Algeria national football team

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Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) الخُضر   "El Khadra" (The Greens) [1]
الأفناك  (The Fennecs) [2]
محاربي الصحراء  (The Desert Warriors) [3]
Association Algerian Football Federation (FAF)
Sub-confederation UNAF (North Africa)
Confederation CAF (Africa)
Head coach Christian Gourcuff
Captain Carl Medjani
Most caps Lakhdar Belloumi (101)
Top scorer Abdelhafid Tasfaout (35)
Home stadium Stade 5 Juillet 1962
FIFA ranking 19 Increase 2 (9 July 2015)
Highest FIFA ranking 15 (October 2014)
Lowest FIFA ranking 57 (June 2008)
Elo ranking 42 (31 March 2015)
Highest Elo ranking 8 (December 1981)
Lowest Elo ranking 59 (July 2008)
First colours
Second colours
First international
 Bulgaria 1–2 Algeria 
(Sofia, Bulgaria; 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
Appearances 4 (First in 1982)
Best result Round of 16, 2014
Africa Cup of Nations
Appearances 17 (First in 1968)
Best result Champions, 1990
Summer Olympics
Appearances 1 (First in 1980)
Best result Quarter-final, 1980

The Algeria national football team represents Algeria in association football and is controlled by the Algerian Football Federation. The team plays its home games at the Stade 5 Juillet 1962 in Algiers and their head coach is former French footballer Christian Gourcuff. Algeria joined FIFA on 1 January 1964, a year and a half after gaining independence.

Algeria has qualified for four World Cups in 1982, 1986, 2010 and 2014. Algeria has also won the African Cup of Nations once in 1990, when they hosted the tournament. At the 2014 World Cup, Algeria became the first African team to score four goals in a match at the World Cup after scoring four goals against South Korea.

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


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


The team was established in 1962 as the successor of the FLN football team.[4]

The operation began in soccer independence from 1947 with Special Organization (OS), which is the armed wing of Movement for the Triumph of Democratic Liberties of Messali Hadj and Revolutionary Committee of Unity and Action (CRUA). These organizations managed the idea of a war of independence against the France.

The Algerian War begins in 1954, the November 1.[5] Several military clashes between the armed forces of FLN and French army takes place after the Battle of Algiers (1957) which leads them French by General Raoul Salan to increase penalties for rebellion. Repressive measures are taken against the administrative bodies of the FLN, allowing him to gain the sympathy of the population.[6] The attacks are not confined to the armed forces: a bomb exploded on 10 - 2 - 1957 in a football stadium in El-Biar, killing eight French supporters, after which three Algerians victims of lynching from the French public.[7] This war is also characterized by a power struggle between the pro-independence side of the FLN and the Algerian National Movement (NAM) of Messali Hadj.[8] For example, the FLN kills one of its moderate members for "treason" on 26-6-1957, for he is a supporter of Algerian National Movement.[9]

1982 FIFA World Cup[edit]

Lakhdar Belloumi. A legend of Algerian football in the 1980s
Algeria national football team in 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[edit]

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

1990 African Cup of Nations[edit]

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

In the final against Nigeria, in front of 105,302 fans in the same stadium, Cherif Oudjani, in the 38th minute, enabled Algeria to win the African Nations Cup for the first time. Djamel Menad was crowned top scorer of the competition with four goals.[11]

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


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

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

World Cup 2010 qualifiers[edit]

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

On 11 October 2008, Algeria returned to the top 20 African teams by finishing first in their group ahead of Senegal, Gambia, and Liberia for the second round on the combined 2010 World Cup and 2010 African Cup of Nations qualifications. In the third and final round of the qualifiers, Algeria was joined by Zambia, Rwanda, and Egypt. In July 2009, Algeria made their return amongst the world's top fifty after a 3–1 win against the double African champions Egypt and a 2–0 away win against Zambia. Beating Zambia in Blida 1–0 followed by a 3–1 win against Rwanda, Algeria ensured that the qualification for the World Cup would go down to the wire with a final encounter against Egypt in Cairo, where nothing less than a loss by three goals would stop the Fennecs from going to South Africa. Prior to the game the Algerian team bus was attacked, leaving several team members injured. This led to a diplomatic row between the two countries. Algeria lost the game 2–0. Algeria won the resulting play-off in Sudan 1–0. Algeria moved to the 29th position in FIFA ranking – one place behind Egypt in the October 2009 ranking. In November 2009, they beat fierce rivals Egypt in a playoff 2010 World Cup in South Africa and moved to the highest FIFA ranking ever reached by Algeria (26) in December 2009.[12][13]

