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Mehdi Carcela crowned on Monday night: he wins the Belgian Lion again



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Check out all prizes on Monday night at the Lion's Belgian Gala at the Birmingham Palace in Anderlecht.

Standard Liege midfielder Mehdi Carcela was elected "Belgian Lion", a trophy that honors the best player of North African origin or Berber that evolves in Belgium, for the third time in ten editions. He had already won the trophy in 2015 and 2018. He was awarded the prize by the Secretary of State for the Brussels-Capital region, Fadila Laanan (PS).

The Moroccan international was the favorite of Tunisian Hamid Harbaoui (Zulte Waregem), current top scorer of the Jupiler Pro League, with 23 goals scored, which won him another award, and Dylan Bronn, talented defender of the title. Ghent

Carcela, 29, does not make his best season on the jersey.

But he still scored four goals (none in playoff 1) and made seven assists. He was on the bench Friday in Antwerp (2-1).

Only Club Brugge Hans Vanaken (clearly) preceded him in the Golden Shoe referendum in January.

The best player is Anderlechtoise Sakina Ouzraoui, and the best futsal player Brahim El Jomail (Lart Brussel).

Marouane Fellaini once again crowned the best Belgian player of Arab origin abroad

Marouane Fellaini was voted the best Belgian Arab or Berber player abroad for the fourth consecutive year. The 31-year-old emigrated from Manchester United to Shandong Luneng, China, ahead of Nacer Chadli (AS Monaco) and Sofian Kiyine (Chievo Verona).

He wore the national team jersey 87 times and will continue there, with business card entries at the 2014 and 2018 world championships, as well as Euro 2016, and 18 goals scored.

He signed in China until the end of 2021. He has scored twice in nine games for Shandong Luneng, currently fifth in the Chinese Super League.

Hamide Lamara, Standard Femina coach, deprives Karim Belhocine of double

Anderlecht coach Karim Belhocine, winner of the 2018 prize, is now ahead of Frenchman Hamide Lamara, who has been named the best Arab coach in the Belgian league. Standard Femina owes their adhesion to the final of the Belgian Cup, lost 0-2 against La Gantoise. The T2 of Saint-Trond Issame Charai is the third.

Originally from Morocco, Lamara has been in charge of the Women's Rouches since July 2016. He led the Liège team to the national title in 2017 and offered the Cup in 2018. Standard Femina are second in Playoff 1 with 11 points. Anderlecht.

"Lamine, who I know very well, deserves this distinction for the outstanding work done to Standard Femina," confessed Belhocine, a good loser. "As much as I'm concerned and considering the Anderlecht season, I could not claim any prize, and it's a good thing to put women's football once in the spotlight. weak … "

Lois Openda, best hope of Arab origin

Club Brugge striker Lois Openda, 19, was voted the best young player of Arab origin in the Belgian league, despite his father being a Congolese. He manages Monsoon midfielder Selim Amallah to win the trophy. Openda defeated Bilal Chibani (Mouscron) and Amine Benchaib (Lokeren).

Born in Liège, son of a Franco-Moroccan mother, on 16 February 2000, Openda was selected twenty-five times by his Croatian coach Ivan Leko.

The latter had trusted him in the group's first game in the Champions League against Borussia Dortmund (0-1). He scored his first goal against La Gantoise (1-1) on 3 February.


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