Algeria at the FIFA World Cup

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Algeria have appeared in the finals of the FIFA World Cup on four occasions in 1982, 1986, 2010 and 2014. They have once qualified for the knockout rounds, reaching the round of 16 in 2014 before losing to Germany. 32 years before, Algeria nearly qualified to the second round of the 1982 World Cup after beating both West Germany and Chile; however, a controversial match between West Germany and Austria wound up eliminating the Algerians. In 2014, Algeria qualified for the first time into the round of 16.

Records[edit]

Algeria's FIFA World Cup record
World Cup Finals World Cup Qualifications
Year Result Position GP W D L GF GA Squad Result GP W D L GF GA Top scorer(s) (goals) Manager
Uruguay 1930 Part of  France Part of  France Part of  France
Italy 1934
France 1938
Brazil 1950
Switzerland 1954
Sweden 1958
Chile 1962
England 1966 Withdrew Withdrew Withdrew
Mexico 1970 Did not qualify Round 1 2 0 1 1 1 2 Amirouche (1) France Leduc
West Germany 1974 Round 1 2 1 0 1 2 5 Gamouh, Kalem (1) Algeria Mekhloufi
Argentina 1978 Round 2 4 1 2 1 2 3 Betrouni, Guendouz (1) Algeria Mekhloufi
Spain 1982 Group stage 13th 3 2 0 1 5 5 Squad Round 4 (final) 8 5 2 1 16 6 Belloumi (5) Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Rajkov, Soviet Union Rogov, Algeria Khalef
Mexico 1986 22nd 3 0 1 2 1 5 Squad Round 4 (final) 6 5 1 0 13 3 Menad (4) Algeria Saâdane
Italy 1990 Did not qualify Round 3 (final) 6 3 2 1 6 2 Madjer (3) Algeria Lemoui, Algeria Kermali
United States 1994 Round 2 (final) 8 2 3 3 8 11 Tasfaout (4) Algeria Ighil
France 1998 Round 1 2 1 0 1 2 3 Tasfaout, Zerrouki (1) Algeria Fergani
South Korea Japan 2002 Round 2 (final) 10 3 3 4 13 14 Meçabih, Tasfaout, Saïfi (2) Algeria Sandjak, Algeria Djaadaoui, Algeria Zouba, Algeria Kermali
Germany 2006 Round 2 (final) 12 3 5 4 15 15 Boutabout (6) Belgium Waseige, Algeria Fergani & Algeria Belloumi, Algeria Ighil
South Africa 2010 Group stage 28th 3 0 1 2 0 2 Squad Round 3 (final) 13 8 2 3 17 8 Saifi, Yahia, Ziani (3) Algeria Saâdane
Brazil 2014 Round of 16 14th 4 1 1 2 7 7 Squad Round 3 (final) 8 6 0 2 16 7 Slimani (5) Bosnia and Herzegovina Halilhodžić
Russia 2018 Did not qualify Round 3 (final) 8 2 2 4 15 12 Slimani (4) France Gourcuff, Serbia Rajevac, Belgium Leekens, Spain Alcaraz, Algeria Madjer
Qatar 2022 To be determined To be determined
CanadaMexicoUnited States 2026
Total Round of 16 4/21 13 3 3 7 13 19 13/20 81 34 23 24 110 84

By match[edit]

By match
World Cup Round Opponent Score Result Scorers Man of the match
1982 Group stage  West Germany 2–1 W Madjer, Belloumi Merzekane
 Austria 0–2 L
 Chile 3–2 W Assad (2), Bensaoula Assad
1986 Group stage  Northern Ireland 1–1 D Zidane ?
 Brazil 0–1 L Drid
 Spain 0–3 L
2010 Group stage  Slovenia 0–1 L
 England 0–0 D M'Bolhi
 United States 0–1 L
2014 Group stage  Belgium 1–2 L Feghouli
 South Korea 4–2 W Slimani, Halliche, Djabou, Brahimi Slimani
 Russia 1–1 D Slimani Slimani
Round of 16  Germany 1–2 (aet) L Djabou M'Bolhi

