Matmour with Eintracht Frankfurt
|Full name||Karim Matmour|
|Date of birth||25 June 1985|
|Place of birth||Strasbourg, France|
|Height||1.81 m (5 ft 11 1⁄2 in)|
|Playing position||Attacking midfielder|
|Al-Arabi SC (Kuwait)|
|2013–2015||1. FC Kaiserslautern||56||(5)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 00:00, June 22, 2015 (EST).
Matmour began his playing career at his hometown club of RC Strasbourg. After coming up through the academy team, he was not offered a professional contract. He subsequently briefly played for the amateur side Vauban Strasbourg before leaving to Germany to join SC Freiburg's reserve side. He was eventually promoted to the senior side, where he made 80 league appearances in three seasons in the 2. Bundesliga.
On 1 August 2010, during Mönchengladbach's arranged friendly match versus Liverpool as part of their 110th anniversary celebrations at Borussia Park, Matmour took advantage of some poor play by Daniel Ayala inside the area and produced a powerful finish in the eighth minute. They won the contest thanks to Matmour's goal, with the final score being 1–0.
On 30 January 2011, Matmour came on as a substitute for Mike Hanke in the forty-sixth minute in a league fixture against Eintracht Frankfurt. In the second half, Matmour came close to scoring with a header which bounced off the top of the crossbar. He set up the only goal scored in the encounter which was a cross from the left side to Igor de Camargo, who put the ball away inside the far right post.
On 1 July 2011, Matmour signed a one-year contract, with Eintracht holding the option of a further two-year extension. The two clubs agreed not to release the transfer fee, therefore keeping it undisclosed. Eintracht chairman Heribert Bruchhagen said "In signing Karim Matmour we've found the optimal solution for the vacant slot on the right of the attack, in line with (coach) Armin Veh's wishes", about the signing of Matmour.
- As of 17 May 2015[update]
|2005–06||SC Freiburg||2. Bundesliga||16||2||-||-||16||2|
|2011–12||Eintracht Frankfurt||2. Bundesliga||28||6||2||0||-||30||6|
|2013–14||1. FC Kaiserslautern||2. Bundesliga||32||3||5||2||-||37||4|
On 3 May 2012, Matmour announced that he would be taking a break from international play to focus on his club career.
- Scores and results list Algeria's goal tally first. "Score" column indicates the score after the player's goal.
|1||7 June 2009||Stade Mustapha Tchaker, Blida||Egypt||1–0||3–1||2010 FIFA World Cup qualification (CAF)|
|2||24 January 2010||Estádio Nacional do Chiazi, Cabinda||Ivory Coast||1–1||3–2||2010 African Cup of Nations|
- "Profile at SC Freiburg's official website". SC Freiburg.[dead link]
- "Gladbach verpflichtet Matmour" (in German). kicker.de. 4 June 2008. Retrieved 16 July 2011.
- "Bolton fight Cats for £6m Karim". The Sun. 20 July 2010. Retrieved 16 July 2011.
- "Friendlies round-up". Sky Sports. 1 August 2010. Retrieved 16 July 2011.
- Calladine, Rob (2 August 2010). "Liverpool takeover 'stepped up' as Kenny Huang enters talks with RBS". guardian.co.uk. Retrieved 16 July 2011.
- "Eintracht Frankfurt 0–1 Borussia Monchengladbach". ESPN Soccernet. 30 January 2011. Retrieved 16 July 2011.
- "Frankfurt snap up Matmour". bundesliga.de. 1 July 2011. Retrieved 8 October 2011.
- "Karim Matmour to Al-Arabi". 17 June 2015. Retrieved 17 June 2015.
- "Matmour met entre parenthèses l'équipe nationale" (in French). DZFoot. 3 May 2012. Retrieved 14 May 2012.
- Official website (German) (French)
- Karim Matmour at kicker.de (German)
- Karim Matmour – FIFA competition record