Algeria national football team

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Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)الخُضر   "El Khadra" (The Greens)[1]
الأفناك  (The Fennecs) Desert foxes[2]
محاربي الصحراء  (The Desert Warriors)[3]
AssociationAlgerian Football Federation
ConfederationCAF (Africa)
Sub-confederationUNAF (North Africa)
Head coachDjamel Belmadi[4]
CaptainRiyad Mahrez
Most capsLakhdar Belloumi (100)[5]
Top scorerAbdelhafid Tasfaout (34)[6]
Home stadiumVarious
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 68 Increase 2 (14 June 2019)[7]
Highest15 (October 2014)
Lowest103 (June 2008)
Elo ranking
Current 70 Increase 10 (16 June 2019)[8]
Highest8 (December 1981)
Lowest85 (October 2018)
First international
 Algeria 2–1 Bulgaria 
(Algiers, Algeria; 6 January 1963)
Biggest win
 Algeria 15–1 South Yemen 
(Tripoli, Libya; 17 August 1973)
Biggest defeat
 Hungary 9–2 Algeria 
(Budapest, Hungary; 16 August 1967)
World Cup
Appearances4 (first in 1982)
Best resultRound of 16, 2014
Africa Cup of Nations
Appearances18 (first in 1968)
Best resultChampions, 1990
African Nations Championship
Appearances1 (first in 2011)
Best resultFourth place, 2011

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 Mustapha Tchaker in Blida.

Algeria joined FIFA on 1 January 1964, a year and a half after gaining independence. The North African team has qualified for four World Cups in 1982, 1986, 2010 and 2014. Algeria 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 against South Korea.

The traditional rivals of Algeria are mainly Morocco and Egypt, Algeria has also had very competitive matches against Nigeria, especially in the 1980s during Algeria's best football generation. For the Algerians, their biggest victory is without a doubt the 2-1 win against Germany during the 1982 FIFA World Cup in which the African nation shocked the world. Algeria has produced many talented players throughout time and is considered one of the best teams in African Football history.


The FLN football team[edit]

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

The Beginning[edit]

The team was established in 1962 after gaining independence from France, as the successor of the FLN football team.[9] Under French rule, Algeria was not allowed to have a national team, the FLN football team was sort of a rebellion against the French colonization. All of their games were considered friendlies and were unrecognized by FIFA. After the Algerian national football team was officially recognized by FIFA in 1963, the team only qualified to the 1968 African Cup of Nations and failed to qualify for the next five editions of the African cup until 1980, where the Algerians had a great run. After finishing first in their group, Algeria beat rivals Egypt in the semi finals and reached the final for the first time, losing only to tournament hosts Nigeria 3–0. That tournament was considered the birth of the Algerian team as one of the big teams in Africa.

The golden generation, 1980–1990[edit]

Belloumi, one of the greatest African player

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.[10]

1986 FIFA World Cup In 1984, Algeria took third place in the 1984 Africa Cup of Nations in Ivory Coast. 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 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 scored during this competition: Djamel Zidane. From thereon, Algeria failed to qualify for another World Cup until 2010.

Madjer is considered one of the best players in Algerian Football history

1990 African Cup of Nations

In 1990, Algeria hosted the 1990 African Cup of Nations for the first time and were strongly considered to win the competition. drawn 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. After a great start with a convincing victory against the Nigerians, they then beat Ivory Coast 3–0, with goals by Djamel Menad, Tahar Cherif El Ouazzani, and Cherif Oudjani. The last game of the group, Algeria beat Egypt 2–0, with goals by Djamel Amani and Moussa Saib. After a perfect start with three wins in as many games, Algeria beat Senegal 2–1 in the semi finals after Djamel Menad and Djamel Amani scored in front of 85,000 fans in the Stade 5 Juillet 1962 to reach the final for the second time in history. 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.[11]

Algeria's squad against Austria during 1982 FIFA World Cup

The dark years, 1994–2008[edit]

After winning the 1990 African Cup of Nations and barely missing out in qualifying to the 1990 World Cup, Algerian football was still at its peak and seemed to be moving towards the right direction while dominating fellow African teams with their unique north African style of play, mixed with physical but very technical football. However, with Algeria being on the brink of a civil war in the early 90s, social and political unrest started having a negative impact in every domain in the country including football. Although Algeria qualified to the 1992 African Cup of Nations, the title holders were disappointing and were eliminated in the first round of the competition.

