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Birmingham City: Played For Both Clubs - Radhi Jaidi

A look at former Bolton and Birmingham player, Radhi Jaidi.

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Ahead of Birmingham City's visit to Bolton Wanderers on Tuesday night, we take a look at the career of former City and Bolton player, Radhi Jaidi.

Radhi Jaidi, born 30th August 1975, began his career with club Espérance, in his homeland Tunisia, in 1993. Jaidi's 11 years with Espérance were very successful. Eight league titles, the African Champions League in 1994, two Tunisian cups, an African cup winners cup and a CAF super cup.

Jaidi also made his debut for the Tunisian national side while at Espérance, in 1996. In 2004, Jaidi was part of the Tunisia side that won the African Cup of Nations. In total for Espérance, Jaidi played 288 league games, scoring 20 goals.

In the summer of 2004, Jaidi joined Bolton on a free transfer. Jaidi quickly became a fan favourite, and scored his first goal for the Whites at Highbury, in a 2-2 draw against the then 'invincibles' Arsenal.

Jaidi also scored a famous equaliser at Stamford Bridge, as Bolton came from 2-0 down to draw against Chelsea. Jaidi ended the season with 5 goals in 28 games, as Bolton reached the FA Cup quarter finals and finished 6th in the Premier League, meaning the Whites would be playing in Europe for the first time.

Radhi Jaidi would go on to start in Bolton's first ever European game, a 2-1 win over Lokomotiv Plovdiv. Jaidi was voted the 25th greatest Bolton player in 2005, you can see the full list here.

In the summer of 2006, after scoring for Tunisia at the World Cup in Germany, Jaidi left Bolton after scoring 8 goals in 52 games, for Birmingham City, for a fee of £2 million.

Jaidi helped Birmingham gain promotion back to the Premier League in his first season, although couldn't help them stay up, and they were subsequently relegated in 2008. Jaidi spent another season at St Andrews, before leaving on a free transfer in 2009. In total, Jaidi played 93 games for Birmingham, scoring 6 goals.

Jaidi then joined Southampton FC on a free transfer. In three years on the South coast, Jaidi made 68 appearances, scoring 4 goals, while also being part of the Southampton team that achieved back to back promotions from League 1 to the Premier League. Jaidi also won the 2010 Johnstone's paint trophy whilst at Southampton.

In 2012, Jaidi retired at the age of 36. For the Tunisian national side, Jaidi made 105 appearances, scoring 7 goals.

Jaidi is currently Southampton's U21 Assistant Manger.