Record by opponent[edit]

FIFA World Cup matches (by team)
Opponent GP W D L GF GA
AFC teams
 South Korea 1 1 0 0 4 2
CONCACAF teams
 United States 1 0 0 1 0 1
CONMEBOL teams
 Brazil 1 0 0 1 0 1
 Chile 1 1 0 0 3 2
UEFA teams
 Austria 1 0 0 1 0 2
 Belgium 1 0 0 1 1 2
 Germany* 2 1 0 1 3 3
 Northern Ireland 1 0 1 0 1 1
 Russia 1 0 1 0 1 1
 Slovenia 1 0 0 1 0 1
 Spain 1 0 0 1 0 3

* Games of West Germany are counted towards Germany.

Participations[edit]

Algeria at Spain 1982[edit]

Group 2
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 West Germany 3 2 0 1 6 3 +3 4
 Austria 3 2 0 1 3 1 +2 4
 Algeria 3 2 0 1 5 5 0 4
 Chile 3 0 0 3 3 8 −5 0
West Germany 1 – 2 Algeria
Rummenigge Goal 67' Report Madjer Goal 54'
Belloumi Goal 68'
Attendance: 42,000

Algeria 0 – 2 Austria
Report Schachner Goal 55'
Krankl Goal 67'

Algeria 3 – 2 Chile
Assad Goal 7 ' 31'
Bensaoula Goal 35'
Report Neira Goal 59' (pen.)
Letelier Goal 73'

Algeria at Mexico 1986[edit]

Group D
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Brazil 3 3 0 0 5 0 +5 6
 Spain 3 2 0 1 5 2 +3 4
 Northern Ireland 3 0 1 2 2 6 −4 1
 Algeria 3 0 1 2 1 5 −4 1
Algeria 1 – 1 Northern Ireland
Zidane Goal 59' (Report) Whiteside Goal 6'

Brazil 1 – 0 Algeria
Careca Goal 66' (Report)

Spain 3 – 0 Algeria
Calderé Goal 15 ' 68'
Eloy Goal 70'
(Report)
Attendance: 20,000
Referee: Shizuo Takada (Japan)

Algeria at South Africa 2010[edit]

Algeria playing with England.
Group C


Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  United States 3 1 2 0 4 3 +1 5 Advance to knockout stage
2  England 3 1 2 0 2 1 +1 5
3  Slovenia 3 1 1 1 3 3 0 4
4  Algeria 3 0 1 2 0 2 −2 1
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Tie-breaking criteria
Algeria 0 – 1 Slovenia
Report Koren Goal 79'
Algeria[2]
Algeria[2]
Slovenia[2]
GK 16 Faouzi Chaouchi
RB 4 Antar Yahia (c)
CB 2 Madjid Bougherra
CB 5 Rafik Halliche
LB 3 Nadir Belhadj
RM 8 Mehdi Lacen
CM 15 Karim Ziani
LM 19 Hassan Yebda Yellow card 90+5'
RW 21 Foued Kadir Substituted off 82'
SS 13 Karim Matmour Substituted off 81'
CF 11 Rafik Djebbour Substituted off 58'
Substitutions:
FW 9 Abdelkader Ghezzal Yellow cardYellow cardRed card 59', 73' Substituted in 58'
FW 10 Rafik Saïfi Substituted in 81'
MF 17 Adlène Guedioura Substituted in 82'
Manager:
Rabah Saâdane
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GK 1 Samir Handanović
RB 2 Mišo Brečko
CB 4 Marko Šuler
CB 5 Boštjan Cesar
LB 13 Bojan Jokić
RM 17 Andraž Kirm
CM 8 Robert Koren (c)
CM 18 Aleksandar Radosavljević Yellow card 35' Substituted off 87'
LM 10 Valter Birsa Substituted off 84'
SS 14 Zlatko Dedič Substituted off 53'
CF 11 Milivoje Novakovič
Substitutions:
FW 9 Zlatan Ljubijankič Substituted in 53'
FW 7 Nejc Pečnik Substituted in 84'
MF 20 Andrej Komac Yellow card 90+3' Substituted in 87'
Manager:
Matjaž Kek

