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Portsmouth: Remember Nadir Belhadj? Here’s what he’s up to nowadays

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Back in 2008, Portsmouth were very much a solidified Premier League team and they had just triumphed in the FA Cup final, securing themselves a place in the UEFA Cup for the very first time.

And with the need to strengthen their squad with a long season to play, Harry Redknapp opted to bring Algerian left-back Nadir Belhadj to Fratton Park, despite playing just 19 times for French side Lens after joining them from Lyon.

Belhadj clearly did enough in that period to impress Redknapp though as he secured a loan deal to the south coast which had the option of becoming a permanent deal – and that’s what happened in the mid-season transfer window in January 2009 for €4.5 million.

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The Algerian could also play on the left side of midfield and ended up featuring in 29 Premier League matches in his debut season for Pompey as well as all six UEFA Cup games, but the following campaign proved a little less fruitful.

Belhadj’s game-time went down to just 19 league matches but he still managed to score three times in that period, but it would be his final season at Fratton Park as Qatari-based outfit Al-Sadd purchased him for a fee greater than £3.5 million.

At 39 years old now though, what is Belhadj up to? Has he retired or is he still seeing out his career as he approaches 40?

Amazingly, the Algerian is still featuring on a regular basis for one of the clubs he played for earlier in his career.

Belhadj had his big break at Sedan in both the top tier and second tier of French football before moving to Lyon in 2007 as a 24-year-old, and he returned to the club in November 2016 until the following summer when they were in the third tier.

Sedan remain in that league in 2021-22 and after leaving Qatar’s Al-Sailiya over the summer, Belhadj has returned to Les Sangliers one more time to finish off his career you would presume.

The 39-year-old has appeared in 11 league games this season according to transfermarkt, featuring in a number of different positions down the left and in central midfield as well, and more often than not completes all 90 minutes.

It’s remarkable to see he’s still going at a decent level and considering he was well-liked by Pompey fans they will be delighted to know he’s still on the charge at the age of 39.


25 years old, UCLan Sports Journalism graduate, Preston North End fan

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Article title: Portsmouth: Remember Nadir Belhadj? Here’s what he’s up to nowadays

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