Algeria national football team

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Algeria
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)الخُضر (The Greens)[1]
الأفناك  (The Fennec Foxes)[2]
محاربي الصحراء  (The Desert Warriors)[3]
AssociationAlgerian Football Federation (FAF)
ConfederationCAF (Africa)
Sub-confederationUNAF (North Africa)
Head coachDjamel Belmadi[4]
CaptainRiyad Mahrez
Most capsLakhdar Belloumi (100)[5]
Top scorerIslam Slimani (38)[6]
Home stadiumMustapha Tchaker Stadium
Stade du 5 Juillet
FIFA codeALG
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 32 Decrease 2 (19 November 2021)[7]
Highest15 (October 2014)
Lowest103 (June 2008)
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
Appearances19 (first in 1968)
Best resultChampions (1990, 2019)
African Nations Championship
Appearances2 (first in 2011)
Best resultFourth place (2011)
WebsiteAlgerian FA

The Algeria national football team (Arabic: منتخب الجزائر لكرة القدم‎) represents Algeria in men's international football and is governed by the Algerian Football Federation. The team plays their home matches at the Mustapha Tchaker Stadium in Blida and Stade du 5 Juillet in Algiers. 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 has won the Africa Cup of Nations twice, once in 1990, when they hosted the tournament, and again in Egypt in 2019. At the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, 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, Tunisia and Egypt. Algeria has also had very competitive matches against Nigeria, especially in the 1980s during Algeria's best football generation, against Mali due to sharing common border and a long-standing competitive rivalry, and against Senegal, where Algeria's first global success began. For the Algerians, their biggest victory was their 2–1 win against West 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.

History[edit]

The ALN football team, 1957–1958[edit]

On 1956, in Tunis, Tunisia, was formed the first team to represent Algeria, the Armée de Libération Nationale (ALN) team by Ahmed Benelfoul and Habib Draoua.[9][10] The team was approuved by the FLN on May 1957 and was managed by Salah Saidou and the player Abdelkader Zerrar was the captain.[11] The first game was played on 1st June 1957 against Tunisia in the Stade Chedly Zouiten. On April 1958, the team was dissolved and was replaced by the FLN team.

The FLN football team, 1958–1962[edit]

The FLN football team was a team made up mainly of professional players in France, who then joined the Algerian independence movement of the National Liberation Front (FLN), and assisted in organizing football matches against national football teams. The FLN linked African football to anti-colonial resistance using the idea of Pan-Africanism as a legitimizing tool and symbol of national identity. The French authorities easily obtained the non-recognition of the team by FIFA. Despite the prohibition on play, the FLN team engaged in a world tour of about eighty meetings, including Europe, Middle East, Asia and Africa. Of these meetings, the FLN won 55 matches.

The Beginning, 1962[edit]

Football in Algeria was established in the 1830s by European settlers bringing the sport to the country. The Algerian football team was established in 1962 after gaining independence from France, as the successor of the FLN football team.[12] 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. During a press conference in Tunis, the Algerian football team refused to make any political statements, referring to football as a sport rather than a political influence.[13] After the Algerian national football team was officially recognized by FIFA in 1963, the team only qualified to the 1968 Africa 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 defeated 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]

1982 FIFA World Cup[edit]

Algeria's squad against Austria during 1982 FIFA World Cup
Belloumi, one of the greatest African player

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 West German victory would qualify Algeria over Austria, and a draw or an Austrian win would eliminate the West 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 West 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.[14]

1986 FIFA World Cup[edit]

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[edit]

In 1990, Algeria hosted the 1990 Africa 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 Chérif El-Ouazzani, and Chérif Oudjani. The last game of the group, Algeria beat Egypt 2–0, with goals by Djamel Amani and Moussa Saïb. 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 du 5 Juillet 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, Chérif Oudjani, in the 38th minute, enabled Algeria to win the African Cup of Nations for the first time. Djamel Menad was crowned top scorer of the competition with four goals.[15]

The dark years, 1992–2008[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]

2010 World Cup qualifiers[edit]

Algerian training camp during the 2013 African cup of Nations

On 11 October 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.[16][17]

2010 Africa Cup of Nations[edit]

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 number 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.

