Slimani lining up for Algeria in 2014
|Full name||Islam Slimani|
|Date of birth||18 June 1988|
|Place of birth||Algiers, Algeria|
|Height||1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|Fenerbahçe (on loan from Leicester City)|
|2018||→ Newcastle United (loan)||4||(0)|
|2018–||→ Fenerbahçe (loan)||6||(1)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21:57, 30 September 2018 (UTC)|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20:56, 8 September 2018 (UTC)
Islam Slimani (Arabic: إسلام سليماني; born 18 June 1988) is an Algerian professional footballer who plays as a striker for Süper Lig club Fenerbahçe on loan from Leicester City and for the Algeria national team.
Slimani began his career in his homeland with JSM Chéraga and CR Belouizdad. In 2013 he moved to Europe, signing for Sporting CP. He played and scored regularly during his three seasons in Portugal, helping his team win the Taça de Portugal in 2015. In 2016, Slimani transferred to Leicester for a club record £28 million fee.
An Algerian international, Slimani made his international debut in 2012 and played at the Africa Cup of Nations in 2013 and the 2015. He was also part of Algeria's squad at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, where he finished as the team's joint top scorer with two goals. As of January 2017, he has won 49 international caps and scored 25 goals, making him Algeria's fourth highest all-time goalscorer.
In May 2009, Slimani joined CR Belouizdad from JSM Chéraga for a transfer fee of 800,000 Algerian dinars, signing a two-year contract. In August, he made his official debut for the club as a starter against MC Oran in the first week of the 2009–10 Algerian Championnat National. He finished his first season with Belouizdad with 8 goals in 30 games.
On 17 May 2011, Slimani scored four goals in a league game against JS Kabylie, leading CR Belouizdad to an impressive 7–1 win. In July 2011, with his contract expired and several French clubs such as Nice and Le Havre showing interest in signing him, Slimani decided to sign a two-year extension with CR Belouizdad.
On 6 August 2013, Slimani joined Sporting CP for an undisclosed fee. He started the 2013–14 season as a substitute, gaining a reputation as an impact player due to him scoring vital goals when coming off the bench. Due to the lack of form of Fredy Montero, however, Slimani became a starter and scored four goals in four matches in early March 2014 against Rio Ave, Braga, Vitória de Setúbal and in 1–0 over rivals Porto. In December 2013 he was considered the best Algerian footballer of the year as he won the Algerian Golden Ball.
In his second season Slimani was successful as he became a key player. His first goal of the season was in the Derby de Lisboa 1–1 away draw to Benfica. At European level Slimani scored his first goal against Schalke 04 at Estádio José Alvalade in the last minute to finish 4–2 for Sporting. At the end of the season he finished third in the league, but in the Taça de Portugal he reached the final against Braga on 31 May 2015, slimani scored a goal helping Sporting turn around a two-goal deficit to eventually secure the cup following a penalty shootout 3–1. where he achieved his first title in his history at the end of the season Slimani played 33 games and scored 15 goals, including 12 in the league.
In the 2015–16 season, Slimani said he would be his last season and aspires to achieve the title of the Primeira Liga absent for 14 years the new and former Benfica coach Jorge Jesus, who said he would rely heavily on Slimani to win the titles and the start was in the Supertaça against Benfica and ended for Sporting with a single goal, achieving his second title. At the start of the tournament, Slimani scored his first goal against Académica in an away match on 4 October 2015, and in the seventh round against Vitória de Guimarães, he scored his first hat-trick in the Portuguese league. At the top of the 15th round, Slimani managed to score two goals against Porto's goalkeeper Iker Casillas to lead the team back to the top of the league. After this game, Slimani scored in four consecutive games 6 goals against Vitória de Setúbal, Braga, Tondela and Paços de Ferreira. After two matches, he returned to score twice at Nacional.
Before Sporting's league derby match at home, Benfica lodged a complaint against Slimani for assaulting Andreas Samaris with his elbow in a Portuguese Cup match on 21 November 2015. After a long wait and one day before the match, the Portuguese League announced that Slimani could participate in the decisive match for the title. However, the team lost 1–0 and dropped to second place, behind Benfica. One week later, he scored his 20th goal this season in the match against Estoril. After this meeting, he scored four goals against Belenenses, Marítimo and Moreirense, and Porto. Slimani contributed to the victory at Estádio do Dragão after scoring two goals. In the final round, he scored the 27 goals against Braga. The match ended 4–0 but was not enough for Sporting to win the league title, as Benfica ended with more two points. That season, Slimani scored 27 goals in the league but finished behind top scorer Jonas, with 32 goals.
