Algeria national football team
|Nickname(s)||الخُضر "El Khadra" (The Greens)
الأفناك (The Fennecs)
محاربي الصحراء (The Desert Warriors)
|Association||Algerian Football Federation|
|Sub-confederation||UNAF (North Africa)|
|Head coach||Christian Gourcuff|
|Most caps||Lakhdar Belloumi (101)|
|Top scorer||Abdelhafid Tasfaout (35)|
|Home stadium||Stade 5 Juillet 1962|
|FIFA ranking||18 (12 March 2015)|
|Highest FIFA ranking||15 (October 2014)|
|Lowest FIFA ranking||103 (June 2008)|
|Elo ranking||40 (9 July 2014)|
|Highest Elo ranking||16 (November 1967)|
|Lowest Elo ranking||105 (July 2008)|
| Bulgaria 1–2 Algeria
(Sofia, Bulgaria; 6 January 1963)
| Algeria 15–1 South Yemen
(Tripoli, Libya; 17 August 1973)
| Hungary 9–2 Algeria
(Budapest, Hungary; 16 August 1967)
|Appearances||4 (First in 1982)|
|Best result||Round of 16, 2014|
|Africa Cup of Nations|
|Appearances||14 (First in 1968)|
|Best result||Champions, 1990|
|Appearances||1 (First in 1980)|
|Best result||Quarter-final, 1980|
The Algeria national football team represents Algeria in association football and is controlled by the Algerian Football Federation. The team plays its home games at the Stade 5 Juillet 1962 in Algiers and their head coach is former French footballer Christian Gourcuff. Algeria joined FIFA on 1 January 1964, a year and a half after gaining independence.
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. At the 2014 World Cup, Algeria became the first African team to score four goals in a match at the World Cup after scoring four goals against South Korea.
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 in Sudan to qualify to the World Cup.
- 1 History
- 1.1 Beginning
- 1.2 1982 FIFA World Cup
- 1.3 1986 FIFA World Cup
- 1.4 1990 African Cup of Nations
- 1.5 1990–2008
- 1.6 World Cup 2010 qualifiers
- 1.7 African Cup of Nations 2010
- 1.8 FIFA World Cup 2010
- 1.9 2010–11: A team in trouble
- 1.10 2011–12: The Arrival of Halilhodžić
- 1.11 CAN 2013: Shock results
- 1.12 2013–14: Road to Brazil
- 1.13 FIFA World Cup 2014
- 1.14 2015 African Cup of Nations Qualifiers
- 2 Kit history
- 3 Competitive record
- 4 Fixtures and results
- 5 Coaches
- 6 Coaching staff
- 7 Players
- 8 All-time record against FIFA recognized nations
- 9 See also
- 10 Notes
- 11 References
- 12 External links
- 13 Titles
The operation began in soccer independence from 1947 with Special Organization (OS), which is the armed wing of Movement for the Triumph of Democratic Liberties of Messali Hadj and Revolutionary Committee of Unity and Action (CRUA). These organizations managed the idea of a war of independence against the France.
The Algerian War begins in 1954, the November 1. Several military clashes between the armed forces of FLN and French army takes place after the Battle of Algiers (1957) which leads them French by General Raoul Salan to increase penalties for rebellion. Repressive measures are taken against the administrative bodies of the FLN, allowing him to gain the sympathy of the population. The attacks are not confined to the armed forces: a bomb exploded on 10 - 2 - 1957 in a football stadium in El-Biar, killing eight French supporters, after which three Algerians victims of lynching from the french public. This war is also characterized by a power struggle between the pro-independence side of the FLN and the Algerian National Movement (NAM) of Messali Hadj. For example, the FLN kills one of its moderate members for "treason" on 26-6-1957, for he is a supporter of Algerian National Movement.
1982 FIFA World Cup
Algeria caused one of the great World Cup upsets on the first day of the tournament with a 2–1 victory over the reigning European champions, West Germany. In the final match in the group between West Germany, Austria and Chile, 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. 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
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
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.
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
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.
African Cup of Nations 2010
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 the semi-final, 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
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. The Fennecs lost their final group game to the United States 1–0 thanks to a Landon Donovan winner in second-half injury time. Algeria exited the championship as one of two teams, along with Honduras, to fail to score a goal.
2010–11: A team in trouble
After the World cup, bad results were growing and growing with no wins. During that period, Algeria failed to qualify for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations which resulted in their manager, Rabah Saâdane being replaced with their new manager Abdelhak Benchikha. The latest manager brought new faces to the squad to bolster their offense but they still finished last in their group. After Algeria's 4–0 loss to Morocco, their manager resigned.
2011–12: The Arrival of Halilhodžić
When their new manager Vahid Halilhodžić came he managed to get few decent results before the start of the World cup qualifiers beat Central African Republic 2–0 and beat Niger 3–0. At the start of the qualifiers, Algeria beat Rwanda 4–0 to start off brightly. Next they beat Gambia 4–1 to advance in qualifying for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations and finally qualify by beating Libya.
