Rabah Madjer

Legendary Algeria Footballer
  • Date of Birth
  • December 15, 1958
  • Place of Birth
  • Hussein Dey, Algeria
  • Height
  • 1.79 m (5 ft 10 1⁄2 in)
  • Playing Position
  • Striker

Mustapha Rabah Madjer (born 15 December 1958) is an Algerian former footballer who played as a striker, and a manager.

He reached stardom as a Porto player during the 1980s, being widely regarded as one of the best Algerian football players of all time. With that club he won nine major titles during his six-year spell, including three national championships and the 1987 European Cup.

One of the most prolific Algerian internationals in number of games and goals, Madjer played in two World Cups with his national team, helping it to its first ever participation in 1982. Having taken up coaching immediately after retiring, he managed several clubs, and also had several spells with the Algerian team.

Born in the Algiers district of Hussein Dey of Kabyle background (Tigzirt), Madjer started his European career in 1983, moving to Racing Club de France football Colombes 92 from local NA Hussein Dey. He stayed there during one 1/2 seasons, finishing the 1984–85 campaign with another French side, Tours FC.

Madjer arrived at FC Porto in 1985–86 and, the next season, entered the club’s history books in the final of the European Cup against FC Bayern Munich, scoring the 1–1 equalizer in a memorable final, which eventually ended 2–1 to the Portuguese, and also setting up the winner of Juary.[4][5] Pelé is believed to have said of this goal: “It would have been the greatest goal I have ever seen, if he had not looked back at it.” He also netted in the club’s Intercontinental Cup conquest the same year.

After that stellar 1987, Madjer won the Ballon d’or Africain, but was not allowed to compete for the European Golden Ball as he was not born in the region. In the first part of 1987–88 he scored ten times from only 11 appearances, and subsequently signed for La Liga’s Valencia CF in January 1988, returning to his previous team after only a few months for a further three campaigns.

Madjer retired from the game in 1992 at the age of nearly 34, after a brief stint with Qatar SC. Also in that country, he managed Al Sadd SC, Al-Wakrah Sport Club and Al Rayyan SC.