For the following season, Sporting wanted to retain Slimani but he insisted on leaving the club, and that was finally accepted by the administration. On 28 August 2016, he played his last match against Porto at Estádio José Alvalade and scored his last goal to finish 2–1 for Sporting.
On 31 August 2016, the last day of the 2016–17 summer transfer window in England, Slimani joined Premier League club Leicester City on a five-year contract. The transfer fee paid to Sporting was reported as £28 million, a club record for Leicester. Leicester had beaten West Bromwich Albion to sign Slimani.
On 14 September, he made his debut for Leicester in the UEFA Champions League playing 62 minutes in a 3–0 victory over Club Brugge. Three days later, he made his Premier League debut in a 3–0 victory over Burnley, scoring his side's first two goals. On 27 September, Slimani scored the only goal in Leicester's 1–0 win against Porto in the Champions League group stage after a pass from Algerian national teammate Riyad Mahrez. It was his sixth goal with Iker Casillas in goal in 2016, five of which he netted while with his former club Sporting.
After this goal, Slimani failed to score until matchday 11 of the Premier League against West Bromwich Albion from a pass from Mahrez, although Leicester lost 2–1. Later, on matchday 13, after entering as a substitute, Slimani scored the equalizer for his team from the penalty spot in the last minute against Middlesbrough. On matchday 15, Slimani helped the Foxes to win against Manchester City 4–2 after he presented two assists for goalscorers Jamie Vardy and Andy King. On 31 December, after five games without a goal, Slimani scored the winning goal against West Ham United at the King Power Stadium to lead his team to win the fifth in the Premier League this season, the last day of 2016.
Slimani scored four of his five league goals from headers, but had only managed a 38% shot accuracy by January 2017. After his participation in the African Cup, Slimani returned to the club injured, which affected the rest of his season where he did not participate very much and scored only two goals, against Sunderland. and against Everton. In the League Cup match against Sheffield United, he scored two goals.
Newcastle United (loan)
On 31 January 2018, Slimani signed for Newcastle United on loan until the end of the season. A thigh injury prevented him from making his debut for the club, which eventually happened exactly two months after signing, in a 1–0 win over Huddersfield Town, and he was involved in the build-up for the only goal of the game, scored by Ayoze Pérez. On 15 April, Slimani was again involved in the build-up for the match winning goal in a 2–1 win over Arsenal, after his header was flicked on by Pérez, and into the path of Matt Ritchie.
In October 2009, Slimani was called up by Abdelhak Benchikha for the first time to the Algeria A' National Team for a week-long training camp in Algiers. In March 2010, Slimani was called up again, this time for a 2011 African Nations Championship qualifier against Libya as a replacement for his injured CR Belouizdad teammate Youcef Saïbi. However, Slimani did not play in the game as Algeria won 1–0.
In May 2012, Slimani was called up for the first time to the Algeria national team for the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Mali and Rwanda, and the return leg of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Gambia. On 26 May, he made his debut, coming as a substitute at half-time in a friendly against Niger. A week later, on 2 June, Slimani scored his first international goal for Algeria, netting the third goal in the 4–0 win over Rwanda in the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers. He followed that up with another goal against Mali in the next game, and then scored another two goals in the following against Gambia.
Slimani was selected for Algeria's squad taking part in the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, and played in all three group games in January. Algeria, however, only won one point and were eliminated at the first stage.
Algeria qualified for the 2014 World Cup, with manager Vahid Halilhodžić selecting Slimani for his 23-man squad. On 22 June 2014, Slimani scored the opening goal for les Fennecs in a 4–2 group match against South Korea. He also made an assist for the team's third goal by passing the ball to Abdelmoumene Djabou. On 26 June, Slimani scored with a header in Algeria's 1–1 draw with Russia, helping the nation qualify for the knockout rounds of the World Cup for the first time ever after failing to do so previously in 1982, 1986 and 2010. In the round of 16 match against Germany, Slimani had a headed goal disallowed in the first half for offside, while later on, his powerful shot at goal was saved by German goalkeeper Manuel Neuer. Algeria eventually lost 2–1 after extra time, but were praised for an excellent campaign throughout the tournament.
