Professional Football Player
Djamel Abdoun born in Montreuil-sous-Bois, France is an French-born Algerian footballer who is currently playing as a midfielder for FC Nantes in the French Ligue 2.
Abdoun started his career as a youth player for Paris Saint-Germain FC in 2002, where he was released at the end of the season. In 2003 he signed for Ajaccio where he made only 10 appearances in three seasons, scoring 2 goals.
He signed for Manchester City on loan in the January transfer window of 2007 making his sole appearance for The Blues as a substitute on January 28, 2007 in the 3-1 FA Cup win over Southampton F.C.. He returned to Ajaccio at the end of the season after Manchester City chose not to take up the option of making his move permanent.
Abdoun represented France internationally at the Under-17, Under-18 and Under-20 level. His most notable achievement was winning 2007 Toulon Tournament with the French Under-18 squad.
However, being of Algerian descent, Abdoun was also eligible to represent Algeria, and on September 15, 2009, he was selected for the first time by head coach Rabah Saadane to join the ranks of the Algeria national football team for a qualifier against Rwanda.
On January 18, 2010, Abdoun made his debut for the Algerian National Team coming on as a substitute in the 88th minute in a group game against Angola at the 2010 African Cup of Nations.
Born in France, Abdoun's family is originally from the villages of Tifrit and Biziou in the commune of Akbou, Béjaïa, in the Petite Kabylie region of Algeria