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|Full name||Rachid Mekhloufi|
|Date of birth||August 12, 1936|
|Place of birth||Sétif, French Algeria|
|Height||1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Rachid Mekhloufi (Arabic: رشيد مخلوفي; born 12 August 1936 in Sétif, French Algeria) is a French-Algerian former football striker. He later became a manager and coached the Algeria national football team.
|1.||4 September 1957||Ibrox Stadium, Glasgow, Scotland||Rangers||0–1||3–1||1957–58 European Cup|
|2.||12 September 1962||Stade des Charmilles, Genève, Switzerland||Feyenoord||1–0||1–3||1962–63 European Cup|
|3.||19 September 1962||De Kuip, Rotterdam, Netherlands||Feyenoord||0–1||1–3||1962–63 European Cup|
|4.||19 September 1962||De Kuip, Rotterdam, Netherlands||Feyenoord||0–3||1–3||1962–63 European Cup|
|5.||9 September 1964||Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, Saint-Étienne, France||La Chaux-de-Fonds||1–0||2–2||1964–65 European Cup|
- Scores and results list Algeria's goal tally first. "Score" column indicates the score after the player's goal.
|1.||28 February 1963||19 Juin 1965, Oran||Czechoslovakia||4–0||2–0||Friendly|
|1.||28 February 1963||19 Juin 1965, Oran||Czechoslovakia||4–0||3–0||Friendly|
|2.||5 July 1963||Stade d'El Anasser, Algiers||Egypt||1–1||1–1||Friendly|
|3.||7 July 1963||19 Juin 1965, Oran||Egypt||2–2||1–1||Friendly|
|6.||22 March 1963||Alexandria Stadium, Alexandria||Egypt||2–2||1–2||Friendly|
- French Division 1 (4): 1956–57, 1963–64, 1966–67, 1967–68
- Coupe de France (1): 1968
- Trophée des Champions (2): 1957, 1967
- Coupe Charles Drago (2): 1955, 1958
- Win the gold medal in the 1975 Mediterranean Games with Algeria
- Win the gold medal in the 1978 All-Africa Games with Algeria
- Participation in 1982 FIFA World Cup with Algeria
- Best goalscorer of AS Saint-Étienne with 192 goals
In the middle of the Algerian War, on April 13th 1958, ten of the most well-known France-Based professional football (soccer) players fled from France to go and play for their new FLN football team. This team was created from the National Liberation Front (Algeria). One of these 10 players was Rachid Mekhloufi. Rachid, "abandoned the French team preparing for the World Cup Finals in Sweden and instantly became an Algerian national symbol." By the summer, more and more France-based Algerians came to join the original ten who fled. Rachid and his fellow teammates wanted to show the French people the serious war that was going on in Algeria. Many of them did not realize the extent of the war going on, and when ten high-caliber players lef, the French citizens had to wonder and figure out the exact reason why-especially when a few of the footballers were preparing for the World Cup Finals. At the same time, both Rachid and his teammates gave a sense of nationalism to the Citizens of Algeria during their efforts in the War. Mekhloufi (and many others) sacrificed their careers by playing in less competitive environments with lesser demanding training regimes. Mekhloufi is quoted saying "I had lost the taste for effort, the necessary fight" when asked about playing political football . The France-based footballers were a source of nationhood for Algerians, especially in times such as Algeria's 2-0 victory over West Germany in Algiers on January 1, 1964 where Mekhloufi and Mustapha Zitouni starred.
After the disbanding of the FLN in 1962, Mekhloufi returned to play in France. Later on Mekhloufi would come back to manage and coach the Algeria National Football team.
- "Rangers 3–1 Saint-Étienne". UEFA.com. 4 September 1957. Retrieved 27 August 2015.
- "Servette 1–3 Feyenoord". UEFA.com. 12 September 1962. Retrieved 27 August 2015.
- "Feyenoord 1–3 Servette". UEFA.com. 19 September 1962. Retrieved 27 August 2015.
- "Saint-Étienne 2–2 La Chaux-de-Fonds". UEFA.com. 9 September 1964. Retrieved 27 August 2015.
- "Algeria vs. Czechoslovakia - 28 February 1963". dzfoot. Retrieved 31 October 2014.
- "Algeria vs. Égypte - 5 July 1963". dzfoot. Retrieved 31 October 2014.
- "Algeria vs. Égypte - 7 July 1963". dzfoot. Retrieved 31 October 2014.
- "Algeria vs. Égypte - 22 March 1963". dzfoot. Retrieved 31 October 2014.
- "Rachid Mekhloufi". footballdatabase. Retrieved 22 July 2016.
- "Rachid Mekhloufi". national-football-teams.com. Retrieved 22 July 2016.
- Alegi, Peter. (2010). African Soccerscapes : How a Continent Changed the World's Game. Athens: Ohio University Press. ISBN 978-0-89680-472-2. OCLC 794698908.