Algerians/Slovenians Abroad: Weekend Rewind

Rafik Djebbour 1 (Reuters)
 

By FRANCO PANIZO

U.S. national team forward Eddie Johnson is currently the top goal-scorer in the Greek play-offs with three goals, but hot on his trail is Algerian forward Rafik Djebbour.

Djebbour scored the opener in AEK Athens' play-off against Johnson's Aris Salonika, marking the second consecutive match in which he found the back of the net. Djebbour's finish – a crafty, off-balanced volley – was his second goal of the post-season and it helped AEK Athens to a 4-2 win, which places the club in third place of the four-team Greek play-offs.

It wasn't all good news this weekend. Slovenian forward Zlatko Dedic and Algerian defender Antar Yahia saw their club, VfL Bochum, relegated with a 3-0 loss to Hannover 96. Yahia went the distance in the season finale while Dedic made a 29-minute cameo off the bench.

Here is how the Algerians and Slovenians Abroad did this weekend:



ALGERIA

ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE

  • Defender Nadir Belhadj did not dress in Portsmouth's 1-0 loss vs. Everton on Sunday. He is recovering from a groin injury.

  • Midfielder Hassan Yebda did not dress in Portsmouth's 1-0 loss vs. Everton on Sunday.
  • Forward Kamel Ghilas did not dress in Hull City's 0-0 draw vs. Liverpool on Sunday.

ENGLISH CHAMPIONSHIP

  • Forward Hameur Bouazza did not dress in Blackpool's 2-1 win vs. Nottingham Forest in the first leg of the Championship semifinals on Saturday.

SCOTTISH PREMIER LEAGUE

  • Defender Madjid Bougherra did not dress in Rangers' 3-3 draw vs. Motherwell on Sunday.
  • Defender Ismael Bouzid started and played 90 minutes in Heart of Midlothian's 2-1 loss vs. Celtic on Sunday.

SPANISH LA LIGA

  • Midfielder Mehdi Lacen started and played 90 minutes in Racing Santander's 2-1 loss vs. Valladolid on Saturday.

ITALIAN SERIE A

  • Midfielder Abdelkader Ghezzal started and played 90 minutes in Siena's 1-1 draw vs. Fiorentina on Sunday.

  • Midfielder Mourad Meghni did not dress in Lazio's 2-1 win vs. Livorno on Sunday.

GERMAN BUNDESLIGA

  • Defender Antar Yahia started, played 90 minutes and received a yellow card in VfL Bochum's 3-0 loss vs. Hannover 96 on Saturday. 
  • Midfielder Karim Matmour did not dress in Borussia Moenchengladbach's 1-1 draw vs. Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday.
  • Midfielder Karim Ziani did not dress in VfL Wolfsburg's 3-1 win vs. Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday.
  • Forward Chadli Amri started and played 83 minutes in Mainz 05's 0-0 draw vs. Schalke 04 on Saturday.  

BUNDESLIGA 2

  • Forward Noureddine Daham did not dress in TUS Koblenz's 1-1 draw vs. FSV Frankfurt on Sunday.

FRENCH LIGUE 1

  • Midfielder Yazid Mansouri dressed but did not play in Lorient's 2-1 loss vs. Montpellier on Saturday.

PORTUGUESE LIGA SAGRES

  • Defender Rafik Halliche started and played 90 minutes in CD Nacional de Madeira's 1-1 draw vs. Sporting Braga on Sunday.

GREEK SUPER LEAGUE

  • Forward Rafik Djebbour started, played 90 minutes and scored a GOAL in AEK Athens' 4-2 win vs. Aris Salonika in the Greek play-offs on Sunday.

  • Midfielder Salim Arrache and PAS Giannina's season is over.

SLOVENIA

ENGLISH CHAMPIONSHIP

  • Midfielder Robert Koren and West Bromwich Albion's season is over.