In the 1994 African Cup of Nations Algeria was disqualified from the tournament after fielding an ineligible player, and many fans back home strongly criticized the staff of the team, accusing them of being irresponsible and unprofessional. 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. Algerian football was losing its reputation and the team that was once considered one of the best and most feared teams in Africa, was no longer feared.

In the 2000 African Cup of Nations, the Fennecs passed 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 in the 2004, Algeria, coached by Rabah Saadane were looking good and full of confidence, After drawing the first game of the group 1–1 against tournament favorites Cameroon, Algeria recorded a historic win against archrivals Egypt 2–1. After a good start by Algeria, the north African side surprisingly lost the last game of the group against Zimbabwe 2–1 However, because of the 2–1 victory against Egypt, Algeria finished second in their group and advanced to the next round. Their next opponent was Morocco and after a goalless game for over 80 minutes, Algeria took the lead in the 84th minute after a goal from Abdelmalek Cherrad, nearly seconds before the final whistle Morocco scored which meant the two sides would have to play in extra time, where Morocco would go on to win 3–1. The loss against their North African neighbors was heartbreaking, and after that game, Algeria failed to qualify for the following two Africa Cup of Nations in 2006 and 2008 and nothing seemed to be working for Algerian football.

The return[edit]

World Cup 2010 qualifiers

Algerian training camp during the 2013 African cup of Nations

On October 11, 2008, Algeria returned to the top 20 African teams in the Fifa ranking by finishing first in their group ahead of Senegal, Gambia, and Liberia for the second round In 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 group C. Egypt was widely considered the favorites to win the group and qualify for the World Cup. However, in June 2009, Algeria beat the double African champions Egypt 3–1 which ultimately changed the teams objectives from just qualifying for the African Cup of Nations, to qualifying for the World Cup after a 24-year absence. The next game was against Zambia where the Desert Foxes won 2–0 in Lusaka. Algeria then again beat Zambia at home in Blida 1–0 followed by a 3–1 win against Rwanda, the Algerians ensured that the qualification for the World Cup would go down to the wire with a final encounter against Egypt in Cairo, where only a loss by three goals would stop the Fennecs from going to South Africa. Prior to the game, the Algerian team bus was attacked in Cairo by Egyptian fans, leaving several team members injured. This led to a diplomatic row between the two countries. The attack prior to the game left the Algerian players in shock which resulted in a 2–0 loss in a controversial situation, conceding a goal just within a couple seconds from the final whistle. The loss would mean that the two north African sides would have a to play a playoff game in Sudan with the winner qualifying to the world cup in South Africa. Algeria won 1–0 after a stunning goal from Anthar Yahia and qualified for the World Cup for the third time in their history.[12][13]

African Cup of Nations 2010

After qualifying to the 2010 world cup at the expense of Egypt, Algeria was gaining back the respect that they lost in the early 90s. So they came in the 2010 tournament full of confidence. Being drawn in Group A, with Angola, Malawi and Mali, Algeria started poorly, surprisingly losing 3–0 to group outsiders Malawi. After that loss Algeria had to prove that the first game was only a mistake and in the following game against Mali they won 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 Ivory Coast in the quarterfinals who were considered heavy favorites. After trailing 1–0, Karim Matmour equalized in the first half, the Algerians were having a great game but as the game was heading into extra time 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 in extra time a perfect Karim Ziani cross found Hameur Bouazza who gave the Fennecs the lead. Algeria shocked the whole continent with a convincing win against a Cote Ivoire team that was considered the best in Africa. Next Algeria faced Egypt in the semi-finals, tensions were still high between the two nations after the World Cup qualification play-off incident and fans from both sides felt it was a must win game for them. Unfortunately for Algeria, things did not go as planned. After waves of controversial decisions from the referee for both sides, Algeria ended the game with 3 red cards which led to Egypt winning 4–0 which was the biggest defeat in the history of the teams' meetings. Algeria then lost 1–0 to Nigeria in the third-place game and finished fourth in the competition.

