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Riyad Mahrez celebrates his equaliser against Tottenham Hotspur.

Riyad Mahrez - Player of the Week

Riyad Mahrez - Player of the Week

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Mahrez magic keeps Leicester flying high

Mahrez celebrates with teammates.Leicester City winger Riyad Mahrez scored his fourth goal of the season as The Foxes earned a draw at home to Tottenham Hotspur and maintained their unbeaten start to the Premier League season. The match was played at a slow pace for much of the game due to the hot weather conditions, unusual for the UK even in summer, and included the unusual sight of drinks breaks after 25 minutes of each half. There were few chances and the match looked like it would finish goalless, but Tottenham took a surprise lead in the 81st minute. Nacer Chadli crossed the ball and Deli Alli headed the ball home from close range. The lead only lasted 90 seconds, Jamie Vardy found Mahrez in space on the edge of the area and the Algerian forward hit an unstoppable shot into the net. Leicester looked for a winner in the last few minutes, but the match finished 1-1.  

"It was an outstanding goal and Riyad Mahrez is a very good player."  New Leicester City manager, Claudio Ranieri.

If the Premier League season had started in April,.......?

Mahrez scores against West Ham.Mahrez was Man of the Match against Spurs and scored his fourth goal of the season and is top goalscorer in the Premier League this season. He has made a much better start to the season than some of the favourites to win this season's golden boot: Sergio Aguero (1 goal), Diego Costa (1 goal), Wayne Rooney (0 goals), Alexis Sanchez (0 goals). In fact, Mahrez has continued what he started at the end of last season as the Algerian international has scored six goals in his last six Premier League games. It's not only Mahrez who has been in great form but all of the Leicester team. Since April 1st 2015, Leicester have won an amazing 29 points in their last 12 Premier League matches (9 wins, 2 draws and 1 defeat). If the Premier League season had started on April 1st, Leicester would be top of the Premier League table!   

"I feel very good and I scored an important goal for the team. The most important thing is the team and not losing today."  Riyad Mahrez.

What do we know about Riyad Mahrez?

In action for Algeria at Brazil 2014.Riyad Mahrez was born on 21 February 1991 in Sarcelles, which is a suburb in the north of Paris, the French capital. His mother is from Morocco and his father from the small Algerian town of Beni Snous, in the north-west of the country, near the border with Morocco. Mahrez chose to play international football for Algeria, the country where his father was born. With big French clubs like Marseille and Paris St. Germain watching closely, Mahrez decided to join Le Havre in 2010 as it was  easier to break into the first team. He made a total of 60 appearances for Le Havre, before moving to Leicester in January 2014. Leicester were then in the Championship (level 2 of English football), but Mahrez played well and helped Leicester win promotion to the Premier League. He also won a place in Algeria's squad for the World Cup in Brazil. In the Premier League, Mahrez has scored 11 goals and is fast becoming one of Leicester's key players, which led the club to offer him a new 4-year contract in August 2015.

"The fans are great, we have good team spirit and I just really like this Club. I feel very good here and that’s why I signed for another four years."  Riyad Mahrez.

Is Mahrez the only Algerian in the Premier League?

Friends off the pitch: Mahrez and Nabil Bentaleb.Since signing for Leicester, Mahrez's career has got better and better and now many bigger Premier League clubs are starting to look at him. New Leicester manager, Claudio Ranieri, has had to say that he is not available for transfer. He is now an important member of the Algeria squad. He helped the Desert Foxes reach the quarter-finals of the World Cup in 2014, before they lost, in extra-time, against eventual Champions, Germany. He has made 17 appearances for the national team and scored 3 goals. Mahrez is not the only Algerian in the Premier League, in fact, there was another Algerian on the pitch in Leicester's match against Tottenham. Nabil Bentaleb has made over 40 Premier League appearances for Spurs and is an international teammate of Mahrez. Other Algerians currently in the Premier League include Essaïd Belkalem at Watford and Adlène Guedioura at Crystal Palace.

"We won’t sell Mahrez so there is no price, so it’s much better if other clubs don’t ask."  New Leicester City manager, Claudio Ranieri.

How often do you go to the barber's?

Mahrez looks after his hair.Mahrez is a player who likes to take a trip to the barber's, he looks after his hair, which you can see by looking at the photos on this page. There are plenty of different hairstyles on the football pitch, from sharp, shaved sides and a side parting on top like Mahrez or Cristiano Ronaldo, to the dreadlocks of Swansea City's Bafetimbi Gomis, the huge Afro of Marouan Fellaini or anything worn by Mario Balotelli. Many people get nervous before they go to the barber's, especially if English is not their first language, but don't worry, we are here to help. You can learn lots of vocabulary and phrases related to haircuts in our great video series, 'The English Game'

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Riyad Mahrez is currently the to scorer in the Premier League.

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Did you know......?

