Djamel Abdoun

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Djamel Abdoun
Personal information
Date of birth (1986-02-14) 14 February 1986 (age 28)
Place of birth Montreuil, Seine-Saint-Denis, France
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Nottingham Forest
Number 39
Youth career
2002 Paris Saint-Germain
2003 Ajaccio
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2008 Ajaccio 12 (2)
2007 Manchester City (loan) 0 (0)
2007–2008 Sedan (loan) 33 (5)
2008–2010 Nantes 50 (3)
2010–2011 Kavala 26 (3)
2011–2013 Olympiacos 50 (9)
2013– Nottingham Forest 22 (1)
National team
2003-2004 France U18 4 (0)
2004-2005 France U19 13 (2)
2005-2006 France U20 8 (0)
2010- Algeria 11 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Djamel Abdoun (born 14 February 1986) is an Algerian footballer who plays as a midfielder for Football League Championship club Nottingham Forest.

In the summer of 2011, Abdoun signed a three-year contract with Olympiacos, on a free transfer from Kavala, due to their relegation to the fourth division. He has since won the double with Olympiacos, winning the 2011–12 Superleague Greece and the 2012 Greek Cup. In the summer of 2013, Abdoun signed a three-year contract with Football League Championship club Nottingham Forest.

Abdoun is a former French youth international and was a part of the team that won the 2005 UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship, held in Northern Ireland and the 2007 Toulon Tournament. He opted to play for Algeria at senior level in September 2009, taking advantage of FIFA’s new ruling, allowing him to change his national allegiance despite being older than 21 years of age.[1] He made his debut for Algeria in a 0–0 group game at the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations on 18 January 2010, against Angola.[2] He represented Algeria at the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations in Angola, where Algeria finished fourth, and the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

Personal[edit]

Born in France to Algerian parents, Abdoun grew up in the eastern suburbs of Paris in the commune of Montreuil. His parents are originally from the villages of Tifrit and Biziou in the commune of Akbou, Béjaïa, in the Petite Kabylie region of Algeria.[3][4]

Club career[edit]

Abdoun started his career as a youth player for Paris Saint-Germain in 2002, where he was released at the end of the season. In 2003 he signed for Ajaccio where he made only 12 appearances in four seasons, scoring two goals.

Abdoun signed for Manchester City on loan in January 2007.[5] He made only one appearance for the club, coming on as a substitute on 28 January 2007 in a 3–1 FA Cup win against Southampton.[6] He returned to Ajaccio at the end of the season after Manchester City chose not to take up the option of making his move permanent.

Kavala[edit]

On 24 August 2010, Abdoun joined Greek side Kavala from Nantes, signing a three-year contract with the club. The details of the transfer were not disclosed.[7] In his first season with Kavala, Abdoun finished as the top assist man in the Greek Super League with eight assists in 26 matches. He also scored three goals and was named as the second best player in the league behind Ariel Ibagaza of Olympiacos.[8] On 23 May 2011, Abdoun's agent, Karim Aklil, announced that the player was very close to signing with Panathinaikos.[9] However, on 25 August 2011, he began training with Olympiacos and passed the traditional medical visit.[10]

Olympiacos[edit]

2011–2012 Season On 31 August 2011, Abdoun signed a three-year contract with Olympiacos, joining them on a free transfer from Kavala after they were relegated to the fourth division.[11] He scored his first goal against PAOK and his second goal against Panathinaikos. He played 29 games and scored four times in total in his first season at Olympiacos.

2012–2013 Season Abdoun managed to score his first goal in the UEFA Champions League, in a 1–2 home loss against German side Schalke 04. He also scored from the penalty spot against Aris Thessaloniki. His next two goals came again from the penalty spot; against AEK Athens away and Platanias at home. He scored his next goal against PAS Giannina in a 2–0 home win, which was assisted by Ariel Ibagaza. Days later, he scored against Atromitos from the penalty spot in a 2–3 home loss. On 27 February, Abdoun scored a goal from a free-kick in a 1–0 away victory over PAS Giannina in a Greek Cup match. His next goal came against AEK Athens in a 3–0 home win. His last goal for the season came against Platanias in a 4–0 away win.

Nottingham Forest[edit]

On 25 July 2013, Nottingham Forest Chairman, Fawaz Al Hasawi, announced the signing of Abdoun on a 3-year contract via his Twitter account.

Djamel Abdoun scored his first goal in a home FA Cup Third Round tie against West Ham United. The goal came from a penalty awarded for a challenge on Jamie Paterson. Abdoun was insistent he was taking the penalty, even arguing with his fellow team-mates on the pitch, and his persistence paid off as he scored with an audacious chip from the spot. Forest went on to win the game 5-0.

International career[edit]

Abdoun represented France internationally at the Under-17, Under-18 and Under-20 level. His most notable achievement was winning the 2007 Toulon Tournament with the French Under-18 squad.[12]

However, being of Algerian descent, Abdoun holds dual nationality,[13] and was also eligible to represent Algeria. On 15 September 2009, he was selected for the first time by head coach Rabah Saadane to join the ranks of the Algeria national football team for a qualifier against Rwanda.[14]

On 18 January 2010, Abdoun made his debut for the Algerian National Team coming on as a substitute in the 88th minute in a group game against Angola at the 2010 African Cup of Nations. He was named as part of the Algeria squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.[15]

Statistics[edit]

As of 6 April 2014[16][17][18]
Club performance League Cup Other Continental Total
Season Club Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
France League Coupe de France Coupe de la Ligue Europe Total
2003–04 Ajaccio Ligue 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2004–05 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
2005–06 7 2 2 0 0 0 9 2
2006–07 Ligue 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
2006–07 Manchester City Premier League 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
France League Coupe de France Coupe de la Ligue Europe Total
2007–08 Sedan Ligue 2 33 5 5 2 1 0 39 7
2008–09 Nantes Ligue 1 22 1 1 0 0 0 23 1
2009–10 Ligue 2 27 2 0 0 1 0 28 2
2010–11 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Greece League Greek Cup Europe Total
2010–11 Kavala Superleague 26 3 2 0 28 3
2011–12 Olympiakos 23 2 6 2 6 0 35 4
2012–13 27 7 4 3 7 1 38 11
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
2013–14 Nottingham Forest Championship 22 1 4 1 1 0 27 2
Total France 95 10 8 2 2 0 105 12
England 22 1 4 1 1 0 27 2
Greece 76 12 12 5 13 1 101 18
Career total 193 23 24 8 3 0 13 1 233 32

Honours[edit]

Olympiacos
France

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