ITALIAN SERIE A

  • Goalkeeper Samir Handanovic started, played 90 minutes, received a yellow card and made two saves in Udinese's 3-3 draw vs. Bari on Sunday.
  • Defender Bojan Jokic started and played 90 minutes in Chievo Verona's 4-3 loss vs. Inter Milan on Sunday.

GERMAN BUNDESLIGA

  • Forward Milivoje Novakovic came off the bench and played 14 minutes in FC Cologne's 1-0 loss vs. Nurnberg on Saturday.

  • Defender Miso Brecko started, played 90 minutes and received a yellow card in FC Cologne's 1-0 loss vs. Nurnberg on Saturday. 
  • Forward Zlatko Dedic came off the bench and played 29 minutes in VfL Bochum's 3-0 loss vs. Hannover 96 on Saturday.

BUNDESLIGA 2

  • Defender Matej Mavric started and played 90 minutes in TUS Koblenz's 1-1 draw vs. FSV Frankfurt on Sunday.
  • Midfielder Goran Sukalo started, played 71 minutes and received a yellow card in FC Augsburg's 1-1 draw vs. Kaiserslautern on Sunday. 

FRENCH LIGUE 1

  • Defender Bostjan Cesar started and played 90 minutes in Grenoble's 2-0 win vs. Boulogne on Saturday.
  • Forward Valter Birsa started and played 60 minutes in AJ Auxerre's 0-0 draw vs. Lens on Saturday.

DUTCH EREDIVISIE

  • Midfielder Dalibor Stevanovic and Vitesse Arnhem's season is over.

PORTUGUESE LIGA SAGRES

  • Midfielder Nejc Pecknik did not dress in CD Nacional de Madeira's 1-1 draw vs. Sporting Braga on Sunday.

GREEK SUPER LEAGUE

  • Midfielder Aleksander Radosavljevic and Larissa's season is over.
  • Midfielder Mirnes Sisic and PAS Giannina's season is over. 

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What do you think of these performances? Any player(s) you're particularly worried about? Do you see Djebbour causing problems against the U.S. defense? Surprised to see Yahia and Dedic relegated? Think either will move to another club?

Share your thoughts below.

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5 Responses to Algerians/Slovenians Abroad: Weekend Rewind

  1. SteveforPresident says:

    EJ and top scorer is something we haven’t heard since 2004. He needs to take a paycut and remain with Aris for years to come. Eventually he’ll learn some Greek

  2. Leonardo says:

    Rafik Djebbour scored a sweet goal in this clip! too bad he wont get the ball cuz our midfield will dominate them! looks like most of their midfield isnt getting playing time in any league

  3. matt dillon says:

    what about all those 7 other Euro-based, uncapped players that “The Sheikh” (Algeria’s coach, Saadane) just called up for the World Cup? There was one on Davies’ team, Sochaux, in France and another is on loan at Wolves in the EPL. Given that we haven’t tracked them here, it would be a nice feature to see a summary of their club careers and some info on their current form. I think 3 of them were former France youth internationals who will now petition to switch to Algeria.

  4. dwbakke says:

    I agree – we only care about Algerians and Slovenians because they’re could to be in the World Cup against us, we should follow all the guys on the preliminary lists.

    Midfielder Ryad Boudebouz came off the bench for Sochaux and played 20 minutes in their 2-0 loss at Bordeaux

    Midfielder Foued Kadir played 90 minutes in Valenciennes’ 2-2 draw with Lyon

    Left-back Djamel Mesbah played 90 minutes in Lecce’s 2-1 win at Ascoli (Italian Serie B)

    Midfielder Adlene Guedioura played 90 minutes and scored a goal in Wolves’ 2-1 win over Sunderland

    Goalkeeper Rais M’Bohli was suspended for Slavia Sofia’s 2-2 draw at Chernomorets

    Defender Carl Medjani played 90 minutes in Ajaccio’s 1-0 win over Chateauroux (Ligue 2)

    Defender Habib Bellaid is injured and did not dress in Boulogne’s 2-0 loss at Grenoble

  5. Zak1FCK says:

    Chadli Amri just transfered to Kaiserslautern.