Medhi Lacen

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Medhi Lacen
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Lacen with Algeria in 2014
Personal information
Full name Medhi Gregory Giuseppe Lacen
Date of birth (1984-03-15) 15 March 1984 (age 32)
Place of birth Paris, France
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
Number 8
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2004 Laval 4 (0)
2004–2005 Valence 35 (0)
2005–2008 Alavés 86 (0)
2008–2011 Racing Santander 100 (4)
2011– Getafe 135 (3)
National team
2010– Algeria 43 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15 May 2016.

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 26 March 2015

Medhi Gregory Giuseppe Lacen[1] (born 15 March 1984) is an Algerian professional footballer who plays for Spanish club Getafe CF as a defensive midfielder.

After starting out at Laval, he spent most of his professional career in Spain, representing Alavés, Racing de Santander and Getafe and amassing La Liga totals of 193 games and five goals over the course of seven seasons.

Lacen appeared for Algeria in two World Cups.

Club career[edit]

Born in Paris, France, to an Algerian father and an Italian mother,[2] Lacen started his professional career with modest Stade Lavallois and ASOA Valence. For the 2005–06 season he moved to Spain, joining Deportivo Alavés which would eventually be relegated; he made his La Liga debut on 15 October 2005, in a 1–1 home draw against Villarreal CF.

After two second division campaigns as an undisputed starter for the Basques, Lacen moved to Racing de Santander on 15 August 2008, on a three-year contract.[3] He competed throughout the campaign for first-choice status with Peter Luccin, also newly signed.

In 2009–10, as Racing finished in 16th position, Lacen became an automatic first-choice (Luccin returned to Real Zaragoza from his loan). He scored three goals, including in a 3–2 home win over Xerez CD on 13 December 2009.[4]

In late February 2011, with his link to the Cantabrians expiring in June, Lacen signed a pre-contract with fellow top level side Getafe CF.[5] The move was made official on 25 May, with the player agreeing to a four-year deal with the Madrid outskirts club.[6]

Lacen scored his first goal with Getafe on 16 April 2012, netting the second in a 5–1 home win against Sevilla FC.[7]

International career[edit]

Although French-born, Lacen had the possibility of representing Algeria through his fathers' origins. In 2006 he was called up by Jean-Michel Cavalli to the national side for a friendly against Gabon, but did not play because of an administrative problem.[8]

On 12 December 2009, the president of the Algerian FA, Mohamed Raouraoua, announced that Lacen would be called up to the Algerian squad for the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations in Angola.[9] However, five days later, head coach Rabah Saâdane announced that the player would not participate in the continental competition because of his wife's pregnancy.[10]

On 12 February 2010, Racing Santander's website announced that Lacen was chosen for Algeria's upcoming friendly against Serbia.[11] On 3 March he finally made his debut, in a 0–3 loss.[12]

In June 2010, Lacen was selected to the FIFA World Cup in South Africa, playing all the games. During the tournament, he partnered Hassan Yebda (another defensive midfielder) as the national team failed to score a goal, earning one point.

Personal life[edit]

Lacen's younger brother, Michael, is also a footballer. He represented, amongst other clubs, FC Versailles.[13]


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