Adi Raïs Cobos Adrien Ouahab M'Bolhi (Arabic: رايس وهاب مبولحي; born 25 April 1986), known as Raïs M'Bolhi, is a professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Al-Ettifaq and plays for the Algeria national team.
|Full name||Raïs Ouahab M'Bolhi|
|Date of birth||25 April 1986|
|Place of birth||Paris, France|
|Height||1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)|
|2005–2006||Heart of Midlothian||0||(0)|
|2010||→ CSKA Sofia (loan)||9||(0)|
|2011–2012||→ CSKA Sofia (loan)||28||(0)|
|2013||→ Gazélec Ajaccio (loan)||12||(0)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 9 September 2020|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 13 October 2020 (UTC)
After his release from Marseille, M'Bolhi was promptly recruited by Heart of Midlothian, one of 11 signings in the January transfer window. However, along with fellow new buys with Luděk Stracený and Martin Petras, he was not retained for the 2006–07 season and left the club without having made a first-team appearance.
Prior to the 2006–07 season M'Bolhi signed with Greek club Ethnikos Piraeus, then competing in Beta Ethniki. M'Bolhi made 5 appearances for Ethnikos before leaving in the winter transfer period for Greek club Panetolikos, then competing in Gamma Ethniki.
In May 2009, Bulgarian Slavia Sofia signed M'Bolhi to a two-year deal. He made his competitive debut for Slavia on 14 June 2009 against Lokomotiv Sofia. In January 2010, M'Bohli was named the 2009 Best Goalkeeper of A PFG. The fans organization of Slavia named him the best player of the 2009–2010 season.
On 6 May 2010, M'Bohli joined on a two-day trial with English champions Manchester United, but was ultimately not selected to play on the squad. On 23 June 2010, English club Newcastle United reportedly put in a bid for him for £1million. On 22 July he was training with West Ham in their summer training camp in Germany.
CSKA Sofia loanEdit
He was loaned out to CSKA Sofia on 30 August 2010, until the end of the year. After some unstable performance from Ivan Karadzhov and Zdravko Chavdarov, M'Bolhi was expected to be the first choice goalkeeper for the rest of the first half of the season and the group stage of UEFA Europa League and he indeed established himself as the main goalkeeper for the "redmen". M'Bolhi did not play against his parent team Slavia Sofia in the seventh round of the Bulgaria A PFG due to a special clause in the loan agreement.
On 16 December 2010, M'Bolhi was transferred to Russian side Krylia Sovetov Samara, signing a three-and-half-year contract. His debut came on 12 March 2011, in the 0–1 away loss against Spartak Nalchik, with the only goal being scored from the penalty spot. After the signing of Sergey Veremko, M'Bolhi found himself out of the first team.
CSKA Sofia loanEdit
He was loaned out to CSKA Sofia for a second time on 2 August 2011, for a year, and was first choice for the team, but was then recalled by the Russian club. During the summer of 2012, M'Bolhi briefly returned to CSKA Sofia with the intention of signing a permanent contract with the team. However, he was deemed surplus to the requirements by the manager following the team's elimination from the UEFA Europa League by Slovenian club Mura 05 in late July 2012 (despite the Algerian not participating in these matches).
Gazélec Ajaccio loanEdit
In mid January 2013, M'Bolhi was loaned out to Ligue 2 club Gazélec Ajaccio. He made his debut on 1 February 2013, in the 0–2 away loss against RC Lens. His team was relegated to the Championnat National at the end of the season and he rejoined CSKA Sofia in the summer of 2013, signing a three-year contract.
CSKA Sofia (third spell)Edit
M'Bolhi was initially the third choice goalkeeper for the "armymen", but started to feature more often towards the end of 2013 after Tomáš Černý fell into disfavour. On 8 March 2014, M'Bolhi kept a clean sheet in the 1–0 win over Levski Sofia in The Eternal Derby, but was sent off in the closing minutes of the match after an altercation with Larsen Touré where M'Bolhi smashed the ball on Touré's head. He continued to be a regular for Algeria.
On 30 July 2014, M'Bolhi was unveiled as a new signing of Major League Soccer club Philadelphia Union. M'Bohli had previously been linked to Trabzonspor, where he could have joined manager Vahid Halilhodžić and team-mate Carl Medjani.
However, his debut was delayed until 25 August (a 4–2 home win over San Jose Earthquakes) after he was involved in a car accident in Paris, France and had to resolve paperwork issues. M'Bolhi was presented with number 92 shirt for the club.
However, as of 8 April, M'Bolhi was benched by the Union's head coach, Jim Curtin, citing poor performance during the Philadelphia Union vs. Sporting Kansas City game on 5 April.
After playing in only 9 matches in the 2015 season, head coach, Jim Curtin said that M'Bolhi would never play again for Philadelphia. M'Bolhi is rated as one of the worst signings in club history.
On 24 August 2015, M'Bolhi signed for Turkish club Antalyaspor.
He earned his first call-up to France U17 national team in November 2002 for a friendly match against England. In 2003, he was called up for friendlies against Portugal and Czech Republic.
Subsequently, he was called up by the Algerian Under-17 National Team but was not released by his club Olympique de Marseille. On 4 May 2010 Rabah Saadane announced the list of 25 players who will intern in Crans Montana in Switzerland from 13 to 27 May; M'Bohli was on the list.
On 28 May 2010, M'Bohli made his debut for Algeria in a 3–0 loss against Ireland after coming on as a second-half substitute. He conceded one goal, a penalty kick scored by Robbie Keane. He made his second appearance for Algeria in the 2010 FIFA World Cup, keeping a clean sheet and impressing in the goalless draw against England.
On 9 September 2012, M'Bolhi was a key player for Algeria in a 1–0 away win over Libya in a 2013 Africa Cup of Nations qualification match. He was the first choice custodian for the country during the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.
M'Bolhi was Algeria's starting goalkeeper at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, where the Algerians managed to qualify to the knockout rounds for the first time in history. His performance in the round of 16 against Germany, with a total of 11 saves, helped push the game into overtime. Algeria eventually lost 2–1, but M'Bolhi earned man of the match honors.
M’Bolhi won his first title with Algeria at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations. He was Algeria's starting goalkeeper as he started every game of Algeria's tournament winning run and played every minute of the competition for Algeria. Moreover, he was named as "Man of the Match" against Senegal in the Final and was named the best goalkeeper of the tournament.
- As of 9 September 2020
|Hearts||2006–07||Scottish Premier League||0||0||0||0||–||–||0||0|
|Ethnikos Piraeus||2006–07||Beta Ethniki||5||0||0||0||–||–||5||0|
|Ryūkyū||2008–09||Japan Football League||22||0||0||0||–||–||22||0|
|Slavia Sofia||2008–09||A Group||1||0||0||0||–||–||1||0|
|CSKA Sofia (loan)||10||0||0||0||–||6||0||16||0|
|CSKA Sofia (loan)||2011–12||A Group||28||0||2||0||–||2||0||32||0|
|Gazélec Ajaccio (loan)||2012–13||Ligue 2||12||0||0||0||–||–||12||0|
|CSKA Sofia||2013–14||A Group||17||0||2||0||–||0||0||19||0|
|Philadelphia Union||2014||Major League Soccer||4||0||–||–||–||4||0|
- As of matches played on 13 October 2020
Heart of Midlothian
- Best Algerian Goalkeeper : 2010, 2011, 2012 et 2014
- Best Goalkeeper of the Africa Cup of Nations: 2019
- CAF AFCON Team of the Tournament 2019
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