2010 FIFA World Cup[edit]

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.[18] 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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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 exit 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 2014[edit]

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 Faso and the second was in Algeria. The first leg ended in a highly-competitive, controversial 3–2 loss to Burkina Faso. Many Algerian fans believed Burkina Faso was wrongfully awarded a penalty. The second leg was also a tightly contested, competitive match with Algeria managing a 1–0 victory to advance to the 2014 World Cup.

Making history, 2014 FIFA World Cup[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, Sofiane Feghouli scored Algeria's first World Cup goal for 28 years giving his team the lead 1–0. Eventually, Belgium caught up and scored two goals to give themselves a 2–1 victory. In their second game against South Korea, the Algerians needed a strong win to have a good chance of going to the next round. They won 4–2, with Yacine 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 Islam 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 while Algeria scored a lone goal from Abdelmoumene Djabou. The match that ended in elimination for the Algerian team.

Decline (2015–2018)[edit]

After their successful World Cup, Algeria gained respect and was once more considered 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 Lorient coach Christian Gourcuff was appointed by FAF president Mohamed Raouraoua to help Algeria reach its goals.

2015 Africa Cup of Nations[edit]

Algeria lining up during the 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 side 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[edit]

Manager Christian Gourcuff was widely criticized after the African Cup exit, 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 president 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–present: Hope & coach Belmadi[edit]

After a series of errors from the Algerian Football Federation with repeated under performing coaches, the federation appointed former Algerian international Djamel Belmadi on 2 August 2018.[19] Belmadi was a young coach and had mainly previously coached in Qatar. However, due to his unsuccessful tenure in Qatar, especially as coach of the Qatar national football team when Qatar was eliminated early in 2015 AFC Asian Cup,[20] skepticism arose about the manager. Algeria's performance in the 2019 AFCON qualification, while acceptable, also suffered setback, such as a shocking 0–1 away loss to Benin[21] and two 1–1 draws to less known Gambia,[22][23] raising big concerns over Algeria in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations. Thus, Algeria was not expected to contend for the trophy, but was nonetheless expected to proceed at least to the quarter-finals.In spite of criticisms of Belmadi, Algeria managed an unthinkable performance, often seen as the best performance of any Algerian team in recent AFCON history. Algeria topped group C with a perfect record, winning all three matches including a 1–0 victory over 2018 FIFA World Cup's participant Senegal.[24] Algeria's solid performance continued with a 3–0 win over Guinea in the round of sixteen;[25] before they overcame Ivory Coast in a hard-fought encounter which they won in a penalty shootout 4–3, after having drawn 1–1 after 120 minutes.[26] The Algerians then went on to defeat Nigeria 2–1 with a dying minute's free kick shot by Riyad Mahrez.[27] Facing Senegal once again in the final, Baghdad Bounedjah scored the only goal of the game as Algeria won 1–0, earning them their second title since 1990. This made Algeria the second North African side after Egypt to win more than one AFCON trophy.[28]

Home stadium[edit]

The Algerian National Football Team have played their home games at the Mustapha Tchaker Stadium since 2009. However, the team has played traditionally in the 5 July 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 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 city of Tizi Ouzou.

Team image[edit]

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

Kit sponsorship[edit]

Supplier Period
None 1962–1968
Germany Adidas 1975–1978
Algeria Sonitex 1978–1990
Germany Adidas 1990–1992
Italy Lotto 1993–1995
Algeria Cirta Sport 1996–2001
France Baliston 2002–2004
France Le Coq Sportif 2004–2009
Germany Puma 2010–2014
Germany Adidas 2015–present

Results and fixtures[edit]

The following is a list of match results in the last 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.

