Footballer of the Revolution: Mekhloufi and the FLN team

On April 13, 1958, in the midst of Algeria’s war of independence, ten Algerian professional players surreptitiously left France for Tunis. Among them was 21-year-old St. Etienne forward Rachid Mekhloufi, the central character in the second installment of the “Football Rebels” documentary on Al Jazeera. Through evocative interviews, archival footage, and on-camera visits to important …

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