Ghilas in 2012
|Full name||Kamel Fathi Ghilas|
|Date of birth||9 March 1984|
|Place of birth||Marseille, France|
|Height||1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|2010–2011||→ Arles-Avignon (loan)||19||(2)|
|2011–2012||→ Reims (loan)||35||(14)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 02:31, 5 May 2014 (UTC).
Born in Marseille, France, Ghilas started his career in amateur football, with ES Vitrolles. At the age of 19 he joined AS Cannes in the Championnat National, quickly breaking into the first team and featuring mostly as a winger.
In the 2004–05 season Ghilas established himself as a starter, going on to lead the club in scoring by netting seven times in 31 appearances. The following year he contributed with 13 as the French Riviera side narrowly missed out on promotion to Ligue 2, finishing two points behind FC Libourne-Saint-Seurin for the third and final spot.
In the 2006 summer Ghilas signed for Vitória S.C. in Portugal, penning a two-year contract. In his first year he ranked first in goals scored in his team, helping to a return to the Primeira Liga after one year out.
Ghilas made his debut in the competition on 19 August 2007, starting in a 1–1 home draw against Vitória de Setúbal. He scored six times in a further 20 league appearances to help the club finish a best-ever third and qualify to the UEFA Champions League; however, following a contract dispute, he left the Minho Province side as a free agent.
On 12 July 2008, Celta de Vigo announced the signing of Ghilas from Vitória, with the player penning a three-year contract worth €300,000 a year. He scored his first goals for the Galicians on 28 September in a 2–1 home win over CD Tenerife, in what was the season's first win.
On 28 July 2009, a fee of £1.7 million was agreed for Ghilas to transfer to Blackburn Rovers in the Premier League – the move was set to be completed pending on the player agreeing personal terms and passing a medical. However, the transfer broke down in the 11th hour, with conflicting reports on the grounds: the English claimed he had failed the medical, whereas the Spaniards claimed that Blackburn had attempted to renegotiate the transfer fee and player's wages at the last minute; they attempted to disprove Rovers' claims by playing him in a friendly the following day.
On 13 August 2009, Ghilas agreed terms with Hull City, signing a four-year deal for which Celta was paid roughly £2 million. Nine days later he made his debut for his new team, scoring in a 1–0 victory over Bolton Wanderers in the 61st minute after being fed a through ball from Jozy Altidore.
However, Ghilas failed to perform for the East Yorkshire side subsequently, being loaned to French clubs AC Arles-Avignon and Stade de Reims. He made his debut for the latter on 15 August 2011, netting in a 2–1 win over AS Monaco FC.
After scoring 14 goals in the 2011–12 campaign, being an essential offensive unit as Reims returned to Ligue 1 after more than three decades, Ghilas joined the club on a permanent deal. On 30 January 2014 he moved teams and countries again, joining Belgian Pro League's R. Charleroi S.C. for six months.
Although French-born, Ghilas opted to represent Algeria, making his international debut on 2 June 2007 in an 2008 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Cape Verde. Five months later he scored his first goal, in a 3–2 friendly win over Mali.
|1||20 November 2007||Stade Robert Diochon, Rouen, France||Mali||2–2||3–2||Friendly|
|2||26 March 2008||Stade Maurice Bacquet, Paris, France||DR Congo||1–1||1–1||Friendly|
|3||11 February 2009||Stade Mustapha Tchaker, Blida, Algeria||Benin||2–1||2–1||Friendly|
- As of 6 October 2013.
|Club performance||League||Cup||League Cup||Total|
|France||League||Coupe de France||Coupe de la Ligue||Total|
|Portugal||League||Taça de Portugal||Taça da Liga||Total|
|2006–07||Vitória Guimarães||Segunda Liga||29||12||?||?||?||?||?||?|
|Spain||League||Copa del Rey||Supercopa de España||Total|
|England||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Total|
|2009–10||Hull City||Premier League||13||1||1||0||2||0||16||1|
|France||League||Coupe de France||Coupe de la Ligue||Total|
- Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2010). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2010–11. Edinburgh: Mainstream Publishing. p. 165. ISBN 978-1-84596-601-0.
- "Ghilas assinou por 2 anos" [Ghilas signed for 2 years]. Record (in Portuguese). 15 June 2006. Retrieved 16 December 2013.
- "Ghilas: "Não estou cansado"" [Ghilas: "I am not tired"]. Record (in Portuguese). 28 March 2008. Retrieved 16 December 2013.
- "Direcção desiste da renovação de Ghilas" [Board of directors give up on Ghilas renewal]. Record (in Portuguese). 20 May 2008. Retrieved 16 December 2013.
- "El Celta se adelanta al Arsenal y ficha a Kamel Ghilas" [Celta get ahead of Arsenal and sign Kamel Ghilas]. Marca (in Spanish). 12 July 2008.
- "Ghilas no Celta de Vigo para tentar a subida" [Ghilas in Celta de Vigo to attempt promotion]. Record (in Portuguese). 13 July 2008. Retrieved 16 December 2013.
- "El Celta consigue su primera victoria" [Celta get first win]. Marca (in Spanish). 28 September 2008.
- "La venta de Ghilas se rompe" [The sale of Ghilas breaks down] (in Spanish). Atlántico. 31 July 2009. Retrieved 31 July 2009.
- "Reading's Hunt signs for Hull, Ghilas follows". ESPN FC. 13 August 2009. Retrieved 12 July 2017.
- "Hull City confirm Kamel Ghilas signing as Celta Vigo striker joins for reported £2m". Daily Mail. 13 August 2009. Retrieved 12 July 2017.
- Hull City 1–0 Bolton Wanderers; ESPN Soccernet, 22 August 2009
- "Tigers offload Ghilas on loan". Sky Sports. 30 July 2010. Retrieved 30 July 2010.
- "Hull sign Austrian winger Martin Pusic following trial". BBC Sport. 10 August 2011. Retrieved 10 August 2011.
- "Verts: Première réussie pour Ghilas contre Monaco" [Greens: First strike for Ghilas against Monaco] (in French). DZFoot. 15 August 2011. Retrieved 16 December 2013.
- Ghilas leaves Hull for Reims; Yahoo! Sports, 6 July 2012
- "L'international Algérien Kamel Ghilas attaquant au Sporting" [Algerian international forward Kamel Ghilas at Sporting.] (in French). Sporting Charleroi. 30 January 2014. Retrieved 31 January 2014.
- "Nabil Ghilas : "Je veux faire mieux que mon frère"" [Nabil Ghilas : "I want to do better than my brother"] (in French). Le Buteur. 28 August 2012. Retrieved 16 December 2013.
- "K. Ghilas". Soccerway. Retrieved 6 May 2014.
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- Kamel Ghilas at BDFutbol
- Hull City official profile at the Wayback Machine (archived 2012-03-01)
- Kamel Ghilas at Soccerbase
- Kamel Ghilas at National-Football-Teams.com
- Kamel Ghilas – FIFA competition record