Faouzi Ghoulam

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Faouzi Ghoulam
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Ghoulam playing for Napoli
Personal information
Full name Faouzi Ghoulam
Date of birth (1991-02-01) 1 February 1991 (age 27)
Place of birth Saint-Priest-en-Jarez, France
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)[1]
Playing position Left back
Club information
Current team
Napoli
Number 31
Youth career
1999–2010 Saint-Étienne
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2014 Saint-Étienne 87 (1)
2014– Napoli 110 (2)
National team
2012 France U21 2 (0)
2013– Algeria 35 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:11, 23 May 2018 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 11 June 2017

Faouzi Ghoulam (Arabic: فوزي غلام (pronounced [fawzɪ ɣulaːm]); born 1 February 1991) is an Algerian[2] footballer who plays as a left back for S.S.C. Napoli in Serie A and the Algerian national team.

Personal life[edit]

Ghoulam was born in Saint-Priest-en-Jarez to Algerian parents. His father is from Batna, while his mother is from Annaba.[3] He has 8 brothers and 2 sisters, and his brother Nabil is a cross country runner that represented France at the 2004 IAAF World Cross Country Championships.[4]

Club career[edit]

On 22 September 2010, Ghoulam made his professional debut for AS Saint-Étienne coming as a substitute in the 82nd minute of a Coupe de la Ligue match against Nice.[5] He made his Ligue 1 debut in a round 13 clash against Valenciennes and went on to make another 11 appearances in his breakout season with Saint-Etienne, becoming a consistent starter by the end of the season. Over the next two and a half seasons, he made another 65 league appearances.

In the winter of 2014, Ghoulam moved to S.S.C. Napoli. He became an immediate starter at Napoli under Rafael Benítez and helped the side finish in third place in Serie A during the 2013–14 season, also capturing the Coppa Italia.[citation needed]

In November 2017, Ghoulam suffered an anterior cruciate ligament rupture in a Champions League group-stage fixture against Manchester City, and was expected to be ruled out for at least two months; in January 2018, however, he underwent medical tests and resumed training ahead of schedule.[6][7][8][9]

International career[edit]

Ghoulam with Algeria national team during a match against Armenia.

On 18 December 2010, in an interview Algerian newspaper Le Buteur, Ghoulam said that his intentions were to represent Algeria in international competition despite being born in France.[3] On 5 May 2011, Algerian under-23 coach Azzedine Aït Djoudi announced that Ghoulam was hesitant about joining the team, despite the fact that he was the one who contacted the Algerian Football Federation.[10] On 6 October 2011, after being called up to the preliminary squad of the France under-21 team, Ghoulam said that he would be really proud to play for the team.[11]

On 23 November 2012, in an interview following a league game against Valenciennes, Ghoulam announced that he was going to represent Algeria at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.[12] A few days later, the Algerian Football Federation confirmed the information through a press release on its website.[13] Ghoulam was selected in the Algeria squad for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa but he did not participate in any games.[14] On 26 March 2013, Ghoulam made his debut as a starter in a 3–1 win over Benin in the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, providing the assist on the first Algerian goal.[15]

Ghoulam represented Algeria at the 2014 World Cup finals as les Fennecs reached the round of 16, where they were beaten by eventual champions Germany after extra time. He started in both the match against Germany and the 2–1 group stage loss to Belgium.[16]

In Algeria's opening match of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, Ghoulam scored his first international goal to give the team a 2–1 lead in an eventual 3–1 victory over South Africa.[17]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 23 May 2018[18]
Club Season League Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Saint-Étienne 2010–11 Ligue 1 12 0 0 0 1 0 13 0
2011–12 32 0 1 0 1 0 34 0
2012–13 26 0 2 0 3 0 31 0
2013–14 17 1 1 0 1 0 19 1
Total 87 1 4 0 6 0 97 1
Napoli 2013–14 Serie A 15 0 3 0 3[a] 0 21 0
2014–15 21 0 3 0 14[b] 0 1[c] 0 39 0
2015–16 34 0 0 0 4[a] 0 38 0
2016–17 29 0 1 0 8[d] 0 38 0
2017–18 11 2 0 0 6[d] 0 17 2
Total 110 2 7 0 35 0 1 0 153 2
Career total 197 3 11 0 6 0 35 0 1 0 250 3
  1. ^ a b All appearance(s) in Europa League
  2. ^ one appearance in UEFA Champions League, thirteen appearances in Europa League
  3. ^ Appearance in Supercoppa Italiana
  4. ^ a b All appearance(s) in Champions League