Man of the Match:
Robert Koren (Slovenia)

Assistant referees:
Leonel Leal (Costa Rica)[1]
Carlos Pastrana (Honduras)[1]
Fourth official:
Peter O'Leary (New Zealand)[3]
Fifth official:
Brent Best (New Zealand)[3]

England 0–0 Algeria
Report
England[5]
Algeria[5]
GK 1 David James
RB 2 Glen Johnson
CB 18 Jamie Carragher Yellow card 58'
CB 6 John Terry
LB 3 Ashley Cole
RM 7 Aaron Lennon Substituted off 63'
CM 14 Gareth Barry Substituted off 84'
CM 8 Frank Lampard
LM 4 Steven Gerrard (c)
SS 10 Wayne Rooney
CF 21 Emile Heskey Substituted off 74'
Substitutions:
MF 17 Shaun Wright-Phillips Substituted in 63'
FW 19 Jermain Defoe Substituted in 74'
FW 9 Peter Crouch Substituted in 84'
Manager:
Italy Fabio Capello
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GK 23 Raïs M'Bolhi
CB 2 Madjid Bougherra
CB 5 Rafik Halliche
CB 4 Antar Yahia (c)
RM 21 Foued Kadir
CM 19 Hassan Yebda Substituted off 88'
CM 8 Mehdi Lacen Yellow card 85'
LM 3 Nadir Belhadj
AM 7 Ryad Boudebouz Substituted off 74'
AM 15 Karim Ziani Substituted off 81'
CF 13 Karim Matmour
Substitutions:
MF 22 Djamel Abdoun Substituted in 74'
MF 17 Adlène Guedioura Substituted in 81'
DF 20 Djamel Mesbah Substituted in 88'
Manager:
Rabah Saâdane
England vs Algeria

Man of the Match:
Ashley Cole (England)

Assistant referees:
Rafael Ilyasov (Uzbekistan)[4]
Bakhadyr Kochkarov (Kyrgyzstan)[4]
Fourth official:
Michael Hester (New Zealand)[4]
Fifth official:
Jan Hendrik Hintz (New Zealand)[4]

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United States 1 – 0 Algeria
Donovan Goal 90+1' Report
United States[6]
Algeria[6]
GK 1 Tim Howard
RB 12 Jonathan Bornstein Substituted off 80'
CB 15 Jay DeMerit
CB 3 Carlos Bocanegra (c)
LB 6 Steve Cherundolo
CM 4 Michael Bradley
CM 19 Maurice Edu Substituted off 64'
RW 8 Clint Dempsey
LW 10 Landon Donovan
SS 17 Jozy Altidore Yellow card 62'
CF 9 Herculez Gomez Substituted off 46'
Substitutions:
MF 22 Benny Feilhaber Substituted in 46'
FW 14 Edson Buddle Substituted in 64'
MF 7 DaMarcus Beasley Yellow card 90' Substituted in 80'
Manager:
Bob Bradley
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GK 23 Raïs M'Bolhi
RB 2 Madjid Bougherra
CB 5 Rafik Halliche
LB 4 Antar Yahia (c) Yellow cardYellow cardRed card 76', 90+3'
RM 21 Foued Kadir
CM 19 Hassan Yebda Yellow card 12'
CM 8 Mehdi Lacen Yellow card 83'
LM 3 Nadir Belhadj
AM 13 Karim Matmour Substituted off 84'
AM 15 Karim Ziani Substituted off 69'
CF 11 Rafik Djebbour Substituted off 65'
Substitutions:
FW 9 Abdelkader Ghezzal Substituted in 65'
MF 17 Adlène Guedioura Substituted in 69'
FW 10 Rafik Saïfi Substituted in 84'
Manager:
Rabah Saâdane

