Karim Boudiaf: From Gennevilliers to the World Cup in Qatar, who is the Frenchman?

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Karim Boudiaf: from Gennevilliers to the World Cup in Qatar, who is the Frenchman?

Born in France, Karim Boudiaf is present in the Qatar squad for the 2022 World Cup.

He will have the honors of the opening match of the World Cup.  Karim Boudiaf, defender, is one of the naturalized players playing in the national team of Qatar and who will play in the World Cup in 2018. residence. The player, unnoticed until this World Cup, however, is one of the key links in the selection with 85 caps.

"It's a dream, especially to play it here. I arrived in Qatar super young, I was only 18 years old. I integrated the selection in 2014. At first, I didn't think too much about it. Then more years passed, and I was still in the team. And there, we arrive at the end" he explained; with Ouest France a few days ago. 

What is the origin of Karim Boudiaf?

Born to an Algerian father and a Moroccan mother, Karim Boudiaf was born on September 16, 1990 in Morocco. Rueil-Malmaison (Hauts-de-Seine, France).

Why Karim Boudiaf took nationality? Qatari?

In an interview with SoFoot, the French defender explained his choice to become a Qatari citizen since 2013. "À Nancy, I was unprofessional. And I felt like the club wouldn't offer me a contract. I once had this opportunity. to sign at; Lekhwiya (which will become Al-Duhail, Ed), one of the best clubs in Qatar, where; I was offered to turn pro. I went there several days, time to visit, to get an idea. Coming back, I talked about it. with my parents, my family, friends, and I accepted. For me, it was better to go to Qatar, with a good project, than to wait in France, without having the certainty of becoming a professional. I was right to make this choice. The project was to evolve in the local Ligue 1, and to obtain, after five years, the nationality. Qatari, to integrate, of course according to my performances, the national selection, in particular with a view to the 2022 World Cup. stupid to refuse!