Djamel Zidane

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Djamel Zidane
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Djamel Zidane in 1982
Personal information
Date of birth (1955-04-28) 28 April 1955 (age 64)
Place of birth Algiers, French Algeria
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Forward
Youth career
1967–1972 USM Alger
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1967–1972 USM Alger 0 (0)
1976–1977 A.S.C.E 11 (4)
1977–1978 K.F.C. Eeklo 0 (0)
1978–1980 Sint-Niklase SK 46 (18)
1980–1984 K.V. Kortrijk 116 (34)
1984–1987 K.R.C. Genk 16 (4)
Total 189 (60)
National team
1975–1988 Algeria 15 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Djamel Zidane (born 28 April 1955 in Algiers, Algeria) is a retired footballer. He played in two World Cups. He appeared for the Algeria national team at the 1982 World Cup and at the 1986 World Cup, in which he scored one goal, a free kick against Northern Ireland.[1] He is not related to Zinedine Zidane.[2]


He spent nine seasons with hometown club USM Alger, making his first steps in the B team, he had rapidly access to the A's, then evolving in the Algerian Division 2 in 1972. He won two Algerian Juniors Cups, and made it with his team to the 1st division in the season 1973/74. He was crowned Algerian best player of the year, and departed to the Belgian League where the playmaker had 7 consecutive seasons, with KV Kortrijk, KSV Waterschei where he became the best foreign player in the Belgian League.[3]

He made 15 appearances with the Algerian National Team between 1975 and 1986, 5 of them during the 1982 and 1986 World Cups finals. He made his entrance to the National team with a friendly against Albania with a 1–0 win, in January 1975, he did not play again for his country until 1981, when he scored his first international goal in a 2–0 defeat of Nigeria in Lagos in October 1981. He then traveled with the Desert Foxes to Spain, to make the first Algerian appearance in the competition, which ended with a tragic elimination after the West-Germany Austria Non-aggression pact of Gijón.

After this deception, he came again with the Desert Foxes into the Mexico 1986 world cup, where he scored his only Fifa World Cup goal against Northern Ireland with a free-kick on the hour mark.[4] The last appearance of the 1980s Desert Foxes in the World Cup Finals against Spain was also Djamel last international appearance.[5]

Zidane football academy[edit]

In 2006 a football academy named after the champion opened in El Achour quarter[6] "Our objective is to educate and train young players, to create an environment in which they can progress," explained academy director Farid Bahbouh.[7]


  1. ^ Djamel ZidaneFIFA competition record
  2. ^ "World Cup Trivia - Fathers, Sons and Brothers, Uncles and Nephews". Retrieved 25 May 2018.
  3. ^ Archived 25 June 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Northern Ireland – Algeria – Group D World cup 1986 on YouTube
  5. ^ Djamel Zidane : Un talent à l'état pur Archived 26 February 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Archived 6 July 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ Archived 1 October 2009 at the Wayback Machine

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