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Abdelmalek Ziaya
Personal information
Full name Abdelmalek Ziaya
Date of birth 23 January 1984 (1984-01-23) (age 26)
Place of birth Guelma, Algeria
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current club Al-Ittihad
Number 10
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002-2005 ES Guelma 62 (77)
2005-2010 ES Sétif 93 (27)
2010- Ittihad Jeddah 2 (1)
National team
2010- Algeria 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:59, 18 March 2010 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20:59, 18 March 2010 (UTC)

Abdelmalek Ziaya (born January 23, 1984 in Guelma) is an Algerian footballer who is currently playing for Ittihad Jeddah in the Saudi Premier League.




ES Sétif

Ziaya plays regularly in ES Sétif's first team, and was a fixture in the club's Arab Champions League 2006-2007 triumph, scoring a goal against Al-Ittihad in the second round[1] and against Al-Nasr in the group stage.[2] Ziaya scored again in the Arab Champions League 2007-2008 versus Al-Wehda in the 1/16-finals.[3]

On 26 December, 2009, it was announced that the 25-year-old Algerian striker was going to move on loan from ES Sétif to FC Sochaux with an option to buy.[4]. However, 4 days later, it was reported that ES Sétif president refused to loan the player to Sochaux and was negotiating with Saudi Arabian club Ittihad Jeddah.[5]

Ittihad Jeddah

On January 6, 2010, Ziaya signed a two-year contract with Saudi Arabian Ittihad Jeddah, with the club paying €2 million for the transfer.[6] He scored two goals in his first game for the club, a 4-1 win in a friendly against Al-Ettifaq.[7] On February 23, 2010, Ziaya made his official debut for Al-Ittihad in an AFC Champions League match against FC Bunyodkor in Uzbekistan, with the score ending 3-0 in favour of the home side.[8] He scored his first official goal for the club on March 8, 2010 in an AFC Champions League match Zob Ahan.[9] Ziaya scored the goal in the 16th minute of the game, with the game ending 2-2. In his first league game for Ittihad, on March 14 against Al-Ahli, he delivered an assist to Manaf Abushgeer for the only goal of the game.[10]


International Career

After showing excellent form for ES Setif in 2009, scoring 15 goals in 13 games in the 2009 CAF Confederation Cup and a further 8 goals in first half of the domestic league, Ziaya was called up by Rabah Saadane for the 2010 African Cup of Nations in Angola.[12]

On January 12, 2010, Ziaya made his debut for the Algerian National Team coming on as a substitute in the 63rd minute in a group game against Malawi at the 2010 African Cup of Nations.[13]





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