Karim Saidi

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Karim Saïdi
Personal information
Full name Karim Ben Ahmed Saïdi
Arabic: كريم سعيدي
Date of birth (1983-03-24) 24 March 1983 (age 36)
Place of birth Tunis, Tunisia
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Centre back
Youth career
1994–2002 Club Africain
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2004 Club Africain ? (?)
2004–2008 Feyenoord 46 (1)
2006Lecce (loan) 9 (0)
2008Sivasspor (loan) 13 (0)
2008–2009 Club Africain 5 (0)
2009–2011 Tours 48 (2)
2011–2014 Lierse 63 (2)
National team
2003– Tunisia 18 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23 January 2014

Karim Saïdi (Arabic: كريم سعيدي‎; born 24 March 1983 in Tunis) is a Tunisian football player who last played for Belgian club Lierse SK. He was part of the squad that won the 2004 African Cup of Nations.

Club career[edit]

Club Africain[edit]

When Karim was 10 years old he joined Club Africain, one of the major clubs in Tunisia. He made his debut in the Tunisian national team against Morocco in 2003.


In 2004 the right-footed defender moved to Feyenoord Rotterdam after advice from his friend Hatem Trabelsi and signed a contract till 2008. During his first season he was the first choice in Feyenoord's central defense, as a result of which he played 30 matches in the Dutch Eredivisie.


As of 2005/06, Saïdi lost his spot in the starting eleven. Determined to play as a regular in order to increase his chances to be in the Tunisian squad during the FIFA World Cup 2006, he moved on loan to US Lecce of Italian Serie A on January 31, 2006. He made 9 appearances with Lecce and gained a place in the Tunisian squad for the FIFA World Cup 2006.

Feyenoord return and Sivasspor[edit]

Following the World Cup, Karim returned to Feyenoord for the 2006/2007 season. He remained at the club until January 2008, when he moved on loan to Sivasspor in January 2008. Karim made a good impression in the Turkish first division helping the club secure an impressive fourth place allowing it to participate in its first ever European cup.

Return to Club Africain[edit]

On October 9, 2008 he signed a four-year contract with his former club Club Africain.

Tour FC[edit]

Failing to reassert himself in his childhood club, he signed a two-year deal with Tours FC in June 2009.

Lierse SK[edit]

On July 9, 2011 Saidi signed a two-year contract with Belgian Pro League outfit Lierse SK.

In January 2015, Saidi went on trial with Kazakhstan Premier League side FC Irtysh Pavlodar, but did not earn a contract.[1]


  1. ^ Карим Саиди покинул расположение Иртыша. http://www.fcirtysh.kz/ (in Russian). FC Irtysh Pavlodar]]. 20 January 2015. Retrieved 23 January 2015. External link in |website= (help)

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