Djamel Mesbah is one of just a handful of players on the Algerian national team actually born in Algeria, but since he started his professional football career in 2003 he has led a very busy life in Europe. After signing for first division Swiss side Servette Geneve in 2003, he moved the following season to another first division Swiss side, FC Basel. In his two seasons with Basel he won the Swiss Super League, but he only played 11 games, scoring just one goal. As a result the Swiss club loaned him out to second division French side, FC Lorient, in January of 2006, but he never made his debut for the team due to injury.
Only six months later the young midfielder returned to Switzerland to join first division side FC Aarau for two seasons, during which time he played 60 games scoring just one goal. However, in the summer of 2008 it was time to move again to another first division Swiss side. This time it was FC Lucerne, where he made less than 10 appearances in six months deciding to try his luck in Italy. Mesbah made his first appearance in Italy for second division side Avellino, which he joined on loan, but he proceeded to feature 27 times scoring two goals. Last year he became part of another second division Italian side, Lecce, but this time on a permanent deal. This summer coach Rabah Saadane called upon Mesbah to join the Desert Foxes for the first time, and he has yet to make his debut in the green colours of Algeria.