Aïssa Laïdouni, the good choice of Tunisia
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Aïssa Laïdouni had a perfect match with the Tunisians against the Danes. The defensive midfielder impressed in his first World Cup match and will be expected for the game against the Australians on Saturday 26 November.
From our special envoy to Qatar,
Dreaming of the World Cup, Aïssa Laïdouni, a girl from the Parisian suburbs, born in Livry-Gargan, did not expect so much with her bumpy journey.
For his discovery of a World Cup, the player from Ferencvaros in Hungary, trained in Angers, put in a great performance and was even voted man of the match. Laïdouni won five of his six games played against the danes and made both of his tackles. He also recovered eight balls. A Tunisian international for a year and a half, Aïssa Laidouni is now one of coach Jalel Kadri’s assets.
Tunisia or Algeria!
Aïssa Laïdouni, who had hoped to wear the jersey of Algeria, her father’s country, shone with Tunisia, her mother’s nation, which she joined in June 2021. She had initially rejected the call-up for Tunisian feet a year earlier . , because he hoped that Djamel Belmadi, the Algeria coach, would trust him. The deal never closed.
” It had been a while since he had played very good games with the Tunisian national team and also with his club in the Europa League. It’s good to have players like that. It has the spirit of this group that is united. is an example for us his colleague Montassar Talbi said into the RFI microphone. In 2021, he was chosen as the best player in the Hungarian championship.
However, Aïssa Laïdouni keeps her feet on the ground: This is just the beginning, we won’t ignitehe said. It’s nice to receive a reward, but to be honest, I go on the pitch above all to please the team. We don’t play the World Cup every day. ! »
An incredible journey for a player who has not had it easy: Aïssa Laïdouni only played one Ligue 1 game with Angers, -her training club-, in April 2016 and it was difficult for her to find her football path. After Angers, he is on loan to Les Herbiers and Chambly, two modest clubs in the French third division. He then went to Romania in 2018: his first experience in a European first division team. In 2020, he is in Hungary and discovers the Champions League, against Lionel Messi’s Barça.
Favorite of the Tunisian public?
Against Denmark, the Tunisian public he cheered for him like he was the star of the Carthage Eagles team. “ I don’t know if I’m the darling, but I’m happy to be there. It’s good to feel the love of the people. “, he admits discreetly, almost surprised to be at the center of the debates.
Asked by the DZ Foot website, Frédéric Reculeau, former coach of Les Herbiers, recalls a player who had “ He needed a breath of fresh air to highlight the talent he had “.” He knew how to take advantage of the confidence and the opportunity that the squad offered him, by achieving an interesting season in a complicated championship that is the Nacional. This experience helped her continue his progress. “, he adds.
For Belgacem Louhichi, who was one of his teammates at Montfermeil FC, Aïssa Laïdouni has the skills and mentality to play for the long term in Ligue 1. On Saturday, November 26, he will be back on the field, against Australia, in the second meeting of Tunisians in Qatar.