Man of the Match:
Landon Donovan (United States)

Assistant referees:
Peter Hermans (Belgium)
Walter Vromans (Belgium)
Fourth official:
Subkhiddin Mohd Salleh (Malaysia)
Fifth official:
Mu Yuxin (China)

Algeria at Brazil 2014[edit]

Group H
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Belgium 3 3 0 0 4 1 +3 9 Advance to knockout stage
2  Algeria 3 1 1 1 6 5 +1 4
3  Russia 3 0 2 1 2 3 −1 2
4  South Korea 3 0 1 2 3 6 −3 1
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Tie-breaking criteria
Belgium 2 – 1 Algeria
Fellaini Goal 70'
Mertens Goal 80'
Report Feghouli Goal 24' (pen.)
Belgium
Algeria
GK 1 Thibaut Courtois
RB 2 Toby Alderweireld
CB 15 Daniel Van Buyten
CB 4 Vincent Kompany (c)
LB 5 Jan Vertonghen Yellow card 24'
CM 6 Axel Witsel
CM 19 Mousa Dembélé Substituted off 65'
RW 22 Nacer Chadli Substituted off 46'
AM 7 Kevin De Bruyne
LW 10 Eden Hazard
CF 9 Romelu Lukaku Substituted off 58'
Substitutions:
FW 14 Dries Mertens Substituted in 46'
FW 17 Divock Origi Substituted in 58'
MF 8 Marouane Fellaini Substituted in 65'
Manager:
Marc Wilmots
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GK 23 Raïs M'Bolhi
RB 22 Mehdi Mostefa
CB 2 Madjid Bougherra (c)
CB 5 Rafik Halliche
LB 3 Faouzi Ghoulam
RM 19 Saphir Taïder
CM 12 Carl Medjani Substituted off 84'
LM 14 Nabil Bentaleb Yellow card 34'
AM 10 Sofiane Feghouli
AM 21 Riyad Mahrez Substituted off 71'
CF 15 El Arbi Hillel Soudani Substituted off 66'
Substitutions:
FW 13 Islam Slimani Substituted in 66'
MF 8 Medhi Lacen Substituted in 71'
FW 9 Nabil Ghilas Substituted in 84'
Manager:
Bosnia and Herzegovina Vahid Halilhodžić

Man of the Match:
Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium)

Assistant referees:
Marvin Torrentera (Mexico)
Marcos Quintero (Mexico)
Fourth official:
Alireza Faghani (Iran)
Fifth official:
Hassan Kamranifar (Iran)


South Korea 2 – 4 Algeria
Son Heung-min Goal 50'
Koo Ja-cheol Goal 72'
Report Slimani Goal 26'
Halliche Goal 28'
Djabou Goal 38'
Brahimi Goal 62'
South Korea
Algeria
GK 1 Jung Sung-ryong
RB 12 Lee Yong Yellow card 54'
CB 20 Hong Jeong-ho
CB 5 Kim Young-gwon
LB 3 Yun Suk-young
CM 14 Han Kook-young Yellow card 69' Substituted off 78'
CM 16 Ki Sung-yueng
RW 17 Lee Chung-yong Substituted off 64'
AM 13 Koo Ja-cheol (c)
LW 9 Son Heung-min
CF 10 Park Chu-young Substituted off 57'
Substitutions:
FW 18 Kim Shin-wook Substituted in 57'
FW 11 Lee Keun-ho Substituted in 64'
FW 19 Ji Dong-won Substituted in 78'
Manager:
Hong Myung-bo
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GK 23 Raïs M'Bolhi
CB 12 Carl Medjani
CB 2 Madjid Bougherra (c) Yellow card 67' Substituted off 89'
CB 5 Rafik Halliche
RWB 20 Aïssa Mandi
LWB 6 Djamel Mesbah
CM 11 Yacine Brahimi Substituted off 77'
CM 18 Abdelmoumene Djabou Substituted off 73'
RW 10 Sofiane Feghouli
LW 14 Nabil Bentaleb
CF 13 Islam Slimani
Substitutions:
FW 9 Nabil Ghilas Substituted in 73'
MF 8 Medhi Lacen Substituted in 77'
DF 4 Essaïd Belkalem Substituted in 89'
Manager:
Bosnia and Herzegovina Vahid Halilhodžić

