Lakhdar Belloumi

Lakhdar Belloumi
Lakhdar Belloumi in 2017
Personal information
Full name Lakhdar Belloumi
Date of birth (1958-12-29) 29 December 1958
Place of birth Mascara, Algeria
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
Retired
Youth career
1973–1974 OS Mascara
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1974–1976 OS Mascara (–)
1976–1977 SKAF El-Khemis (–)
1977–1978 GCB Mascara 26 (29)
1978–1979 MP Oran 25 (11)
1979–1981 MP Alger 30 (10)
1981–1987 GCR Mascara 60 (27)
1987–1988 Mouloudia d'Oran 56 (36)
1988 Al-Arabi SC 6 (5)
1989–1990 M. Oran / MC Oran 27 (12)
1990–1991 GC Mascara 4 (4)
1991–1992 USM Bel Abbès 40 (20)
1992–1993 GC Mascara 12 (7)
1993–1994 MC Oran 27 (6)
1994–1996 GC Mascara 38 (19)
1996 MC Oran 11 (2)
1997 GC Mascara 13 (3)
1997–1998 ASM Oran 17 (9)
1998–1999 GC Mascara 25 (4)
Total 417 (204)
National team
1974–1977 Algeria U17 (–)
1977–1978 Algeria U20 4 (2)
1979–1980 Algeria military (–)
1978–1989 Algeria 100[1] (27)
1989 Algeria futsal 3 (1)
Teams managed
2001–2002 MC Oran
2002–2003 USM Bel-Abbès
2003 Al Tadamun SC
2004–2005 Algeria
2005–2006 GC Mascara
2011 Algeria beach soccer
2015 Algeria beach soccer
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Lakhdar Belloumi (Arabic: لخضر بلومي Lakhḍar Ballūmī; born 29 December 1958) is a former Algerian football player and manager. He is widely considered as the best Algerian player of all time and one of the best players in Africa. He is said to have invented the "Blind Pass".[2] He is awarded the 4th best African player of the century.[3] He holds the record as the most capped Algerian player with 100 national caps[1] (147 caps not recognized by FIFA)[4] and is also the third best goalscorer of the Algerian national team in all time with 27 goals[5] (34 goals not recognized by FIFA).[6]

Belloumi's goal against reigning European champions West Germany earned Algeria a stunning 2–1 victory in their World Cup debut in Spain '82.[7]

International career

Belloumi has a total of 147 caps and 34 goals for Algeria national team but only 100 caps and 27 goals are recognized by FIFA.[4][6] He participated at 1980 Summer Olympics, at two editions of FIFA World Cup (1982 and 1986), at four editions of Africa Cup of Nations (1980, 1982, 1984 and 1988) and at two editions of Mediterranean Games (1979 and 1983). In 1981, he was awarded African Footballer of the Year. Belloumi scored the winning goal in the 2–1 win over West Germany in the 1982 World Cup, and was a pivotal player in the Algerian national team throughout the 1980s. His last game for Algeria came in 1989.

Club career

Belloumi spent almost his entire career at home (apart from a brief spell in Qatar late in his career), most notably with his hometown club GC Mascara, as well as MC Oran. He played also with MC Alger for two years during his military service in Algiers. He won two domestic championships during his career in 1984 with GC Mascara and in 1988 with MC Oran. After returning for another spell in Mascara in 1994, he continued playing until retirement in 1999.

Belloumi had contact with various European clubs, including Barcelona, before Spain '82, but "the law did not allow us to leave the country before the age of 27". In 1985, he caught the eye of Juventus after shining in a friendly against them, only to miss out on a dream transfer after breaking his leg in the African Champions' Cup in Libya against Al-Ittihad. He was understandably disappointed "It was a real shame for me that I couldn't go".[7]

Often overlooked for international recognition due to not joining a major European club, despite the interest of major European clubs (Juventus were reportedly very keen to acquire his services despite the performances of Michel Platini). Belloumi was recognised by any who watched him play, including the great Pelé, as a fantastic player.

