Moctar Sidi El Hacen

Moctar Sidi El Hacen El Ide (Arabic: مختار سيدي الحسن; born 31 December 1997), commonly known as Hacen, is a Mauritanian international footballer who plays for Spanish club Real Valladolid B as a central midfielder.

Personal information
Full name Moctar Sidi El Hacen El Ide
Date of birth (1997-12-31) 31 December 1997
Place of birth Arafat, Mauritania
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Number 33
Youth career
ASAC Concorde
2014–2016 Levante
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013–2014 ASAC Concorde
2016–2018 Levante B 31 (2)
2017–2018 Levante 2 (0)
2018– Valladolid B 21 (1)
2018– Valladolid 1 (0)
National team
2016 Mauritania U20
2013– Mauritania 37 (8)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12:41, 25 April 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 22:00, 24 June 2019 (UTC)

Club career

Born in Arafat in the outskirts of Nouakchott, Hacen started off at local ASAC Concorde and nearly moved to Valencia CF in August 2014 after impressing in the year's L'Alcúdia International Football Tournament,[1] but chose to join Levante UD instead. However, he was unable to play any official matches until his 18th birthday.[2]

Assigned to the club's Juvenil squad, Hacen made his debut with the reserves on 14 January 2016, coming on as a first half substitute in a 1–3 Segunda División B away loss against CD Llosetense.[3] He was definitely promoted to the B-side ahead of the 2016–17 campaign, and scored his first senior goal on 6 November to open a 2–0 home win over UE Llagostera.[4]

Hacen made his first team debut on 28 November 2017, starting in a 1–1 home draw against Girona FC, for the season's Copa del Rey.[5] His La Liga debut occurred three days later, replacing Samu García in a 0–0 away draw against Málaga CF.[6]

On 24 July 2018, Hacen signed a two-year deal with another reserve team, Real Valladolid B also in the third division.[7] He made one two-minute substitute appearance for the first team in the top flight the following 23 April, a 1–0 win over Girona FC at the Estadio José Zorrilla.[8]

International career

Hacen started very early with his international career, having played seven games with the senior national team before the age of 16; his first being on 2 March 2013 by starting in a 0–0 away friendly draw against the Gambia. On 5 January 2014, he scored his first ever senior international goal in a 3–2 friendly win against Mozambique. On 10 January 2014, he was named in Mauritania's 23-man squad for the 2014 African Nations Championship.[9]

Later in 2016, he was part of the Mauritania U20s who participated in the 2016 COTIF Tournament.[10] He also participated in the 2017 Africa U-20 Cup of Nations qualification, where he helped Mauritania reach the second round after defeating Algeria 3–2 on aggregate, scoring two goals in the process.[11]

On 21 May 2019, he was named in Mauritania's 23-man squad for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.[12] On 24 June 2019, he scored from the penalty spot in his sides 4–1 opening match defeat against Mali, thus scoring Mauritania's first ever goal in the tournament.[13]


As of 24 June 2019
National teamYearAppsGoals
Mauritania 201370

International goals

Scores and results list Mauritania's goal tally first.
1.5 January 2014DBSA Stadium, Pretoria, South Africa Mozambique1–03–0Friendly
2.7 January 2017Stade Mustapha Tchaker, Blida, Algeria Algeria1–01–3
3.27 March 2017Stade Olympique, Nouakchott, Mauritania Congo1–12–1
5.24 March 2018Stade Cheikha Ould Boïdiya, Nouakchott, Mauritania Guinea1–02–0
6.12 October 2018Estádio 11 de Novembro, Luanda, Angola Angola1–01–42019 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
7.17 June 2019Stade de Marrakech, Marrakech, Morocco Benin1–11–3Friendly
8.23 June 2019Suez Stadium, Suez, Egypt Mali1–31–42019 Africa Cup of Nations
9.19 November 2019Stade Cheikha Ould Boïdiya, Nouakchott, Mauritania Central African Republic1–02–02021 Africa Cup of Nations qualification


  1. "El mauritano Id El Hassen, de 16 años, ficha por el Valencia" [Mauritanian Id El Hassen, with 16 years of age, signs for Valencia] (in Spanish). Mundo Deportivo. 17 August 2014. Retrieved 21 October 2016.
  2. "Prometedor debut de El Hacen y Aly Abeid con el Levante UD" [Promising debut from El Hacen and Aly Abeid with Levante UD] (in Spanish). Golsmedia. 14 January 2016. Retrieved 21 October 2016.
  3. "Épica victoria del Llosetense ante el Levante B (3–1)" [Epic victory from Llosetense against Levante B (3–1)] (in Spanish). Mallorca Diario. 17 January 2016. Retrieved 21 October 2016.
  4. "Tres puntos de oro para salir del descenso" [Three valuable points to get away from relegation] (in Spanish). El Desmarque. 6 November 2016. Retrieved 25 December 2016.
  5. "Morales no tira la Copa" [Morales does not take away the Cup] (in Spanish). Marca. 28 November 2017. Retrieved 29 November 2017.
  6. "Roberto echa una mano" [Roberto gives a hand] (in Spanish). Marca. 1 December 2017. Retrieved 2 December 2017.
  7. "El Promesas refuerza su medular con El Hacen" [Promesas bolster their midfield with El Hacen] (in Spanish). Real Valladolid. 24 July 2018. Retrieved 24 July 2018.
  8. "La cantera se abre paso ante las bajas" [The academy takes advantage of the injuries]. El Desmarque. 25 April 2019. Retrieved 1 July 2019.
  9. Sessou, Kouami (10 January 2014). "Mauritania 23-man list". Yes We Foot. Retrieved 27 June 2019.
  10. "24 juniors pour gravir l'Alcúdia" (in French). Cridem. 25 July 2016. Retrieved 27 June 2019.
  11. "Uganda Hippos eliminate Rwanda". CAF. 24 April 2016. Retrieved 27 June 2019.
  12. Barrie, Mohamed Fajah (21 May 2019). "Debutants Mauritania name squad". BBC Sport. Retrieved 27 June 2019.
  13. "Mali thrash Mauritania, Angola and Tunisia draw, Ivory Coast off to winning start". France 24. 25 June 2019. Retrieved 27 June 2019.
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