Abdelghani Zitouni (May 5, 1932 – November 17, 2010) was an Algerian international football player and manager.[1] Zitouni scored the first ever goal in the history of the Algeria national team.

Abdelghani Zitouni
Personal information
Full name Abdelghani Zitouni
Date of birth (1932-05-05)May 5, 1932
Place of birth Algiers, Algeria
Date of death November 17, 2010(2010-11-17) (aged 78)
Place of death Dely Ibrahim, Algiers, Algeria
Position(s) Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
RC Kouba - (-)
OMR El Annasser - (-)
CR Belouizdad - (-)
International career
1963–1965 Algeria 6 (1)
Managerial career
USM Alger
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Club career Edit

Zitouni spent the majority of his playing career with OMR El Annasser, after starting off with RC Kouba.[1][2] He also played briefly with MC Alger 1953-1954 CR Belouizdad.[3]

International career Edit

On January 6, 1963, Zitouni made his debut for the Algerian National Team in a 2-1 win over Bulgaria in a friendly at the Stade 20 Août in Algiers.[4] In that game, he scored a goal in the 72nd minute, which was also the first goal in the history of independent Algeria.

On June 17, 1965, Zitouni got his last cap for Algeria, in a 3-0 loss against Brazil in Oran.[5]

Managerial career Edit

After his playing career, Zitouni managed a number of Algerian clubs, most notably USM Alger in the 1970s.

References Edit

  1. ^ a b "Carnet : Décès de Abdelghani Zitouni". Archived from the original on 2012-09-18. Retrieved 2011-01-09.
  2. ^ Décès de Abdelghani Zitouni : L’artiste s’en va Archived December 3, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Algérie : Décès de l'ex-international Abdelghani Zitouni Archived July 11, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Algérie 2-1 Bulgarie Archived 2010-11-22 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ Algérie 0-3 Brésil Archived November 22, 2010, at the Wayback Machine