FIFA World Cup 2010

Algeria vs England in the 2010 FIFA World Cup

Algeria was drawn in Group C with England, USA, Slovenia. The north African side came in the tournament in poor form, losing nearly all their world cup preparation games in friendlies. 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.[14] 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. After a 2–1 home loss to Guinea in a friendly match and a 1 – 1 draw at home to Tanzania, veteran manager Rabah Saâdane resigned and was replaced with Abdelhak Benchikha. The newly appointed coach tried to bring in new faces to the squad to bolster their offense but poor results continued for Benchikha's side who started off with a 2–0 away loss to Central African Republic. There was a little bit of hope restored for the Algerians after they beat Morocco 1 – 0 at home after a goal from Hassan Yebda but After they lost 4–0 to Morocco in the return leg, their manager resigned. Algeria failed to qualify for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations and the nightmare continued.

2011–12: The arrival of Halilhodžić

Algeria's Islam Slimani in Action

After new coach Vahid Halilhodžić was appointed, he got a few decent results before the start of the World cup qualifiers. The Bosnian coach's debut resulted in a 1–1 away draw against Tanzania, they then beat Central African Republic 2–0 with goals coming from Hassan Yebda and Foued Kadir. After a good game against Tanzania and a convincing win against The Central African Rep, the Algerian fans started to believe in their national team again and put all their trust in coach Vahid to revive the national team, and that is exactly what happened as the good results kept on coming, Algeria then beat Niger 3–0 in a friendly, and with the start of the 2014 Fifa World Cup qualifiers Algeria beat Rwanda 4–0 to start off brightly. Qualifying for The 2013 African cup of Nations was the next target for Les Fennecs and they started off with beating Gambia 2–1 in Banjul followed by a 4–1 victory in Blida to advance to the final qualifying round, where the Algerians would take on north African neighbors Libya. The desert warriors ended up winning 3–0 on aggregate against the Libyans to qualify for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.

2013 Africa Cup of Nations: Disappointing results

Algeria arrived to the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations with plenty of confidence and with the emergence of Islam Slimani and El Arbi Hillel Soudani, as well as the addition to the squad of talented Valencia CF winger Sofiane Feghouli, Algeria was even considered one of the favorites to win the competition, but unfortunately for them they lacked experience and despite clear domination against their opponents, they finished last in their group after losing the first game against Tunisia 1–0 after a crucial 90'minute goal from Youssef Msakni. In their second game against Togo, Algeria was widely expected to come out with a victory but again the lack of experience was once again crucial, after dominating the game, they conceded two goals and were officially eliminated from the competition. The last game against Ivory Coast ended in a 2–2 draw. The Algerian fans were extremely disappointed with their team's early exist from the competition, and the Algerian media even speculated coach Vahid would be sacked, but the president of the Algerian Football Federation decided to maintain Vahid, arguing that the team is heading in the right direction and just needs more time to gain experience.

Road to Brazil

After a disappointing campaign in the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, and the Algerian Football Federation confirming their manager's stay. Algeria would then focus on their World cup qualifying campaign which they had a decent start to with one win and one loss, They continued their campaign winning 3–1 versus Benin at home and beating them again 3–1 away in Benin. After travelling to Kigali to face Rwanda, a 1–0 away victory guaranteed them the first-place position in their group which means they would advance to the final round of the qualifying campaign. Their last game didn't have any effect on the standings but Algeria still won 1–0 versus Mali national football team. 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 a 3–2 loss to Burkina Faso and it outraged a lot of Algerian fans as Burkina was awarded a false penalty. The second leg was a harsh game but Algeria managed a 1–0 victory to advance to the 2014 World Cup.

Making history, FIFA World Cup 2014[edit]

Algeria national football team in the 2014 FIFA World Cup

Algeria were drawn in Group H with World cup favorites Belgium, Russia and South Korea. In their opening game against Belgium, Feghouli scored Algeria's first World Cup goal for 28 years giving his team the lead 1-0, eventually the red devils caught up and scored two goals to give Belgium a 2-1 victory, In their second game against South Korea, the Algerians needed an absolute win to have a good chance of going to the next round, the desert foxed ended up winning 4-2, 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 first time. In the second round, Algeria was able to hold eventual champions Germany to a goalless draw for 90 minutes, in extra-time the Germans scored twice and Algeria once in a thriller world cup match that ended in eliminating but world wide respect for the Algerian team.

Decline Plunges Into Disaster (2016–2018)[edit]

Algeria lining up during the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations

After their successful World Cup, Algeria gained respect and was once more considered as one of the best teams in Africa, with young and exciting players playing in top teams across Europe. After coach Vahid decided to opt out of a contract extension following their historic World Cup, long time FC Lorient coach Christian Gourcuff was appointed by FAF president Mohamed Raouraoua to help Algeria reach its goals.

