Algeria national football team

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Algeria
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) الأفناك (Fennec Foxes)
الخُضر (The Greens)
Association Algerian Football Federation
Sub-confederation UNAF (North Africa)
Other affiliation UAFA (Arab Nations)
Confederation CAF (Africa)
Head coach Vahid Halilhodžić
Captain Madjid Bougherra
Most caps Lakhdar Belloumi (101)
Top scorer Abdelhafid Tasfaout (35)
Home stadium Stade 5 Juillet 1962
FIFA code ALG
FIFA ranking 25 Steady 0
Highest FIFA ranking 19 (November 2012-December 2012)
Lowest FIFA ranking 103 (June 2008)
Elo ranking 59
Highest Elo ranking 16 (November 1967)
Lowest Elo ranking 105 (July 2008)
First colours
Second colours
First international
 Tunisia 1–2 FLN Algeria[2]
(Tunis, Tunisia; 1 June 1957)[1][2]
 Bulgaria 1–2 Algeria Algeria
(Sofia, Bulgaria; 6 January 1963)
Biggest win
 Algeria 15–1 South Yemen 
(Tripoli, Libya; 17 August 1973)
Biggest defeat
 East Germany 5–0 Algeria Algeria
(Cottbus, Germany; 21 April 1976)
World Cup
Appearances 4 (First in 1982)
Best result Round 1, 1982, 1986, 2010
Africa Cup of Nations
Appearances 14 (First in 1968)
Best result Winners, 1990
Summer Olympics
Appearances 1 (First in 1980)
Best result Quarter-final, 1980

The Algeria national football team (Arabic: منتخب الجزائر لكرة القدم‎), nicknamed الأفنــاك, Les Fennecs (The Fennec Foxes), represents Algeria in association football and is controlled by the Fédération Algérienne de Football. Algeria's home ground is the Stade 5 Juillet 1962 in Algiers and their head coach is Vahid Halilhodžić. Algeria was founded on January 1, 1962 and joined FIFA on January 1, 1964.

Algeria has qualified for four World Cups in 1982, 1986, 2010, and 2014. Algeria has also won the African Cup of Nations once in 1990, when they hosted the tournament.

The traditional rivals of Algeria have been Morocco, Tunisia and Egypt. However, more recently, Egypt has become the main rival after a number of incidents involving the two teams, most recently during the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification, in which Algeria defeated Egypt 1-0 in a tense tiebreaker in Omdurman, Sudan to qualify to the World Cup.

History[edit]

Founded FLN team football in conditions of secrecy in 1958 during the French colonial period to Algeria

Beginning[edit]

The team was established in 1963 as the successor of the FLN football team.

1982 FIFA World Cup[edit]

Lakhdar Belloumi Legends of Algerian football in the 80s

Algeria caused one of the great World Cup upsets on the first day of the tournament with a 2–1 victory over reigning European Champions West Germany. In the final match in the group between West Germany and Austria, with Algeria having already played their final group game the day before, the European teams knew that a West German win by 1 or 2 goals would qualify them both, while a larger German victory would qualify Algeria over Austria, and a draw or an Austrian win would eliminate the Germans. After 10 minutes of all-out attack, West Germany scored through a goal by Horst Hrubesch. After the goal was scored, the two teams kicked the ball around aimlessly for the rest of the match. Chants of "Fuera, fuera" ("Out, out") were screamed by the Spanish crowd, while angry Algerian supporters waved banknotes at the players. This performance was widely deplored, even by the German and Austrian fans. One German fan was so upset by his team's display that he burned his German flag in disgust.[3] Algeria protested to FIFA, who ruled that the result be allowed to stand; FIFA introduced a revised qualification system at subsequent World Cups in which the final two games in each group were played simultaneously.

1986 FIFA World Cup[edit]

Madjer is considered one of the best football players in the history of Algeria.

In 1984, Algeria took third place in the 1984 Africa Cup of Nations in Côte d'Ivoire. During the 1986 Africa Cup of Nations, the national teams recorded two defeats and one draw and was eliminated in the first round. In Mexico, at the 1986 FIFA World Cup, the Algerians were not able to pass the first round once again in a group that included Northern Ireland (1–1 draw), Brazil (1–0 loss), and Spain (3–0 loss). Only one Algerian managed to score during this competition: Djamel Zidane. From thereon, Algeria failed to qualify for another World Cup until 2010.

