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El Arabi Hilal Soudani (Arabic: العربي هلال سوداني‎; born 25 November 1987) is an Algerian footballer who plays as a forward for Olympiacos and the Algeria national football team.

Hillal Soudani
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Personal information
Full name El Arabi Hilal Soudani[1]
Date of birth (1987-11-25) 25 November 1987 (age 31)
Place of birth Chlef, Algeria
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Forward, winger
Club information
Current team
Olympiacos
Number 2
Youth career
1998–2006 ASO Chlef
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2011 ASO Chlef 108 (48)
2011–2013 Vitória Guimarães 37 (13)
2013–2018 Dinamo Zagreb 132 (69)
2018–2019 Nottingham Forest 6 (2)
2019– Olympiacos 2 (1)
National team
2008–2011 Algeria A 11 (5)
2011– Algeria 49 (22)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14 September 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 30 June 2018

Soudani made his international debut in 2011, and featured at the 2013 and 2015 editions of the Africa Cup of Nations, as well as the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. As of December 2016, he has won 39 international caps and scored 21 goals, making him Algeria's sixth-highest goalscorer in history.

Club careerEdit

ASO ChlefEdit

Born in Chlef, Soudani began his career in the junior ranks of his hometown club ASO Chlef. In May 2006, aged 19, he made his first team debut for the club as a substitute against USM Annaba in the 28th round of the 2005–06 Algerian Championnat National, coming on for Samir Zaoui in the 72nd minute.[2]

In 2008, Soudani was chosen as the 2008 Young Player of the Year by DZFoot after scoring 11 goals in 24 games in the 2007–08 season.[3]

In June 2011, Soudani went on trial with French Ligue 2 club Le Mans FC.[4]

Vitória S.C.Edit

On 8 August 2011, Soudani signed a three-year contract with Portuguese club Vitória S.C.[5] The transfer fee was rumoured to be €800,000.[6] On 25 August 2011, Soudani made his official debut for Vitória as a 66th-minute substitute in a 2011–12 UEFA Europa League play-off round match against Atlético Madrid.[7] On 16 October 2011, Soudani opened his scoring account for the club with a brace in the third round of the 2011–12 Taça de Portugal against Moura Atlético Clube. After going down 1–0, Soudani scored the equaliser in the 89th minute of the game to send the game to extra-time, before scoring the winner in the 117th minute.[8] On 1 April 2012, Soudani scored his first goal in the Primeira Liga in a 3–1 win against Paços de Ferreira.[9] On 21 April, he scored a brace in a 3–2 win against União de Leiria.[10]

On 26 May 2013, Soudani helped Vitória win their first ever Taça de Portugal by beating Benfica 2–1 in the final, scoring the equalising goal in the 79th minute before Ricardo netted the winner two minutes later.[11] The following day he travelled to Croatia to complete a medical ahead of a transfer to Dinamo Zagreb.[12]

Dinamo ZagrebEdit

On 27 May 2013, Soudani signed a four-year contract with Croatian champions Dinamo Zagreb, for a transfer fee of €900,000.[13]

On 6 July 2013, he won the Croatian Supercup with Dinamo Zagreb against Hajduk Split, making his debut for Dinamo Zagreb in that match. Soudani made his Croatian First Football League debut six days later, scoring in a 3–1 win over NK Osijek. He then scored twice and assisted another goal in Dinamo's 5-0 win over Fola Esch in UEFA Champions League qualifying. Soudani won the Croatian league championship, scoring 16 goals and finishing third in the Golden Boot race, behind Dinamo teammates Andrej Kramarić with 18 and Duje Čop with 22.

In the 2014–15 season, Soudani scored a hat-trick against Astra Giurgiu in the 2014–15 UEFA Europa League group stage. He won his second league championship with Dinamo, scoring 11 goals and assisting 15 in the league, and won his first Croatian Cup.

Soudani's Dinamo completed the league and cup double again in the 2015–16 season, however the player himself had a less successful season, battling injuries and form and finished with eight goals and four assists in the league.

