Officially… Slimani becomes the first Algerian to play in the Brazilian league.

Brazilian club Coritiba announced on Sunday their signing of Algerian player Islam Slimani on a free transfer from Belgian side Anderlecht.

The Brazilian club stated in an official statement on their Twitter account that the 35-year-old Algerian star had already signed a contract to join Coritiba.

Coritiba did not disclose any details about the contract linking Slimani to the Algerian national team’s all-time top scorer, and they simply shared a video clip of the “Desert Warrior,” showcasing some of his moments with various European clubs.

Slimani becomes the first Algerian professional player to experience the Brazilian league and is among the most prominent Algerian players to represent foreign clubs.

A product of the ES Sétif youth academy, Slimani has had several professional stints, having played for Sporting Lisbon in Portugal, Leicester City and Newcastle United in England, AS Monaco and Olympique Lyonnais in France, Fenerbahçe in Turkey, and Anderlecht in Belgium.

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