Algerian midfielder joins Adelaide United


Adelaide United have locked in their fourth foreign signing for the upcoming A-League season, with French-born Algerian midfielder Karim Matmour joining the club on a one-year deal.

Matmour has spent most of his career in Germany and is a versatile attacker who can play anywhere in the front half.

The 32-year-old, who has been capped 30 times for Algeria, joins United after stints with Kuwaiti side Al-Arabi, England's Huddersfield Town and over 275 Bundesliga appearances across both the German first and second divisions.

Matmour has scored two goals for Algeria and started at all three of his country's group stage matches at the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

"I’m delighted and extremely glad that Karim signed for Adelaide and we’re really looking forward to him joining our team," Adelaide coach Marco Kurz said. 

"We have secured an excellent player with a great personality and someone who will be an asset to the team.

"Karim is a very experienced player and has played nearly 300 games in the German Bundesliga and second division.

Matmour said he was excited for the new challenge of playing in the A-League and revealed Socceroos defender Jason Davidson played a part in him coming to Australia.

"For me this is a new experience and I am very excited to play here for this club and in this country," Matmour said. 

"If I am honest, I did not know so much about the A-League, but in the last two or three weeks I have asked many friends. 

"One of my best friends is Jason Davidson, who plays for the Australian national team, and I asked him about this team and the league and he told me only positives." 

Source: AAP