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African Cup of Nations Team Profile: ٍAlgeria

Saturday 15/June/2019 - 05:32 PM
Algeria players
Algeria players
Translated and edited by: Ahmad El Assasy
The Algeria national football team represents Algeria in association football and is controlled by the Algerian Football Federation and managed by Djamel Belmadi. 

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.

FIFA ranking
Africa Cup of Nations
Appearances 18 (first in 1968)
Best result Champions، 1990
African Nations Championship
Nickname: Les Fennecs

It is the fourth successive time that ‘Les Fennecs’ have qualified for the finals، dating back 2013. A regular feature، they were crowned champions in 1990 on home soil، beating Nigeria 1-0 in the final.

Key Facts 
Algeria qualified for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations by topping their qualification group which also contained Benin، Gambia and Togo. Algeria striker Baghdad Bounedjah scored more goals (3) than any other player in the group.
Algeria have been eliminated at the group stage in two of their last three Africa Cup of Nations tournaments، winning just two of their 10 matches across the three tournaments (D3 L5) since finishing fourth in 2010.

Algeria (Group C)
Algeria `s final squad
Goalkeepers: Azzedine Doukha (Al RaedKSA)، Rais M’Bolhi (El EtifaqKSA)، Alexandre Oukidja (MetzFRA)

Defenders: Ramy Bensebaini، Mehdi Zeffane (both RennesFRA)، Youcef Atal (NiceFRA)، Djamel Benlamri (Al ShababKSA)، Mohamed Fares (SPALITA)، Rafik Halliche (MoreirensePOR)، Aissa Mandi (Real BetisESP)، Mehdi Tahrat (LensFRA)

Midfielders: Mehdi Abeid (DijonFRA)، Ismail Bennacer (EmpoliITA)، Hicham Boudaoui (Paradou)، Sofiane Feghouli (GalatasarayTUR)، Adlene Guedioura (Nottingham ForestENG)

Forwards: Youcef Belaili (EsperanceTUN)، Yacine Brahimi (PortoPOR)، Baghdad Bounedjah (Al SaddQAT)، Riyad Mahrez (Manchester CityENG)، Adam Ounas (NapoliITA)، Islam Slimani (FenerbahceTUR)

Note: midfielder Haris Belkebla (BrestFRA) dropped for disciplinary reasons and replacement to be named.

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