Rachid Mekhloufi
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Rachid Mekhloufi
Rachid Mekhloufi
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Personal information
Full name Rachid Mekhloufi
Date of birth (1936-08-12) August 12, 1936 (age 84)
Place of birth Sétif, French Algeria
Height 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Playing position(s) Striker
Youth career
19-1954 USM Sétif
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1954-1958 Saint-Étienne 102 (59)
1962-1963 Servette FC 19 (13)
1963-1968 Saint-Étienne 192 (78)
1968-1970 Bastia 67 (20)
National team
1956-1957 France 4 (0)
1958-1962 FLN 40
1963-1969 [1] Algeria 10 (5)
Teams managed
1969-1970 Bastia
1971-1972 Algeria
1975-1979 Algeria
1982 Algeria
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Rachid Mekhloufi (Arabic: ? ‎; born 12 August 1936 in Sétif, French Algeria) is a French-Algerian former football striker. He later became a manager and coached the Algeria national football team.

Club career

Saint-Étienne

Servette

Bastia

Clubs goals

UEFA competitions

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 4 September 1957 Ibrox Stadium, Glasgow, Scotland Scotland Rangers 0-1[2] 3-1 1957-58 European Cup
2. 12 September 1962 Stade des Charmilles, Genève, Switzerland Netherlands Feyenoord 1-0[3] 1-3 1962-63 European Cup
3. 19 September 1962 De Kuip, Rotterdam, Netherlands Netherlands Feyenoord 0-1[4] 1-3 1962-63 European Cup
4. 19 September 1962 De Kuip, Rotterdam, Netherlands Netherlands Feyenoord 0-3[4] 1-3 1962-63 European Cup
5. 9 September 1964 Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, Saint-Étienne, France Switzerland La Chaux-de-Fonds 1-0[5] 2-2 1964-65 European Cup

International career

International goals

National Team

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. 28 February 1963 19 Juin 1965, Oran  Czechoslovakia 4-0[6] 2-0 Friendly
1. 28 February 1963 19 Juin 1965, Oran  Czechoslovakia 4-0 3-0 Friendly
2. 5 July 1963 Stade d'El Anasser, Algiers  Egypt 1-1[7] 1-1 Friendly
3. 7 July 1963 19 Juin 1965, Oran  Egypt 2-2[8] 1-1 Friendly
6. 22 March 1963 Alexandria Stadium, Alexandria  Egypt 2-2[9] 1-2 Friendly

Career statistics

Club

As of 20 July 2016[10][11]
Club Season League Cup[a] Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Saint-Étienne 1954-55 Division 1 16 9 6 4 -- -- 22 13
1955-56 31 21 4 0 -- -- 35 21
1956-57 30 25 2 1 -- -- 32 26
1957-58 25 4 2 0 2[b] 1 -- 29 5
Total 102 59 14 5 2 1 -- 118 65
Servette 1962-63 Nationalliga A 19 13 0 0 3[b] 2 -- 22 15
Total 19 13 0 0 3 2 -- 22 15
Saint-Étienne 1963-64 Division 1 34 16 1 0 -- -- 35 16
1964-65 32 8 5 0 2[b] 1 -- 39 9
1965-66 38 21 1 1 -- -- 39 22
1966-67 38 12 2 1 -- 1[c] 1 41 14
1967-68 30 7 5 5 4[b] 0 -- 39 12
Total 192 78 18 7 6 1 1 1 217 87
Bastia 1968-69 Division 1 33 13 1 0 -- -- 34 13
1969-70 34 7 9 2 -- -- 43 9
Total 67 20 10 2 -- -- 77 22
Career Total 380 170 42 14 11 4 1 1 434 189

Honours

Clubs

Saint-Étienne

National team

Managerial

Personal

Legacy

In the middle of the Algerian War, on April 13th 1958, ten of the most well-known France-Based professional football (soccer) players fled from France to go and play for their new FLN football team. This team was created from the National Liberation Front (Algeria). One of these 10 players was Rachid Mekhloufi. Rachid, "abandoned the French team preparing for the World Cup Finals in Sweden and instantly became an Algerian national symbol."[12] By the summer, more and more France-based Algerians came to join the original ten who fled. Rachid and his fellow teammates wanted to show the French people the serious war that was going on in Algeria. Many of them did not realize the extent of the war going on, and when ten high-caliber players lef, the French citizens had to wonder and figure out the exact reason why-especially when a few of the footballers were preparing for the World Cup Finals. At the same time, both Rachid and his teammates gave a sense of nationalism to the Citizens of Algeria during their efforts in the War. Mekhloufi (and many others) sacrificed their careers by playing in less competitive environments with lesser demanding training regimes. Mekhloufi is quoted saying "I had lost the taste for effort, the necessary fight" when asked about playing political football[12] . The France-based footballers were a source of nationhood for Algerians, especially in times such as Algeria's 2-0 victory over West Germany in Algiers on January 1, 1964 where Mekhloufi and Mustapha Zitouni starred.

After the disbanding of the FLN in 1962, Mekhloufi returned to play in France. Later on Mekhloufi would come back to manage and coach the Algeria National Football team.

References

  1. ^ http://dzfootball.free.fr/EN/Joueurs/fiche/Mekhloufi-Rachid.html
  2. ^ "Rangers 3-1 Saint-Étienne". UEFA.com. 4 September 1957. Retrieved 2015.
  3. ^ "Servette 1-3 Feyenoord". UEFA.com. 12 September 1962. Retrieved 2015.
  4. ^ a b "Feyenoord 1-3 Servette". UEFA.com. 19 September 1962. Retrieved 2015.
  5. ^ "Saint-Étienne 2-2 La Chaux-de-Fonds". UEFA.com. 9 September 1964. Retrieved 2015.
  6. ^ "Algeria vs. Czechoslovakia - 28 February 1963". dzfoot. Retrieved 2014.
  7. ^ "Algeria vs. Égypte - 5 July 1963". dzfoot. Retrieved 2014.
  8. ^ "Algeria vs. Égypte - 7 July 1963". dzfoot. Retrieved 2014.
  9. ^ "Algeria vs. Égypte - 22 March 1963". dzfoot. Retrieved 2014.
  10. ^ "Rachid Mekhloufi". footballdatabase. Retrieved 2016.
  11. ^ "Rachid Mekhloufi". national-football-teams.com. Retrieved 2016.
  12. ^ a b Alegi, Peter. (2010). African Soccerscapes : How a Continent Changed the World's Game. Athens: Ohio University Press. ISBN 978-0-89680-472-2. OCLC 794698908.

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