In the 2016–17 season, Soudani's 95th minute extra-time goal against Red Bull Salzburg sent Dinamo through to the group stages of the 2016–17 UEFA Champions League. Despite finishing second in the league behind HNK Rijeka, the first time Dinamo had not won the league in 10 seasons, Soudani achieved a career best 17 goals in the league, becoming the second Croatian top scorer from outside the former Yugoslavia and the first from outside Europe.

Nottingham ForestEdit

On 29 June 2018, Soudani joined English club Nottingham Forest on a three-year contract for an undisclosed fee.[14]

OlympiacosEdit

On 18 June 2019, Soudani joined Olympiacos on a permanent transfer. [15]

International careerEdit

In February 2011, Soudani was selected by head coach Abdelhak Benchikha as part of the Algerian A' National Team for the 2011 African Nations Championship in Sudan.[16] In the opening group stage game against Uganda, Soudani started the match and scored a goal in the 61st minute as Algeria won 2–0.[17] In the second group game against Gabon, Soudani scored a brace with goals in the 71st and 90th minute of the game. However, Algeria only managed a 2–2 draw.[18] Despite not scoring in the rest of the competition, Soudani still finished as the top scorer in the competition with three goals.

On 14 May 2011, Soudani was called up by Abdelhak Benchikha to the Algerian National Team for the first time for a 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Morocco.[19] On 4 June 2011, he made his debut as a substitute for Rafik Djebbour in the 79th minute of the match.[20]

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

As of 14 September 2019[21]
Club Season League Cup[a] League Cup[b] Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
ASO Chlef 2005–06 National 1 1 0 0 0 1 0
2006–07 11 3 3 1 2 0 16 4
2007–08 24 11 2 0 26 11
2008–09 19 4 2 0 21 4
2009–10 28 12 4 4 32 16
2010–11 Ligue 1 25 18 3 1 28 19
Total 108 48 14 6 2 0 124 54
Vitória de Guimarães 2011–12 Primeira Liga 16 4 2 2 2 0 1[c] 0 21 6
2012–13 21 9 3 3 24 12
Total 37 13 5 5 2 0 1 0 45 18
Dinamo Zagreb
2013–14 MAXtv Prva Liga 31 16 5 0 9[d] 3 1[e] 0 46 19
2014–15 23 11 3 0 12[f] 5 38 16
2015–16 21 8 5 3 11[g] 3 37 14
2016–17 29 17 1 0 11[g] 2 41 19
2017–18 28 17 4 1 3[c] 0 35 18
Total 132 69 18 4 46 13 1 0 197 86
Nottingham Forest 2018–19 Championship 6 2 0 0 2 0 8 2
Total 6 2 0 0 2 0 8 2
Olympiacos 2019-20 Super League Greece 2 1 1[g] 0 3 1
Total 2 1 1 0 3 1
Career total 285 133 37 15 4 0 50 13 1 0 377 161


  1. ^ Includes the Algerian Cup, Taça de Portugal, Croatian Football Cup and FA Cup
  2. ^ Includes Taça da Liga and the EFL Cup
  3. ^ a b All appearance(s) in UEFA Europa League
  4. ^ Five appearances in UEFA Champions League, four appearances in Europa League
  5. ^ Appearance in Super Cup
  6. ^ Four appearances in UEFA Champions League, eight appearances in Europa League
  7. ^ a b c All appearance(s) in UEFA Champions League

