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Karim Saidi

Personal information
Full nameKarim Ben Ahmed Saïdi
Arabic: كريم سعيدي
Date of birth24 March 1983(age 33)
Place of birthTunis, Tunisia
Height1.86 m
Playing positionCentre back
Club information
Current clubLierse

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Karim Saïdi ( ; born 24 March 1983 in Tunis) is a Tunisian football player who currently plays for Belgian club Lierse SK.

When Karim was 10 years old he joined Club Africain, one of the major clubs in Tunisia. He made his debut in the Tunisian national team against Morocco in 2003. In 2004 the right-footed defender moved to Feyenoord Rotterdam after advice from his friend Hatem Trabelsi and signed a contract till 2008. During his first season he was the first choice in Feyenoord's central defense, as a result of which he played 30 matches in the Dutch Eredivisie.

As of 2005/06, Saïdi lost his spot in the starting eleven. Determined to play as a regular in order to increase his chances to be in the Tunisian squad during the FIFA World Cup 2006, he moved on loan to US Lecce of Italian Serie A on January 31, 2006. He made 9 appearances with Lecce and gained a place in the Tunisian squad for the FIFA World Cup 2006.

Following the World Cup, Karim returned to Feyenoord for the 2006/2007 season. He remained at the club until January 2008, when he moved on loan to Sivasspor in January 2008. Karim made a good impression in the Turkish first division helping the club secure an impressive fourth place allowing it to participate in its first ever European cup.

On October 9, 2008 he signed a four-year contract with his former club Club Africain. Failing to reassert himself in his childhood club, he signed a two-year deal with Tours FC in June 2009.

On July 9, 2011 Saidi signed a two-year contract with Belgian Pro League outfit Lierse SK.

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