Djamel Belmadi

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Djamel Belmadi
Djamel Belmadi Lekhwiya.jpg
Personal information
Full name Djamel Belmadi
Date of birth (1976-03-25) 25 March 1976 (age 43)
Place of birth Champigny-sur-Marne, France
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Algeria (manager)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–1996 Paris Saint-Germain 1 (0)
1996–1997 Martigues 31 (8)
1997–1998 Marseille 0 (0)
1998–1999 Cannes 26 (6)
1999–2000Celta Vigo (loan) 10 (0)
2000–2003 Marseille 48 (9)
2003Manchester City (loan) 8 (0)
2003–2004 Al-Ittihad ? (?)
2004–2005 Al-Kharitiyath ? (?)
2005–2007 Southampton 36 (3)
2007–2009 Valenciennes 37 (2)
Total 197 (28)
National team
2000–2004 Algeria 20 (5)
Teams managed
2010–2012 Lekhwiya
2013–2014 Qatar B
2014–2015 Qatar
2015–2018 Al-Duhail
2018– Algeria
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Djamel Belmadi (Arabic: جمال بلماضي‎; born 25 March 1976) is an Algerian football coach and former player who is the manager of the Algerian national team.

Club career[edit]

France and Spain[edit]

Born in Champigny-sur-Marne, France, Belmadi started his career at Paris Saint-Germain, making his debut in January 1996 against Gueugnon before spending a season at Martigues. He spent the 1997–98 season at Marseille, and then moved to Cannes for the 1998–99 season. In August 1999, he was signed again by Marseille, but immediately went on loan to Spanish club Celta Vigo, where he counted Benni McCarthy of South Africa among his teammates.

In January 2000, Belmadi returned to Marseille, eventually securing a regular place in the first team's midfield in 2000–01. In January 2001, he made good use of a rare opportunity presented him to play in Marseille's attack, when Liberian maestro George Weah—who had been the main attacker—was away on international duty with the Lone Stars of Liberia. Belmadi seized the opportunity to score a vital goal for Marseille against fellow strugglers Toulouse to keep Marseille just outside the relegation zone.

On 14 April 2001, he scored the winning goal in Marseille's 2–1 victory over Sedan, before a near–60,000 crowd, giving Bernard Tapie's team a much needed lifeline out of relegation.

Manchester City[edit]

In January 2003, Belmadi had fallen out of favour at Marseille, now managed by Alain Perrin, who agreed to loan him to Kevin Keegan’s Manchester City after a successful trial. He joined ranks with fellow Algerian, Ali Benarbia.

He made his full debut for Manchester City on 29 January 2003 at Maine Road in a 4–1 victory against Fulham (alongside another recruit from the French league – David Sommeil).

In Belmadi's brief time at Manchester City, he only made 2 starts and 6 substitute appearances, the last of which was in a 1–0 defeat against Southampton on 11 May 2003 in the final league game at Maine Road. The only goal was scored by Michael Svensson.

Although Kevin Keegan liked Belmadi's style of play, he conceded that he could not afford another free spirit in a side already containing Eyal Berkovic and Ali Bernabia, so Belmadi returned to Marseille.

In August 2003, he was released by Marseille and played the 2003–04 and 2004–05 seasons in Qatar with Al-Ittihad and Al-Kharitiyath.


In July 2005, after trials at Celtic, Wigan Athletic and Sunderland, Belmadi joined Southampton (then playing in the Football League Championship) for their pre-season tour of Scotland. Harry Redknapp initially gave Belmadi a one-month contract, and he made his debut on 6 August 2005 in a 0–0 draw against Wolverhampton Wanderers. His contract was extended until the end of the 2005–06 season after impressive performances in his early games, including a goal against Crewe Alexandra on 27 August 2005. In January 2006, he picked up a thigh injury, which put him out of the team until April.

Belmadi had, however, done enough to persuade Southampton, now managed by George Burley, to re-sign him for the 2006–07 season. This was again blighted by injury problems, including a knee injury picked up in September, which put him out until February. He picked up several other niggling injuries putting him out for long periods. When fit, there was no doubting Belmadi's ability and quality on the ball whether playing on the left or right of midfield. At his best, he could unpick defenses with his passing and kept the ball well. Unfortunately, his injuries restricted him to 40 appearances in his two years at St Mary's. His contract with the Saints expired on 30 June 2007 and was not renewed as Southampton faced up to the financial realities of a third season in the Championship.[1]


After being released by Southampton, Belmadi returned to France and joined Valenciennes. He retired from football in 2009.

International career[edit]

Belmadi made his debut for Algeria on 9 July 2000 against Morocco. He was part of the Algerian 2004 African Nations Cup team, who finished second in their group in the first round of competition before being defeated by Morocco in the quarter-finals. Belmadi last played for Algeria in a World Cup qualifier against Zimbabwe on 20 June 2004, having made 20 appearances and scoring 5 goals.

Managerial career[edit]


Belmadi coaching Lekhwiya in a Qatar Stars League match against Al Sadd

In the summer of 2010, Belmadi was appointed as the head coach of newly promoted Qatar Stars League club Lekhwiya.[2] In his first season with the club, he led them to the 2010–11 Qatar Stars League title for the first time in the club's history. He also led them to the final of the 2010 Sheikh Jassem Cup, where they lost to Al Arabi. For the second time, Lekhwiya won the 2011–12 Qatar Stars League title, under the management of Belmadi. He resigned on 8 October 2012 after a bad start of the 2012–13 season.