1990 African Cup of Nations[edit]

In 1990, Algeria hosted the 1990 African Cup of Nations. In Group A, the Algerians started the tournament by beating Nigeria (5–1, with doubles by Djamel Menad and Rabah Madjer and a goal by Djamel Amani), Côte d'Ivoire (3–0, with goals by Djamel Menad, Tahar Cherif El Ouazzani, and Cherif Oudjani) and Egypt (2–0, with goals by Djamel Amani and Moussa Saib). In the semi-finals, Algeria beat Senegal 2–1 (goals by Djamel Menad and Djamel Amani in front of 85,000 fans in the Stade 5 Juillet 1962.

In the final against Nigeria, in front of 105,302 fans in the same stadium, Cherif Oudjani, in the 38th minute, enabled Algeria to win the African Nations Cup for the first time. Djamel Menad was crowned top scorer of the competition with four goals.

1990–2008[edit]

Having won an Africa Cup of Nations title, the Algerian team, however, had not managed to qualify for the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy. In 1991, the national team won the Afro-Asian Cup of Nations against Iran. As title holders, Algeria disappointed at the 1992 African Cup of Nations in Senegal, recording a loss against Côte d'Ivoire (3–0) and a draw against Congo (1–1, with a goal by Nacer Bouiche). In 1994, Algeria was disqualified from the 1994 African Cup of Nations in Tunisia due to the use of an ineligible player and failed during the 1994 FIFA World Cup qualifying.

In 1996, Algeria returned to African Cup of Nations, but were eliminated by hosts South Africa in the quarter-finals. The Algerians failed to qualify for the following World Cups in 1998, 2002 and 2006. During the 1998 African Cup of Nations, Algeria finished last in its group with three defeats and was eliminated in the group stage. In the 2000 African Cup of Nations, the Fennecs managed to pass to the first round only to lose to 2–1 to eventual champions Cameroon in the quarter-finals. Algeria once more failed to pass the first round in the African competition in 2002 but managed to get to the quarter-finals in 2004. However, they were eliminated by Morocco by a score of 3–1 after extra-time, with the lone Algerian goal was scored by Abdelmalek Cherrad. Algeria failed to qualify for the following two Africa Cup of Nations in 2006 and 2008 although Algeria did manage to qualify for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

World Cup 2010 qualifiers[edit]

Algeria fans at a friendly vs. Republic of Ireland in Dublin.

On 11 October 2008, Algeria returned to the top 20 African teams by finishing first in their group ahead of Senegal, Gambia, and Liberia for the second round on the combined 2010 World Cup and 2010 African Cup of Nations qualifications. In the third and final round of the qualifiers, Algeria was joined by Zambia, Rwanda, and Egypt. In July 2009, Algeria made their return amongst the world's top fifty after a 3–1 win against the double African champions Egypt and a 2–0 away win against Zambia. Beating Zambia in Blida 1–0 followed by a 3–1 win against Rwanda, Algeria ensured that the qualification for the World Cup would go down to the wire with a final encounter against Egypt in Cairo, where nothing less than a loss by three goals would stop the Fennecs from going to South Africa. Prior to the game the Algerian team bus was attacked, leaving several team members injured. This led to a diplomatic row between the two countries. Algeria lost the game 2–0. Algeria won the resulting play off in Sudan 1–0. Algeria moved to the 29th position in FIFA ranking – one place behind Egypt in the October 2009 ranking. In November 2009, they beat fierce rivals Egypt in a playoff 2010 World Cup in South Africa and moved to the highest FIFA ranking ever reached by Algeria (26) in December 2009.[4][5]

They were drawn in Group C, where they faced England, the United States, and Slovenia.


Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Algeria 6 4 1 1 9 4 +5 13
 Egypt 6 4 1 1 9 4 +5 13
 Zambia 6 1 2 3 2 5 −3 5
 Rwanda 6 0 2 4 1 8 −7 2
  Algeria Egypt Rwanda Zambia
Algeria  3 – 1 3 – 1 1 – 0
Egypt  2 – 0 3 – 0 1 – 1
Rwanda  0 – 0 0 – 1 0 – 0
Zambia  0 – 2 0 – 1 1 – 0

African Cup of Nations 2010[edit]

The team put on a mixed performance in the tournament. Being drawn in Group A, with Angola, Malawi and Mali, Algeria started poorly by losing 3–0 to group outsiders Malawi. However, they improved in the following game against Mali, beating them 1–0 thanks to a Rafik Halliche header. In the last match, they drew 0–0 with Angola, which sent them to the second round, finishing with the same amount of points as Mali, but with a superior head-to-head record. Playing in Cabinda, Algeria faced Côte d'Ivoire in the quarterfinals, who were considered heavy favourites to qualify. But they got a historic win. After trailing 1–0, Karim Matmour equalized, but Keita gave the Ivorians the lead in the 89th minute, a goal which seemed sure to seal their victory. However, the Algerians equalized with Madjid Bougherra just 2 minutes later in added time, and Hameur Bouazza gave the Fennecs the lead in extra time. Algeria faced Egypt in the semi finals, Egypt, in their first meeting since the World Cup qualification play-off. In a controversial match, Egypt won 4–0 which was the biggest defeat in the history of the teams' meetings. Algeria lost 1–0 to Nigeria in the third place game and finished fourth in the competition.

