Last Updated on September 8, 2018 by mybiohub
Rafik Halliche was born on 2 September, 1986 in Algiers, Halliche began playing football at the age of seven with CREPS Ben Aknoun. After seven years with the club he joined the junior ranks of NA Hussein Dey, making his senior debut on 30 January 2006 in a league match against Paradou AC, coming on as a substitute in the 74th minute. He is an Algerian professional footballer who plays as a central defender for Portuguese club G.D. Estoril Praia. He started playing in 2005 with Hussein Dey, going on to spend the vast majority of his career in Portugal. An Algerian international since 2008, He represented the nation in two World Cups and three Africa Cup of Nations tournaments.
Rafik has played for many club both locally and internationally among these clubs are; Nacional, Fulham, Academica, Qatar SC.
Looking into the international career prfile; Halliche made his debut for Algeria on 31 May 2008 against Senegal, replacing Anthar Yahia in the 75th minute. On 18 November 2009 he started in the decisive tie-breaker against Egypt for the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, as the national side won 1–0 in Sudan and returned to the FIFA World Cup 24 years after its last presence. Rafik was also summoned for the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations in Angola. He kept the national side’s qualification hopes alive after scoring the only goal in a win against Mali, after a loss to Malawi in the opener. In the semifinals he was sent off in the first half after being given two yellow cards, the last one also resulting in a penalty, in a 0–4 loss against Egypt.