2015 Africa Cup of Nations

After easily topping their 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualification group which consisted of Mali, Malawi and Ethiopia, Algeria were heavy favorites to win the 2015 edition of the tournament hosted in Equatorial Guinea. Algeria were drawn in a very difficult group that included South Africa, Ghana and Senegal. With every single team in the group being in top form, Algeria struggled in the first game against the South Africans and were a goal down before finally beating them 3–1, in the second game against Ghana, the Black stars were in desperate need of a victory after losing the first game to Senegal, After 90 minutes and while the game looked like it was heading to a goalless draw with neither sides looking dangerous, Asamoah Gyan struck before the final whistle to give a 1–0 victory to Ghana. In the last game of the group against Senegal, Algeria looked much better and after goals from Riyad Mahrez and youngster Nabil Bentaleb the Foxes were through to the next round. The Desert Foxes finished second in their group behind Ghana despite their goal difference due to their head to head record. Ivory Coast awaited them, where Wilfried Bony would score twice for an eventual 2-1 win for the Elephants, eliminating the Desert Foxes from the competition.

2017 & 2018 Africa Cup of Nations and World Cup qualification

Manager Christian Gourcuff was widely criticized after the African Cup exist, he continued being criticized for his tactics and results, losing 2–1 in a friendly against Guinea and drawing 2–2 Against Tanzania. Although Algeria would achieve remarkable wins at home, such as the 7–0 return leg win against Tanzania the team was very fragile on away games and conceded too many goals. The Tanzania win allowed them to reach the Final round of the 2018 World Cup qualifiers. Algeria were drawn in an incredibly tough group with Nigeria, Cameroon and Zambia with only the team finishing top of the group qualifying to the 2018 FIFA World Cup. After a 3–3 away draw against Ethiopia, Manager Christian Gourcuff resigned from his position. Milovan Rajevac was then appointed manager in June 2016, but resigned 4 months later after Algeria's first World cup qualifying game ended in a home draw against Cameroon. The Algerian Football federation then hired Georges Leekens who did no better than his predecessor by losing to Nigeria 3-1 during match day 2 of the World cup Qualifiers in November 2016. Leekens then coached Algeria during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations where the desert foxes had a horrible campaign drawing against Zimbabwe and Senegal and losing against Tunisia which resulted in an early group stage elimination. The African nation was on a steady decline due to constant changes at the management level and once again Algeria would get a new coach after Leekens resigned right after the African Cup and FAF presdient Raouraoua also left his position and was replaced by the much younger Kheiredine Zetchi. The new president came with new ideas, he brought in Spanish coach Lucas Alcaraz to try to kick start the national team once again, however the Spaniard was sacked after poor results which meant Algeria would miss the 2018 Fifa World cup. Missing the World cup was a huge upset in the country as the team consisted of very talented players playing at a high level across Europe's best leagues. In November 2017, Former Algerian Superstar Rabah Madjer was appointed as manager, the decision to bring in Madjer was a controversial one as he hadn't coached any team for over 10 years and did have a past failed coaching experience with Algeria. Madjer wouldn't last very long either, after a couple of bad results in friendly matches including a 3-0 loss against Portugal, he would also be sacked after only 7 months in charge. Within four years of the end of the 2014 World cup, Algeria had five different coaches with the performances and results only getting worse.

2019 -[edit]

Hope & Coach Belmadi

After a series of errors from the Algerian Football Federation with repeated under performing coaches, the federation appointed former Manchester City and Algerian international Djamel Belmadi on August 2, 2018. Belmadi is a young coach and has mainly coached in Qatar but he has had remarkable achievements winning many titles. so far there seems to finally be some sort of stability and progress within the Algerian team.


The Algerian National Football Team have traditionally played their home games at the 5 July Stadium, However, since 2009 The team has played most of its home games at the Mustapha Tchaker Stadium. There are many new stadiums being built in Algeria, two of which are expected to be the home venue for the team, the first being the forty thousand capacity Baraki Stadium being built in Algiers, the other one is Olympic Stadium (Oran) in Oran. Another Stadium currently under construction, where the National team is expected to play some of its scheduled friendly games is in the Stade Abdelkader Khalef in the Eastern Algerian city of Tizi Ouzou.

