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Mourad Meghni

Personal information
Full nameMourad Meghni
Date of birth16 April 1984(age 33)
Place of birthParis, France
Height1.80 m
Playing positionAttacking midfielder / Winger
Club information
Current clubUmm Salal

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Mourad Meghni (born 16 April 1984 in Paris, France) is an Algerian professional footballer. He currently plays as an attacking midfielder for the Qatari club Umm Salal Sport Club and the Algerian national team. He can also played as a central midfielder. He is a player known for his excellent technique, he is right-footed. As a young footballer in France, his ability earned him the nickname "petit Zidane".

Aged 13, Meghni joined the famous academy Le Centre Technique National Fernand Sastre (Fernand Sastre National Technical Centre), commonly referred to as Clairefontaine. He decided to leave the Clairefontaine academy at the age of 16 and signed for Cannes, where he only remained for one season and opted to move on to Bologna, for whom he made his professional debut in 2002, against FC BATE in the Intertoto Cup, coming on as a substitute. With Bologna, he came runner-up in the 2002 Intertoto Cup losing out to Fulham on aggregate 5 3. In the summer of 2007, Meghni signed with Lazio on a co-ownership deal for -5.75 million. He has so far won the 2008 09 Coppa Italia, as well as the Supercoppa Italiana in 2009 with Lazio.

Meghni is a former French youth international and was a part of the team that won the 2001 FIFA U-17 World Championship, held in Trinidad and Tobago alongside Hassan Yebda, Florent Sinama-Pongolle, Anthony Le Tallec and Michaël Fabre. He opted to play for Algeria at senior level in August 2009, taking advantage of FIFA’s new ruling, allowing him to change his national allegiance despite being older than 21 years of age. He made his debut for Algeria in a 1-0 win on 12 August 2009, against Uruguay.

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