Noureddine Zekri

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Noureddine Zekri
Personal information
Full name Noureddine Zekri
Place of birth Batna, Algeria
Playing position Midfielder
Teams managed
Years Team
2000 Brera
2005–2007 Brera
2009–2010 ES Sétif
2011 MC Alger
2012–2014 Al-Ahly Shendi
2014–2015 Al-Wakrah

Noureddine Zekri (born in Batna) is an Algerian football manager and former player who most recently managed Al-Wakrah in Qatar Stars League.

Zekri previously managed MC Alger in the Algerian Ligue Professionnelle 1 before resigning on July 10, 2011.[1]

Managerial career[edit]

Zekri gained his coaching badges, a UEFA A License, in Italy’s famous football coaching centre, the FIGC Settore Tecnico Coverciano.[2]

Brera Calcio[edit]

Zekri started coaching the newly born Milan-based team Brera Calcio in 2000 in Serie D, but he was sacked shortly after and replaced with Walter Zenga.[3] He returned to Brera Calcio in 2005/2006 season and the following season he succeeded in getting the team promoted from Prima Categoria to Promozione, resigning immediately after.

ES Sétif[edit]

On December 8, 2009, Zekri was announced as the coach of Algerian club ES Sétif.[4]

In his first season, Zekri won the Algerian Cup, the North African Cup of Champions and the North African Super Cup.

However, On August 18, 2010, Zekri was sacked from his managerial position due to the poor results gained in the 2010 CAF Champions League group stage, picking up just one point out of the first three group matches. The 1-0 loss against Zimbabwe side Dynamos was the final straw for ES Sétif president Abdelhakim Serrar.[5]

MC Alger[edit]

On March 11, 2011, Zekri was appointed as the coach of MC Alger, replacing outgoing Frenchman Alain Michel.[6] He signed a 16-month contract with the club. In his first game as manager, MC Alger lost 4-1 to Dynamos F.C. of Zimbabwe in the first round of the 2011 CAF Champions League. However, the team managed to win the return leg 3-0 to qualify to the next round. On July 10, 2011, Zekri resigned from his position.[1]