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Name: Rais M’bolhi (CSKA Sofia)
Rais M’bolhi plays goalkeeper for the Bulgarian A Professional Football Group club CSKA Sofia.
M’Bolhi started playing football for RCF Paris. Then, he joined Olympique de Marseille, though he never made a league appearance.
After his release from Marseille, M’Bolhi was promptly recruited by Heart of Midlothian however, he was not retained for the 2006–07 season and left the club without having made a first team appearance.
Prior to the 2006–07 season M’Bolhi signed with Greek club Ethnikos Piraeus, then competing in Beta Ethniki. M’Bolhi made 5 appearances for Ethnikos before leaving in the winter transfer period for Greek club Panetolikos, then competing in Gamma Ethniki.
In 2008 M’Bolhi played 22 matches for F.C. Ryūkyū in Japan Football League.
In May 2009, Bulgarian Slavia Sofia signed M’Bolhi to a two-year deal. He made his competitive debut for Slavia on 14 June 2009 against Lokomotiv Sofia. In January 2010, M’Bohli was named the 2009 Best Goalkeeper of A PFG. The fans organization of Slavia named him the best player of the 2009–2010 season.
In 2010, M’Bohli had trials with Manchester United, Newcastle United and West Ham.
He was loaned out to CSKA Sofia on 30 August 2010, until the end of the year. After some unstable performance from Ivan Karadzhov and Zdravko Chavdarov, M’Bolhi was expected to be the first choice goalkeeper for the rest of the first half of the season and the group stage of UEFA Europa League and he indeed established himself as the main goalkeeper for the “redmen”. M’Bolhi did not play against his parent team Slavia Sofia in the seventh round of the Bulgaria A PFG.
At the end of 2010, M’Bolhi was transferred to Russian side Krylia Sovetov Samara, signing a three-and-half-year contract. He was loaned out to CSKA Sofia on 2 August 2011, for a year, and was first choice for the team, but was then recalled by the Russian club. During the summer of 2012, M’Bolhi briefly returned to CSKA Sofia with the intention of signing a permanent contract with the team. However, he was deemed surplus to the requirements by the manager following the team’s elimination from the UEFA Europa League by Slovenian club Mura 05 in late July 2012 (despite the Algerian not participating in these matches).
In mid January 2013, M’Bolhi was loaned out to Ligue 2 club Gazélec Ajaccio. He made his debut on 1 February 2013, in the 0:2 away loss against RC Lens. His team was relegated to the Championnat National at the end of the season and he rejoined CSKA Sofia in the summer of 2013.
M’Bolhi was initially the third choice goalkeeper for the “armymen”, but started to feature more often towards the end of 2013. He continues to be a regular for Algeria.
He earned his first call-up to France U17 national team in November 2002 for a friendly match against England. In 2003 he was called up for friendlies against Portugal and Czech Republic.
In 2010, M’Bohli made his debut for Algeria in a 3–0 loss against Ireland after coming on as a second half substitute. He conceded one goal, a penalty kick scored by Robbie Keane. He made his second appearance for Algeria in the 2010 FIFA World Cup, keeping a clean sheet and impressing in the goalless draw against England.
Landon Donovan’s goal off of M’Bolhi’s rebound in the 91st minute of Algeria’s 23 June match-up against the United States in the 2010 World Cup was the only goal he conceded in the tournament, but the 1–0 loss knocked Algeria out of the tournament in the opening round.
M’Bolhi was chosen as the starting goalkeeper for the first two games of the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualification and featured in 2014 World Cup qualification matches.
Name: Mohamed Zemmamouche (USM Alger)
Mohamed Zemmamouche currently plays for USM Alger in the Algerian Ligue Professionnelle 1 and the Algerian national team.
In December 2009, Zemmamouche was selected by Rabah Saâdane to play in the 2010 African Cup of Nations hosted in Angola, and as backup to Faouzi Chaouchi, he came on as a replacement in the semi-final against Egypt following Chaouchi’s sending-off, before playing the entire 90 minutes of the Third-place Playoff against Nigeria.
Zemmamouche was the last player cut as Algeria coach Rabah Saâdane finalised his 23-man squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa.
Name: Ezzdine Doukha (USM El Harrach)
He currently plays as a goalkeeper for USM El Harrach in the Algerian Ligue Professionnelle 1.
On December 28, 2010, Doukha made his debut for the Algerian A’ National Team starting in a 3-1 friendly win over Chad.
On May 14, 2011, Doukha was called up to the Algerian National Team for the first time for a 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Morocco.
Name: Mohamed Cedric (CS Constantine)
Mohamed Cedric currently plays for CS Constantine in the Algerian Ligue Professionnelle.
On October 2, 2009, Si Mohamed was called up to the Algeria A’ National Team for a 12 day training camp in Alger in preparation for the 2011 African Championship of Nations qualifiers. On March 3, 2010, he made his debut for the team in a 4-0 friendly win over Liechtenstein.