Nadir Belhadj

2010-05-13 15:47
Age: 27.
Position: Full back
Club: Portsmouth

Not many can boast of scoring twice against Argentina but Belhadj achieved the feat in a 4-3 loss in a friendly in Spain two years ago to make a strong statement about his ability, particularly down the left wing where he keenly moves forward from his full back position.

Belhadj began his international career in 2000 by representing France at the Under-18 level, making just two appearances for the team.

On March 30, 2004, Belhadj made his unofficial debut for the Algerian National Team in a 0–0 friendly against Belgian club R.A.A. Louviéroise. On April 28, 2004 he made his official debut for the team in a friendly against China.

On June 5, 2007, Belhadj got his first international goal in a friendly 4–3 loss to Argentina. He scored two goals in that game beating goalkeeper Roberto Abbondanzieri twice from free kicks. Since his first call up, Belhadj has been a regular starter in the left back role for the team and occasionally fills in as a left winger as well.

During the 2010 African Cup of Nations he was sent off in the semi-final against Egypt with a straight card, and received a 2 match competitive international ban, ruling him out of the opener against Tanzania in the 2012 African Cup of nations qualifying.

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