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 Mustapha ZITOUNI 1954-1958 
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Name: Mustapha Zitouni

Nickname: "Monsieur Football"


Country: :ALG: Algeria (played also 4 games for France)
Club: AS Monaco FC
Position: *CB, SB, DMF
Side: RF/BS
Age: 26-30 years (19/10/1928)

Height: 175 cm
Weight: 78 kg

Attack: 62
Defence: 92
Balance: 84
Stamina: 80
Top Speed: 78
Acceleration: 75
Response: 83
Agility: 75
Dribble Accuracy: 78
Dribble Speed: 76
Short Pass Accuracy: 77
Short Pass Speed: 73
Long Pass Accuracy: 76
Long Pass Speed: 73
Shot Accuracy: 65
Shot Power: 82
Shot Technique: 65
Free Kick Accuracy: 62
Curling: 65
Header: 83
Jump: 85
Technique: 79
Aggression: 60
Mentality: 82
Keeper Skills: 50
Team Work: 84

Injury Tolerance: B
Condition/Form: 6
Weak Foot Accuracy: 5
Weak Foot Frequency: 5
Growth type: Late Lasting

S07: Man Marking
S09: Covering
S10: DF Leader

SPECIAL ABILITIES: Marking - Covering - D Line Control

Attack / Defence Awareness Card: Defence Minded


One of the best defenders in the world throughout the 50's. Mustapha started to play as a full back but was soon moved to centre half position. Player with excellent positioning and very good teamworking skills in zone defence, had good technique for a defender and also great sense of anticipating and starting the counter attacks, authority on and off the pitch. Over the first 25 years of the life of Zitouni is very little known. Born in what was then French-ruled North Africa, he played for AS Saint-Eugène in Algiers. In 1953, he was the latest to mainland France, where he played for AS Cannes Zweitdivisionär. Whether it before already for Stade Français Paris took, as alleged in a few sources, is uncertain - at least he showed during the season 1952/53 not a single use in the highest league. At Cannes, the center half his qualities demonstrated in a way that it Erstdivisionär the neighboring AS Monaco In 1954. As of 1955 Monaco took a year for the championship title in 1956 and 1958 Third League, 1957 Fifth. In the quarter-finals on 6 April 1958, he belonged to the team that had prevailed against Racing Strasbourg 2-1 with difficulty, in the semifinals (1-2 to Olympique Nimes on the 27th of April), he already was missing. Because from 15 April 1958 ended his professional as the national team career - like that of Mekhloufi, Brahimi, Ben Tifour and others - from one day to another, because it became known that he intended to play for the football team of the FLN, with the Algerian Liberation Front (FLN) for the country's independence from France recruited. The players were on their club terminated without notice and the Association moved the licenses. Zitouni had completed this season 1957/58 or 26 point games for Monaco and a highly doped offer from Real Madrid. He then toured with the FLN team until 1962, especially by states in Eastern Europe and the Third World. After the Revolutionary War by the Peace Treaty of Evian (1962) was Zitouni permanently in Algeria. He went to his sport as a player coach for RC Kouba after, with whom he managed in 1966 to the Algerian Cup final, but it was defeated by 1:3 CR Belouizdad. After he finished his playing career. Between October 1957 and March 1958 denied Mustapha Zitouni four A-international caps for France, and its inclusion in the squad of Les Bleus for the finals in Sweden seemed a mere formality - up to that 15th April 1958 with the FLN selection. From June 1963 to November 1964 he arrived in seven official and an unofficial part of the post-independence newly formed Algerian national team. Among them was a match against Germany, which at the turn of 1963/64 only his second (against Morocco) and third game ever played against African teams. Mustapha Zitouni operated a slaughterhouse in Algiers, In addition, he has worked a long time for Air Algerie. He has quite the football in his country but never left and in 1986 he was for a short time even interim coach of Algerian senior team. Because of his condition (Alzheimer's disease) he was in April 2008, an anniversary match in Tunis, are designed with the beginnings of the FLN-choice and for which it should attract a 79-year-old once again the football boots do not participate.

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Wed Jul 10, 2013 4:06 pm

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R.I.P. Mustapha :( what a sad way to start 2014, with two Africa greats passed away on the same day...

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