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Algeria's goal tally first. "Score" column indicates the score after the player's goal.[18]
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 19 January 2015 Estadio de Mongomo, Mongomo, Equatorial Guinea  South Africa 3–1[19] 3–1 2015 Africa Cup of Nations
2. 6 September 2015 Setsoto Stadium, Maseru, Lesotho  Lesotho 1–0 3–1 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
3. 17 November 2015 Stade Mustapha Tchaker, Blida, Algeria  Tanzania 2–0[20] 7–0 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
4. 5–0[20]
5. 29 March 2016 Addis Ababa Stadium, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia  Ethiopia 3–3 3–3 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualification

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Saint-Étienne[18]

Napoli[18]

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Faouzi Ghoulam" (in Italian). S.S.C. Napoli. Retrieved 16 January 2018. 
  2. ^ "Saint Etienne's Ghoulam opts for Algeria". Retrieved 26 November 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Découverte : Faouzi Ghoulam (AS Saint-Etienne) : «Jouer pour l’Algérie est un devoir pour moi !»
  4. ^ "Athletics - Nabil Ghoulam (France)". www.the-sports.org. Retrieved 28 March 2018. 
  5. ^ Coupe de la Ligue : AS Saint-Etienne / OGC Nice – 16es de finale – Feuille de match
  6. ^ "Napoli's Arkadiusz Milik and Faouzi Ghoulam to Undergo Medical Tests on Monday". www.si.com. 13 January 2018. Retrieved 16 January 2018. 
  7. ^ "Ghoulam and Milik prepare comeback". Football Italia. 13 January 2018. Retrieved 16 January 2018. 
  8. ^ "Official: Ghoulam, Milik back for Napoli". Football Italia. 15 January 2018. Retrieved 16 January 2018. 
  9. ^ "Napoli recover Milik, Ghoulam". Football Italia. 15 January 2018. Retrieved 16 January 2018. 
  10. ^ Verts: Ghoulam avec l'Algérie, hésite pour les Espoirs; DZFoot.com, 28 May 2011.
  11. ^ Verts d'Europe : Le rêve Bleu du Vert Ghoulam; DZFoot.com, 6 October 2011.
  12. ^ "Faouzi Ghoulam avec l'Algérie à la CAN 2013" (in French). DZFoot. 25 November 2012. Archived from the original on 2 January 2013. Retrieved 20 December 2012. 
  13. ^ "La FAF confirme pour Faouzi Ghoulam" (in French). DZFoot. 26 December 2012. Archived from the original on 2 January 2013. Retrieved 20 December 2012. 
  14. ^ Walid Z. (11 January 2013). "Les numéros officiels des 23 Verts" (in French). DZFoot. Archived from the original on 1 April 2013. Retrieved 16 April 2013. 
  15. ^ "Algérie 3–1 Benin". DZFoot. 26 March 2013. Archived from the original on 29 June 2013. Retrieved 16 April 2013. 
  16. ^ "3 Faouzi GHOULAM". FIFA. Retrieved 24 January 2015. 
  17. ^ "Algeria 3-1 South Africa". BBC. Retrieved 24 January 2015. 
  18. ^ a b c d "Faouzi Ghoulam". Soccerway. Retrieved 1 June 2015. 
  19. ^ "South Africa vs. Algeria - 19 January 2015". soccerway. Retrieved 1 June 2015. 
  20. ^ a b "Algeria 7-0 Tanzania". soccerway. 17 November 2015. Retrieved 17 November 2015. 
  21. ^ "Experts' UEFA Europa League squad of the season". UEFA.com. 28 May 2015. 
  22. ^ Gianluca Monti (16 January 2018). "Ghoulam premiato col Pallone d'oro d'Algeria da Maldini: "È il mio idolo"" (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. Retrieved 16 January 2018. 

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