Rafik Halliche

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Rafik Halliche
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Personal information
Full name Rafik Halliche
Date of birth (1986-09-02) 2 September 1986 (age 31)
Place of birth Algiers, Algeria
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Number 32
Youth career
1993–2000 CREPS Ben Aknoun
2000–2005 NA Hussein Dey
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2008 NA Hussein Dey 45 (1)
2008–2010 Benfica 0 (0)
2008–2010 Nacional (loan) 34 (0)
2010–2012 Fulham 1 (0)
2012–2014 Académica 29 (0)
2014–2017 Qatar SC 30 (2)
2017– Estoril 4 (0)
National team
2006–2008 Algeria U23 6 (0)
2008– Algeria 37 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 5 November 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 30 March 2015

Rafik Halliche (Arabic: رفيق حليش‎; born 2 September 1986) is an Algerian professional footballer who plays as a central defender for Portuguese club G.D. Estoril Praia.

He started playing in 2005 with Hussein Dey, going on to spend the vast majority of his career in Portugal.

An Algerian international since 2008, Halliche represented the nation in two World Cups and three Africa Cup of Nations tournaments.

Club career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Born in Algiers, Halliche began playing football at the age of seven with CREPS Ben Aknoun.[1] After seven years with the club he joined the junior ranks of NA Hussein Dey, making his senior debut on 30 January 2006 in a league match against Paradou AC, coming on as a substitute in the 74th minute.[2]


In the January 2008 transfer window, Halliche received interest from a number of French sides, including AJ Auxerre and Valenciennes FC. However, on 30 January, he signed a four-year contract with Portugal's S.L. Benfica,[3] which immediately loaned him to fellow Primeira Liga team C.D. Nacional until the end of the season.[4]

On 30 March 2008, Halliche made his debut for Nacional, coming on at half-time in a 2–0 home league win against U.D. Leiria.[5] He would go on to make two more appearances as a starter before going back to Benfica at the end of the loan, which was then extended for the entirety of 2008–09 and also the following campaign.[6]


On 16 August 2010, Halliche was reported to be linked with a move to Premier League club Fulham, for £1.3 million.[7] On 23 August, Benfica confirmed the sale of the player,[8] who signed a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee.[9]

Halliche made his official début 8 January 2011, replacing Brede Hangeland in the FA Cup's third round tie against Peterborough United: he conceded a penalty in the 85th minute for tripping Craig Mackail-Smith, in an eventual 6–2 win.[10][11] His first league appearance came on the 22nd, again from the bench (for Aaron Hughes), in a 2–0 home win against Stoke City.[12]

Swansea City made a successful loan bid for Halliche during the 2011 summer transfer window, but several weeks after the deadline, FIFA denied international clearance to Swansea for both his move and Darnel Situ's move from RC Lens, leaving the defender as a Fulham player subject to an appeal by the Welsh side.[13]

On 6 December 2011, Halliche went on a week-long trial with Celtic in the Scottish Premier League,[14] but nothing came of it. On 31 August of the following year, Fulham confirmed that the player's contract had been terminated by mutual consent.[15]


Halliche returned to Portugal on 31 August 2012, signing a two-year deal with Académica de Coimbra.[16] During his spell, he battled for first-choice status with Aníbal Capela and João Real.[17]

Qatar SC[edit]

On 13 July 2014, Halliche signed for Qatar SC.[18]

International career[edit]

Halliche made his debut for Algeria on 31 May 2008 against Senegal, replacing Anthar Yahia in the 75th minute. On 18 November 2009 he started in the decisive tie-breaker against Egypt for the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, as the national side won 1–0 in Sudan and returned to the FIFA World Cup 24 years after its last presence.