Man of the Match:
Islam Slimani (Algeria)

Assistant referees:
Eduardo Díaz (Colombia)
Christian Lescano (Ecuador)
Fourth official:
Alireza Faghani (Iran)
Fifth official:
Hassan Kamranifar (Iran)


Algeria 1–1 Russia
Report
Attendance: 39,311
Algeria
Russia
GK 23 Raïs M'Bolhi
RB 20 Aïssa Mandi
CB 4 Essaïd Belkalem
CB 5 Rafik Halliche (c)
LB 6 Djamel Mesbah Yellow card 39'
CM 12 Carl Medjani
CM 14 Nabil Bentaleb
RW 10 Sofiane Feghouli
AM 11 Yacine Brahimi Substituted off 71'
LW 18 Abdelmoumene Djabou Substituted off 77'
CF 13 Islam Slimani Substituted off 90+2'
Substitutions:
MF 7 Hassan Yebda Substituted in 71'
FW 9 Nabil Ghilas Yellow card 87' Substituted in 77'
FW 15 El Arbi Hillel Soudani Substituted in 90+2'
DF 17 Liassine Cadamuro Yellow card 90+2'[nb 1]
Manager:
Bosnia and Herzegovina Vahid Halilhodžić
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GK 1 Igor Akinfeev
RB 2 Aleksei Kozlov Yellow card 59'
CB 14 Vasili Berezutski (c)
CB 4 Sergei Ignashevich
LB 23 Dmitri Kombarov Yellow card 57'
CM 8 Denis Glushakov Substituted off 46'
CM 20 Viktor Fayzulin
RW 19 Aleksandr Samedov
AM 9 Aleksandr Kokorin
LW 17 Oleg Shatov Substituted off 67'
CF 11 Aleksandr Kerzhakov Substituted off 81'
Substitutions:
MF 7 Igor Denisov Substituted in 46'
MF 10 Alan Dzagoev Substituted in 67'
FW 6 Maksim Kanunnikov Substituted in 81'
Manager:
Italy Fabio Capello

Man of the Match:
Islam Slimani (Algeria)

Assistant referees:
Bahattin Duran (Turkey)
Tarık Ongun (Turkey)
Fourth official:
Joel Aguilar (El Salvador)
Fifth official:
Juan Zumba (El Salvador)

Round of 16
Germany 2–1 (a.e.t.) Algeria
Schürrle Goal 92'
Özil Goal 120'
Report Djabou Goal 120+1'
Attendance: 43,063
Referee: Sandro Ricci (Brazil)
Germany
Algeria
GK 1 Manuel Neuer
RB 21 Shkodran Mustafi Substituted off 70'
CB 17 Per Mertesacker
CB 20 Jérôme Boateng
LB 4 Benedikt Höwedes
DM 16 Philipp Lahm (c) Yellow card 107'
CM 7 Bastian Schweinsteiger Substituted off 109'
CM 18 Toni Kroos
RW 8 Mesut Özil
LW 19 Mario Götze Substituted off 46'
CF 13 Thomas Müller
Substitutes:
MF 9 André Schürrle Substituted in 46'
MF 6 Sami Khedira Substituted in 70'
MF 23 Christoph Kramer Substituted in 109'
Manager:
Joachim Löw
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GK 23 Raïs M'Bolhi
CB 22 Mehdi Mostefa
CB 4 Essaïd Belkalem
CB 5 Rafik Halliche (c) Yellow card 42' Substituted off 97'
RWB 20 Aïssa Mandi
LWB 3 Faouzi Ghoulam
DM 8 Medhi Lacen
RM 19 Saphir Taïder Substituted off 78'
CM 10 Sofiane Feghouli
LM 13 Islam Slimani
CF 15 El Arbi Hillel Soudani Substituted off 100'
Substitutes:
MF 11 Yacine Brahimi Substituted in 78'
DF 2 Madjid Bougherra Substituted in 97'
MF 18 Abdelmoumene Djabou Substituted in 100'
Manager:
Bosnia and Herzegovina Vahid Halilhodžić

