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Moussa Saib

I think it would be very interesting if the different members from the different coutries could showcase some of their national stars that might be unknown to others. Im going to get things started with Moussa Saib from Algeria:

Moussa Saib was born on the 6th of March, 1969 in the small Algerian village of Theniet El Had to parents of Kabyle origin. It was in his local village where Saib learnt to play, joining Theniet El Had's junior ranks at the age of 12. By the age of 18, Saib had developed into an excellent midfielder and was drawing the attention of bigger clubs. He moved a step up by signing with JSM Tiaret, where he spent the next 2 years.

Return To The Motherland

It was his play with JSMT that allowed his career to take off, as he signed with Algerian giants JS Kabylie, a team he supported thanks to Kabyle origin. With JSK, Moussa Saib proved to onlookers what he was about, leading the team to the 1990 African Champions League trophy by defeating clubs like Asante Kotoko of Ghana and Nkana Red Devils of Zambia. In that same year Saib was also a member of Algeria's African Cup winning team, which defeated Nigeria 1-0 in a memorable final at Alger, en route to its first and only African Cup trophy. Saib also helped JSK win the domestic league twice in his first two years with the club. His trophies with JSK would stop there temporiraly as the team failed to win anymore silverware in the next two years. However, Saib's excellent play had drawn the eyes of scouts in Europe, and the player seemed destined for the big leagues. His play earned JSK another trophy in the summer of 1992, by helping the win the Algerian Cup.

The Move To Europe

Saib's play with JSK and the Algerian national team was recognized by coaches all over Europe, and in the summer of 1992 Saib signed with French club Auxerre. Saib made his debut for Auxerre on October 30th, 1992, a 3-3 away draw against Valenciennes. It was also against this team that Saib scored his first league goal, almost 8 months later. Saib was an integral member of Auxerre and helped them win 2 French Cups (1994 and 1996) and the French league (1996). However, it seemed that was the pinnacle of his career as his play started to deteriorate.

The Travelling Salesman

In the summer of 1997, Saib was shipped off to Spanish side Valencia. The player showed sparks of genius but was not consistent enough for the likes of the team. He left the club in March of 1998 to join Premiership side Tottenham Hotspurs. Saib started off strong for the club and was a regular in the squad. However, a year and a half later he was loaned out to Saudi Arabian side Al Nasr. His loan spell to Saudi Arabia seemed to rejuvinate his career as one year later he returned to Auxerre and shined with 10 assists in the season, highest in the league. However, the team had a dismal year and Saib decided to test his luck elsewhere. He played for Monaco and Lorient, both in Ligue 1, before deciding to call it quits on his European playing career. In the summer of 2002, Saib signed with UAE-based club Dubai and 2 months later joined another Dubai club, Al Ahly.

The Return To The Motherland

It was also in 2002 that Moussa Saib would end his expatriate days, as he returned to Algeria in January of 2003. He signed with his favorite team, JS Kabylie, and lead them to their first Algerian league title in almost 10 years. Saib ended his playing career on that note, a career that included 91 appereances for the Algerian national team, as well as 10 goals. He played 150 games in the French Ligue 1, scoring 23 goals and had 20 appearances in European play, scoring twice. After that, he coached JS Kabylie briefly but quit due to differences with the team owner.

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