Abdelmallek Cherrad

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Belgian Club : AA Gent – 2004 – 5 matches, 2 goals

Previous Clubs : OGC Nice (FRA), AS Cannes (FRA), Espérance Sportive de Tunis (TUN)

Later Clubs : SC Bastia (FRA), MC Alger (ALG), SC Bastia (FRA), AC Arles (FRA), CS Maritimo (POR), Belenenses (POR), Grenoble Foot 38 (FRA)

International : 18 A-caps Algeria – 7 goals

In 2004 AA Gent surprised everybody by getting 23-year-old Cherrad on a loan from OGC Nice. Cherrad came with two reputations: he was an at times unstoppable striker and he also brought with him stories of riots, unprofessional behaviour and even real life mafia practices. He had to go into hiding for almost two months after a rather disconcerting story about extortion by his own family.

In his short period at the Buffalos he would confirm both reputations.

Cherrad showed gusts of his talent with a nice goal in his debut against RAEC Mons but also showed his dark side: against Lierse he sees red after a nasty kick to Jonas De Roeck and back in the dressing room he kicks in a door.

Barely a month later the story of Cherrad in the Belgian league is already over.

After a fight with teammate Oussalah in which Cherrad, according to witnesses, took a baseball bat out of his car and hit the Moroccan, the Gent board had enough of his antics: Cherrad’s contract is immediately torn up  and the Algerian is sent back to Nice.

The remainder of Cherrad’s career is mainly characterized by riots: Bastia dismisses him after he spits in the face of an opponent and in the national team he was already suspended for 4 matches because of racist remarks to a Gabonese player. After he suddenly disappears for three days from the training camp in 2007, he is no longer welcome at les Fennecs.

His career end is as you would expect. In 2012 he takes a step back to the club of his hometown: Grenoble Foot 38. In his very first match, for the Coupe de France, he sees red and is suspended for 6 matches. It would be his last match of professional football

Sources:

www.wikipedia.org

www.voetbalbelgie.be

www.nieuwsblad.be 20/08/2004

www.nieuwsblad.be 20/11/2004

www.magharebia.com