Honours

Clubs

Mascara
MC Oran

International

Individual

Career statistics

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
SeasonClubLeague CapsGoals CapsGoals CapsGoals CapsGoals CapsGoals
Algeria League Algerian Cup League Cup Africa Total
1974–75OS MascaraDivision H--
1975–76--
1976–77SKAF El-KhemisDivision 2--
1977–78GCB Mascara--
1978–79MP OranDivision 125112?--2711
1979–80MP Alger10400-44159
1980–819320-10123
1981–82GCR Mascara31--
1982–83+15+3--
1983–84--
1984–85-20
1985–86--
1986–87+308--
1987–88Mouloudia d'Oran+3042--
Qatar League Qatar Emir Cup Qatari Super Cup Asia Total
1988Al-ArabiQatar Stars League22--
Algeria League Algerian Cup League Cup Africa Total
1988–89Mouloudia d'OranDivision 1-20
1989–90MC Oran6-61
1990–91GC MascaraDivision 2--
1991–92USM Bel-AbbèsDivision 1
1992–93GC MascaraDivision 2--
1993–94MC OranDivision 1-
1994–95GC Mascara--
1995–96Division 2--
1996MC OranDivision 1112--
1997GC MascaraDivision 2133--
1997–98ASM Oran179-
1998–99GC MascaraDivision 12550--
Total Algeria
Qatar 22
Career total

Goals statistics

Clubs goals

African competition

Scores and results list Algeria's goal tally first. "Score" column indicates the score after the player's goal.
#DateVenueOpponentScoreResultCompetition
1.26 April 1980Stade 5 Juillet 1962, Algiers Dragons de l'Ouémé
2–0
3–0
1980 African Cup of Champions Clubs
2.24 May 1980Stade Robert Champroux, Abidjan Stella Adjamé
4–2
4–2
1980 African Cup of Champions Clubs
3.7 June 1980Stade 5 Juillet 1962, Algiers Stella Adjamé
1–0
3–1
1980 African Cup of Champions Clubs
4.
3–1
5.22 September 1989Stade Habib Bouakeul, Oran Al-Mourada SC
1–0
4–0
1989 African Cup of Champions Clubs
6.... ... 1994Stade Akid Lotfi, Tlemcen AS Tempête Mocaf
3–0
7–4
1994 African Cup of Champions Clubs