  • Riyad Mahrez represents foxes at both club and international level. The Foxes of Leicester and the Desert Foxes of Algeria.
  • Algeria is the 10th largest country in the world.
  • The Nobel Prize winning author and philosopher, Albert Camus, is from Algeria, and used to be a goalkeeper!
  • Leicester City were originally called Leicester Fosse.
  • Leicester is one of the oldest cities in the UK, it is over 2000 years old.
Riyad Mahrez in action against Romelu Lukaku's Everton.

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Riyad Mahrez is the Premier League's top scorer and has a great haircut!

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Serg1231
26/08/2015
RU
0
points

the best haircut has peter chech with his helmet.
when i go to the barber, i say Like usually, please


Serg1231
26/08/2015 13:41
Russia
Manchester United
0

the best haircut has peter chech with his helmet.
when i go to the barber, i say Like usually, please

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VerdMead96
28/08/2015
PL
146
points

Leicester City fantastically came through the last matches of previous PL season, but after all to me their form is still one of the biggest suprises so far. Claudio Ranieri successively continues what Nigel Pearson has started a couple of months ago. Mahrez is the undisputed leader of The Foxes and I really like his playing style. 4 goals in 3 matches show that not only is the Algerian glamorous but also effective. If he keeps his form so good I cannot imagine him not signing for a club from top. Reffering to the questions, I'm not really good at predictions but I think that the second consecutive season will belong to Sergio Agüero. This guy is simply phenomenial. I've always loved Marouane Fellaini's afro. Our commentators often laugh that his haircut helps him to score all these header goals. When I go to the Barber's my usual request sounds like "I'd like a haircut about 5 centemeters and blonde highlights, please".


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VerdMead96
28/08/2015 00:24
Poland
Manchester United
146

Leicester City fantastically came through the last matches of previous PL season, but after all to me their form is still one of the biggest suprises so far. Claudio Ranieri successively continues what Nigel Pearson has started a couple of months ago. Mahrez is the undisputed leader of The Foxes and I really like his playing style. 4 goals in 3 matches show that not only is the Algerian glamorous but also effective. If he keeps his form so good I cannot imagine him not signing for a club from top. Reffering to the questions, I'm not really good at predictions but I think that the second consecutive season will belong to Sergio Agüero. This guy is simply phenomenial. I've always loved Marouane Fellaini's afro. Our commentators often laugh that his haircut helps him to score all these header goals. When I go to the Barber's my usual request sounds like "I'd like a haircut about 5 centemeters and blonde highlights, please".

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Rema
02/09/2015
RS
538
points

That's dificult to say. Maybe VerdMead have right, Sergio Aguero is fantastic scorer. His Chelsea counterpart Costa could be golden boot also. Kane haven't scored yet. Calum Wilson is opened very well this season and maybe he could be this season suprise(similar to Charlie Austin and Danny Ings for previous season). Who is player of the week this time?


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Rema
02/09/2015 15:13
Serbia
West Ham United
538

That's dificult to say. Maybe VerdMead have right, Sergio Aguero is fantastic scorer. His Chelsea counterpart Costa could be golden boot also. Kane haven't scored yet. Calum Wilson is opened very well this season and maybe he could be this season suprise(similar to Charlie Austin and Danny Ings for previous season). Who is player of the week this time?

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Rich
02/09/2015
ES
805
points

I guess it's a bit too early in the season, but I'm going to pick Aguero too. Player of the Week is a bit late but it's there now. We've chosen Bafetimbi Gomis of Swansea, he's got 4 goals now so another who could be the surprise package this season!


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Rich
02/09/2015 17:21
Spain
Liverpool
805

I guess it's a bit too early in the season, but I'm going to pick Aguero too. Player of the Week is a bit late but it's there now. We've chosen Bafetimbi Gomis of Swansea, he's got 4 goals now so another who could be the surprise package this season!

Abdallah
27/09/2015
KW
1807
points

I think Gomez
Pedro


Abdallah
27/09/2015 17:44
Kuwait
Chelsea
1807

I think Gomez
Pedro

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elghoul
11/10/2015
DZ
1409
points

Top scorer will be Aguero.The best haircut is Mahrez one.I say to the barber "same that last time".


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elghoul
11/10/2015 16:55
Algeria
Arsenal
1409

Top scorer will be Aguero.The best haircut is Mahrez one.I say to the barber "same that last time".

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almirpereira
23/10/2015
BR
1315
points

ALL RIGHT.


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almirpereira
23/10/2015 16:08
Brazil
Chelsea
1315

ALL RIGHT.

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aragorn1986
03/11/2015
ME
6882
points

I'm not sure. There are many various haircuts in England.


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aragorn1986
03/11/2015 16:15
Montenegro
Arsenal
6882

I'm not sure. There are many various haircuts in England.