2021[edit]

25 March 2021 AFCON Q Zambia  3–3  Algeria Lusaka, Zambia
21:00 CAT
Report
Stadium: National Heroes Stadium
Referee: Ali Mohamed Adelaid (Comoros)
29 March 2021 AFCON Q Algeria  5–0  Botswana Blida, Algeria
20:00 CAT
Report Stadium: Mustapha Tchaker Stadium
Referee: Jean Ouattara (Burkina Faso)
3 June Friendly Algeria  4–1  Mauritania Blida, Algeria
20:45 UTC+1
Report
Stadium: Mustapha Tchaker Stadium
Referee: Ibrahim Nour El Din (Egypt)
6 June Friendly Algeria  1–0  Mali Blida, Algeria
20:45 UTC+1
Report Stadium: Mustapha Tchaker Stadium
Referee: Ahmed El Ghandour (Egypt)
11 June Friendly Tunisia  0–2  Algeria Radès, Tunisia
20:30 UTC+1 Report
Stadium: Stade Olympique de Radès
Referee: Mohamed Maarouf Eid Mansour (Egypt)
2 September 2022 World Cup qualification Algeria  8–0  Djibouti Blida, Algeria
20:00 UTC+1
Report Stadium: Mustapha Tchaker Stadium
Referee: Blaise Yuven Ngwa (Cameroon)
7 September 2022 World Cup qualification Burkina Faso  1–1  Algeria Marrakesh, Morocco
20:00 UTC+1
Report
Stadium: Stade de Marrakech
Referee: Joshua Bondo (Botswana)
8 October 2022 World Cup qualification Algeria  6–1  Niger Blida, Algeria
20:00 UTC+1
Report
Stadium: Mustapha Tchaker Stadium
Referee: Daniel Nii Ayi Laryea (Ghana)
12 October 2022 World Cup qualification Niger  0–4  Algeria Niamey, Niger
17:00 UTC+1 Report
Stadium: Stade Général Seyni Kountché
Attendance: 2,000
Referee: Issa Sy (Senegal)
12 November 2022 World Cup qualification Djibouti  0–4  Algeria Cairo, Egypt
16:00 UTC+2 Report
Stadium: Cairo International Stadium
Referee: Djindo Louis Houngnandande (Benin)

2022[edit]

11 January 2021 AFCON Algeria  v  Sierra Leone Douala, Cameroon
Stadium: Japoma Stadium
20 January 2021 AFCON Ivory Coast  v  Algeria Douala, Cameroon
Stadium: Japoma Stadium

Coaching staff[edit]

Position Name
Head coach Algeria Djamel Belmadi
Assistant coach France Serge Romano
Assistant coach Algeria Madjid Bougherra
Goalkeeping coach Algeria Aziz Bouras
Fitness coach Algeria Amara Merouani
First team Doctor Algeria Mohamed Soltani

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Raïs M'Bolhi (third captain) (1986-04-25) 25 April 1986 (age 35) 83 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Ettifaq
1GK Alexandre Oukidja (1988-07-19) 19 July 1988 (age 33) 6 0 France Metz
1GK Abderrahmane Medjadel (1998-07-01) 1 July 1998 (age 23) 0 0 Algeria Paradou AC

2DF Aïssa Mandi (vice-captain) (1991-10-22) 22 October 1991 (age 30) 67 3 Spain Villarreal
2DF Ramy Bensebaini (1995-04-16) 16 April 1995 (age 26) 41 5 Germany Borussia Mönchengladbach
2DF Djamel Benlamri (1989-12-25) 25 December 1989 (age 31) 24 0 Qatar Qatar SC
2DF Youcef Atal (1996-05-17) 17 May 1996 (age 25) 22 1 France Nice
2DF Mehdi Zeffane (1992-05-19) 19 May 1992 (age 29) 19 1 Russia Krylia Sovetov
2DF Mohamed Farès (1996-02-15) 15 February 1996 (age 25) 12 0 Italy Lazio
2DF Abdelkader Bedrane (1992-04-02) 2 April 1992 (age 29) 5 0 Tunisia ES Tunis
2DF Houcine Benayada (1992-08-08) 8 August 1992 (age 29) 3 0 Tunisia ES Sahel
2DF Ahmed Touba (1998-03-13) 13 March 1998 (age 23) 2 0 Netherlands RKC Waalwijk
2DF Abdel Medioub (1997-08-28) 28 August 1997 (age 24) 1 0 France Bordeaux
2DF Ayoub Abdellaoui (1993-02-16) 16 February 1993 (age 28) 9 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Ettifaq
2DF Réda Halaïmia (1996-08-28) 28 August 1996 (age 25) 5 0 Belgium Beerschot