CAN 2013: Shock results
Algeria arrived to the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations with confidence and power but kicked off with a 1–0 loss to Tunisia following a 2–0 defeat to Togo which meant they couldn't advance to the next phase of the tournament. It was considered a shock as Algeria was considered as a favourite to win the competition. Algeria ended their campaign with a 2–2 draw with Ivory Coast.
2013–14: Road to Brazil
After having a disappointing campaign in the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, it was speculated that Halilhodžić was going to be sacked but the Algerian FA decided to stick with him. After confirming their manager's stay, Algeria continued the World cup qualifying camapign which they had started positively with one win and one loss. Algeria continued its campaign winning 3–1 versus Benin at home and beating them again 3–1 away of their stadium. They continued by winning versus Rwanda 1–0 away from their stadium, and that's how they guaranteed that they won the group. Their last game didn't mean anything but Algeria still won 1–0 versus Mali national football team at home and ended up finishing at the top of their group. After topping group H, Algeria was drawn with Burkina Faso as their final opponent. The 1st leg was held in Burkina, and the second was in Algeria. The first leg ended in 3–2 loss to Burkina Faso and it outraged some Algerian fans as Burkina was awarded a false penalty. The second leg was a harsh game but Algeria managed to scrap a controversial 1–0 victory to advance to the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
FIFA World Cup 2014
Algeria has been drawn in Group H with Belgium, Russia and South Korea. In their opening game, Feghouli scored Algeria's first World Cup goal for 28 years. In their second game against South Korea, Brahimi scored the fourth goal against the opposition to set a record of being the first African team to score four or more goals in a single match in the World Cup. On 26 June, Algeria played Russia for second place in Group H, Russia scored the opening goal but Slimani became a hero by scoring the equalizer to carry Algeria to the second round of the World Cup for the very first time.
Belgium v Algeria
17 June 2014
|Report||Feghouli 24' (pen.)|
South Korea v Algeria
22 June 2014
|Son Heung-min 50'
Koo Ja-cheol 72'
Algeria v Russia
26 June 2014
|Slimani 60'||Report||Kokorin 6'|
Germany v Algeria
30 June 2014
2015 African Cup of Nations Qualifiers
Algeria have been drawn with Ethiopia, Mali and Malawi.
Ethiopia v Algeria
6 September 2014
|Said 90+5' (pen.)||Report||Soudani 35'
Algeria v Mali
10 September 2014
Malawi v Algeria
10–11 October 2014
Algeria v Malawi
15 October 2014
Algeria v Ethiopia
14–15 November 2014
Mali v Algeria
19 November 2014
16:00 20:30 UTC+0
|Keita 28' (pen.)
M. Yatabaré 51'
|Le Coq Sportif||2004–2009|
The Algerian national team home kit is all white with green trim, the away kit is all green with white trim.
World Cup record
Main article: Algeria at the FIFA World Cup
Olympic Games record
Main article: Algeria at the Olympics
Africa Cup of Nations Record
Main article: Algeria at the Africa Cup of Nations
All-Africa Games Record
Main article: Algeria at the All-Africa Games
African Nations Championship record
Mediterranean Games Record
Main article: Algeria at the Mediterranean Games
Arab Nations Cup record
Pan Arab Games record
Fixtures and results
Algerian national team results and fixtures for 2014 and 2015.
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|Assistant Manager||Yazid Mansouri|
|General manager||Yazid Mansouri|
|Goalkeeping Coach||Mickael Boully|
|Fitness Coach||Guillaume Rémy|
|Team Doctor||Dr. Mohamed Boughlali|
|Dr. Ali Yekdah|
|U-23 Manager||Pierre-André Schürmann|
|U-20 Manager||Mohamed Mekhazni|
|A' Manager||Christian Gourcuff|
|A' Assistant Manager||Nabil Neghiz|
|Women's Manager||Azzedine Chih|
|U-17 Manager||Sabeur Bensmail|
Caps and goals, updated on 30 March 2015 after the game against Oman.
The following players have been called up to the Algeria squad within the last 12 months.
INJ Player withdrew from the squad due to an injury.
RET Retired from international football.
All-time record against FIFA recognized nations
- Below is a record of all matches correct on 28 January 2015
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||1||0||0||1||0||1||−1||0%|
|Central African Republic||2||1||0||1||2||2||0||50%|
|Republic of Ireland||2||1||0||1||2||3||−1||50%|
|United Arab Emirates||5||2||2||1||3||3||0||40%|
- Algeria national under-23 football team
- Algeria national under-20 football team
- Algeria women's national football team
- 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.
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- Yves Michaud, 'The War of Algeria (1954-1962),' 'p.95
- Cheikh Slimane, Algeria is armed or time certainties. O.P.U., Algiers 1981 p.104
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1990 (First title)
1992 Ivory Coast
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|Afro-Asian Cup of Nations
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