Djebbour with Sivasspor in 2013
|Full name||Rafik Zoheir Djebbour|
|Date of birth||8 March 1984|
|Place of birth||Grenoble, France|
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|2013–2014||→ Sivasspor (loan)||10||(2)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 24 May 2015.
He is known by the nickname "The Terrorist" as he has the ability to terrorise defences and due also to his machine gun goal celebrations.
- 1 Club career
- 2 International career
- 3 Career statistics
- 4 Honours
- 5 References
- 6 External links
Born in Grenoble, France, Djebbour was signed to Auxerre's youth academy at the age of 15 in 1998. He was moved to the senior team in 2003 after spending five years in the youth academy. He made his professional debut at the age of 19.
His impressive debut season caught the eye of R.A.A. Louviéroise, in his second professional season, he did not live up to his expectations. Even though he made 21 appearances he only managed to score six goals. Djebbour was transfer listed by the club at the end of the season, Djebbour mentioned in an interview that he was transfer listed as he wasn't happy with the way the club didn't support him when his brother had been in a coma for 5 months, he stated he was very disappointed with the staff and became disillusioned and felt no attachment to the club. In July 2005, Djebbour signed for Greek outfit Ethnikos Asteras.
Djebbour suffered a serious injury in his first season with Atromitos this limited Djebbour to only two appearances without scoring. In January 2006, Djebbour called upon one of the "big three" of Greece (AEK Athens, Olympiacos, Panathinaikos) to acquire his services, however this did not happen and he ended up at Panionios.
Before signing to Panionios, Djebbour went on trial at English club Watford but was not retained as Aidy Boothroyd stated "He wasn't what I was looking for". His first six months with Panionios, Djebbour scored four goals in the remaining 14 games. He would go on to score 15 goals in 27 appearances. In the summer of 2008, AEK Athens expressed their interest in signing Djebbour. He completed his move to the "Dikefalos-Aetos" on 1 July 2008.
In 2009, Djebbour transferred to AEK for €3.2 million. Djebbour scored his first goal for AEK in the 93rd minute in the home 2–1 win against Asteras Tripolis, giving his club the three points. Djebbour got into a fight with teammate Nacho Scocco in a training ground bust-up. On 30 September 2009, it was reported that Djebbour clashed with AEK Athens' coach Dusan Bajevic and was not allowed to train with the rest of the season for four months. During his absence from AEK Athens' training, Djebbour had been training with Celtic and Blackburn Rovers. On 7/9/10,[clarification needed] Djebbour signed a three-year deal keeping at the club until 2013. Djebbour's contract is worth €3.3 million with a buy-out clause of €7 million.
After signing his contract extension in 2010, he began the 2010 season in great form, scoring 3 goals in three games (2–1 loss to Kerkyra, 1–0 win against Panserraikos, and a 2–2 draw with Asteras Tripolis) for the regular season as well as a goal during AEK's 3–1 Europa League win against Hajduk Split.
On 2 January 2011, Djebbour had another clash, this time with Manolo Jimenez, the current AEK Athens coach. Jimenez reportedly stressed to Djebbour that he is not allowed to attend the next day training and that he should instead meet with the chairman of AEK Athens.
After the incidents with Manolo Jimenez, Rafik requested immediately to be released on a free transfer by AEK. He also requested to be paid his remaining wages doubled. Lens and other French teams declared interest in buying him. Djebbour threatened AEK's board and was ready to seek a solution in court. However, both sides agreed on €300,000 and on 14 January 2011, Rafik was released.
On 21 January 2011, Djebbour left AEK Athens and joined Olympiacos, signing a 6-month contract with the club with the option of renewal for 2 years. He scored his first goal for Olympiakos in an away win at Aris after a superb assist of Ariel Ibagaza. That was followed by two goals in a 6–0 home win against AEK Athens, a goal against PAOK and the winning goal in a 2–1 derby win against Panathinaikos. He also scored in a home win 3–1 against Kavala after an assist of Giannis Maniatis and in the final match of the season, against AEL 1964 FC after a superb assist of Albert Riera
Djebbour scored his first goal of the season with a last-minute winner in a thrilling home win 2–1 against Skoda Xanthi. Rafik's goal of the season came at a home win 2–1 against PAOK with an sublime header after an assist of Kevin Mirallas. His first European goal for Olympiakos came in a Champions League home win (3–1) against Borussia Dortmund. In the domestic league, he scored two goals in a 0–3 away win against Panionios.He also scored in a home win 2–1 against PAOK. He scored a goal in a 2–2 home draw against OFI Crete and a goal in a 1–1 home draw with Panathinaikos. He also scored in a 2–0 home win against Panetolikos. His second European goal came in a 3–1 home win against Arsenal in a Champions League home game. He also scored a goal in a 2–0 home win against PAS Giannina.
