Association football player
2 October 1989, Sheffield
Aymen Tahar (Arabic: أيمن طاهر; born October 2, 1989 in Sheffield) is an Anglo-Algerian professional footballer who plays for J1 League side Sagan Tosu. Tahar currently plays in a midfielder position, either at closing or offensive midfielder.
Playing in England
Aymen was born and raised in Sheffield, England to an Algerian family. Though he grew up supporting Arsenal, Aymen played in Sunday League football and his performance catch an attention from Luis Silva, who helped a role of helping him to join the Sheffield United’s academy in 2005 and progressed through the ranks and was a regular in the reserve side up to 2008–2009 season. He made his début at the end of February 2009, coming on as a late sub for Lee Hendrie against Hull City in the FA Cup 5th round. At the end of the season, Tahar was released by the club.
After leaving Sheffield United, Tahar joined Hungarian side Ferencvárosi on a free transfer. After a season in Hungary without making an appearance, Tahar returned to England, where he joined Staveley Miners Welfare and had a successful spell there, having become a key player for the club.
Playing in Romania
On February 8, 2012, Tahar joined Romanian club Gaz Metan Mediaș, signing a contract until 2015. Tahar later stated in an interview that he find it difficult to move away from England to Romania at first.
Tahar made his Gaz Metan Mediaș debut, where he came on as a substitute in the 66th minutes, in a 2–0 win over Dinamo București on 3 March 2012. After struggling in the first team for the first two seasons at Gaz Metan Mediaș, Tahar began to established himself in the first team and then scored his first Gaz Metan Mediaș goal on 15 September 2013, in a 2–1 win over Brașov, with his second goal for the club later came on 26 October 2013, in a 3–1 win over Ceahlăul Piatra Neamț. Tahar later ended the 2013–14 season, making thirty-three appearance and scoring two times. The 2014–15 season then saw Tahar regained his first team place and started the opening game of the season well when he scored his first goal of the season, in a 3–0 win over Botoșani Tahar then later added two more goals later in the season against Ceahlăul Piatra Neamț and Dinamo București. Tahar went on to finish the season, making thirty appearance and scoring three times, but was unable to help the club survive relegation from Liga I.
On June 30, 2015, Tahar joined Romanian club Steaua București, signing a contract until 30 June 2019. Tahar revealed he nearly joined Slovakian side Slovan Bratislava before moving to Steaua București. Tahar made his Steaua București debut, playing 14 minutes after coming on as a substitute, in a 0–0 draw against Petrolul Ploiești on 11 July 2015. After being left out of the squad in late-August, Tahar then regained his first team place and scored his first goal for the club in the Round of 32 of Cupa României, in a 1–0 win over Universitatea Cluj. Weeks later on 3 October 2015, Tahar scored his first league goal for the club, in a 2–1 win over Politehnica Iași. However, under the management of Laurențiu Reghecampf, Tahar soon fell out of favour after his form slumped and was told he can leave the club.
Boavista and Sagan Tosu
No longer wanted at Steaua București, Tahar joined Primeira Liga side Boavista on loan until the end of the season. Tahar then made his Boavista debut on 7 February 2016, where he played 4 minutes, in a 1–0 win over Paços de Ferreira. Then on 11 March 2016, Tahar provided an assist for Zé Manuel to help Boavista win 3–0 against Marítimo. Tahar went on to make eleven appearance for Boavista and returned to his parent club. Upon returning to Steaua București, Tahar was told by the club management that he was no longer in the first team.
On 4 August 2016, Tahar moved abroad to Asia, where he joined J1 League side Sagan Tosu.
In November 2008, Tahar was chosen for the elite training camp for the Algeria U20 team.
Tahar also eligible play for England, having been raised in England and received a British Citizenship.
|Staveley Miners Welfare||2010–11||?||?||?||?||–||–||–||?||?|
|Gaz Metan Mediaș||2011–12||10||0||1||0||–||–||–||11||0|
Statistics accurate as of match played 10 May 2016
- Steaua București
- League Cup: 2015–16