah appelé par Halilhodzic !;, 4 October 2011.
  39. ^ EN U23 : Les 21 joueurs sélectionnés; DZFoot, 16 November 2011.
  40. ^ "Baghdad Bounedjah". Soccerway.
  41. ^ "Bounedjah, Baghdad". National Football Teams. Retrieved 14 February 2018.
  42. ^ "Goal Africa Team of the Year 2018 - Baghdad Bounedjah". Goal. 31 December 2018.
  43. ^
  44. ^
  45. ^ "Baghdad Bounedjah beat Messi and Ronaldo to top 2018 goals charts". The Sun. 1 January 2019.

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