Kits & Suppliers[edit]

Yacine Brahimi in Algeria's traditional Green away kit

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


Period Kit providers
1980–1986 Algeria Sonitex
1990–1992 Germany Adidas
1993–1995 Italy Lotto
1996–2001 Algeria Cirta Sport
2002–2004 France Baliston
2004–2009 France Le Coq Sportif
2010–2014 Germany Puma
2015–present Germany Adidas

Kits evolution[edit]

1st Kit[edit]

1962 Home
1963–67 Home
1968 AFCON
1972 PLE C
1975 MG
1978 AG
1980 AFCON
1980 OG
1982 AFCON
1982 WC
1984 AFCON
1986 WCQ
1986 AFCON
1986 WC
1988 AFCON
1990 WCQ
1990 AFCON
2004 AFCON
2010 AFCON
2010 WC
2013 AFCON
2014 WC
2015 AFCON
2017 AFCON

2nd Kit[edit]

1962–67 Away
1968 AFCON
1975 MG
1978 AG
1980 AFCON
1980 OG
1982 AFCON
1982 WC
1982 WC[15]
1984 AFCON
1986 WC
1986 AFCON
1988 AFCON
1990 AFCON
2004 AFCON
2010 AFCON
2010 WC
2013 AFCON
2014 WC
2015 AFCON
2017 AFCON


Current squad[edit]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
23 1GK Raïs M'Bolhi (1986-04-25) 25 April 1986 (age 33) 61 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Ettifaq
1 1GK Azzedine Doukha (1986-08-05) 5 August 1986 (age 32) 12 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Raed
16 1GK Alexandre Oukidja (1988-07-19) 19 July 1988 (age 30) 1 0 France Metz

2 2DF Aïssa Mandi (1991-10-22) 22 October 1991 (age 27) 45 1 Spain Betis
3 2DF Mehdi Tahrat (1990-01-24) 24 January 1990 (age 29) 6 0 France Lens
4 2DF Djamel Benlamri (1989-12-25) 25 December 1989 (age 29) 4 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Shabab
5 2DF Rafik Halliche (1986-09-02) 2 September 1986 (age 32) 39 3 Portugal Moreirense
6 2DF Mohamed Fares (1996-02-15) 15 February 1996 (age 23) 7 0 Italy SPAL
18 2DF Mehdi Zeffane (1992-05-19) 19 May 1992 (age 27) 12 0 France Rennes
20 2DF Youcef Atal (1996-05-17) 17 May 1996 (age 23) 9 1 France Nice
21 2DF Ramy Bensebaini (1995-04-16) 16 April 1995 (age 24) 19 2 France Rennes

14 3MF Hicham Boudaoui (1999-09-23) 23 September 1999 (age 19) 2 0 Algeria Paradou AC
17 3MF Adlène Guedioura (1985-11-12) 12 November 1985 (age 33) 43 2 England Nottingham Forest
19 3MF Mehdi Abeid (1992-08-06) 6 August 1992 (age 26) 8 1 France Dijon
22 3MF Ismaël Bennacer (1997-12-01) 1 December 1997 (age 21) 10 0 Italy Empoli
7 3MF Riyad Mahrez (1991-02-21) 21 February 1991 (age 28) 46 10 England Manchester City
12 3MF Adam Ounas (1996-11-11) 11 November 1996 (age 22) 6 0 Italy Napoli
10 3MF Sofiane Feghouli (1989-12-26) 26 December 1989 (age 29) 52 11 Turkey Galatasaray
11 3MF Yacine Brahimi (1990-02-08) 8 February 1990 (age 29) 47 11 Portugal Porto
8 3MF Youcef Belaili (1992-03-14) 14 March 1992 (age 27) 5 1 Tunisia Espérance

9 4FW Baghdad Bounedjah (1991-11-30) 30 November 1991 (age 27) 22 10 Qatar Al-Sadd
13 4FW Islam Slimani (1988-06-18) 18 June 1988 (age 31) 60 27 England Leicester City
15 4FW Andy Delort (1991-10-09) 9 October 1991 (age 27) 1 1 France Montpellier

Recent call-ups[edit]

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

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Moustapha Zeghba (1990-11-21) 21 November 1990 (age 28) 0 0 Algeria ES Setif v.  Tunisia, 26 March 2019

