Professional Football Player
Faouzi Chaouchi is an Algerian professional football player who currently plays as a goalkeeper for Algerian Championnat National club ES Sétif and the Algerian national team.
Chaouchi alongside Antar Yahia is considered to be a national hero by many Algerian's as he put in a heroic performance in the play-off that put the Algerian national football team into their first World Cup finals since 1986 at the expense of bitter rivals Egypt, as he constantly denied the Egyptian national team any scoring opportunities.
Chaouchi received his first call-up to the Algerian national team on the 4th of February 2008 for training which was to be held in France. On the 26th of March 2008, he made his debut for Algeria in a friendly against DR Congo coming on as a substitute at halftime for Lounès Gaouaoui.
On the 18th November 2009, Chaouchi was selected to play fierce rivals Egypt in what was to be the most important game of his football career, the reward being the remaining African place for the 2010 World Cup finals as first-choice goalkeeper Lounès Gaouaoui was ruled out through suspension. Chaouchi put in a heroic performance in the play-off as he constantly denied Egypt to send Algeria through to the 2010 FIFA World Cup, with the final score being 1-0 with centre-back Antar Yahia scoring the only goal with a stunning first-half volley at an angle eight yards out from Karim Ziani's punt into the box.
Chaouchi gave Saâdane something to think about after his performance
In December 2009, Chaouchi was selected by Saâdane to play in the 2010 African Cup of Nations hosted in Angola. He was normally regarded as second-choice goalkeeper under coach Rabah Saâdane, who has used Lounès Gaouaoui as his first-choice goalkeeper, but due to Chaouchi's heroic performance in Khartoum, Sudan and Lounès Gaouaoui withdrawing from the 2010 African Cup of Nations due to an attack of acute appendicitis, Rabah Saâdane did not hesitate in using Chaouchi as first-choice goalkeeper in the 2010 African Cup of Nations.
Source : Goalkeeper