Mustapha Hadji (born 16 November 1971) is a retired Moroccan footballer and the current assistant manager of the Morocco national team. He was named the 50th greatest African player of all time by the African football expert Ed Dove.
|Date of birth||16 November 1971|
|Place of birth||Tiznit, Morocco|
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|2005–2007||1. FC Saarbrücken||54||(10)|
|2012–2013||Umm Salal (assistant)|
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 1 July 2009|
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 24 January 2010
After playing five seasons for Nancy, Hadji joined Sporting Lisbon and then Deportivo la Coruña, but it was with Coventry City where he became well known, especially in Britain, after he was signed by Gordon Strachan in 1999.
Hadji was a goal-scoring attacking midfielder with great pace and skill. At Coventry, he was joined by Moroccan international, Youssef Chippo, sparking a brief trend for City fans to wear fezzes to games in their honour. After Coventry were relegated in 2001, he joined local rivals Aston Villa, having scored against them three times in the previous season. But after only playing sporadically, scoring in the league against Southampton and Everton and once in the UEFA Cup against Varteks, he was released on a free transfer to Espanyol in Spain where he remained until June 2004.
Hadji later played for Al Ain in the United Arab Emirates, where he remained for one year before returning to Europe. In 2005, he signed a two-year contract with Saarbrücken in the German Second Division. At the request of the coach Horst Ehrmantraut, Hadji made a midfield pairing with another Moroccan international, Faysal El Idrissi. On 4 August 2005, Hadji made his début for Saarbrücken, on the first day of the 2. Bundesliga season, against Bochum, losing the match 4–0. After another defeat, Ehrmantraut was sacked. Rudi Bommer took over as coach and Saarbrücken lost 2–1 after extra time in the second round of the German Cup against Unterhaching. Hadji scored to give his team the lead, but was sent off in the 85th minute and was suspended for three cup matches by the German Football Association.
At the 1994 FIFA World Cup, Hadji played in all three group games for Morocco, two as substitute. In Morocco's third game against the Netherlands, Hadji set up the equalizer for Hassan Nader with his first touch after coming on as substitute. Despite this, Morocco lost all three games and were eliminated. Hadji scored a great goal in Morocco's 2–2 draw with Norway in the 1998 FIFA World Cup but Morocco again failed to qualify for the knock-out stages. He was named African Footballer of the Year after the World Cup in France.
- Scores and results list Morocco's goal tally first, score column indicates score after each Morocco goal.
|1||15 November 1995||Rabat, Morocco||Mali||1–0||2–0||Friendlies|
|2||29 August 1996||Settat, Morocco||DR Congo||3–0||7-0||Friendlies|
|3||12 January 1997||Kumasi, Ghana||Ghana||1-2||2-2||1998 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|4||14 January 1998||Casablanca, Morocco||Angola||2-1||2-1||Friendlies|
|5||17 February 1998||Ouagadougou, Burkino Faso||Egypt||1–0||1-0||1998 African Cup of Nations|
|6||4 June 1998||Avignon, France||Chile||1-0||1-1||Friendlies|
|7||10 June 1998||Montpellier, FRance||Norway||1-0||2-2||1998 FIFA World Cup|
|8||24 January 1999||Kamsar, Guinea||Guinea||1–0||1-1||African Cup Qualification|
|9||28 February 1999||Lomé, Togo||DR Congo||1-2||2-2||African Cup Qualification|
|10||17 November 1999||Marrakech, Morocco||United States||2-1||2-1||Friendlies|
|11||18 January 2000||El Jadida, Morocco||Trinidad and Tobago||1–0||1-0||Friendlies|
|12||30 June 2001||Rabat, Morocco||Egypt||1–0||1-0||2002 FIFA World Cup qualification|
Hadji was selected as an ambassador for the 2010 World Cup by FIFA to represent Africa. He is also involved in a partnership with plans to invest in Morocco, thus providing opportunities for the local people, to help rid poverty from his homeland.
Hadji is also a supporter of the charity Show Racism The Red Card.
He was appointed as an assistant manager at Qatari club Umm Salal by the manager Bertrand Marchand in the 2012–13 Qatar Stars League. The whole staff was sacked after the team finished fifth and failed to qualify for the 2014 AFC Champions League.
He was appointed as an assistant manager for the Morocco national team by manager Badou Ezzaki before the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations. Morocco withdrew as hosts following the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and were suspended from the tournament.
- Sporting CP
- Aston Villa
- Mustapha Hadji - International Appearances
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- "Schmeichel strike in vain". BBC. 20 October 2001. Retrieved 13 November 2009.
- "Villa leave it too late". BBC. 27 September 2001. Retrieved 13 November 2009.
- "Mustapha Hadji is Africa's new king" (in German). africasia.com. January 1999. Retrieved 7 July 2012.
- "Mustapha Hadji kommt zum 1. FCS" (in German). textundblog.de. 1 July 2005. Retrieved 7 July 2012.
- "Abschied aus Esch" (in German). volksfreund.de. Archived from the original on 17 July 2012. Retrieved 7 July 2012.
- Mustapha Hadji – FIFA competition record (archived)
- "Mustapha Hadji - International Appearances". rsssf.com. Retrieved 19 November 2021.
- "ريف سيتي الجريدة الإكترونية المغربية _ مصطفى حجي يطرق باب عالم التدريب من بوابة فريق أم صلال القطري". Archived from the original on 8 September 2014. Retrieved 7 September 2014.
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- "IFFHS". IFFHS. 1 March 2022. Retrieved 3 March 2022.
- Mustapha Hadji at National-Football-Teams.com