International goals

National Team

Scores and results list Algeria's goal tally first. "Score" column indicates the score after the player's goal.[8]
#DateVenueOpponentScoreResultCompetition
1.17 October 1978Stade 17 Juin 1976, Constantine Congo
1–0
3–0
Friendly
2.9 April 1979Stade 5 Juillet 1962, Algiers Mali
1–0
1–0
1980 Summer Olympics qualification
3.24 June 1979Stade 5 Juillet 1962, Algiers Libya
1–0
3–1
1980 African Cup of Nations qualification
4.27 September 1979Stadion Rade Končar, Šibenik Yugoslavia
0–1
3–2
1979 Mediterranean Games
5.29 September 1979Stadion Poljud, Split Greece
1–0
2–1
1979 Mediterranean Games
6.21 December 1979Stade 5 Juillet 1962, Algiers Morocco
1–0
3–0
1980 Summer Olympics qualification
7.13 Marsh 1980Liberty Stadium, Ibadan Morocco
1–0
1–0
1980 African Cup of Nations
8.16 Marsh 1980Liberty Stadium, Ibadan Guinea
2–0
3–2
1980 African Cup of Nations
9.20 July 1980Dinamo Stadium, Minsk Syria
1–0
3–0
1980 Summer Olympics
10.24 July 1980Dinamo Stadium, Minsk Spain
1–1
1–1
1980 Summer Olympics
11.1 May 1981Stade 17 Juin 1976, Constantine Niger
2–0
4–0
1982 FIFA World Cup qualification
12.
4–0
13.30 August 1981Stade 19 June 1965, Oran Upper Volta
3–0
7–0
1982 African Cup of Nations qualification
14.
4–0
15.10 October 1981Surulere Stadium, Lagos Nigeria
0–1
0–2
1982 FIFA World Cup qualification
16.30 October 1981Stade 17 Juin 1976, Constantine Nigeria
1–0
2–1
1982 FIFA World Cup qualification
17.16 June 1982El Molinón, Gijón West Germany
1–2
1–2
1982 FIFA World Cup
18.11 September 1983Stade El Abdi, El Jadida Tunisia
1–2
2–3
1983 Mediterranean Games
19.28 October 1983Stade 5 Juillet 1962, Algiers Libya
1–0
2–0
1984 Summer Olympics qualification
20.5 Marsh 1984Stade Bouaké, Bouaké Malawi
2–0
3–0
1984 African Cup of Nations
21.17 Marsh 1984Stade Félix Houphouët-Boigny, Abidjan Egypt
2–0
3–1
1984 African Cup of Nations
22.10 October 1984Otto-Grotewohl-Stadion, Aue East Germany
5–2
5–2
Friendly
23.8 Marsh 1985Stade 5 Juillet 1962, Algiers Mauritania
1–0
4–0
1986 African Cup of Nations qualification
24.14 December 1986Stade 5 Juillet 1962, Algiers Ivory Coast
1–0
2–1
Friendly
25.11 January 1987Stade El Menzah, Tunis Tunisia
0–1
0–2
1987 All-Africa Games qualification
26.13 Marsh 1988Stade Mohamed V, Casablanca Ivory Coast
0–1
1–1
1988 African Cup of Nations
27.26 Marsh 1988Stade Mohamed V, Casablanca Morocco
1–1
1–1
1988 African Cup of Nations

National Team (not counted)

#DateVenueOpponentScoreResultCompetition
1.11 February 1982El Molinón, Gijón Spain Ol.
0–2
0–1
Friendly

Club

#DateVenueOpponentScoreResultCompetition
1.29 November 1979Stade Frères Brakni, Blida Bałtyk Gdynia
1–0
2–0
Friendly
2.5 January 1982Stade Francis-Le Blé, Brest Stade Brestois
0–1
0–3
Friendly
3.23 May 1982Stade Gerland, Lyon Olympique Lyonnais
1–2
1–2
Friendly
4.5 August 1983Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir, Paris Racing Paris
0–1
0–1
Friendly
5.1 February 1984Stade 5 Juillet 1962, Algiers FC Carl Zeiss Jena
2–1
2–1
Friendly
6.5 February 1987Stade 5 Juillet 1962, Algiers Videoton FC
1–0
2–1
Friendly

News

Belloumi was a subject of an arrest warrant in Egypt for almost 20 years following an incident in Cairo in 1989 when after a 1990 FIFA World Cup qualifying match a brawl erupted to the hostel residence of the Algeria team, between players of the Algerian squad and Egyptian supporters that left an Egyptian fan, doctor by profession, seriously injured in his eye by a broken bottle which was attributed to be thrown by Belloumi. From 2006, he was added among the lists of the accused in Interpol.

The Algerian authorities accused Egypt of wanting deliberately to accuse Belloumi who was the biggest star of the country, to make diversion against hostile events that Algeria team has suffered during the qualifying match in Cairo. Belloumi always claimed his innocence and teammates present at the incident had also testified before the Algerian justice that it was goalkeeper Kamel Kadri responsible for inflicting the injury.

The warrant was finally rescinded in April 2009 and Belloumi was cleared of all legal proceedings at the initiative of Algerian president Abdelaziz Bouteflika in collaboration of the Algerian and Egyptian authorities.[9][10][11]

References

This article is issued from Wikipedia. The text is licensed under Creative Commons - Attribution - Sharealike. Additional terms may apply for the media files.