El Arabi Hillel Soudani

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El Arabi Hillel Soudani
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Soudani in 2014
Personal information
Full name El Arabi Hillel Soudani
Date of birth (1987-11-25) 25 November 1987 (age 29)
Place of birth Chlef, Algeria
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Dinamo Zagreb
Number 2
Youth career
1998–2006 ASO Chlef
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2011 ASO Chlef 108 (48)
2011–2013 Vitória Guimarães 37 (13)
2013– Dinamo Zagreb 86 (41)
National team
2008–2011 Algeria A' 11 (5)
2011– Algeria 39 (21)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22 October 2016.

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of September 7, 2015

El Arabi Hillel Soudani (Arabic: العربي هلال سوداني‎‎), (born 25 November 1987) is an Algerian footballer who plays as a forward for Dinamo Zagreb and the Algeria national football team.

Soudani made his international debut in 2011, and featured at the 2013 and 2015 editions of the Africa Cup of Nations, as well as the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. As of June 2016, he has won 38 international caps and scored 18 goals, making him Algeria's seventh-highest goalscorer in history.

Club career[edit]

ASO Chlef[edit]

Born in Chlef, Soudani began his career in the junior ranks of his hometown club ASO Chlef. In May 2006, aged 19, he made his first team debut for the club as a substitute against USM Annaba in the 28th round of the 2005–06 Algerian Championnat National, coming on for Samir Zaoui in the 72nd minute.[1]

In 2008, Soudani was chosen as the 2008 Young Player of the Year by DZFoot after scoring 11 goals in 24 games in the 2007-2008 season.[2]

In June 2011, Soudani went on trial with French Ligue 2 club Le Mans FC.[3]

Vitória S.C.[edit]

On 8 August 2011, Soudani signed a three-year contract with Portuguese club Vitória S.C.[4] The transfer fee was rumoured to be €800,000.[5] On August 25, 2011, Soudani made his official debut for Vitória as a 66th-minute substitute in a 2011–12 UEFA Europa League play-off round match against Atlético Madrid.[6] On October 16, 2011, Soudani opened his scoring account for the club with a brace in the third round of the 2011–12 Taça de Portugal against Moura Atlético Clube. After going down 1–0, Soudani scored the equalizer in the 89th minute of the game to send the game to extra-time, before scoring the winner in the 117th minute.[7] On April 1, 2012, Soudani scored his first goal in the Primeira Liga in a 3–1 win against Paços de Ferreira.[8] On April 21, he scored a brace in a 3–2 win against União de Leiria.[9]

On 26 May 2013, Soudani helped Vitória win their first ever Taça de Portugal by beating Benfica 2–1 in the final, scoring the equalizing goal in the 79th minute before Ricardo netted the winner two minutes later.[10] The following day he traveled to Croatia to complete a medical ahead of a transfer to Dinamo Zagreb.[11]

Dinamo Zagreb[edit]

On May 27, 2013, Soudani passed a medical before signing a four-year contract with Croatian champions Dinamo Zagreb, with Dinamo paying a transfer fee of €900,000.[12] On 6 July 2013, he won the Croatian Supercup with Dinamo Zagreb against Hajduk Split, making his debut for Dinamo Zagreb in that match. He scored his first goal for the club in a league match against Osijek on July 12, 2013, helping his side to a 3-1 win. On 16 July 2013, Soudani scored two impressive goals for his side in a 2013–14 UEFA Champions League qualifying phase match against Fola Esch, with that being his third appearance for the team. On 3 August 2013, coming on the pitch in the 67th minute, Soudani scored the only goal in the closing stages of the game, securing his side a hard-earned victory over RNK Split, simultaneously establishing himself as the team's first-choice striker. On 7 August 2013, in 27th minute, Soudani scored his third goal for his side in the UEFA Champions League 2013-14 qualification phase, against Sheriff Tiraspol, in a 3-0 away win.

International career[edit]

In February 2011, Soudani was selected by head coach Abdelhak Benchikha as part of the Algerian A' National Team for the 2011 African Nations Championship in Sudan.[13] In the opening group stage game against Uganda, Soudani started the match and scored a goal in the 61st minute as Algeria won 2–0.[14] In the second group game against Gabon, Soudani scored a brace with goals in the 71st and 90th minute of the game. However, Algeria only managed a 2–2 draw.[15] Despite not scoring in the rest of the competition, Soudani still finished as the top scorer in the competition with three goals.