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

African Cup of Nations 2010[edit]

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

FIFA World Cup 2010[edit]

Algeria vs England in the 2010 FIFA World Cup

Algeria was drawn in Group C with England, USA, Slovenia. In their first game they lost to Slovenia 0–1. The match was scoreless until Slovenia's captain Robert Koren scored in the 79th minute after Abdelkader Ghezzal was sent off for his second bookable offence. In their second group game, Algeria drew with England leading to mass celebration throughout the world's Algerian communities.[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[edit]

After the World cup, bad results were growing and growing with no wins. During that period, Algeria failed to qualify for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations which resulted in their manager, Rabah Saâdane being replaced with their new manager Abdelhak Benchikha. The latest manager brought new faces to the squad to bolster their offense but they still finished last in their group. After Algeria's 4–0 loss to Morocco, their manager resigned.

2011–12: The Arrival of Halilhodžić[edit]

When their new manager Vahid Halilhodžić came he managed to get few decent results before the start of the World cup qualifiers beat Central African Republic 2–0 and beat Niger 3–0. At the start of the qualifiers, Algeria beat Rwanda 4–0 to start off brightly. Next they beat Gambia 4–1 to advance in qualifying for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations and finally qualify by beating Libya.

CAN 2013: Shock results[edit]

Algeria arrived to the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations with confidence and power but kicked off with a 1–0 loss to Tunisia following a 2–0 defeat to Togo which meant they couldn't advance to the next phase of the tournament. It was considered a shock as Algeria was considered as a favourite to win the competition. Algeria ended their campaign with a 2–2 draw with Ivory Coast.

2013–14: Road to Brazil[edit]

After having a disappointing campaign in the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, it was speculated that Halilhodžić was going to be sacked but the Algerian FA decided to stick with him. After confirming their manager's stay, Algeria continued the World cup qualifying camapign which they had started positively with one win and one loss. Algeria continued its campaign winning 3–1 versus Benin at home and beating them again 3–1 away of their stadium. They continued by winning versus Rwanda 1–0 away from their stadium, and that's how they guaranteed that they won the group. Their last game didn't mean anything but Algeria still won 1–0 versus Mali national football team at home and ended up finishing at the top of their group. After topping group H, Algeria was drawn with Burkina Faso as their final opponent. The 1st leg was held in Burkina, and the second was in Algeria. The first leg ended in 3–2 loss to Burkina Faso and it outraged some Algerian fans as Burkina was awarded a false penalty. The second leg was a harsh game but Algeria managed to scrap a controversial 1–0 victory to advance to the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

FIFA World Cup 2014[edit]

Algeria has been drawn in Group H with Belgium, Russia and South Korea. In their opening game, Feghouli scored Algeria's first World Cup goal for 28 years.[15] In their second game against South Korea, Brahimi scored the fourth goal against the opposition to set a record of being the first African team to score four or more goals in a single match in the World Cup. On 26 June, Algeria played Russia for second place in Group H, Russia scored the opening goal but Slimani became a hero by scoring the equalizer to carry Algeria to the second round of the World Cup for the very first time.

 Belgium 3 3 0 0 4 1 +3 9
 Algeria 3 1 1 1 6 5 +1 4
 Russia 3 0 2 1 2 3 −1 2
 South Korea 3 0 1 2 3 6 −3 1

17 June 2014
13:00 UTC−3
Belgium  2–1  Algeria
Fellaini Goal 70'
Mertens Goal 80'
Report Feghouli Goal 24' (pen.)

22 June 2014
16:00 UTC−3
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'

26 June 2014
17:00 UTC−3
Algeria  1–1  Russia
Slimani Goal 60' Report Kokorin Goal 6'
Arena da Baixada, Curitiba
Attendance: 39,311
Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (Turkey)

30 June 2014
17:00 UTC−3
Germany  2–1 (a.e.t.)  Algeria
Schürrle Goal 92'
Özil Goal 119'
Report Djabou Goal 120+1'
Estádio Beira-Rio, Porto Alegre
Attendance: 43,063
Referee: Sandro Ricci (Brazil)

2015 African Cup of Nations Qualifiers[edit]

Algeria have been drawn with Ethiopia, Mali and Malawi.