FIFA World Cup 2010[edit]

Algeria vs England in the 2010 FIFA World Cup

Algeria was drawn in Group C with England, USA, Slovenia. In their first game they lost to Slovenia 0–1. The match was scoreless until Slovenia's captain Robert Koren scored in the 79th minute after Abdelkader Ghezzal was sent off for his second bookable offence. In their second group game, Algeria drew with England leading to mass celebration throughout the world's Algerian communities.[6] The Fennecs lost their final group game to the United States 1–0 thanks to a Landon Donovan winner in second-half injury time.

Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 United States 3 1 2 0 4 3 +1 5
 England 3 1 2 0 2 1 +1 5
 Slovenia 3 1 1 1 3 3 0 4
 Algeria 3 0 1 2 0 2 −2 1


13 June 2010
13:30
Algeria  0 – 1  Slovenia
Report Koren Goal 79'
Peter Mokaba Stadium, Polokwane
Attendance: 30,325
Referee: Carlos Batres (Guatemala)

18 June 2010
20:30
England  0 – 0  Algeria
Report
Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town
Attendance: 64,100
Referee: Ravshan Irmatov (Uzbekistan)

23 June 2010
16:00
United States  1 – 0  Algeria
Donovan Goal 90+1' Report

Kit history[edit]

The Algerian national team home kit is all white with green trim, the away kit is all green with white trim.

Home

CAN
1980
CAN
1982
WC 1982
CAN 1984
WC 1986
CAN 1986 / 1988
CAN
1990
WC / CAN
2010
CAN
2013

Away

WC
1982
CAN
1984
WC
1986
CAN
1986 / 1988
CAN
1990
WC / CAN
2010
CAN
2013

Competitive record[edit]

Other records[edit]

Palestine Cup of Nations:
  • 2 Times 3rd place (Iraq 1972, Libya 1973)
Vahdat Cup (International Tournament hosted by Iran)
  • 1 Time Runner Up: 1982

Fixtures and results[edit]

FIFA World cup 2014 quilification (second round) Algeria is the winner of group H, they will go to the third round of quilification.


Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Algeria 6 5 0 1 13 4 +9 15
 Mali 6 2 2 2 7 7 0 8
 Benin 6 2 2 2 8 9 −1 8
 Rwanda 6 0 2 4 3 11 −8 2
  Algeria Benin Mali Rwanda
Algeria  3–1 1–0 4–0
Benin  1–3 1–0 2–0
Mali  2–1 2–2 1–1
Rwanda  0–1 1–1 1–2


Algerian National Team Results and Fixtures for year 2013 and 2014.[7]

Date Location Opponent Score Competition
12 January 2013 Johannesburg  South Africa 0 - 0 Friendly
22 January 2013 Rustenburg  Tunisia 0 - 1 2013 African Cup of Nations
26 January 2013 Rustenburg  Togo 0 - 2 2013 African Cup of Nations
30 January 2013 Rustenburg  Ivory Coast 2 - 2 2013 African Cup of Nations
26 March 2013 Blida  Benin 3 - 1 2014 FIFA WC Qualifier
2 June 2013 Blida  Burkina Faso 2 - 0 Friendly
9 June 2013 Porto-Novo  Benin 3 - 1 2014 FIFA WC Qualifier
16 June 2013 Kigali  Rwanda 1 - 0 2014 FIFA WC Qualifier
14 August 2013 Blida  Guinea 2 - 2 Friendly
10 September 2013 Blida  Mali 1 - 0 2014 FIFA WC Qualifier
12 October 2013 Ouagadougou  Burkina Faso 2 - 3 2014 FIFA WC Qualifier
19 November 2013 Blida  Burkina Faso 1 - 0 2014 FIFA WC Qualifier
5 March 2014 Blida  Slovenia 2 - 0 Friendly
4 June 2014 Geneva  Romania Friendly
17 June 2014 Belo Horizonte  Belgium 2014 FIFA World Cup
22 June 2014 Porto Alegre  South Korea 2014 FIFA World Cup
27 June 2014 Curitiba  Russia 2014 FIFA World Cup