On May 14, 2011, Soudani was called up by Abdelhak Benchikha to the Algerian National Team for the first time for a 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Morocco.[16] On June 4, 2011, he made his debut as a substitute for Rafik Djebbour in the 79th minute of the match.[17]

International[edit]

Summary[edit]

Complete list of El Arbi Hillel Soudani international goals and caps[edit]

Statistics[edit]

Updated to game played 4 September 2016.

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 22 October 2016[56]
Club Season League Cup[a] League Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
ASO Chlef 2005-06 National 1 1 0 0 0 1 0
2006-07 11 3 3 1 2 0 16 4
2007-08 24 11 2 0 26 11
2008-09 19 4 2 0 21 4
2009-10 28 12 4 4 32 16
2010-11 Ligue 1 25 18 3 1 28 19
Total 108 48 14 6 2 0 124 54
Vitória de Guimarães 2011-12 Primeira Liga 16 4 2 2 2 0 1[b] 0 21 6
2012-13 21 9 3 3 0 0 24 12
Total 37 13 5 5 2 0 1 0 45 18
Dinamo Zagreb 2013-14 MAXtv Prva Liga 31 16 5 0 9[c] 3 1[d] 0 46 19
2014-15 23 11 3 0 12[e] 5 38 16
2015-16 21 8 5 3 11[f] 3 37 14
2016-17 10 6 0 0 9[g] 2 19 8
Total 85 41 13 3 41 13 1 0 140 57
Career Total 230 102 32 14 2 0 44 13 1 0 309 129
  1. ^ Includes the Algerian Cup, Taça de Portugal and Croatian Football Cup
  2. ^ one appearance in Europa League
  3. ^ five appearance in UEFA Champions League, four appearances in Europa League
  4. ^ Appearance in Super Cup
  5. ^ four appearance in UEFA Champions League, eight appearances in Europa League
  6. ^ All appearance(s) in UEFA Champions League
  7. ^ All appearance(s) in UEFA Champions League

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

ASO Chlef
Vitória Guimarães
Dinamo Zagreb

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Division 1 28e j USMAn 3-0 ASO". DZfoot. Retrieved May 27, 2013. 
  2. ^ Soudani Espoir DZfoot 2008
  3. ^ Transferts : Soudani proche du Mans FC ?
  4. ^ Soudani é reforço
  5. ^ Soudani quase a chegar
  6. ^ UEFA Europa League 2012 - Vitória SC-Atlético – UEFA.com
  7. ^ Soudani, doublé décisif en Coupe du Portugal; DZFoot.com, October 16, 2011.
  8. ^ "1er but somptueux pour Soudani en Liga portugaise !". April 1, 2012. Retrieved April 1, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Soudani brille sous les yeux de Kourichi" (in French). DZFoot. April 22, 2012. Retrieved April 23, 2012. 
  10. ^ Toufik O. (May 26, 2013). "Buteur en finale, Soudani remporte la Coupe du Portugal !" (in French). DZFoot. Retrieved May 27, 2013. 
  11. ^ Walid Z. (May 27, 2013). "Soudani arrive à Zagreb pour passer l'examen medical" (in French). DZFoot. Retrieved May 27, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Novo pojačanje: El Soudani potpisao za Dinamo!" (in Croatian). GNK Dinamo Zagreb official website. May 27, 2013. Retrieved September 8, 2013. 
  13. ^ CHAN 2011 : Direction Khartoum pour l'Equipe Nationale A'
  14. ^ CHAN 2011 : UGA 0-2 ALG, les Verts réussissent leur entrée
  15. ^ CHAN 2011 : GAB 2-2 ALG, deux points de perdus
  16. ^ EN : Maroc - Algérie : Les 22 Algériens
  17. ^ Maroc 4-0 Algérie
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  48. ^ "Algeria 2 - 0 Senegal Match report". cafonline.com. 24 November 2015. Retrieved 27 January 2015. 
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  50. ^ "Algeria 4-0 Seychelles". cafonline. 13 June 2015. Retrieved 16 November 2015. 
  51. ^ "Algeria 3 - 1 Lesotho Match report". cafonline.com. 18 November 2015. Retrieved 6 September 2015. 
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  56. ^ El Arabi Hillel Soudani profile at Soccerway

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