The Moroccan superstar Hadji born in Ifrane on the 16 th
off november 1971.
He went with his parents to France
because his father has
work there and it was economicly better for the family to
started to play soccer just at his 14 th age and
it went very fast he played with the amateurs then
saw him playing so they gived him a contract and
at that moment everything went fabouless for him his intergration
went prefect he had no troubles with "Le Francais".
And when he was a loved player at his city he
became more and more famous and then one time he gets an invitation for
the national French youth squad but he didn't
invitation.After that day he was playing his first match
with his loved country Morocco.
was his dream to play for his nature country but he had
a difficult disicion to make but hadji said:"something
my hart said that I have to play for my country,I love Morocco,I have many Families there even I can't speak
arabic very well that doesn't bather me I will always love
Morocco and will do anything for my country".
Quiz Mustapha Hadji
Mustapha Hadji has had to overcome the bitter disappointment of missing out on playing
in his third World Cup finals for Morocco.
He's doing that by helping Aston Villa challenge for the English Premiership.
Hadji made a name for himself at the 1998 World Cup finals.
Wearing his familiar red boots, he scored one
of the goals of the tournament and was subsequently voted African Player of the Year.
After taking an impromptu
holiday and then missing his flight home, the Moroccan star is back to answer your questions.
Will you play for Morocco in the Nations Cup finals?
MH: Yes, I would like to play
for Morocco at the Nations Cup but it's a shame that I will miss many games for my club here in England. As for friendly matches,
I have to wait and see what happens as we still have some time before January but I'm sure I'll play in some of them.
Are you retired from international football? If not, how long will you carry on playing for Morocco?
Well, I started playing for Morocco in 1993 and I've really enjoyed it, all the pride of playing for your national
team, it's something special because you're playing at the highest level. Now I'm now 30 years old and I want to put more
time and effort for my club Aston Villa, so I may stop after this season.
Who do you back for next year's Nations
Senegal surprised us all because nobody expected them to do well at this level.
Hadji on Senegal's World Cup success
I think it's going to be Cameroon because they're the best team in Africa.
What do you think of Morocco's chances in Mali, especially as they face South Africa, Ghana and Burkina Faso?
It's going to be hard, it's a hard group but you never know in football. We have a good team
in Morocco although we didn't qualify for the World Cup. I think we have a good chance of qualifying from our group.
Why do you think Morocco failed to qualify for the World Cup?
Kenneth Sengita, USA & Joel Maina, Kenya
We were in a difficult group and games against Algeria and Egypt are always big derbies for us. Senegal surprised us all
because nobody expected them to do well at this level. Our problem was that we didn't do well in the away matches and we need
to work on that in future.
Do you feel Senegal deserved to qualify ahead of Morocco?
Arthur Golde, Cameroon
Definitely, because they worked harder than us and played good football as well. I know many players from Senegal
and I think they're going to surprise many people at the World Cup.
Morocco have many great players, but why don't
their results reflect that?
I think at the moment Moroccan football is down.
Hadji on state of Moroccan football
This is a difficult question but I think at the moment some of the players don't
have enough motivation when they play for the national team. They don't put as much effort as they do for their clubs. It's
What level is Moroccan football compared to the rest of the world?
Mostapha Lahkiky, USA
at the moment Moroccan football is down, we are not playing like we did in the last four or five years. This is a shame because
everything depends on the motivation of the players, when they play well the level of the national team goes up.
you think your club Aston Villa has what it takes to get a Champions League place next season?
Rich Smith, England
I think we have a good squad with quality players, we're currently doing well in the league and if we continue to work
hard, we have every chance of qualifying. Apart from the recent game against Newcastle, we have played every well and if we
continue like that, we can finish in the top three.
Which team is the biggest threat to Aston Villa?
Er...er...this is another hard question. It's difficult to say but I just want to say that we have
many great players determined to work hard for the team. All the teams in England are very good but we want to do well against
every one of them.
Do you miss playing in France, Spain and Portugal?
Alexandre Gontijo, Brazil
I don't think so. What I miss are the friends I had in France but I'm really enjoying my time here in England, and I'm also
enjoying my football. So I don't miss much about those countries.
Which club have you enjoyed playing for most?
Wuotema Abraham Sua, Liberia
When I was at Sporting Lisbon I played Champions League football and played at
a very high level with some very good players. But I think the best for me is Villa because playing in the Premiership is
something else, big games every week and fantastic atmosphere.
Are you aiming to finish your career in Europe or
would you like to go back to Morocco one day?
I like the man, he has a big heart and
Hadji on George Weah
No, I'm never going to play football in Morocco because I never played in
the Moroccan league in the first place. I grew up in France and started to play football there when I was 14 years old. I'll
go back to my country not to play football but for holidays and to see my friends. Maybe I'll stay in England because I'm
enjoying life here. At the moment I don't know.
Why do you keep your ponytail? I like it though!
Kweku Acquaah Harrison,
Aah..well, it started off as a superstitious act because I seemed to play well with the ponytail. But now
I just keep it for fun and it's part of my style.
Who are your favourite African players?
Seltue Newman, UK
George Weah because I like the man, he has a big heart and stays simple. He's done a lot for his country so he's
a very big example to all the African players. After George it's Abedi Pele because when I was 16 years old I was looking
up to him at Marseille, he was a great player.