InternationalEdit

As of matches played 11 June 2017

International goalsEdit

International goals by date, venue, cap, opponent, score, result and competition
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition
1 26 May 2012 Mustapha Tchaker Stadium, Blida, Algeria 3   Niger 3–0 3–0 Friendly
2 June 2, 2012 4   Rwanda 2–0 4–0 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
3 4–0
4 15 June 2012 6   Gambia 4–1 4–1 2013 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
5 9 September 2012 Stade Mohammed V, Casablanca, Morocco 7   Libya 1–0 1–0
6 14 October 2012 Mustapha Tchaker Stadium, Blida, Algeria 8 1–0 2–0
7 30 January 2013 Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Rustenburg, South Africa 12   Ivory Coast 2–0 2–2 2013 Africa Cup of Nations
8 2 June 2013 Mustapha Tchaker Stadium, Blida, Algeria 14   Burkina Faso 1–0 2–0 Friendly
9 10 September 2013 17   Mali 1–0 1–0 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
10 5 March 2014 20   Slovenia 1–0 2–0 Friendly
11 4 June 2014 Stade de Genève, Geneva, Switzerland 22   Romania 2–1 2–1
12 6 September 2014 Addis Ababa Stadium, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 26   Ethiopia 1–0 2–1 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
13 1 February 2015 Nuevo Estadio de Malabo, Malabo, Equatorial Guinea 32   Ivory Coast 1–1 1–3 2015 Africa Cup of Nations
14 June 13, 2015 Mustapha Tchaker Stadium, Blida, Algeria 33   Seychelles 2–0 4–0 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
15 3–0
16 September 6, 2015 Setsoto Stadium, Maseru, Lesotho 34   Lesotho 2–1 3–1
17 3–1
18 2 June 2016 Stade Linité, Victoria, Seychelles 37   Seychelles 2–0 2–0
19 September 5, 2016 Mustapha Tchaker Stadium, Blida, Algeria 38   Lesotho 1–0 6–0
20 4–0
21 6 June 2017 40   Guinea 2–1 2–1 Friendly

HonoursEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil: List of players: Algeria" (PDF). FIFA. 14 July 2014. p. 1. Retrieved 11 May 2019.
  2. ^ "Division 1 28e j USMAn 3-0 ASO". DZfoot. Retrieved 27 May 2013.
  3. ^ Soudani Espoir DZfoot 2008
  4. ^ "Transferts : Soudani proche du Mans FC ?". DZfoot.com (in French). Retrieved 28 March 2018.
  5. ^ Soudani é reforço
  6. ^ Soudani quase a chegar Archived 4 August 2011 at the Portuguese Web Archive
  7. ^ UEFA Europa League 2012 - Vitória SC-Atlético – UEFA.com
  8. ^ Soudani, doublé décisif en Coupe du Portugal; DZFoot.com, 16 October 2011.
  9. ^ "1er but somptueux pour Soudani en Liga portugaise !". 1 April 2012. Archived from the original on 4 April 2012. Retrieved 1 April 2012.
  10. ^ "Soudani brille sous les yeux de Kourichi" (in French). DZFoot. 22 April 2012. Archived from the original on 25 April 2012. Retrieved 23 April 2012.
  11. ^ Toufik O. (26 May 2013). "Buteur en finale, Soudani remporte la Coupe du Portugal !" (in French). DZFoot. Archived from the original on 7 June 2013. Retrieved 27 May 2013.
  12. ^ Walid Z. (27 May 2013). "Soudani arrive à Zagreb pour passer l'examen medical" (in French). DZFoot. Archived from the original on 7 June 2013. Retrieved 27 May 2013.
  13. ^ "Novo pojačanje: El Soudani potpisao za Dinamo!" (in Croatian). GNK Dinamo Zagreb official website. 27 May 2013. Archived from the original on 28 September 2013. Retrieved 8 September 2013.
  14. ^ "Hillal Soudani: Nottingham Forest sign Algerian forward for undisclosed fee Soudani scored making it Forests'first win of the new season". BBC. 29 June 2018. Retrieved 30 June 2018.
  15. ^ https://www.nottinghamforest.co.uk/news/2019/june/soudani-departs/
  16. ^ CHAN 2011 : Direction Khartoum pour l'Equipe Nationale A' Archived 3 February 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  17. ^ CHAN 2011 : UGA 0-2 ALG, les Verts réussissent leur entrée Archived 8 February 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  18. ^ CHAN 2011 : GAB 2-2 ALG, deux points de perdus Archived 11 February 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  19. ^ EN : Maroc - Algérie : Les 22 Algériens
  20. ^ Maroc 4-0 Algérie Archived 9 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  21. ^ Hillal Soudani at Soccerway
  22. ^ "Oscars Maracana 2010-2011,Soudani joueur de la saison". algerie360. Retrieved 1 February 2017.
  23. ^ "Soudani Espoir DZfoot 2008". DZfoot.com (in French). Retrieved 21 December 2017.
  24. ^ AMagdic.com. "Trofej Nogometaš 2017 - Priopćenje za javnost". Hrvatska udruga "Nogometni sindikat" (in Croatian). Retrieved 21 December 2017.

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