Team Pld
 Algeria 6 5 0 1 11 4 +7 15
 Mali 6 3 0 3 8 6 +2 9
 Malawi 6 2 1 3 5 9 −4 7
 Ethiopia 6 1 1 4 7 12 −5 4

6 September 2014
16:00 UTC+3
Ethiopia  1–2  Algeria
Said Goal 90+5' (pen.) Report Soudani Goal 35'
Brahimi Goal 84'

10 September 2014
20:30 UTC+1
Algeria  1–0  Mali
Medjani Goal 83' Report

10–11 October 2014
14:30 UTC+2
Malawi  0–2  Algeria
Report Halliche Goal 10'
Mesbah Goal 90+2'

15 October 2014
20:30 UTC+1
Algeria  3–0  Malawi
Brahimi Goal 1'
Mahrez Goal 45+1'
Slimani Goal 55'

14–15 November 2014
20:30 UTC+1
Algeria  3–1  Ethiopia
Feghouli Goal 32'
Mahrez Goal 40'
Brahimi Goal 44'
Report Oumed Goal 21'

19 November 2014
16:00 20:30 UTC+0
Mali  2–0  Algeria
Keita Goal 28' (pen.)
M. Yatabaré Goal 51'

Kit history[edit]

Kit suppliers[edit]

Kit providers Period
Sonitex 1980–1986
Adidas Logo.svg
Cirta Sport 1996–2001
Baliston 2002–2004
Logo le coq sportif.png
Le Coq Sportif
Puma AG.svg
Adidas Logo.svg

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

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 AFCON
1986 WC
1988 AFCON
1990 AFCON
2004 AFCON
2010 AFCON
2010 WC
2013 AFCON
2014 WC
2015 AFCON

2nd Kit[edit]

1962–67 Away
1968 AFCON
1975 MG
1978 AG
1980 AFCON
1980 OG
1982 AFCON
1982 WC
1982 WC[16]
1984 AFCON
1986 WC
1986 AFCON
1988 AFCON
1990 AFCON
2004 AFCON
2010 AFCON
2010 WC
2013 AFCON
2014 WC
2015 AFCON

Competitive record[edit]

Other records[edit]

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

Fixtures and results[edit]

Algerian national team results and fixtures for 2014 and 2015.[18]

Date Location Opponent Score Competition
5 March 2014 Blida  Slovenia 2–0 Friendly
31 May 2014 Sion  Armenia 3–1 Friendly
4 June 2014 Geneva  Romania 2–1 Friendly
17 June 2014 Belo Horizonte  Belgium 1–2 2014 FIFA World Cup
22 June 2014 Porto Alegre  South Korea 4–2 2014 FIFA World Cup
27 June 2014 Curitiba  Russia 1–1 2014 FIFA World Cup
30 June 2014 Porto Alegre  Germany 1–2 (a.e.t.) 2014 FIFA World Cup
6 September 2014 Addis Ababa  Ethiopia 1–2 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
10 September 2014 Blida  Mali 1–0 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
11 October 2014 Blantyre  Malawi 0–2 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
15 October 2014 Blida  Malawi 3–0 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
11 January 2015 Radès  Tunisia 1–1 Friendly
19 January 2015 Mongomo  South Africa 3-1 2015 Africa Cup of Nations
23 January 2015 Mongomo  Ghana 0-1 2015 Africa Cup of Nations
27 January 2015 Malabo  Senegal 2-0 2015 Africa Cup of Nations
1 February 2015 Malabo  Ivory Coast 1-3 2015 Africa Cup of Nations
26 March 2015 Doha  Qatar 0-1 Friendly
30 March 2015 Doha  Oman 4-1 Friendly
13 June 2015 Blida  Seychelles 4-0 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
6 September 2015 Maseru  Lesotho 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualification

Coaching staff[edit]

Manager France Christian Gourcuff
Assistant Manager Algeria Yazid Mansouri
Algeria Nabil Neghiz
General manager Algeria Yazid Mansouri
Goalkeeping Coach France Mickael Boully
Algeria Hassan Belhadji
Fitness Coach France Guillaume Rémy
France Guillaum Marie
Team Doctor Algeria Dr. Mohamed Boughlali
Algeria Dr. Ali Yekdah
U-23 Manager Switzerland Pierre-André Schürmann
U-20 Manager Algeria Mohamed Mekhazni
A' Manager Algeria Christian Gourcuff
A' Assistant Manager Algeria Nabil Neghiz
Women's Manager Algeria Azzedine Chih
U-17 Manager Algeria Sabeur Bensmail


Current squad[edit]