DF Ayoub Abdellaoui (1993-02-16) 16 February 1993 (age 26) 4 0 Switzerland Sion v.  Tunisia, 26 March 2019
DF Ilias Hassani (1995-11-08) 8 November 1995 (age 23) 2 0 Qatar Al-Kharaitiyat v.  Tunisia, 26 March 2019
DF Haithem Loucif (1996-07-08) 8 July 1996 (age 22) 1 0 Algeria Paradou AC v.  Tunisia, 26 March 2019
DF Abdelkader Bedrane (1992-04-02) 2 April 1992 (age 27) 1 0 Algeria ES Sétif v.  Togo, 18 November 2018
DF Mokhtar Belkhiter (1992-01-15) 15 January 1992 (age 27) 3 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Qadsiah v.  Gambia, 8 September 2018

MF Saphir Taïder (1992-02-29) 29 February 1992 (age 27) 46 5 Canada Montreal Impact v.  Tunisia, 26 March 2019
MF Mohamed Benkhemassa (1993-06-28) 28 June 1993 (age 25) 4 0 Algeria USM Alger v.  Tunisia, 26 March 2019
MF Saïd Benrahma (1995-08-10) 10 August 1995 (age 23) 2 0 England Brentford v.  Tunisia, 26 March 2019
MF Victor Lekhal (1994-02-27) 27 February 1994 (age 25) 1 0 France Le Havre v.  Tunisia, 26 March 2019
MF Oussama Chita (1996-10-31) 31 October 1996 (age 22) 1 0 Algeria USM Alger v.  Togo, 18 November 2018
MF Abderrahmane Meziane (1994-03-07) 7 March 1994 (age 25) 0 0 Algeria USM Alger v.  Togo, 18 November 2018
MF Nabil Bentaleb (1994-11-24) 24 November 1994 (age 24) 35 5 Germany Schalke 04 v.  Benin, 16 October 2018
MF Rachid Ghezzal (1992-05-09) 9 May 1992 (age 27) 16 1 England Leicester City v.  Benin, 16 October 2018
MF Ryad Boudebouz (1990-02-19) 19 February 1990 (age 29) 25 2 Spain Celta v.  Gambia, 8 September 2018
MF Farid Boulaya (1993-02-25) 25 February 1993 (age 26) 0 0 France Metz v.  Gambia, 8 September 2018

FW Oussama Darfalou (1993-09-23) 23 September 1993 (age 25) 1 0 Netherlands Vitesse v.  Tunisia, 26 March 2019
FW Zakaria Naidji (1995-01-19) 19 January 1995 (age 24) 1 0 Algeria Paradou AC v.  Tunisia, 26 March 2019
FW Yassine Benzia (1994-09-08) 8 September 1994 (age 24) 4 1 Turkey Fenerbahçe v.  Togo, 18 November 2018
FW Ishak Belfodil (1992-01-12) 12 January 1992 (age 27) 17 2 Germany 1899 Hoffenheim v.  Benin, 16 October 2018
FW El Arabi Hillel Soudani (1987-11-25) 25 November 1987 (age 31) 49 22 Greece Olympiacos v.  Gambia, 8 September 2018

INJ Player withdrew from the squad due to an injury.
RET Retired from international football.


Bold denotes players still playing or available for selection.

Top 10 goalscorers
# Player Career Goals Caps Goals/game
1 Abdelhafid Tasfaout 1990–2002 34 79 0.43
2 Rabah Madjer 1978–1992 28 86 0.34
3 Lakhdar Belloumi 1978–1989 27 100 0.27
4 Islam Slimani 2012–present 26 59 0.48
5 Djamel Menad 1980–1995 25 79 0.32
6 Hillal Soudani 2011–present 22 49 0.48
7 Tedj Bensaoula 1979–1986 19 50 0.38
8 Rafik Saifi 1998–2010 18 64 0.28
9 Salah Assad 1977–1989 15 68 0.23
10 Hacène Lalmas 1963–1974 14 42 0.33

Current technical staff[edit]

Position Name
Head coach Algeria Djamel Belmadi
Assistant coach France Sergio Romano
Goalkeeping coach Algeria Aziz Bouras
Fitness coach France Alex Dalel
Sporting director Algeria Hakim Medane
National Team Doctor Algeria Rial Benazieb

Fixtures and results[edit]



