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Djamel Belmadi

Djamel Belmadi

Djamel Belmadi
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From Algeria
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Gender male
Birth 27 March 1976, Champigny-sur-Marne
Age 47 years
Star sign Aries
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Djamel Belmadi (Arabic: جمال بلماضي‎‎; born 27 March 1976) is a retired Algerian footballer and is the current manager of Lekhwiya.

Club career

France and Spain

Born in Champigny-sur-Marne, France, Belmadi started his career at Paris Saint-Germain, making his debut in January 1996 against Gueugnon before spending a season at Martigues. He spent the 1997–98 season at Marseille, and then moved to Cannes for the 1998–99 season. In August 1999, he was signed again by Marseille, but immediately went on loan to Spanish club Celta Vigo, where he counted Benni McCarthy of South Africa among his team-mates.

In January 2000, Belmadi returned to Marseille, eventually securing a regular place in the first team's midfield in 2000–01. In January 2001, he made good use of a rare opportunity presented him to play in Marseille's attack, when Liberian maestro George Weah—who had been the main attacker—was away on international duty with the Lone Stars of Liberia. Belmadi seized the opportunity to score a vital goal for Marseille against fellow strugglers Toulouse to keep Marseille just outside the relegation zone.

On 14 April 2001, he scored the winning goal in Marseille's 2–1 victory over Sedan, before a near–60,000 crowd, giving Bernard Tapie's team a much needed lifeline out of relegation.

Manchester City

In January 2003, he had fallen out of favour at Marseille, now managed by Alain Perrin, who agreed to loan him to Kevin Keegan’s Manchester City after a successful trial. He joined ranks with fellow Algerian, Ali Benarbia.

He made his full debut for Manchester City on 29 January 2003 at Maine Road in a 4–1 victory against Fulham (alongside another recruit from the French league – David Sommeil).

In his brief time at Manchester City, he only made 2 starts and 6 substitute appearances, the last of which was in a 1–0 defeat against Southampton on 11 May 2003 in the final league game at Maine Road (when the only goal was scored by Michael Svensson.)

Although Kevin Keegan liked Belmadi's style of play, he conceded that he could not afford another free spirit in a side already containing Eyal Berkovic and Ali Bernabia, so Belmadi returned to Marseille.

In August 2003, he was released by Marseille and played the 2003–04 and 2004–05 seasons in Qatar with Al-Ittihad and Al-Kharitiyath.


In July 2005, after trials at Celtic, Wigan Athletic and Sunderland, he joined Southampton (then playing in the Football League Championship) for their pre-season tour of Scotland. Harry Redknapp initially gave Belmadi a one-month contract, and he made his debut on 6 August 2005 in a 0–0 draw against Wolverhampton Wanderers. His contract was extended until the end of the 2005–06 season after impressive performances in his early games, including a goal against Crewe Alexandra on 27 August 2005. In January 2006 he picked up a thigh injury which put him out of the team until April.

He had, however, done enough to persuade Southampton, now managed by George Burley, to re-sign him for the 2006–07 season, but again this was blighted by injury problems, including a knee injury picked up in September which put him out until February. He picked up several other niggling injuries putting him out for long periods. When fit, there was no doubting Belmadi's ability and quality on the ball whether playing on the left or right of midfield. At his best, he could unpick defences with his passing and kept the ball well. Unfortunately, his injuries restricted him to 40 appearances in his two years at St Mary's. His contract with the Saints expired on 30 June 2007 and was not renewed as Southampton faced up to the financial realities of a third season in the Championship.


After being released by Southampton, he returned to France and joined Valenciennes. He retired from football in 2009.

International career

He made his debut for Algeria on 9 July 2000 against Morocco.

He was part of the Algerian 2004 African Nations Cup team, who finished second in their group in the first round of competition before being defeated by Morocco in the quarter-finals.

He last played for Algeria in a World Cup qualifier against Zimbabwe on 20 June 2004, having made 20 appearances scoring 5 goals.

National team statistics

Algeria national team
Year Apps Goals
2000 2 0
2001 6 2
2002 1 2
2003 3 1
2004 8 0
Total 20 5

International goals

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 26 January 2001 Stade 5 Juillet 1962, Algiers, Algeria  Namibia
1 – 0
1 – 0
2002 FIFA World Cup qualification
2. 6 October 2001 Stade de France, Saint-Denis, France  France
3 – 1
4 – 1
Friendly match
3. 11 October 2002 Stade 19 Mai 1956, Annaba, Algeria  Chad
3 – 0
4 – 1
2004 African Cup of Nations (qualification)
4. 11 October 2002 Stade 19 Mai 1956, Annaba, Algeria  Chad
4 – 0
4 – 1
2004 African Cup of Nations (qualification)
5. 12 February 2003 Stade 19 Mai 1956, Annaba, Algeria  Belgium
1 – 3
1 – 3
Friendly match

Managerial career


Belmadi coaching Lekhwiya in a Qatar Stars League match against Al Sadd

In the summer of 2010, Belmadi was appointed as the head coach of newly promoted Qatar Stars League club Lekhwiya. In his first season with the club, he led them to the 2010–11 Qatar Stars League title, for the first time in the clubs history. He also led them to the final of the 2010 Sheikh Jassem Cup, where they lost to Al Arabi. For the second time, Lekhwiya won the 2011–12 Qatar Stars League title, under the management of Belmadi. He resigned on 8 October 2012 after a bad start of the 2012–13 season.