The following 23 players were called up to the squad for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualification match against Seychelles on 12 June 2015.[19]
Caps and goals, updated on 14 June 2015 after the game against Seychelles.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Raïs M'Bolhi (1986-04-25) 25 April 1986 (age 29) 41 0 United States Philadelphia Union
1GK Azzedine Doukha (1986-08-05) 5 August 1986 (age 28) 9 0 Algeria JS Kabylie
1GK Sofiane Khedairia (1989-04-01) 1 April 1989 (age 26) 0 0 Algeria ES Sétif
2DF Essaïd Belkalem (1989-01-01) 1 January 1989 (age 26) 19 1 England Watford
2DF Faouzi Ghoulam (1991-02-01) 1 February 1991 (age 24) 19 1 Italy Napoli
2DF Aïssa Mandi (1991-10-22) 22 October 1991 (age 23) 18 0 France Reims
2DF Liassine Cadamuro-Bentaïba (1988-03-05) 5 March 1988 (age 27) 9 1 Spain Real Sociedad
2DF Mehdi Zeffane (1992-05-19) 19 May 1992 (age 23) 3 0 France Lyon
2DF Hicham Belkaroui (1990-08-24) 24 August 1990 (age 24) 1 0 Tunisia Club Africain
2DF Carl Medjani (1985-05-15) 15 May 1985 (age 30) 43 2 Turkey Trabzonspor
3MF Sofiane Feghouli (1989-12-26) 26 December 1989 (age 25) 35 9 Spain Valencia
3MF Saphir Taïder (1992-02-29) 29 February 1992 (age 23) 27 3 Italy Internazionale
3MF Yacine Brahimi (1990-02-08) 8 February 1990 (age 25) 22 4 Portugal Porto
3MF Nabil Bentaleb (1994-11-24) 24 November 1994 (age 20) 17 3 England Tottenham Hotspur
3MF Rachid Ghezzal (1992-05-09) 9 May 1992 (age 23) 2 0 France Lyon
3MF Mehdi Abeid (1992-11-12) 12 November 1992 (age 22) 1 0 England Newcastle United
3MF Farès Bahlouli (1995-04-08) 8 April 1995 (age 20) 0 0 France Monaco
4FW Islam Slimani (1988-06-18) 18 June 1988 (age 27) 37 15 Portugal Sporting
4FW Ishak Belfodil (1992-01-12) 12 January 1992 (age 23) 13 2 United Arab Emirates Baniyas
3MF Riyad Mahrez (1991-02-21) 21 February 1991 (age 24) 17 3 England Leicester City
4FW Nabil Ghilas (1990-12-05) 5 December 1990 (age 24) 8 2 Spain Levante

Recent call-ups[edit]

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

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Cédric Si Mohamed (1985-01-09) 9 January 1985 (age 30) 1 0 Algeria CS Constantine v.  Oman, 30 March 2015
GK Malik Asselah (1986-07-08) 8 July 1986 (age 29) 0 0 Algeria CR Belouizdad v.  Oman, 30 March 2015
GK Mohamed Zemmamouche (1985-03-19) 19 March 1985 (age 30) 8 0 Algeria USM Alger 2015 Africa Cup of Nations preliminary squad INJ
GK Faouzi Chaouchi (1984-12-05) 5 December 1984 (age 30) 11 0 Algeria MC Alger v.  Mali, 10 September 2014
DF Djamel Mesbah (1984-10-09) 9 October 1984 (age 30) 34 1 Italy Sampdoria v.  Oman, 30 March 2015
DF Farouk Chafaï (1990-06-23) 23 June 1990 (age 25) 1 0 Algeria USM Alger v.  Oman, 30 March 2015
DF Djameleddine Benlamri (1989-12-25) 25 December 1989 (age 25) 0 0 Algeria JS Kabylie v.  Oman, 30 March 2015
DF Rafik Halliche (1986-09-02) 2 September 1986 (age 28) 38 3 Qatar Qatar v.  Oman, 30 March 2015 INJ
DF Madjid Bougherra RET (1982-10-07) 7 October 1982 (age 32) 70 5 United Arab Emirates Al-Fujairah 2015 Africa Cup of Nations
DF Mohamed Khoutir Ziti (1989-04-19) 19 April 1989 (age 26) 0 0 Algeria JS Kabylie v.  Malawi, 15 October 2014
DF Féthi Harek (1982-10-21) 21 October 1982 (age 32) 1 0 France Nîmes v.  Mali, 10 September 2014
MF Adlène Guedioura (1985-11-12) 12 November 1985 (age 29) 31 2 England Crystal Palace v.  Oman, 30 March 2015
MF Ryad Boudebouz (1990-02-19) 19 February 1990 (age 25) 16 1 France Montpellier v.  Oman, 30 March 2015
MF Ibrahim Chenihi (1990-01-24) 24 January 1990 (age 25) 2 0 Algeria MC El Eulma v.  Oman, 30 March 2015
MF Medhi Lacen (1984-05-15) 15 May 1984 (age 31) 44 0 Spain Getafe v.  Oman, 30 March 2015 INJ
MF Foued Kadir (1983-12-05) 5 December 1983 (age 31) 25 2 Spain Real Betis 2015 Africa Cup of Nations
MF Ahmed Kashi (1988-11-18) 18 November 1988 (age 26) 1 0 England Charlton Athletic 2015 Africa Cup of Nations
MF Abdelmoumene Djabou (1987-01-31) 31 January 1987 (age 28) 12 3 Tunisia Club Africain 2015 Africa Cup of Nations INJ
MF Mehdi Mostefa (1983-08-30) 30 August 1983 (age 31) 25 0 France Lorient 2015 Africa Cup of Nations preliminary squad
MF Walid Mesloub (1985-09-04) 4 September 1985 (age 29) 1 0 France Lorient 2015 Africa Cup of Nations preliminary squad
MF Kaled Gourmi (1986-04-16) 16 April 1986 (age 29) 0 0 Algeria MC Alger v.  Malawi, 15 October 2014
MF Amir Karaoui (1987-03-07) 7 March 1987 (age 28) 1 0 Algeria MC Alger v.  Mali, 10 September 2014
FW El Arbi Soudani (1987-11-25) 25 November 1987 (age 27) 32 13 Croatia Dinamo Zagreb v.  Oman, 30 March 2015
FW Youcef Belaïli (1992-03-14) 14 March 1992 (age 23) 2 0 Algeria USM Alger v.  Oman, 30 March 2015
FW Baghdad Bounedjah (1991-11-30) 30 November 1991 (age 23) 1 0 Qatar Al-Sadd 2015 Africa Cup of Nations preliminary squad