3MF Sofiane Feghouli (1989-12-26) 26 December 1989 (age 31) 74 19 Turkey Galatasaray
3MF Ismaël Bennacer (1997-12-01) 1 December 1997 (age 24) 31 2 Italy Milan
3MF Haris Belkebla (1994-01-28) 28 January 1994 (age 27) 9 0 France Brest
3MF Hicham Boudaoui (1999-09-23) 23 September 1999 (age 22) 9 0 France Nice
3MF Ramiz Zerrouki (1998-05-26) 26 May 1998 (age 23) 8 1 Netherlands Twente
3MF Adem Zorgane (2000-01-06) 6 January 2000 (age 21) 4 0 Belgium Charleroi

4FW Islam Slimani (1988-06-18) 18 June 1988 (age 33) 79 38 France Lyon
4FW Riyad Mahrez (captain) (1991-02-21) 21 February 1991 (age 30) 69 26 England Manchester City
4FW Baghdad Bounedjah (1991-11-30) 30 November 1991 (age 30) 47 22 Qatar Al-Sadd
4FW Youcef Belaïli (1992-03-14) 14 March 1992 (age 29) 27 6 Qatar Qatar SC
4FW Adam Ounas (1996-11-11) 11 November 1996 (age 25) 15 4 Italy Napoli
4FW Saïd Benrahma (1995-08-10) 10 August 1995 (age 26) 13 1 England West Ham United

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 Azzedine Doukha (1986-08-05) 5 August 1986 (age 35) 15 0 Algeria JS Kabylie v.  Tunisia, 11 June 2021

DF Naoufel Khacef (1997-10-27) 27 October 1997 (age 24) 2 0 Portugal Tondela v.  Burkina Faso, 7 September 2021
DF Mehdi Tahrat (1990-01-24) 24 January 1990 (age 31) 13 0 Qatar Al-Gharafa v.  Tunisia, 11 June 2021

MF Adlène Guedioura (1985-11-12) 12 November 1985 (age 36) 61 2 England Sheffield United v.  Tunisia, 11 June 2021
MF Mehdi Abeid (1992-08-06) 6 August 1992 (age 29) 19 1 United Arab Emirates Al-Nasr v.  Tunisia, 11 June 2021
MF Farid Boulaya (1993-02-25) 25 February 1993 (age 28) 4 1 France Metz v.  Tunisia, 11 June 2021
MF Mehdi Zerkane (1999-07-15) 15 July 1999 (age 22) 1 0 France Bordeaux v.  Tunisia, 11 June 2021

FW Rachid Ghezzal (1992-05-09) 9 May 1992 (age 29) 19 2 Turkey Beşiktaş v.  Burkina Faso, 7 September 2021
FW Andy Delort (1991-10-09) 9 October 1991 (age 30) 11 2 France Nice v.  Burkina Faso, 7 September 2021
FW Zinedine Ferhat (1993-03-01) 1 March 1993 (age 28) 12 0 France Nîmes v.  Tunisia, 11 June 2021
FW Hillal Soudani (1987-11-25) 25 November 1987 (age 34) 52 23 Saudi Arabia Damac v.  Botswana, 29 March 2021
FW Oussama Darfalou (1993-09-23) 23 September 1993 (age 28) 2 0 Netherlands Vitesse v.  Botswana, 29 March 2021

INJ Player withdrew from the squad due to an injury.
RET Retired from international football.
WD Player withdrew from the roster for non-injury related reasons
COV Player withdrew from the roster due to COVID-19

Records[edit]

As of 16 November 2021[30]
Players in bold are still active with Algeria.