Halliche was also summoned for the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations in Angola: he kept the national side's qualification hopes alive after scoring the only goal in a win against Mali, after a loss to Malawi in the opener. In the semifinals he was sent off in the first half after being given two yellow cards, the last one also resulting in a penalty, in a 0–4 loss against Egypt.[19]

Halliche was picked to represent Algeria in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, playing all the matches and minutes as the national side only conceded two goals in the group stage, but finished last in their group after failing to score once.[20] He was also selected to the following edition by coach Vahid Halilhodžić, as captain,[21] and contributed decisively to a 4–2 group win over South Korea on 22 June, heading home from a corner kick for his country's second goal.[22]

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Algeria's goal tally first. "Score" column indicates the score after the player's goal.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 14 January 2010 11 de Novembro, Luanda, Angola  Mali 1–0 1–0 2010 Africa Cup of Nations
2. 22 June 2014 Beira-Rio, Porto Alegre, Brazil  South Korea 2–0 4–2 2014 World Cup
3. 11 October 2014 Kamuzu Stadium, Blantyre, Malawi  Malawi 1–0 2–0 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualification


  1. ^ Azibi, Abdelatif (27 June 2009). "Le Buteur s'invite chez Halliche" [Le Buteur visits Halliche] (in French). Le Buteur. Retrieved 3 September 2012. 
  2. ^ "Division 1 18e j NAHD 1–1 PAC" (in French). DZFoot. 30 January 2006. Retrieved 5 September 2012. 
  3. ^ "Halliche assina e... busca clube" [Halliche signs and... looks for club]. Record (in Portuguese). 30 January 2008. Retrieved 14 November 2017. 
  4. ^ "Benfica: Halliche emprestado ao Nacional" [Benfica: Halliche loaned to Nacional] (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. 31 January 2008. Retrieved 14 November 2017. 
  5. ^ "Nacional vence União de Leiria" [Nacional beat União de Leiria] (in Portuguese). Rádio e Televisão de Portugal. 30 March 2008. Retrieved 14 November 2017. 
  6. ^ "Benfica: Halliche diz que Nacional quer comprar o seu passe" [Benfica: Halliche says Nacional want to buy his rights] (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. 22 June 2009. Retrieved 14 November 2017. 
  7. ^ Newcastle United plotting late swoop for Fulham bound Benfica defender Rafik Halliche; Goal.com, 16 August 2010
  8. ^ "Halliche no Fulham" [Halliche to Fulham] (in Portuguese). S.L. Benfica. 23 August 2010. Archived from the original on 23 November 2010. Retrieved 6 December 2013. 
  9. ^ "Algeria defender Halliche seals Fulham move". ESPN Soccernet. 24 August 2010. Retrieved 6 December 2013. 
  10. ^ "Fulham 6–2 Peterborough". Fulham F.C. 8 January 2011. Archived from the original on 11 January 2011. Retrieved 6 December 2013. 
  11. ^ "Fulham 6–2 Peterborough". Fulham F.C. 8 January 2011. Retrieved 6 December 2013. 
  12. ^ "Fulham 2–0 Stoke City". Fulham F.C. 22 January 2011. Retrieved 6 December 2013. 
  13. ^ "Swans denied clearance for duo". Sky Sports. 15 September 2011. Retrieved 15 September 2011. 
  14. ^ "Celtic take Fulham defender on trial". STV News. 7 December 2011. Retrieved 30 December 2011. 
  15. ^ "Halliche released". Fulham F.C. 31 August 2012. Retrieved 31 August 2012. 
  16. ^ "Halliche assina por duas temporadas" [Halliche signs for two seasons]. Expresso (in Portuguese). 31 August 2012. Retrieved 6 December 2013. 
  17. ^ "Académica sem Halliche mas com Ivanildo para a receção ao Guimarães" [Académica without Halliche but with Ivanildo to host Guimarães] (in Portuguese). Notícias de Coimbra. 3 May 2014. Retrieved 31 August 2017. 
  18. ^ "Rafiq Halliche arrives in Doha". Qatar Stars League. 14 July 2014. Retrieved 14 July 2014. 
  19. ^ Algeria 0–4 Egypt; BBC Sport, 28 January 2010
  20. ^ Rafik HallicheFIFA competition record
  21. ^ "Algeria World Cup 2014 squad". The Daily Telegraph. 2 June 2014. Retrieved 22 June 2014. 
  22. ^ "Koreans crushed by impressive Algeria". FIFA.com. 22 June 2014. Retrieved 22 June 2014. 

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