Djebbour scored a goal in a 7–2 home win against Asteras Tripoli. His third European goal of the season came in a 1–0 home win against Rubin Kazan in the Europa League. He also scored two goals in a 4–0 away win against PAS Giannina. Djebbour also scored in the Greek Cup Final in Olympiacos' win 2–1 against Atromitos.
In all competitions, Djebbour made 31 appearances, scoring 12 goals in the Greek Superleague and 16 goals in all competitions.
Djebbour started the season with a goal in a 2–1 away win against Veria after an assist of Holebas. He next scored two goals in a 4–0 home win against Levadiakos after assist of Djamel Abdoun. His next goal came in a 2–1 away win against PAS Giannina.At this match he made the assist to Konstantinos Mitroglou to score the second goal. He also scored two goals in a 4–1 home win against Panthrakikos after two assists of Djamel Abdoun and Ariel Ibagaza. He next scored two goals in a 4–0 home win against Skoda Xanthi. As a result of his outstanding performances the club has offered Djebbour a better contract extension. He also scored in a 1–1 away draw against PAOK. The next goal came in a 2–0 home win against Panachaiki,with a wonderful header at a Greek Cup match. He next scored two goals in an away draw 2–2 at the classical Greek derby against Panathinaikos after two assists of Djamel Abdoun and David Fuster. These goals marked his 4th goal in the classic derby Olympiacos-Panathinaikos with Olympiacos team. He scored 10 goals against Panathinaikos at his charge at Greece and he intrigued illustrious European football clubs such as Olympique de Marseille. His next goal came in an away win 2–1 against Panionios after an assist of Konstantinos Mitroglou.
Rafik Djebbour finished the first half of Greek Superleague with 12 goals in 11 appearances.
At January transfer window Rafik Djebbour renew his contract with Olympiacos until 2016 and make the following statement: "After what happened the last few days on my own initiative, I met with the president of Olympiakos, Mr. Marinakis told him of my intention to stay in the team, because the money was never my priority and agreed to be here for the next three years.I want all of the Olympic family to know that he never wanted to leave from Piraeus and would do anything to be our fans happy and to celebrate with me and my teammates victories and titles ..." .
The second half of Greek Superleague begins with a goal in a 3–0 home win against Veria with a penalty shot.With this goal has already surpass his previous record with Olympiakos of 12 goals in Greek Superleague. He scored his next goal against Levadiakos F.C. in a 1–0 away win at the last minute of the game with a wonderful header,after an assist of Juan Pablo Pino. His next goal came in a home win 2–0 against Pas Giannina. With this goal he equaled his previous (last year) record of 16 goals in all competitions with the Olympiacos' shirt and his previous record of 15 goals at Greek Superleague with the Panionios shirt. His next goal came at a home loss 2–3 against Atromitos after an assist of Konstantinos Mitroglou. His next goal came in an away win 2–0 against Skoda Xanthi. With this goal he reached 18 goals in all competitions and broke his previous record of 17 goals in all competitions with Panionios shirt. His next goal came in a home win 2-1 against Aris after an assist of Jose Holebas.
He next scores two goals in an away win 4-0 against OFI after an assist of Djamel abdoun. With these two goals he reached 20 goals at 20 performances at Greek Superleague. At a home win against AEK Athens F.C. Rafik couldn't score a goal but gave two assists at Djamel Abdoun and Avraam Papadopoulos. With that win Olympiacos claimed the 40th champion in his history. Rafik made the assist to Konstantinos Mitroglou at a home draw 1-1 against Panathinaikos at the classical Greek derby.
He ended the season at Greek Superleague being the top scorer, scoring 20 goals in 24 appearances.
Loan to Sivasspor
On 6 September 2013, Djebbour joined Süper Lig club Sivasspor on a season-long loan deal from Olympiacos, after the interest of the coach of the club, Roberto Carlos. He played 13 games with the club in all competitions and scored 4 goals.
