Rafik Saïfi

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Rafik Saïfi
Personal information
Full name Rafik Saïfi
Date of birth (1975-02-07) February 7, 1975 (age 39)
Place of birth Algiers, Algeria
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Forward / attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
Amiens SC
Number 13
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1993–1994 CM Bordj El Kiffan 18 (31)
1994–1995 IRB Sougueur 18 (27)
1995–1996 IB Khémis El Khechna 18 (19)
1996–1999 MC Alger 29 (20)
1999–2004 Troyes 110 (19)
2004–2005 Istres 35 (4)
2005–2006 Ajaccio 26 (2)
2006–2009 Lorient 95 (26)
2009–2010 Al Khor 10 (2)
2010 Istres (loan) 13 (2)
2010– Amiens SC 25 (5)
National team
1998–2010 Algeria 64 (18)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 00:00, 30 September 2011 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 00:00, 30 September 2011 (UTC)

Rafik Saïfi (Arabic: رفيق صايفي‎; born February 7, 1975 in Algiers) is an Algerian professional football player who is currently playing for Amiens SC in the Championnat National.

Characteristics[edit]

A constant threat in the opposing penalty area, the evergreen goalscorer possesses skill in abundance and exhibits real passion when defending the colours of his country.

Career[edit]

Saifi began his football career at CM Bordj El Kifane. It was there where he got a name for himself as a goal machine at the age of 17. He went on to represent two other small teams IRB Sougueur and IB Khémis El Khechna before making his big move to MC Alger in his home city.[1] There he helped the team capture the Algerian league title before moved to France in 1999 at the age of 24 to join Troyes AC. He stayed with Troyes for five seasons, including the 2003-04 season after their relegation to Ligue 2.[2] Moving back into Ligue 1 with a transfer to newly promoted FC Istres in 2004, Saïfi played 35 matches before leaving following the club's relegation. In 2005 he joined AC Ajaccio, also newly promoted, and suffered a third relegation in four years.Saïfi moved to FC Lorient, yet another newly promoted club, in the summer of 2006. Rafik started the 2007-2008 campaign quickly scoring 4 goals in 4 games and signed than on 8 August 2009 a contract with Al Khor.[3]

Al Khor SC[edit]

On August 9, 2009, Saïfi joined Al-Khor on a one-year contract with the club paying a transfer of fee of €500,000 to FC Lorient.[4] Saïfi scored his first goal for the club on his league debut in a match against Al-Gharafa on September 12, 2009.[5] On October 22, 2009, he scored his second league goal, this time against Al-Kharitiyath.

FC Istres[edit]

On January 23, 2010, it was announced that Saïfi would be loaned out to Ligue 2 side FC Istres until the end of the season.[6] The move was made official on February 2, 2010.[7]

On November 4, 2010, Saïfi signed a contract with Amiens SC.[8]

International career[edit]

Saïfi made his debut for the Algerian National Team on June 5, 1998, in a friendly against Bulgaria, coming on as a substitute in the 65th minute.[9] On February 28, 1999, he scored his first international goal in the 2000 African Cup of Nations qualifier against Liberia which ended as 1-1 draw.[10] He scored his second goal in the following game, a 4-1 win in the return leg against Liberia.[11]

Saïfi was called up by Algeria head coach Nasser Sandjak to the Algerian National Team that was taking part in the 2000 African Cup of Nations in Ghana and Nigeria. In the first game against DR Congo, Saïfi started the game and was subbed off in the 70th minute, with the game ending in a goalless draw.[12] In the second group game against Gabon, Saïfi was left out of the starting line-up and was a substitute on the bench but he did take part as he came on in the 77th minute, replacing his Troyes AC teammate Farid Ghazi.[13] Algeria won the game 3-1. He did not take part in the final group game against South Africa. In the quarter-final against Cameroon, Saïfi was left on the bench again but came on in the 51st minute with Algeria losing 2-0.[14] The team managed to pull a goal back in the 90th minute but lost the game 2-1.