Most appearances[edit]

Lakhdar Belloumi is Algeria's most capped player with 100 appearances.
Rank Player Caps Goals Career
1 Lakhdar Belloumi 100 28 1978–1989
2 Rabah Madjer 86 28 1978–1992
3 Raïs M'Bolhi 83 0 2010–present
4 Billel Dziri 81 9 1992–2005
5 Abdelhafid Tasfaout 80 36 1990–2002
6 Djamel Menad 79 25 1980–1995
Islam Slimani 79 38 2012–present
8 Mahieddine Meftah 77 4 1989–2002
9 Mahmoud Guendouz 74 4 1977–1986
10 Sofiane Feghouli 73 19 2012–present

Top goalscorers[edit]

Islam Slimani is Algeria's top scorer with 38 goals.
Rank Player Goals Caps Ratio Career
1 Islam Slimani 38 79 0.48 2012–present
2 Abdelhafid Tasfaout 36 80 0.45 1990–2002
3 Rabah Madjer 28 86 0.33 1978–1992
Lakhdar Belloumi 28 100 0.28 1978–1989
5 Riyad Mahrez 26 69 0.37 2014–present
6 Djamel Menad 25 79 0.32 1980–1995
7 Baghdad Bounedjah 24 49 0.49 2014–present
Hillal Soudani 24 53 0.45 2011–present
9 Tedj Bensaoula 20 52 0.38 1979–1986
10 Sofiane Feghouli 19 73 0.26 2012–present

Competitive record[edit]

FIFA World Cup[edit]

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup qualification record
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 Group stage 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

Olympic Games[edit]

Olympic Games record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
19081960 Part of France
Japan 1964 Did not enter
Mexico 1968 Did not qualify
West Germany 1972
Canada 1976
Soviet Union 1980 Quarter-finals 8th 4 1 1 2 4 5
United States 1984 Did not qualify
South Korea 1988
Spain 1992
United States 1996
Australia 2000
Greece 2004
China 2008
United Kingdom 2012
Brazil 2016 Group stage 14th 3 0 1 2 4 6
Japan 2020 Did not qualify
France 2024 To be determined
Total Quarter-finals 2/26 7 1 2 4 8 11

Africa Cup of Nations[edit]

Africa Cup of Nations record Africa Cup of Nations qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
Sudan 1957 Part of France Part of France
Egypt 1959
Ethiopia 1962
Ghana 1963 Did not enter Did not enter
Tunisia 1965
Ethiopia 1968 Group stage 6th 3 1 0 2 5 6 4 4 0 0 9 2
Sudan 1970 Did not qualify 4 1 1 2 3 3
Cameroon 1972 2 1 0 1 3 4
Egypt 1974 2 0 1 1 2 3
Ethiopia 1976 2 0 1 1 2 3
Ghana 1978 4 2 0 2 7 5
Nigeria 1980 Runners-up 2nd 5 2 2 1 6 7 2 1 0 1 3 2
Libya 1982 Fourth place 4th 5 2 1 2 5 6 4 2 1 1 13 5
Ivory Coast 1984 Third place 3rd 5 3 2 0 8 1 4 2 2 0 10 4
Egypt 1986 Group stage 6th 3 0 2 1 2 3 4 2 2 0 8 1
Morocco 1988 Third place 3rd 5 1 3 1 4 4 2 1 1 0 2 1
Algeria 1990 Champions 1st 5 5 0 0 13 2 Qualified as hosts
Senegal 1992 Group stage 10th 2 0 1 1 1 4 Qualified as defending champions
Tunisia 1994 Disqualified after qualification 6 4 1 1 13 4
South Africa 1996 Quarter-finals 5th 4 2 1 1 5 3 10 4 5 1 12 7
Burkina Faso 1998 Group stage 15th 3 0 0 3 2 5 6 3 1 2 9 5
GhanaNigeria 2000 Quarter-finals 6th 4 1 2 1 5 4 8 4 1 3 14 8
Mali 2002 Group stage 15th 3 0 1 2 2 5 6 3 2 1 9 7
Tunisia 2004 Quarter-finals 8th 4 1 1 2 5 7 4 3 1 0 6 1
Egypt 2006 Did not qualify 12 3 5 4 15 15
Ghana 2008 6 2 2 2 6 6
Angola 2010 Fourth place 4th 6 2 1 3 4 10 12 7 2 3 16 8
Equatorial GuineaGabon 2012 Did not qualify 6 2 2 2 5 8
South Africa 2013 Group stage 13th 3 0 1 2 2 5 4 4 0 0 9 2
Equatorial Guinea 2015 Quarter-finals 6th 4 2 0 2 6 5 6 5 0 1 11 4
Gabon 2017 Group stage 10th 3 0 2 1 5 6 6 5 1 0 25 5
Egypt 2019 Champions 1st 7 6 1 0 13 2 6 3 2 1 9 4
Cameroon 2021 Qualified In progress
Ivory Coast 2023 To be determind To be determind
Guinea 2025
Total 2 Titles 19/33 74 28 21 25 93 83 131 67 34 30 221 117