Man of the Match:
Raïs M'Bolhi (Algeria)

Assistant referees:
Emerson de Carvalho (Brazil)
Marcelo Van Gasse (Brazil)
Fourth official:
Walter López (Guatemala)
Fifth official:
Leonel Leal (Costa Rica)

Record Players[edit]

No. Name Matches World Cups
1 Rafik Halliche 7 2010 and 2014
Medhi Lacen 7 2010 and 2014
3 Mahmoud Guendouz 6 1982 and 1986
Rabah Madjer 6 1982 and 1986
Faouzi Mansouri 6 1982 and 1986
Madjid Bougherra 6 2010 and 2014
Raïs M'Bolhi 6 2010 and 2014
8 Salah Assad 5 1982 and 1986
Lakhdar Belloumi 5 1982 and 1986
Noureddine Kourichi 5 1982 and 1986
Djamel Zidane 5 1982 and 1986

Goalscorers[edit]

Rank Player 1982 1986 2010 2014 Goals
1 Salah Assad 2 2
Abdelmoumene Djabou 2 2
Islam Slimani 2 2
4 Lakhdar Belloumi 1 1
Tedj Bensaoula 1 1
Yacine Brahimi 1 1
Sofiane Feghouli 1 1
Rafik Halliche 1 1
Rabah Madjer 1 1
Djamel Zidane 1 1
Total 5 1 0 7 13

Historical performances[edit]

The Algeria team had many records and facts which had done during its participations in the world cup.

  • 1982: First African team to beat a European team (West Germany)
  • 1982: First African team to win two games
  • 1982: First team to win two games in the first round and not advance
  • 1982: FIFA revised the group system for future tournaments, so that the final two games in each group would be played simultaneously because the controversial game between West Germany & Austria that causes the elimination of Algeria[7]
  • 1986: First African team to qualify consecutively for the second time
  • 2014: First African team to score four goals in one game against South Korea
  • 2014: First African team to reach the knockout stage simultaneously with another African team (Nigeria)

Squads[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Despite not playing, Cadamuro received a yellow card on the bench.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Algeria-Slovenia gets substitute ref". ESPNsoccernet.com. Associated Press. 8 June 2010. Archived from the original on 29 June 2011. Retrieved 9 June 2010.
  2. ^ a b c "Tactical Line-up – Group C – Algeria-Slovenia" (PDF). FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 13 June 2010. Retrieved 13 June 2010.
  3. ^ a b "Referee designations for matches 1-16" (PDF). FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 5 June 2010. Archived (PDF) from the original on 5 July 2010. Retrieved 5 June 2010.
  4. ^ a b c d e "Referee designations for matches 17-24" (PDF). FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 14 June 2010. Archived (PDF) from the original on 4 July 2010. Retrieved 15 June 2010.
  5. ^ a b "Tactical Line-up – Group C – England-Algeria" (PDF). FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 18 June 2010. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2 July 2010. Retrieved 18 June 2010.
  6. ^ a b "Tactical Line-up – Group C – USA-Algeria" (PDF). FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 23 June 2010. Archived (PDF) from the original on 3 July 2010. Retrieved 23 June 2010.
  7. ^ "World Cup: 25 stunning moments ... West Germany 1-0 Austria in 1982". The Guardian. London.