Saphir Taider is born to an Algerian mother and a Tunisian father. His older brother, Nabil Taider, plays for Tunisia, while Saphir opted to represent rivals Algeria.
A right-footed, technical central midfielder, who can dribble his way out of tight situations, Taider can play as a holding midfielder or as a ball distributor. His versatility and passing was key to Algeria’s 2014 World Cup qualification campaign.
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Taider made an instant impact in his first cap with Algeria when he scored against Benin. Has not missed a match since.
The French-born midfielder left France at a young age to play in Serie A with Bologna. After three years with Bologna, he earned a transfer to Italian giants Inter Milan in 2013, playing a total of 15 games in the 2013-2014 season.