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Mustapha Hadji

Mustapha Hadji
Complete Name: Mustapha Hadji
Nationality: Moroccan
Place of Birth: Ifrane, Morocco
Date of Birth: November 16, 1971
Height: 184 cm
Weight: 72 kg
National team: Morocco
Current club: Al-Emirates
Positions: Midfielder


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Club career history

Nancy (France), Sporting CP (Portugal), Deportivo La Coruña (Spain), Coventry City (England), Aston Villa (England), Espanyol (Spain)




Moustapha Hadji (born 16 November 1971 in Ifrane, Morocco) is a Moroccan international footballer. His brother, Youssef Hadji, is also a Moroccan international and currently plays for Rennes

Hadji, nicknamed Mous, immigrated with his family at his early age to France. They settled first at Saint-Etienne, then Monceau, and finally Creutzwald. It is there that Mustapha Hadji began playing football. He signed his first contract with AS Nancy where he spent his first season as a youth player before joining the senior squad in his second year with the club.

In mid 1990s, Moustapha was offered a place in the French junior national team but decided to play for Morocco.

After playing for Nancy, Hadji joined Sporting Lisbon and then Deportivo, but it was with Coventry City where he became well known, especially in Britain. After an impressive 1998 World Cup, where Hadji scoring a memorable goal against Norway, he became much sought after, especially after being named African Footballer of the Year in 1998. He was signed a year later by Coventry City.

Hadji is a goal scoring attacking midfielder with great pace and skilful runs. At Coventry, he was joined by Moroccan international, Youssef Chippo, sparking a brief trend for City fans to wear fezzes to games in their honour. After Coventry were relegated in 2001, he joined Aston Villa, having scored against them three times in the previous season. But after only playing sporadically, he was released on a free transfer to Español in Spain in 2004 where he remained until June 2004.

Moustapha has since played in Emirates Club in Dubai where he remained for one year before returning and signing with Saarbruecken FC in Germany, where he has 2 years remaining on his contract.

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