Djebbour joined Nottingham Forest on January 29, 2014 for 1.5 million Euros, initially on loan with the deal becoming permanent at the end of the season. Despite a debut goal, Djebbour along with countryman Djamel Abdoun, were dropped by caretaker manager Gary Brazil due to a perceived lack of effort in training and bad attitude.
At the end of the season, Forest believed they could cancel the permanent transfer with his club Olympiacos, but were unable to. On July 15, 2014 it was confirmed Djebbour and Forest had reached an agreement to terminate his contract.
On 5 August 2014, Djebbour signed signed a one-year contract with APOEL from Cyprus. He made his debut against Aalborg BK at GSP Stadium on 26 August 2014, in APOEL's 4–0 victory for the play-off round of the Champions League. Djebbour also appeared in five group stage matches in APOEL's 2014–15 UEFA Champions League campaign. He scored his first goal for APOEL on 6 October 2014, netting the winner in his teams’s 2–1 comeback win against Othellos for the Cypriot First Division. The next matchday, he scored for a second consecutive league match, netting again the winner in APOEL's 1–0 home win against Nea Salamina. On 15 December 2014, he scored twice in APOEL's enthralling 4–4 home draw against AEK Larnaca for the Cypriot First Division. On 11 March 2015, Djebbour came on as an 62nd minute substitute and scored twice in APOEL's 2–0 home victory against Anorthosis for the quarter-finals of the Cypriot Cup. On 14 March 2015, he scored the equalizer in APOEL's 1–1 away draw against arch rivals Omonia for the play-offs of the Cypriot First Division. On 2 May 2015, Djebbour scored a stoppage-time winner to give APOEL a dramatic 3–2 win against arch rivals Omonia and helped his team to move five points clear at the top of the Cypriot First Division, just three matches before the end. On 24 May 2015, Djebbour scored twice in APOEL's 4–2 victory against Ermis Aradippou and celebrated the double, as his team secured their third consecutive championship title.
Return to AEK
He made his debut with the Algeria in an unofficial friendly game against Istres in August 2006 and his first official game was the following day against Gabon, which Algeria lost 0–2. He scored his first international goal against Liberia on 6 June 2008. He played a key role in Algeria’s winning campaign to qualify for the 2010 FIFA World Cup and scored a crucial goal in Algeria’s 3–1 victory over Egypt in June 2009. He also played at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa but failed to score.
- As of 24 May 2015
|La Louvière||2004–05||Jupiler Pro League||21||6||2||1||—||—||23||7|
|Ethnikos Asteras||2005–06||Beta Ethniki||21||11||2||1||—||—||23||12|
|Panionios||2006–07||Super League Greece||14||4||0||0||—||—||14||4|
|2007–08||Super League Greece||27||15||0||0||—||6||2||33||17|
|AEK Athens||2008–09||Super League Greece||28||8||7||2||—||0||0||35||10|
|2009–10||Super League Greece||19||9||0||0||—||1||0||20||9|
|2010–11||Super League Greece||11||5||2||1||—||6||2||19||8|
|Olympiacos||2010–11||Super League Greece||10||7||1||0||—||0||0||11||7|
|2011–12||Super League Greece||21||12||3||1||—||10||3||34||16|
|2012–13||Super League Greece||25||20||5||2||—||6||0||36||22|
|Sivasspor (loan)||2013–14||Süper Lig||10||2||3||2||—||—||13||4|
|APOEL||2014–15||Cypriot First Division||26||14||6||3||0||0||6||0||38||17|
- Includes Cypriot Super Cup matches.
|Algeria national team|
Last updated: 2013
Source: Rafik Djebbour at National-Football-Teams.com
|1||2008-06-06||Stade Mustapha Tchaker, Blida, Algeria||Liberia||1–0||3–0||2010 WCQ|
|2||2009-06-07||Stade Mustapha Tchaker, Blida, Algeria||Egypt||3–0||3–1||2010 WCQ|
|3||2009-08-12||Stade 5 Juillet 1962, Algiers, Algeria||Uruguay||1–0||1–0||Friendly|
|4||2010-08-11||Stade 5 Juillet 1962, Algiers, Algeria||Gabon||1–2||1–2||Friendly|
|5||2012-05-26||Stade Mustapha Tchaker, Blida, Algeria||Niger||2–0||3–0||Friendly|
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- Greek Superleague official profile and stats
- Profile at UEFA.com