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Personal information
Full name Rafik Halliche
Date of birth 2 September 1986 (1986-09-02) (age 35)
Place of birth Algiers, Algeria
Height 1.87 m
Playing position Centre back
Youth career
1993–2000 CREPS Ben Aknoun
2000–2005 NA Hussein Dey
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2008 NA Hussein Dey 45 (1)
2008–2010 Benfica 0 (0)
2008–2010 Nacional (loan) 34 (0)
2010–2012 Fulham 1 (0)
2012–2014 Académica 29 (0)
2014–2017 Qatar SC 30 (2)
2017–2018 Estoril 23 (2)
2018–2020 Moreirense 31 (1)
National team
2006–2008 Algeria U23 6 (0)
2008– Algeria 41 (3)
  • Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 26 July 2020.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 23:55, 9 September 2019 (UTC)

Rafik Halliche (Arabic: رفيق حليش ; born 2 September 1986) is an Algerian professional footballer who plays as a central defender.

He started playing in 2005 with Hussein Dey, going on to spend the vast majority of his career in Portugal. He also had abroad spells in England with Fulham and in Qatar.

An Algerian international since 2008, Halliche represented the nation in two World Cups and four Africa Cup of Nations, winning the 2019 edition of the latter tournament.

Club career

Early years

Born in Algiers, Halliche began playing football at the age of seven with CREPS Ben Aknoun. After seven years with the club he joined the junior ranks of NA Hussein Dey, making his senior debut on 30 January 2006 in a league match against Paradou AC, coming on as a substitute in the 74th minute.

Nacional

In the January 2008 transfer window, Halliche received interest from a number of French sides, including AJ Auxerre and Valenciennes FC. However, on 30 January, he signed a four-year contract with Portugal's S.L. Benfica, which immediately loaned him to fellow Primeira Liga team C.D. Nacional until the end of the season.

On 30 March 2008, Halliche made his debut for Nacional, coming on at half-time in a 2–0 home league win against U.D. Leiria. He would go on to make two more appearances as a starter 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 campaign.

Fulham

On 16 August 2010, Halliche was reported to be linked with a move to Premier League club Fulham, for £1.3 million. The following week, Benfica confirmed the sale of the player, who signed a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee.

Halliche made his official début 8 January 2011, replacing Brede Hangeland in the FA Cup's third round tie against Peterborough United: he conceded a penalty in the 85th minute for tripping Craig Mackail-Smith, in an eventual 6–2 win. His first league appearance came on the 22nd, again from the bench (for Aaron Hughes), in a 2–0 home victory over Stoke City.

Swansea City made a successful loan bid for Halliche during the 2011 summer transfer window, but several weeks after the deadline, FIFA denied international clearance to Swansea for both his move and Darnel Situ's move from RC Lens, leaving the defender as a Fulham player subject to an appeal by the Welsh side.

On 6 December 2011, Halliche went on a week-long trial with Celtic in the Scottish Premier League, but nothing came of it. On 31 August of the following year, Fulham confirmed that the player's contract had been terminated by mutual consent.

Académica

Halliche returned to Portugal on 31 August 2012, signing a two-year deal with Académica de Coimbra. During his spell, he battled for first-choice status with Aníbal Capela and João Real.

Qatar SC

On 13 July 2014, Halliche signed for Qatar SC.

International career

Halliche made his debut for Algeria on 31 May 2008 against Senegal, replacing Anthar Yahia in the 75th minute. On 18 November 2009 he started in the decisive tie-breaker against Egypt for the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, as the national side won 1–0 in Sudan and returned to the FIFA World Cup 24 years after their last presence.

Halliche was also summoned for the 2010 Africa 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 semi-finals he was sent off in the first half after being given two yellow cards, the last one also resulting in a penalty, in a 0–4 loss to Egypt.

Halliche was picked to represent Algeria in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, playing all the matches and minutes as the national side only conceded two goals in the group stage, but finished last in their group after failing to score once. He was also selected to the following edition by coach Vahid Halilhodžić, as captain, and contributed decisively to a 4–2 group victory over South Korea on 22 June, heading home from a corner kick for his country's second goal.

Career statistics

International

Algeria
Year Apps Goals
2008 2 0
2009 7 0
2010 12 1
2011 0 0
2012 0 0
2013 5 0
2014 10 2
2015 2 0
2016 0 0
2017 0 0
2018 0 0
2019 3 0
Total 41 3

International goals

(Algeria score listed first, score column indicates score after each Halliche goal)

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 14 January 2010 11 de Novembro, Luanda, Angola  Mali 1–0 1–0 2010 Africa Cup of Nations
2. 22 June 2014 Beira-Rio, Porto Alegre, Brazil  Korea Republic 2–0 4–2 2014 FIFA World Cup
3. 11 October 2014 Kamuzu Stadium, Blantyre, Malawi  Malawi 1–0 2–0 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualification

Honours

Algeria

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