Qatar B[edit]

In December 2013, Belmadi was appointed as head coach of the Qatar B team, which was set to participate in the 2014 WAFF Championship on home soil. He called up a number of foreigners to the national team, including compatriots Boualem Khoukhi and Karim Boudiaf after being informed by the QFA that they were eligible to compete for Qatar.[3] Qatar were crowned champions of the 2014 WAFF Championship after defeating Jordan on 7 January.[4] They finished the tournament undefeated, with 10 goals scored and a single goal conceded.

Qatar senior team[edit]

On 15 March 2014, Belmadi was unveiled as the new head coach of the Qatar senior football team, replacing Fahad Thani.[5] His first match as Qatar coach was a 0–0 draw with Macedonia. He led his team to a notable 1–0 first-ever victory over Australia in a friendly match on 14 October 2014, after having posted a 5–0 win over Lebanon and a 2–0 victory over Uzbekistan in their two previous matches.[6] In correspondence to Qatar's performance in the aforementioned friendly matches, sports channel Al Kass stated that Qatar is "showing signs of evolution with Belmadi" and that the team was "undergoing a renewal."[7] He led Qatar to win the 2014 Gulf Cup of Nations by beating host Saudi Arabia in the final. However, Qatar showed a poor form in the 2015 AFC Asian Cup and was eliminated in the group stages after three consecutive defeats by United Arab Emirates, Iran and Bahrain. He was dismissed from his post on 30 April 2015.[8]


On 19 June 2015, Belmadi was appointed for the second time in his career to coach Lekhwiya; he was a replacement for Michael Laudrup.


On 2 August 2018, Belmadi became the manager of the Algeria national team.[9] At his second international football championship (having coached Qatar in the 2015 AFC Asian Cup), Belmadi's Algerian team was not considered a serious contender for the trophy because Algeria's performance in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualification was not promising, despite topping the group with two draws to Gambia and an away-loss to Benin. The unimpressive qualification campaign increased the pressure on Belmadi.

Despite heavy criticism, Belmadi led Algeria to success and earned his first international trophy. Algeria defeated every opponent on its road to the final of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) held in Egypt, including two victories over Senegal in the group stage and the final. Algeria won its second continental title and became the North African second team, after Egypt, to win more than one AFCON trophy.[10]

Bank theft incident[edit]

While Belmadi was with Manchester City, he, along with players Daniel Van Buyten and Vicente Vuoso, were the victims of a theft by two bank workers. At the time that Belmadi left Manchester City, he left £230,000 in an account with the Co-operative Bank. In total, the bank workers stole more than £350,000 from the accounts of the three players.

In January 2006,[11][12] the bank workers, Paul Sherwood, a cashier, and Paul Hanley, his supervisor, were jailed for 32 months and 12 months respectively.

Career statistics[edit]




Algeria national team
Year Apps Goals
2000 2 0
2001 6 2
2002 1 2
2003 3 1
2004 8 0
Total 20 5

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 26 January 2001 Stade 5 Juillet 1962, Algiers, Algeria  Namibia
1 – 0
1 – 0
2002 FIFA World Cup qualification
2. 6 October 2001 Stade de France, Saint-Denis, France  France
3 – 1
4 – 1
Friendly match
3. 11 October 2002 Stade 19 Mai 1956, Annaba, Algeria  Chad
3 – 0
4 – 1
2004 African Cup of Nations (qualification)
4. 11 October 2002 Stade 19 Mai 1956, Annaba, Algeria  Chad
4 – 0
4 – 1
2004 African Cup of Nations (qualification)
5. 12 February 2003 Stade 19 Mai 1956, Annaba, Algeria  Belgium
1 – 3
1 – 3
Friendly match


As of match played 19 July 2019
Managerial record by team and tenure
Team From To Record Ref.
P W D L Win %
Qatar Lekhwiya SC 1 July 2010 8 October 2012 42 27 9 6 064.3
Qatar Qatar B December 2013 January 2014 5 5 0 0 100.0
 Qatar 15 March 2014 30 April 2015 20 9 7 4 045.0
Qatar Lekhwiya SC 19 January 2015 12 July 2018 104 72 15 17 069.2
 Algeria 18 August 2018 Present 16 11 4 1 068.8
Total 187 124 35 28 066.3


As a player[edit]

Paris Saint-Germain


As a manager[edit]


Qatar B




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  2. ^ Verts : Bons débuts de Belmadi à la tête de Lekhwiya Archived 22 September 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Qatar calls up Algerian duo of Boualem Khoukhi and Karim Boudiaf". 13 November 2013. Archived from the original on 30 December 2013. Retrieved 30 December 2013.
  4. ^ "QFA CELEBRATES WAFF CHAMPIONSHIP TRIUMPH". qfa. Retrieved 15 October 2014.
  6. ^ "Khalfan helps Qatar to historic win". 14 October 2014. Archived from the original on 18 October 2014. Retrieved 15 October 2014.
  7. ^ "منتخب قطر يظهر مؤشرات على التطور مع بلماضي". alkass. 15 October 2014. Retrieved 15 October 2014.
  8. ^ "Algerian coach Djamel Belmadi sacked by Qatar" BBC Sports. Retrieved 08 September 2016.
  9. ^ Mezahi, Maher (2 August 2018). "Algeria appoint former international Djamel Belmadi as new coach". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2 August 2018.
  10. ^ "Algeria celebrate second Afcon title after beating Senegal". BBC Sport. 19 July 2019.
  11. ^ "Two bankers admit theft from City players". Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 25 May 2007.
  12. ^ "Jail after thefts from football stars". Archived from the original on 9 December 2007. Retrieved 25 May 2007.
  13. ^ "Djamel Belmadi". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman.
  14. ^ "Belmadi pour une grande première (in French)". Archived from the original on 29 January 2007. Retrieved 25 May 2007.
  15. ^ "Algeria hold on against Senegal to win Afcon". BBC Sport. 19 July 2019.

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