2019 Africa Cup of Nations[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Algeria 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 3 Advance to knockout stage
2  Senegal 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 3
3  Kenya 1 0 0 1 0 2 −2 0 Possible knockout stage based on ranking
4  Tanzania 1 0 0 1 0 2 −2 0
Updated to match(es) played on 23 June 2019. Source: CAF

Competitive record[edit]

FIFA World Cup record[edit]

FIFA World Cup record
Appearances : 4
FIFA World Cup finals FIFA World Cup qualification
Year Round Result Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
Uruguay 1930 Part of  France Part of  France
Italy 1934
France 1938
Brazil 1950
Switzerland 1954
Sweden 1958
Chile 1962
England 1966 Did not enter Did not enter
Mexico 1970 Did not qualify 2 0 1 1 1 2
West Germany 1974 2 1 0 1 2 5
Argentina 1978 4 1 2 1 2 3
Spain 1982 Group stage 13th 3 2 0 1 5 5 8 5 2 1 16 6
Mexico 1986 22nd 3 0 1 2 1 5 6 5 1 0 13 3
Italy 1990 Did not qualify 6 3 2 1 6 2
United States 1994 8 2 3 3 8 11
France 1998 2 1 0 1 2 3
South Korea Japan 2002 10 3 3 4 13 14
Germany 2006 12 3 5 4 15 15
South Africa 2010 Group stage 28th 3 0 1 2 0 2 13 8 2 3 17 8
Brazil 2014 Round of 16 14th 4 1 1 2 7 7 8 6 0 2 16 7
Russia 2018 Did not qualify 8 2 2 4 15 12
Qatar 2022 To be determined To be determined
Canada Mexico United States 2026
Total Round of 16 4/21 13 3 3 7 13 19 89 40 23 26 126 91

Other records[edit]

Year Position
Greece 1969 World military Cup 2nd
Iraq 1972 Palestine Cup of Nations 3rd
Libya 1973 Palestine Cup of Nations 3rd
Iran 1982 Vahdat Cup 2nd
Algeria Iran 1991 Afro-Asian Cup of Nations 1st
Mali 2004 African Military cup 3rd
Germany 2005 World military Cup 2nd
Uganda 2008 African Military cup 2nd
Brazil 2011 World military Cup 1st
South Korea 2015 World military Cup 1st
Total 3 titles

All-time record against FIFA recognized nations[edit]

  • Below is a record of all matches correct on 26 June 2016

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


Winners: Gold medal africa.svg 1990
Runners-up: Silver medal africa.svg 1980
Third place: Bronze medal africa.svg 1984, Bronze medal africa.svg 1988
Fourth place: 1982, 2010
Champions: 1st, gold medalist(s) 1978
Champions: 1st, gold medalist(s) 1991
Champions: 1st, gold medalist(s) 1975
Runners-up: 2nd, silver medalist(s) 1993
Third place: 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 1979

See also[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.[17]


  1. ^ 16 November 2014
  2. ^ 25 March 2010
  3. ^ 23 June 2014
  4. ^ national team new coach
  5. ^ Appearances for Algeria National Team
  6. ^ Goalscoring for Algeria National Team
  7. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 14 June 2019. Retrieved 14 June 2019.
  8. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". 16 June 2019. Retrieved 16 June 2019.
  9. ^ "Une équipe qui symbolisait la révolution Algérienne " Devoir de mémoire ! "". Reflexion. 31 October 2010.
  10. ^ "The Game that Changed the World Cup – Algeria".
  11. ^ "CAN 1990 – The final match". Reflexion.
  12. ^ "Yahia sends Algeria to World Cup". BBC Sport. 18 November 2009. Archived from the original on 19 November 2009. Retrieved 19 November 2009.
  13. ^ "Yahia cracker seals play-off win". ESPN. 18 November 2009. Archived from the original on 23 November 2009. Retrieved 19 November 2009.
  14. ^ "Video of Police intervention at Champs-Élysées gathering". Retrieved 30 June 2014.
  15. ^ Worn in the 2nd half of the match against West Germany in 1982
  16. ^ "CHAN-2016 : L'Algérie disqualifiée". El Watan. Tarek Aït Sellamet. 16 January 2015.
  17. ^ Courtney, Barrie (23 April 2010). "Algeria – List of International matches". RSSSF. Retrieved 10 November 2010.

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