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City’s international manager academy: Part 4

City have a knack of producing international managers.

In the final part of our four-part series, we look at the current boss of Algeria...

Algeria: Djamel Belmadi

Blink and you might have missed Djamel Belmadi’s time at City.

The French-born, Algerian descent midfielder had spent brief spells with PSG, Martigues, Marseilles and Celta Vigo before returning to Marseille where he fell out with the coach and was shipped out on loan to City.

READ: City's international manager academy | Part 2

READ: City's international manager academy | Part 3

He had the honour of becoming the first City player to be capped by Algeria – Ali Benarbia won all his prior to moving to the Club – but he would only start two games, appearing off the bench in six more.

With Benarbia and Eyal Berkovic already on board, there was no place for the creative talents of Belmadi who instead headed for Qatar for two years until he returned for two productive years with Southampton.

He moved into management in Qatar, eventually taking over the national team for a year before being dismissed and returned to club management in the sovereign state for the next three years.

In August of this year, Belmadi won his highest profile managerial role yet when he was named manager of Algeria for whom he won 20 caps during his playing days.

And of course, one of his charges is none other than City winger Riyad Mahrez

 

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