Mustapha Hadji
Thursday, August 29, 2019
Mustapha Hadji

  • Egyptian football fans remember Mustapha Hadji very well as his marvelous goal granted Morocco a win over Egypt in the 1998 AFCON in Burkina Faso. Hadji was born on November 16, 1971 in Ifrane Atlas-Saghir, Morocco. 

Professional career

  • At the age of ten, his family migrated to France where he started his football career. He played for the French side AS Nancy in 1992, making 134 appearances and scoring 31 goals.
  • In 1996, he moved to Sporting Lisbon of Portugal for one season that was not a success as he played 27 games and scored only three goals.
  • Then he moved to the Spanish side Deportivo la Coruña in 1997.
  • In 1999, he joined the English Premier League side Coventry City and scored 13 goals in two seasons.
  • In 2004, he was transferred to the Spanish side Espanyol and saved the team from relegation.
  • In 2007, he signed a three-year contract with Fola Esch of Luxemburg and played 44 games, scoring 25 goals. He retired football in 2010.
  • He played with the national team of Morocco in the FIFA World Cup two times in 1994 and 1998.


  • In 1998, he was awarded the African Footballer of the Year thanks to his outstanding performance with the Atlas Lions in the FIFA World Cup the same year.