Saïfi was a member of the Algerian team that participated in the 2002 African Cup of Nations in Mali and started all three group games against Nigeria, Liberia and hosts Mali. Despite the fact that Algeria failed to make it out of the group stage, Saïfi put in a "best eleven" performance and was included in the team of the tournament.[15]

Saïfi was made his third trip to the African Cup after being included by Algeria manager Rabah Saadane in the team list for the 2010 African Cup of Nations in Angola. He started in Algeria's first game against Malawi, a 3-0 loss, but was subbed off in the 63rd minute by Abdelmalek Ziaya. He started the second game against Mali, a 1-0 win, on the bench and came on in the 80th minute for Abdelkader Ghezzal.[16]

After the world cup 2010, he clearly announced through the Tunisian TV channel "Nessma", that he was done with his international career.

Assault incident[edit]

After a disappointing campaign by Algeria in the 2010 FIFA World Cup in which the team received much domestic criticism, [17] failing to make it beyond the group stage, a controversial incident occurred at the end of the USA-Algeria game in which the USA secured victory in the last minute.[17] Saïfi spotted journalist Asma Halimi, a female reporter who had written an article criticizing him in the newspaper Competition.[17] Saïfi and the journalist had previously been in a dispute because the journalist had translated and published an interview Saïfi had given.[18] He slapped her across the face; Halini responded by striking him back in the face, catching her nail on his lip.[17] Halimi has stated she is filing a complaint about Saïfi with governing body FIFA and the Algerian FA.[17]

National team statistics[edit]

[19]

Algeria national team
Year Apps Goals
1998 3 0
1999 5 2
2000 10 4
2001 5 3
2002 3 0
2003 3 0
2004 3 0
2005 4 2
2006 2 1
2007 7 3
2008 5 1
2009 7 2
2010 7 0
Total 64 18

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. February 28, 1999 Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex, Monrovia, Liberia  Liberia
1 – 0
1 – 1
2000 African Cup of Nations qualification
2. April 9, 1999 Stade 19 Mai 1956, Annaba, Algeria  Liberia
3 – 0
4 – 1
2000 African Cup of Nations qualification
3. October 11, 2000 Stade 19 Mai 1956, Annaba, Algeria  Cape Verde
2 – 0
2 – 0
2002 FIFA World Cup qualification
4. June 3, 2000 Stade 19 Mai 1956, Annaba, Algeria  Guinea
1 – 0
4 – 0
Friendly match
5.
2 – 0
6. June 16, 2000 Stade 19 Mai 1956, Annaba, Algeria  Senegal
1 – 1
1 – 1
2002 FIFA World Cup qualification
7. June 1, 2001 Stade 19 Mai 1956, Annaba, Algeria  Angola
1 – 0
3 – 2
2002 African Cup of Nations qualification
8.
2 – 1
9. December 6, 2001 Stade 5 Juillet 1962, Algiers, Algeria  Ghana
1 – 1
1 – 1
Friendly match
10. February 9, 2005 Stade 5 Juillet 1962, Algiers, Algeria  Burkina Faso
1 – 0
3 – 0
Friendly match
11.
2 – 0
12. November 11, 2006 Luynes, Aix-en-Provence, France  Burkina Faso
1 – 2
1 – 2
Friendly match
13. February 7, 2007 Stade 5 Juillet 1962, Algiers, Algeria  Libya
1 – 1
2 – 1
Friendly match
14. June 2, 2007 Estádio da Várzea, Praia, Cape Verde  Cape Verde
2 – 1
2 – 2
2008 African Cup of Nations qualification
15. September 9, 2007 Independence Stadium, Bakau, Gambia  Gambia
1 – 0
1 – 2
2008 African Cup of Nations qualification
16. September 5, 2008 Stade Mustapha Tchaker, Blida, Algeria  Senegal
2 – 1
3 – 2
2010 FIFA World Cup qualification (CAF)
17. June 20, 2009 Independence Stadium, Chililabombwe, Zambia  Zambia
2 – 0
0 – 2
2010 FIFA World Cup qualification (CAF)
18. September 6, 2009 Stade Mustapha Tchaker, Blida, Algeria  Zambia
1 – 0
1 – 0
2010 FIFA World Cup qualification (CAF)

Honours[edit]

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