Djamel Zidane in 1982
|Date of birth||28 April 1955|
|Place of birth||Algiers, French Algeria|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Djamel Zidane (born 28 April 1955) is an Algerian retired footballer. He played in two World Cups. He appeared for the Algeria national team at the 1982 World Cup and at the 1986 World Cup, in which he scored one goal, a free kick against Northern Ireland. He is not related to Zinedine Zidane.
He spent nine seasons with hometown club USM Alger. Making his first steps in the B team, he had rapidly ascended to the A team, then playing in the Algerian Division 2 in 1972. He won two Algerian Juniors Cups, and helped promote the team to the 1st division in the 1973/74 season. He was crowned Algerian best player of the year,[when?][by whom?] and departed to the Belgian League, where he spent seven seasons with KV Kortrijk and KSV Waterschei.
Zidane amassed 15 appearances with the Algerian national team between 1975 and 1986, 5 of them in the 1982 and 1986 World Cups. He made his international debut in a friendly against Albania, a 1-0 win, in January 1975. He did not play again for his country until 1981, when he scored his first international goal in a 2-0 defeat of Nigeria in Lagos in October 1981. He was part of Algeria's 1982 FIFA World Cup squad, the country's first appearance in the competition, which ended with an elimination after the West-Germany Austria Non-aggression pact of Gijón.
Zidane was also part of Algeria's squad for the 1986 FIFA World Cup, where he scored his only World Cup goal against Northern Ireland, a free-kick on the hour mark. Algeria's final game in that competition, a loss against Spain, was Zidane's last international appearance.
In 2006 a football academy named after the champion opened in El Achour quarter "Our objective is to educate and train young players, to create an environment in which they can progress," explained academy director Farid Bahbouh.