Rais M’Bolhi became the Algerian National Team’s No 1. goalkeeper during the 2010 World Cup. Selected by Rabah Saadane for that tournament, he impressed observers after keeping a clean sheet during a 0-0 draw against England in the second game of the group stage.
He was born in France to a Congolese father and an Algerian mother.
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Omitted from the squad during the 2010 World Cup qualifiers, M’Bolhi was selected by Rabah Saadane in the final 23-man squad. He became the revelation for the Desert Foxes after taking over for starting goalkeeper Fawzi Chaouchi after only one game.
The undisputed No. 1, M'Bolhi was replaced by Zemmamouche during the second leg of a crucial playoff game against Burkina Faso.
Before launching his international career with Algeria, he was also part of France's U-17 and U-18 national teams.
Coming up through the ranks of Olympique Marseille, M’Bolhi never really panned out in France. He joined Scottish club, Hearts, but made his name in Bulgaria where he has played since 2010.
He has played 15 games this season with CSKA Sofia.