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Rafik Halliche - Algeria

In the January 2008 transfer window, NA Hussein Deys Halliche received interest from a number of French clubs, namely AJ Auxerre and Valenciennes FC. However, on January 30, he signed a four-year contract with Portugals Sport Lisboa e Benfica, which immediately loaned him to fellow league outfit C.D. Nacional until the end of the season.

On 30 March 2008, Halliche made his debut for Nacional coming on at half-time in a 2–0 home league win against União de Leiria. He would go on to make two more appearances as a starter for the club before going back to Benfica at the end of the loan, which was then extended for the entirety of 2008–09, and also the following season.

Fulham

On 16 August 2010, Halliche was reported to be linked with a move to Premier League side Fulham, for £1.3 million. On 23 August, Benfica confirmed the sale of the player, who signed a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee.

Halliche made his début for Fulham when he came on as a substitute for Hangeland on 8 January 2011 in a 3rd round FA Cup tie against Peterborough United. He conceded a penalty in the 85th minute for tripping Mackail-Smith. The end result was 6–2 to Fulham.

He made his premiership début for Fulham in a 2–0 win at Craven Cottage against Stoke City on 22 January 2011, coming on as a substitute for Aaron Hughes .

International career

Halliche made his debut for Algeria on 31 May 2008 against Senegal, coming as a substitute for Anthar Yahia in the 75th minute.

On 18 November 2009, he played – and started – in the decisive tie-breaker against Egypt for the 2010 World Cup qualifiers, as the national side won 1–0 in Sudan and returned to the FIFA World Cup 24 years after its last presence.

Halliche was also summoned for the 2010 African Cup of Nations, in Angola; he kept the national sides qualification hopes alive after scoring the only goal in a win against Mali, after a loss to Malawi in the opener. In the semifinals, he was sent off in the first half after being given two yellow cards, the last one also resulting in a penalty, in a 4–0 loss to Egypt.[6]

Halliche was picked to represent Algeria in the 2010 FIFA World Cup, playing all the matches and minutes as the national side only conceded two goals in the group stage, but finished last in their group after failing to score once


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