Coaching Staff[edit]

Manager Bosnia and Herzegovina Vahid Halilhodžić
Assistant Manager Algeria Nourredine Kourichi
General Manager Algeria Abdelhafid Tasfaout
Goalkeeping Coach Algeria Abdenour Kaoua
Algeria Hassan Belhadji
Fitness Coach France Cyril Moine
Team Doctor Algeria Dr. Mohamed Boughlali
Algeria Dr. Ali Yekdah

Squad[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following players were called up to the preliminary squad for the match vs. Slovenia on 5 March 2014.
Caps and goals updated as 5 March, 2014.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Mohamed Zemmamouche (1985-03-19) 19 March 1985 (age 29) 6 0 Algeria USM Alger
1GK Azzedine Doukha (1986-08-05) 5 August 1986 (age 27) 5 0 Algeria USM El Harrach
2DF Madjid Bougherra (Captain) (1982-10-07) 7 October 1982 (age 31) 61 4 Qatar Lekhwiya
2DF Rafik Halliche (1986-09-02) 2 September 1986 (age 27) 27 1 Portugal Académica
2DF Djamel Mesbah (1984-10-09) 9 October 1984 (age 29) 25 0 Italy Livorno
2DF Essaïd Belkalem (1989-01-01) 1 January 1989 (age 25) 12 0 England Watford
2DF Liassine Cadamuro-Bentaïba (1988-03-05) 5 March 1988 (age 26) 6 0 Spain Mallorca
2DF Faouzi Ghoulam (1991-02-01) 1 February 1991 (age 23) 5 0 Italy Napoli
2DF Aïssa Mandi (1991-10-22) 22 October 1991 (age 22) 1 0 France Reims
2DF Ali Rial (1980-03-26) 26 March 1980 (age 34) 0 0 Algeria JS Kabylie
3MF Medhi Lacen (1984-05-15) 15 May 1984 (age 29) 28 0 Spain Getafe
3MF Adlène Guedioura (1985-11-12) 12 November 1985 (age 28) 27 2 England Crystal Palace
3MF Hassan Yebda (1984-05-14) 14 May 1984 (age 29) 24 2 Italy Udinese
3MF Foued Kadir (1983-12-05) 5 December 1983 (age 30) 23 2 France Rennes
3MF Mehdi Mostefa (1983-08-30) 30 August 1983 (age 30) 22 0 France Ajaccio
3MF Saphir Taïder (1992-02-29) 29 February 1992 (age 22) 9 3 Italy Internazionale
3MF Abdelmoumene Djabou (1987-01-31) 31 January 1987 (age 27) 6 1 Tunisia Club Africain
3MF Yacine Brahimi (1990-02-08) 8 February 1990 (age 24) 4 0 Spain Granada
3MF Nabil Bentaleb (1994-11-24) 24 November 1994 (age 19) 1 0 England Tottenham Hotspur
3MF Zinedine Ferhat (1993-03-01) 1 March 1993 (age 21) 1 0 Algeria USM Alger
4FW Rafik Djebbour (1984-03-08) 8 March 1984 (age 30) 33 5 England Nottingham Forest
4FW El Arbi Hillel Soudani (1987-11-25) 25 November 1987 (age 26) 20 10 Croatia Dinamo Zagreb
4FW Islam Slimani (1988-06-18) 18 June 1988 (age 25) 18 9 Portugal Sporting Lisbon