- As of match played 13 May 2018
|Club||Season||League||National Cup[a]||League Cup[b]||Other[c]||Continental[d]||Total|
|CR Belouizdad||2009–10||Championnat National||30||8||3||1||—||—||8[e]||1||41||10|
|Sporting CP||2013–14||Primeira Liga||26||8||2||2||2||0||—||—||30||10|
|Leicester City||2016–17||Premier League||23||7||1||0||—||—||5[j]||1||29||8|
|Newcastle United (loan)||2017–18||Premier League||4||0||—||—||—||—||4||0|
- Includes the Algerian Cup, Taça de Portugal and FA Cup
- Includes the Taça da Liga and League Cup
- Includes the UAFA Club Cup and Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira
- Includes the CAF Confederation Cup, UEFA Europa League and UEFA Champions League
- All appearance(s) in Confederation Cup
- All appearance(s) in UAFA Club Cup
- Six appearances and two goal in Champions League, one appearance in Europa League
- Appearance in Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira
- Two appearances and one goal in Champions League, seven appearances and one goal in Europa League
- All appearance(s) in UEFA Champions League
- As of match played 08 September 2018
- Scores and results list Algeria's goal tally first.
|1.||2 June 2012||Mustapha Tchaker Stadium, Blida, Algeria||Rwanda||3–0||4–0||2014 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|2.||10 June 2012||Stade du 4 Août, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso||Mali||1–0||1–2||2014 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|3.||15 June 2012||Mustapha Tchaker Stadium, Blida, Algeria||Gambia||2–0||4–1||2013 Africa Cup of Nations qualification|
|5.||14 October 2012||Mustapha Tchaker Stadium, Blida, Algeria||Libya||2–0||2–0||2013 Africa Cup of Nations qualification|
|6.||26 March 2013||Mustapha Tchaker Stadium, Blida, Algeria||Benin||3–1||3–1||2014 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|7.||25 May 2013||Mustapha Tchaker Stadium, Blida, Algeria||Mauritania||1–0||1–0||Friendly|
|8.||2 June 2013||Mustapha Tchaker Stadium, Blida, Algeria||Burkina Faso||2–0||2–0||Friendly|
|9.||9 June 2013||Stade Charles de Gaulle, Porto-Novo, Benin||Benin||1–1||3–1||2014 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|11.||31 May 2014||Stade Tourbillon, Sion, Switzerland||Armenia||3–0||3–1||Friendly|
|12.||22 June 2014||Estádio Beira-Rio, Porto Alegre, Brazil||South Korea||1–0||4–2||2014 FIFA World Cup|
|13.||26 June 2014||Arena da Baixada, Curitiba, Brazil||Russia||1–1||1–1||2014 FIFA World Cup|
|14.||15 October 2014||Mustapha Tchaker Stadium, Blida, Algeria||Malawi||3–0||3–0||2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualification|
|15.||19 January 2015||Estadio de Mongomo, Mongomo, Equatorial Guinea||South Africa||3–1||3–1||2015 Africa Cup of Nations|
|16.||13 June 2015||Mustapha Tchaker Stadium, Blida, Algeria||Seychelles||1–0||4–0||2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualification|
|17.||9 October 2015||July 5, 1962 Stadium, Algiers, Algeria||Guinea||1–0||1–2||Friendly|
|18.||14 November 2015||National Stadium, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania||Tanzania||2–1||2–2||2018 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|20.||17 November 2015||Mustapha Tchaker Stadium, Blida, Algeria||Tanzania||4–0||7–0||2018 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|22.||25 March 2016||Mustapha Tchaker Stadium, Blida, Algeria||Ethiopia||2–0||7–1||2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualification|
|24.||29 March 2016||Addis Ababa Stadium, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia||Ethiopia||1–1||3–3||2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualification|
|25.||23 January 2017||Stade de Franceville, Franceville, Gabon||Senegal||1–0||2–2||2017 Africa Cup of Nations|
|27.||14 November 2017||July 5, 1962 Stadium, Algiers, Algeria||Central African Republic||3–0||3–0||Friendly|
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- Algerian Ballon d'or: 2013
- CAF Team of the Year: 2016
- SJPF Player of the Month: December 2015
- Leões/Lions Awards 2016: Player of the Season
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