|Is|| Athlete |
Association football player
|Birth||25 February 1978, Revin, France|
Yazid Mansouri (Arabic: يزيد منصوري, Yazīd Manṣūrī) (born 25 February 1978) is an Algerian former footballer who played as a midfielder. Mansouri announced his retirement from international football on 26 June 2010, after mentioning to the media that he would not be participating in the friendly in August against Gabon and the 2012 African Cup of Nations qualifiers.
Born in Revin, Ardennes, France, Mansouri began his career at Tinqueux SC, a small team from Tinqueux who were playing in the sixth division. At age 17, he left the club and signed with Le Havre AC who were playing in Ligue 1, where he spent his first two seasons playing in the reserve side. He made his debut in the first game of the 1997–1998 season, coming as a second-half substitute against Olympique de Marseille. He would slowly assert himself at the club and would eventually go on to make 134 appearances and scoring 2 goals in 6 seasons in both Ligue 1 and Ligue 2.
At the start of the 2003–04 season, Mansouri was loaned out for the season to English Championship side Coventry City F.C. Mansouri made 14 appearances in the first half of the season before leaving, against the clubs wishes, to play for Algeria at the 2004 African Cup of Nations in Mali. His contract was subsequently terminated and he remained without a club for the rest of the season.
In the summer of 2004, Mansouri signed with Ligue 2 side LB Châteauroux where he easily imposed himself in the middle of the park. He would go on to make 63 appearances for the club, starting every one of them, and scoring 2 goals. He was also the captain of the team in the 2005–2006 season.
At the beginning of the 2006 season, Mansouri signed a two-year contract with Ligue 1 side FC Lorient.
On 23 June 2010, Mansouri signed a Two-year contract with Qatari-side Al-Sailiya.
On 22 December 2011, Mansouri signed a contract until the end of the season with Algeria-side CS Constantine.
Mansouri first featured for the Algerian national team in a set of friendlies against FC Zürich and ES Troyes in 1999. He received his first official call-up to the national team on 6 November 2001 in a friendly game against France in Paris. He was a member of the Algerian team at the 2002 African Cup of Nations, 2004 African Cup of Nations and 2010 African Cup of Nations, where Algeria finished fourth.
Mansouri was a member of the Algerian team at the 2010 World Cup. However, he lost the captaincy and a spot in the starting line-up prior to the first group game against Slovenia. He did not participate in any of Algeria’s games at the World Cup.
Shortly after the 2010 World Cup, Mansouri announced his international retirement. With 67 appearances for the national team, Mansouri is the 9th most capped player in Algeria’s history.
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