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players have been called up to the Algeria squad within the last 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Raïs M'Bolhi (1986-04-25) 25 April 1986 (age 27) 27 0 Bulgaria CSKA Sofia v.  Slovenia, 5 March 2014 (Preliminary)
GK Cédric Si Mohamed (1985-01-09) 9 January 1985 (age 29) 1 0 Algeria CS Constantine v.  Slovenia, 5 March 2014 (Preliminary)
GK Sofiane Khedaïria (1989-04-01) 1 April 1989 (age 25) 0 0 Algeria ES Sétif v.  Mali, 10 September 2013
GK Mourad Berrefane (1986-03-18) 18 March 1986 (age 28) 0 0 Algeria MO Béjaïa v.  Burkina Faso, 2 June 2013
DF Carl Medjani (1985-05-15) 15 May 1985 (age 28) 24 1 France Valenciennes v.  Slovenia, 5 March 2014 (Preliminary)
DF Nacereddine Khoualed (1986-04-16) 16 April 1986 (age 28) 4 0 Algeria USM Alger v.  Slovenia, 5 March 2014 (Preliminary)
DF Abderahmane Hachoud (1988-07-02) 2 July 1988 (age 25) 3 0 Algeria MC Alger v.  Slovenia, 5 March 2014 (Preliminary)
DF Féthi Harek (1982-10-21) 21 October 1982 (age 31) 1 0 France Bastia v.  Slovenia, 5 March 2014 (Preliminary)
DF Mohamed Khoutir Ziti (1989-04-19) 19 April 1989 (age 24) 0 0 Algeria ES Sétif v.  Mali, 10 September 2013
MF Sofiane Feghouli (1989-12-26) 26 December 1989 (age 24) 17 5 Spain Valencia v.  Slovenia, 5 March 2014 (Preliminary)
MF Ryad Boudebouz (1990-02-19) 19 February 1990 (age 24) 16 1 France Bastia v.  Slovenia, 5 March 2014 (Preliminary)
MF Hocine El Orfi (1987-01-27) 27 January 1987 (age 27) 1 0 Algeria USM Alger v.  Slovenia, 5 March 2014 (Preliminary)
MF Amir Karaoui (1987-03-07) 7 March 1987 (age 27) 1 0 Algeria ES Sétif v.  Slovenia, 5 March 2014 (Preliminary)
MF Laurent Agouazi (1984-03-16) 16 March 1984 (age 30) 2 0 France Caen v.  Burkina Faso, 6 October 2013
MF Hamza Koudri (1987-12-15) 15 December 1987 (age 26) 1 0 Algeria USM Alger v.  Guinea, 14 August 2013
MF Yacine Bezzaz (1981-08-10) 10 August 1981 (age 32) 23 3 Algeria CS Constantine v.  Burkina Faso, 2 June 2013
MF Saad Tedjar (1986-01-14) 14 January 1986 (age 28) 7 0 Algeria ASO Chlef v.  Burkina Faso, 2 June 2013
FW Mohamed Amine Aoudia (1987-06-06)6 June 1987 (aged 25) 7 0 Germany Dynamo Dresden v.  Slovenia, 5 March 2014 (Preliminary)
FW Nabil Ghilas (1990-04-20) 20 April 1990 (age 23) 4 1 Portugal Porto v.  Slovenia, 5 March 2014 (Preliminary)
FW Ishak Belfodil (1992-01-12) 12 January 1992 (age 22) 2 0 Italy Livorno v.  Slovenia, 5 March 2014 (Preliminary)

Records[edit]

The caps and goals for Algeria, As of 5 March 2014.
Bold denotes players still playing or available for selection.

All-time record against FIFA recognized nations[edit]

  • Below is a record of all matches correct as of June 10, 2013

(a) Denotes defunct national football team.
(b) Includes games against USSR.
(c) Includes games against Yugoslavia

Manager history[edit]


World Cup squads[edit]

Olympic Games football tournament squads[edit]

Africa Cup of Nations squads[edit]

Kit suppliers[edit]

Titles[edit]

Preceded by
1988 Cameroon 
Africa Cup of Nations
1990 Algeria 
Succeeded by
1992 Ivory Coast 
Preceded by
1988 South Korea 
Afro-Asian Cup of Nations
1991
Succeeded by
1993 Japan 

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

A.^ Prior to Algerian independence in 1962, matches were organised under the auspices of the Front de Libération Nationale and it's called the FLN football team.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Courtney, Barrie (23 April 2010). "Algeria - List of International Matches". RSSSF. Retrieved 10 November 2010. 
  2. ^ "World Football Elo Ratings: Algeria". ELO. Archived from the original on 22 November 2010. Retrieved 10 November 2010. 
  3. ^ Booth, Lawrence; Smyth, Rob (11 August 2004). "What's the dodgiest game in football history?". guardian.co.uk (Guardian News and Media). Archived from the original on 18 February 2009. Retrieved 25 February 2009. 
  4. ^ "Yahia sends Algeria to World Cup". BBC Sport. 2009-11-18. Archived from the original on 19 November 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-19. 
  5. ^ "Yahia cracker seals play-off win". ESPN. 2009-11-18. Archived from the original on 23 November 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-19. 
  6. ^ Youtube video of Police intervention at Champs-Élysées gathering
  7. ^ [1] fifa.com
  8. ^ "Classement des joueurs les plus capés" (in French). DZFootball. Retrieved 2011-12-31. 
  9. ^ "Classement des meilleurs buteurs" (in French). DZFootball. Retrieved 2012-12-26. 

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