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

Algeria national football team in 31 May 2014


The caps and goals for Algeria, correct on 16 November 2014.
Bold denotes players still playing or available for selection.

All-time record against FIFA recognized nations[edit]

  • Below is a record of all matches correct on 5 April 2015

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

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.[23]


  1. ^ 16 November 2014
  2. ^ 25 March 2010
  3. ^ 23 June 2014
  4. ^ "Une équipe qui symbolisait la révolution Algérienne " Devoir de mémoire ! "". Reflexion. 31 October 2010. 
  5. ^ Pierre Bezbakh, Petit Larousse in the history of France. From the origins to the present day, Larousse page O.Ö. 2003 ISBN 978-2-03-505369-5
  6. ^ Yves Michaud, 'The War of Algeria (1954-1962),' 'p.95
  7. ^ Cheikh Slimane, Algeria is armed or time certainties. O.P.U., Algiers 1981 p.104
  8. ^ Michel Nait -Challal, dribbling independence. The incredible story of the football team of the Algerian FLN ', pages 11-13 and 123
  9. ^ Paul Dietschy and David-Claude Kemo-Keimbou, Football and Africa, p.97
  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 2009-11-19. 
  13. ^ "Yahia cracker seals play-off win". ESPN. 18 November 2009. Archived from the original on 23 November 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-19. 
  14. ^ "Video of Police intervention at Champs-Élysées gathering". Retrieved 2014-06-30. 
  15. ^ Grohmann, Karolos. "Algeria end 28-year wait for World Cup goal". Reuters. Retrieved 17 June 2014. 
  16. ^ Worn in the 2nd half of the match against West Germany in 1982
  17. ^ "CHAN-2016 : L'Algérie disqualifiée". El Watan. Tarek Aït Sellamet. January 16, 2015. 
  18. ^ [1]
  19. ^ "Algérie- Seychelles: Liste des joueurs retenus" (in French). Retrieved 8 May 2015. 
  20. ^ a b "Classement des joueurs les plus capés" (in French). DZFootball. Retrieved 2011-12-31. 
  21. ^ "Belloumi sur" (in French). M. T. Retrieved 2010. 
  22. ^ "Classement des meilleurs buteurs" (in French). DZFootball. Retrieved 2012-12-26. 
  23. ^ Courtney, Barrie (23 April 2010). "Algeria – List of International matches". RSSSF. Retrieved 10 November 2010. 


Preceded by
1971 Yugoslavia 
Mediterranean Games
1975 (First title)
Succeeded by
1979 Yugoslavia 
Preceded by
1973 Nigeria 
All-Africa Games
1978 (First title)
Succeeded by
1987 Egypt 
Preceded by
1988 Cameroon 
Africa Cup of Nations
1990 (First title)
Succeeded by
1992 Ivory Coast 
Preceded by
1988 South Korea 
Afro-Asian Cup of Nations
1991 (First title)
Succeeded by
1993 Japan 

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