African Games[edit]

African Games record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
Republic of the Congo 1965 Fourth place 4th 5 2 0 3 6 5
Nigeria 1973 Group stage 5th 3 1 1 1 6 6
Algeria 1978 Gold medal 1st 5 4 1 0 9 2
Kenya 1987 Disqualified
Egypt 1991 Did not qualify
Zimbabwe 1995 Group stage 6th 3 1 0 2 2 4
South Africa 1999 Group stage 6th 3 1 0 2 2 4
Nigeria 2003 Group stage 5th 3 1 1 1 3 4
Algeria 2007 Group stage 5th 3 1 1 1 4 4
Mozambique 2011 Did not qualify
Republic of the Congo 2015 Did not enter
Morocco 2019 Did not qualify
Ghana 2023 To be determined
Total Gold Medal 7/11 25 11 4 10 32 29

Mediterranean Games[edit]

from 1991 U21 teams.

Mediterranean Games record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
Egypt 1951 Part of France
Spain 1955
Lebanon 1959
Italy 1963 Did not enter
Tunisia 1967 Group stage 6th 3 1 0 2 4 6
Turkey 1971 Did not qualify
Algeria 19751 Gold medal 1st 6 6 0 0 14 3
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 1979 Bronze medal 3rd 5 2 2 1 7 6
Morocco 1983 Group stage 6th 2 1 0 1 3 3
Syria 19871 Group stage 8th 3 0 0 3 1 7
Greece 1991 Group stage 8th 2 0 0 2 1 5
France 1993 Silver medal 2nd 4 2 1 1 6 4
Italy 1997 Group stage 8th 3 0 3 0 4 4
Tunisia 2001 Group stage 8th 2 0 0 2 3 7
Spain 2005 Quarter-finals 6th 3 1 1 1 3 4
Italy 2009 Did not qualify
Turkey 2013
Spain 2018 Group stage 6th 3 1 0 2 3 5
Algeria 2021 Qualified
Total Gold Medal 11/18 36 14 7 15 49 54

FIFA Arab Cup[edit]

FIFA Arab Cup record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
Lebanon 1963 Did not enter
Kuwait 1964
Iraq 1966
Saudi Arabia 1985
Jordan 1988 Group stage 1 5th 4 1 2 1 3 3
Syria 1992 Did not enter
Qatar 1998 Group stage 2 10th 2 0 1 1 0 3
Kuwait 2002 Did not enter
Saudi Arabia 2012
Qatar 2021 Qualified 3
Total Group Stage 3/9 6 1 3 2 3 6
  1. ^ Algeria participated with the national University team
  2. ^ Algeria participated with the national U-23 team
  3. ^ Algeria participated with the national A' team (local players) inclueded players from arab leagues

Pan Arab Games[edit]

Pan Arab Games record
Appearances: 1
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
Egypt 1953 Part of France
Lebanon 1957
Morocco 1961
United Arab Republic 1965 Did not enter
Syria 1976
Morocco 1985 Bronze medal 1 3rd 5 2 0 3 4 6
Syria 1992 Did not enter
Lebanon 1997
Jordan 1999 Withdrew
Algeria 2004 No tournament
Egypt 2007 Did not enter
Qatar 2011
Iraq 2023 To be determined
Total Bronze Medal 1/11 5 2 0 3 4 6
  1. ^ Algeria participated with the B team

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
Tunisia 7th November Cup 1995 2nd
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
China 2019 World military Cup 3rd
Total 3 titles

All-time record against FIFA recognized nations[edit]

  • Below is a record of all matches correct as of 16 November 2021

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

Honours[edit]

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.[31]

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