Kheireddine Zarabi

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Kheireddine Zarabi
Personal information
Full name Kheireddine Zarabi
Date of birth (1984-07-18) 18 July 1984 (age 32)
Place of birth Hussein Dey, Algeria
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Number 29
Youth career
1994–1997 IRB Ouargla
1997–1999 NA Hussein Dey
1999–2002 RC Kouba
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2005 RC Kouba
2005–2006 ES Sétif 13 (0)
2006–2007 CR Belouizdad
2007–2008 Turun Palloseura 25 (0)
2009 Belenenses 6 (0)
2009–2010 Vitória Setúbal 19 (0)
2011 Leixões 12 (1)
2011–2013 Arouca 25 (2)
2013–2016 União Madeira 74 (4)
2016 Nîmes 2 (0)
2016 Nîmes B 2 (0)
2016– Covilhã 24 (2)
National team
2005 Algeria U23 7 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21 May 2017.

Kheireddine "Kiko" Zarabi (born 18 July 1984) is an Algerian professional footballer who plays for Portuguese club S.C. Covilhã as a central defender.

Club career[edit]

Born in Hussein Dey District, Algiers, Zarabi started his career at age 10 with IRB Ouargla. When he turned 13 his family returned to live in the capital, and he joined NA Hussein Dey first before leaving to RC Kouba two years later; he made his senior debut with the latter in 2002, remaining three seasons with the club.

In May 2005, Zarabi went on trial with French Ligue 2 side FC Lorient.[1] However, nothing came of it, and he returned to his homeland where he successively represented ES Sétif and CR Belouizdad.

In late 2007, Zarabi signed a two and a half year contract with Finland's Turun Palloseura.[2] On 19 January 2009 he moved to Portugal where he would remain the following years, with C.F. Os Belenenses,[3] Vitória de Setúbal,[4] Leixões S.C.[5] and F.C. Arouca,[6] the first two teams in the Primeira Liga, the other in the second division.

In his second season with Arouca, Zarabi contributed with 14 games and two goals as the Aveiro District club reached the top division for the first time in its history.

International career[edit]

During his time at Kouba, Zarabi was a regular member of the Algeria under-23 team and participated in various tournaments, most notably the 2005 Mediterranean Games.

Personal life[edit]

Zarabi's father, Abdelaziz, was also a footballer, and a full Algerian international. His older brother, Abderraouf, also a defender, also played with Hussein Dey and in Finland.


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