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MUGEMANYI
20/11/2015
RW
2320
points

I like his haircut, very good


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MUGEMANYI
20/11/2015 06:44
Rwanda
Arsenal
2320

I like his haircut, very good

nikosonris
23/11/2015
UA
2453
points

A player can have whichever haircut he thinks good for him. The most important thing is to make sure that your haircut doesn't impede you from playing well and scoring goals)) Among the contestants for the top scorer's title this season are Sergio Aguero, Jamie Vardy and Harry Kane.


nikosonris
23/11/2015 11:52
Ukraine
Arsenal
2453

A player can have whichever haircut he thinks good for him. The most important thing is to make sure that your haircut doesn't impede you from playing well and scoring goals)) Among the contestants for the top scorer's title this season are Sergio Aguero, Jamie Vardy and Harry Kane.

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aragorn1986
06/12/2015
ME
6882
points

Mahrez is becoming a star. He and Vardy have made the dreams come true to all the Leicester fan. This is one of the best seasons in their history.


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aragorn1986
06/12/2015 14:17
Montenegro
Arsenal
6882

Mahrez is becoming a star. He and Vardy have made the dreams come true to all the Leicester fan. This is one of the best seasons in their history.

nikosonris
07/12/2015
UA
2453
points

No one can deny their amazing achievements and high commitment this season. But Leicester is about to face a pretty tough run of fixtures. Let's see how they perform against top-tier teams


nikosonris
07/12/2015 11:56
Ukraine
Arsenal
2453

No one can deny their amazing achievements and high commitment this season. But Leicester is about to face a pretty tough run of fixtures. Let's see how they perform against top-tier teams

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Rich
07/12/2015
ES
805
points

They've got Chelsea and Man City at home and Everton and Liverpool away in their next four matches. You're right, it's a really difficult run. I think four points out of the four games would be ok and would leave them in a good position for the second half of the season. However, they are so confident at the moment it's not impossible to see them getting 8 or 9 points!


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Rich
07/12/2015 22:20
Spain
Liverpool
805

They've got Chelsea and Man City at home and Everton and Liverpool away in their next four matches. You're right, it's a really difficult run. I think four points out of the four games would be ok and would leave them in a good position for the second half of the season. However, they are so confident at the moment it's not impossible to see them getting 8 or 9 points!

nikosonris
09/12/2015
UA
2453
points

I would say their current league position is quite a shock result, though fully deserved! However, my prediction going forward is that out of the next four games they will pull off not more than 4 points (1 draw with the Blues, 2 defeats against Man City & Liverpool and 1 win at Goodison Park).


nikosonris
09/12/2015 11:55
Ukraine
Arsenal
2453

I would say their current league position is quite a shock result, though fully deserved! However, my prediction going forward is that out of the next four games they will pull off not more than 4 points (1 draw with the Blues, 2 defeats against Man City & Liverpool and 1 win at Goodison Park).

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aragorn1986
06/12/2015
ME
6882
points

When I go to the barber I usually don't have to say anything. He already knows what kind of haircut I prefer. I'm going to the same place for 21 year and the atmosphere there is so familiar. We often talk about some of the local players and their experiences and we often predict the PL results together..


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aragorn1986
06/12/2015 14:19
Montenegro
Arsenal
6882

When I go to the barber I usually don't have to say anything. He already knows what kind of haircut I prefer. I'm going to the same place for 21 year and the atmosphere there is so familiar. We often talk about some of the local players and their experiences and we often predict the PL results together..

nikosonris
21/12/2015
UA
2453
points

This man is now gaining momentum to claim the Player of the Month title.


nikosonris
21/12/2015 16:39
Ukraine
Arsenal
2453

This man is now gaining momentum to claim the Player of the Month title.

hichem hy
23/12/2015
DZ
123
points

Top scorer will be Mahrez, (I hope so).


hichem hy
23/12/2015 20:29
Algeria
Manchester City
123

Top scorer will be Mahrez, (I hope so).

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MUGEMANYI
15/05/2016
RW
2320
points

He was best player but not top scorer.


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MUGEMANYI
15/05/2016 21:48
Rwanda
Arsenal
2320

He was best player but not top scorer.

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HakanUslu1881
05/03/2016
TR
1750
points

I believe they will be the champion.
Leicester City.
Riyad Mahrez.
Shave sides and a part on top.


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HakanUslu1881
05/03/2016 03:29
Turkey
Leicester City
1750

I believe they will be the champion.
Leicester City.
Riyad Mahrez.
Shave sides and a part on top.

englishman
19/07/2016
DZ
1026
points

Riyad Mahrez did


englishman
19/07/2016 11:37
Algeria
Chelsea
1026

Riyad Mahrez did

englishman
19/07/2016
DZ
1026
points

Riyad mahres is the best


englishman
19/07/2016 11:38
Algeria
Chelsea
1026

Riyad mahres is the best

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Ghigo
18/08/2016
IT
961
points

another flag


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Ghigo
18/08/2016 13:07
Italy
Liverpool
961

another flag

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