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Rafik Halliche
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Personal information
Full name Rafik Halliche
Date of birth September 2, 1986 (1986-09-02) (age 23)
Place of birth Algiers, Algeria
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 1+12 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current club Nacional
Number 4
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2008 Hussein Dey 44 (1)
2008– Benfica 0 (0)
2008–2010 Nacional (loan) 30 (0)
National team
2008– Algeria 14 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:50, 21 February 2010 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20:50, 21 February 2010 (UTC)

Rafik Halliche (born September 2, 1986 in Algiers) is an Algerian footballer who currently plays for C.D. Nacional in the Portuguese first division on loan from S.L. Benfica, as a central defender.

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Club career

In the January 2008 transfer window, NA Hussein Dey's Halliche received interest from a number of French clubs, namely AJ Auxerre and Valenciennes FC. However, on January 30, he signed a four-year contract with Portugal's Sport Lisboa e Benfica, which immediately loaned him to fellow league outfit C.D. Nacional until the end of the season.

On March 30, 2008, Halliche made his debut for Nacional coming on at halftime in a 2–0 home league win against União de Leiria. He would go on to make two more appearances as a starter for the club before going back to Benfica at the end of the loan, which was then extended for the entirety of 2008–09, and also the following.

International career

Halliche made his debut for Algeria on May 31, 2008 against Senegal, coming as a substitute for Anthar Yahia in the 75th minute.

On November 18, 2009, he played - and started - in the decisive tie-breaker against Egypt for the 2010 World Cup qualifiers, as the national side won 1–0 in Sudan and returned to the FIFA World Cup 24 years after its last presence.

Halliche was also summoned for the 2010 African Cup of Nations, in Angola; he kept the national side's qualification hopes alive after scoring the only goal in a win against Mali, after a loss to Malawi in the opener. In the semifinals, a 0–4 loss to eventual winners Egypt, he was sent off still in the first half after being given two yellow cards, the last one also resulting in a penalty.[1]

References

  1. ^ Algeria 0-4 Egypt; BBC Sport, 28 January 2010

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