Rachid Ghezzal

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Rachid Ghezzal
Personal information
Full name Rachid Ghezzal[1]
Date of birth (1992-05-09) 9 May 1992 (age 26)
Place of birth Décines-Charpieu, France
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Leicester City
Number 31
Youth career
1998–2004 Vaulx-en-Velin
2004–2012 Lyon
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2017 Lyon B 54 (11)
2012–2017 Lyon 87 (11)
2017–2018 Monaco 26 (2)
2018– Leicester City 3 (1)
National team
2013 France U20 4 (1)
2015– Algeria 14 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18:37, 1 September 2018 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 19:49, 8 September 2018 (UTC)

Rachid Ghezzal (Arabic: رشيد غزال‎; born 9 May 1992) is an Algerian professional footballer who plays as a winger for Premier League club Leicester City and the Algeria national team.[2]

He began his career at Lyon, where he made his debut in October 2012. He played 119 games and scored 13 goals for them across all competitions. In August 2017, he moved to Monaco on a free transfer.

Born in France, Ghezzal represented France at under-20 level. He made his senior debut for his ancestral Algeria in 2015 and was part of their squad at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.

Club career[edit]

Lyon[edit]

Born in Décines-Charpieu, Metropolitan Lyon, in July 2010 Ghezzal signed a five-year élite contract with Lyon.[3] After featuring with the club's reserve team in the Championnat de France amateur for two consecutive seasons, ahead of the 2012–13 season, he was promoted to the senior team by manager Rémi Garde and assigned the number 31 shirt. Ghezzal made his senior team debut on 4 October 2012 in a UEFA Europa League group stage away match against Israeli club Ironi Kiryat Shmona; he started the match as Lyon won the contest 4–3.[4]

In the 2013–14 season, Ghezzal suffered a back injury for the first six months of Lyon's campaign, which saw him out of action until 10 January 2014, missing 32 of Lyon's games in the process. He then returned to the squad but did not make any appearances for Lyon for the rest of the season; either being not named in match day squads or being named on the bench. Since January 2016, he had been playing regularly.[citation needed] He finished the 2015–16 season with 8 goals and 8 assists in 29 Ligue 1 matches.[5] In June 2017, Lyon announced that Ghezzal's contract would not be renewed.[6][7]

Monaco[edit]

On 7 August 2017, Ghezzal joined fellow Ligue 1 team Monaco by signing a four-year contract that would run until June 2021. It was reported that Monaco would pay him a signing bonus of €3 million and a monthly salary of about €180,000.[8] As his Lyon contract had expired on 30 June 2017, he arrived on a free transfer.[9][10]

Leicester City[edit]

On 5 August 2018, Ghezzal joined Premier League side Leicester City, signing a four-year deal.[11] In his first start for the club, he scored his first Leicester goal -a long range strike from outside the box- in a 4–0 win over Fleetwood Town.

International career[edit]

At international senior level, Ghezzal was eligible to represent both France and Algeria and had stated his preference is to represent the latter nation.[2] In 2013, he received the call from France U20 to compete in the Toulon Tournament.[12] However, Ghezzal later chose to play for Algeria, scoring his first goal in March 2016 against Ethiopia.[5]

Personal life[edit]

He is the younger brother of Algerian international Abdelkader Ghezzal.[13]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 12 May 2018.[14][15]
Club Season League Cup[nb 1] Europe[nb 2] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Lyon 2012–13 14 1 2 0 4 0 20 1
2013–14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2014–15 18 0 3 0 2 0 23 0
2015–16 29 8 5 2 4 0 38 10
2016–17 26 2 1 0 11 0 38 2
Total 87 11 11 2 21 0 119 13
Monaco 2017–18 26 2 5 0 4 0 35 2
Career total 113 13 16 2 25 0 154 15

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Algeria's goal tally first.[15]
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 23 March 2016 Stade Mustapha Tchaker, Blida, Algeria  Ethiopia 6–0 7–1 2017 African Cup of Nations qualification

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2018/19 Premier League squads confirmed". Premier League. 3 September 2018. Retrieved 4 September 2018. 
  2. ^ a b "Rachid Ghezzal: "Je choisirai l'Algérie"". Le Buteur (in French). 20 August 2010. Archived from the original on 15 August 2011. Retrieved 7 October 2012. 
  3. ^ "Rachid Ghezzal signe un contrat Elite à l'OL". DZFoot (in French). 7 July 2010. Archived from the original on 10 December 2010. Retrieved 7 October 2012. 
  4. ^ "Lyon leave it late to see off Kiryat Shmona". Union of European Football Associations. 4 October 2012. Retrieved 7 October 2012. 
  5. ^ a b Jamieson, Stuart (24 May 2016). "Who is Sunderland target Rachid Ghezzal? Why Lyon star is attracting so much attention". Evening Chronicle. Retrieved 17 August 2016. 
  6. ^ "Transfer news: Lyon sign Mendy but lose Ghezzal". Goal. 29 June 2017. Retrieved 1 July 2017. 
  7. ^ Miller, Nick (28 June 2017). "Free agents XI: the best out-of-contract bargains available this summer". The Guardian. Retrieved 1 July 2017. 
  8. ^ "Transferts : Rachid Ghezzal (Lyon) file vers Monaco". L'Équipe. 4 August 2017. 
  9. ^ Okeleji, Oluwashina (7 August 2017). "French champions Monaco sign Algerian winger Rachid Ghezzal". BBC Sport. Retrieved 16 August 2017. 
  10. ^ "Rachid Ghezzal a signé à Monaco". L'Équipe. 7 August 2017. 
  11. ^ "Leicester City sign winger Rachid Ghezzal from AS Monaco". Leicester City F.C. 5 August 2018. Retrieved 5 August 2018. 
  12. ^ "Tournoi de Toulon : Rachid Ghezzal sélectionné avec l'équipe de France des U-20". Djazairess (in French). 17 May 2013. Retrieved 17 August 2016. 
  13. ^ Yokhin, Michael (24 January 2017). "Arsenal could pounce on Rachid Ghezzal's Lyon conundrum". ESPN FC. 
  14. ^ "Rachid Ghezzal L'EQUIPE Profile". L'Equipe. Retrieved 9 January 2016. 
  15. ^ a b "R. Ghezzal". Soccerway. Retrieved 17 August 2016. 

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