Qatar B

In December 2013, he was appointed as head coach of the Qatar B team, which was set to participate in the 2014 WAFF Championship on home soil. He called up a number of foreigners to the national team, including compatriots Boualem Khoukhi and Karim Boudiaf after being informed by the QFA that they were eligible to compete for Qatar. Qatar were crowned champions of the 2014 WAFF Championship after defeating Jordan on 7 January. They finished the tournament undefeated, with 10 goals scored and a single goal conceded.

Qatar senior team

On 15 March 2014, he was unveiled as the new head coach of the Qatar senior football team, replacing Fahad Thani. His first match as Qatar coach was a 0–0 draw with Macedonia. He led his team to a notable 1–0 first-ever victory over Australia in a friendly match on 14 October 2014, after having posted a 5–0 win over Lebanon and a 2–0 victory over Uzbekistan in their two previous matches. In correspondence to Qatar's performance in the aforementioned friendly matches, sports channel Al Kass stated that Qatar is "showing signs of evolution with Belmadi" and that the team was "undergoing a renewal". He led Qatar to win 2014 Gulf Cup of Nations by beating host Saudi Arabia in the final. However, Qatar showed a poor form in 2015 AFC Asian Cup and was eliminated in the group stages after three consecutive defeats by United Arab Emirates, Iran and Bahrain. He was dismissed from his post on 30 April 2015.


On 19 June 2015 he was appointed for the second time in his career to coach Lekhwiya, he was a replacement for Michael Laudrup.

Qatar results

Date Venue Opponent Result Win/
Goalscorer(s) Competition
30 May 2014 Rieti, Italy  Macedonia 0–0 D International Friendly
14 July 2014 Doha, Qatar  Indonesia 2–2 D Muftah (40'), Ilyas (54') International Friendly
3 September 2014 Casablanca, Morocco  Morocco 0–0 D International Friendly
9 September 2014 Doha, Qatar  Peru 0–2 L International Friendly
6 October 2014 Doha, Qatar  Uzbekistan 3–0 W Soria (18'), Al Haidos (43') M. Abdullah (67') International Friendly
9 October 2014 Doha, Qatar  Lebanon 5–0 W International Friendly
14 October 2014 Doha, Qatar  Australia 1–0 W Khalfan (61') International Friendly
6 November 2014 Doha, Qatar  North Korea 3–1 W Ilyas (47'), Khoukhi (49'), A. Hassan (56') International Friendly
13 November 2014 Riyadh, Saudi Arabia  Saudi Arabia 1–1 D Majid (54') 2014 Gulf Cup of Nations
16 November 2014 Riyadh, Saudi Arabia  Yemen 0–0 D 2014 Gulf Cup of Nations
19 November 2014 Riyadh, Saudi Arabia  Bahrain 0–0 D 2014 Gulf Cup of Nations
23 November 2014 Riyadh, Saudi Arabia  Oman 3–1 W Al Haidos (36'), Assadalla (59', 67') 2014 Gulf Cup of Nations
26 November 2014 Riyadh, Saudi Arabia  Saudi Arabia 2–1 W Mukhtar (18'), Khoukhi (58') 2014 Gulf Cup of Nations
27 December 2014 Doha, Qatar  Estonia 3–0 W Muntari (23'), Hassan (30'), Mohammad (37') International Friendly
31 December 2014 Canberra, Australia  Oman 2–2 D Abdullah (58', 60') International Friendly
11 January 2015 Canberra, Australia  United Arab Emirates 1–4 L Khalfan Ibrahim 2015 AFC Asian Cup
15 January 2015 Sydney, Australia  Iran 0–1 L 2015 AFC Asian Cup
19 January 2015 Sydney, Australia  Bahrain 1-2 L Hassan Al Haidos 2015 AFC Asian Cup
26 March 2015 Doha, Qatar  Algeria 1-0 W Ali Assadalla International Friendly
30 March 2015 Doha, Qatar  Slovenia 1-0 W Abdelkarim Hassan International Friendly

Managerial statistics

Team Nat From To Record
G W D L Win % GF GA +/−
Lekhwiya Qatar April 2010 October 2012 82 47 19 16 57.32 104 39 +65
Qatar B Qatar December 2013 March 2014 4 4 0 0 100 10 1 +9
Qatar Qatar March 2014 May 2015 20 9 7 4 45 29 17 +12
Lekhwiya Qatar July 2015 Present 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 +0
Total 106 60 26 20 56.6 143 57 +66

Statistics accurate as of match played 30 March 2015.

Bank theft incident

While he was with Manchester City, he, along with players Daniel Van Buyten and Vicente Vuoso, was the victim of a theft by two bank workers. At the time Belmadi left Manchester City, he left £230,000 in an account with the Co-operative Bank. In total, the bank workers stole more than £350,000 from the accounts of the three players.

In January 2006, the bank workers, Paul Sherwood, a cashier, and Paul Hanley, his supervisor, were jailed for 32 months and 12 months respectively.



Paris Saint-Germain
  • Trophée des Champions (1): 1995
  • UEFA Cup Winners' Cup (1): 1996


  • DZFoot d'Or: 2000, 2001


  • Qatar Stars League: 2010–11, 2011–12
  • Qatar Emir Cup: 2016
Qatar B
  • WAFF Championship: 2014
  • Gulf Cup of Nations: 2014

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