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The Algeria national football team, nicknamed Les Fennecs (The Desert Foxes) and also moharibou essahra (desert warriors), is the national team of Algeriamarker and is controlled by the Fédération Algérienne de Football. It made two consecutive World Cups in 1982 and 1986 and lifted the African Nations Cup in 1990 as the host country. In November 2009, they beat fierce rivals Egypt in a playoff to secure a place at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

History

1957: The Beginnings of Algerian football

The Algerian national team was formed in clandestine circumstances in 1958 when Mohamed Boumezrag, a leader of a section of the Front de Libération Nationale (FLN) of Algeriamarker based in metropolitan Francemarker, returned from the 1957 World Youth Festival, in which a team representing Algeria, then a French colony, had taken part in an unofficial football tournament. Using the contacts he had made during the tournament, Boumezrag recruited 10, and eventually 30, of the best-known French-based Algerian professional players to secretly leave the country and go to Tunisiamarker where the Algerian national team was formally established on 13 April. The world football governing body FIFAmarker later announced after protest from the French Football Federation, that any team that played the Algerians would be expelled from the World Cup, while the French government succeeded in arresting other players who tried to leave the country to join the team. Despite these obstacles, the Algerian FLN team played 91 matches over the next four years and helped win international recognition for the Algerian struggle for independence.

After the nation gained independence in 1962, membership of FIFA and official international fixtures became possible, the first sanctioned match being against in January 1963, and the first competitive internationals were in the qualification tournament for the 1968 African Cup of Nations.

On 17 August 1971 in Libyamarker, the national team recorded its largest victory in its history by beating South Yemen by a score of 15–1. However, on 21 April 1976 in Cottbusmarker, Germanymarker, the team recorded its largest defeat by a score of 5–0 against East Germany. From 1970–1978, the Algerian team did not qualify for any international competition. During this time. however, Algeria won the gold medal at the 1975 Mediterranean Games and 1978 All Africa Games

1980–1990: apogee of Algerian football

During the 1980 African Nations Cup, Algeria finished runner-up with the following results: after a draw against Ghana (0–0), it defeated both Morocco (1–0, with a goal by Lakhdar Belloumi) and Guinea (3–2, with goals by Hocine Benmiloudi and a double by Tedj Bensaoula). In the semi-finals, they beat Egypt in a penalty shoot-out (2–2, PK 4–2, with goals by Salah Assad and Hocine Benmiloudi). In the final, they were defeated by Nigeria by a score of 3–0. In the 1982 African Cup of Nations, Algeria finished fourth and qualified for the 1982 FIFA World Cup.

World Cup 1982

In El Molinónmarker in Gijón, Spainmarker, Lakhdar Belloumi scored the winner for Algeria against the champions of Europe, West Germany. The 1982 FIFA World Cup 1982 was littered with shocking results: Northern Ireland beat Spain, Cameroon beat Italy, Poland and Peru drawed, and Belgium beat Argentina in the opening game. But nothing beat the majesty of Algeria beating West Germany.

The Germans were in the midst of an imperious run that would see them reach three straight finals, while bowling all before them with a clinical, meticulous brand of football. Jupp Derwall – only West Germany's third coach in 40 years – famously said he would jump into the Mediterranean Seamarker if Algeria won. They did, and he never ended up jumping. This win was overshadowed by a later result in the same group, arguably almost as shocking.

On the brink of becoming the first African team to reach the second-phase of the World Cup, Algeria were robbed by the infamous game between Austria and the same West Germans. That game saw the Germans "beat" the non-trying Austrians 1–0, eliminating Algeria, and forcing FIFA to change the order games were played in. No longer would matches take place at different times, yet that was no comfort to Algeria. [88408]

World Cup 1986

In 1984, Algeria took third place in the 1984 African Nations Cup in Côte d'Ivoiremarker. During the 1986 African Nations Cup, the national teams recorded two defeats and one draw and was eliminated in the first round. In Mexicomarker, 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 managed to score during this competition: Djamel Zidane. From thereon, Algeria failed to to qualify another World Cup until 2010.

African Nations Cup 1990

In 1990, Algeria hosted the 1990 African Nations Cup. 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 1962marker.

In the final against Nigeria, in front of 200,000 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.

1990–2008: The walk through the desert

Having won an African Nations Cup title, the Algerian team, however, had not managed to qualify for the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italymarker. In 1991, the national team won the Afro-Asian Cup of Nations against Iran. As title holders, Algeria disappointed at the 1992 African Nations Cup in Senegalmarker, 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 Nations Cup in Tunisiamarker due to the use of an ineligible player and failed during the 1994 World Cup qualifiying.

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 Cameroon (2–1). 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 (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.

The road to South Africa

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 Blidamarker 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 Cairomarker, where nothing less than a loss by three goals would stop the Fennecs from going to South Africa. This run of results also saw Algeria move to their highest FIFAmarker ranking (29) – one place behind Egypt in the October 2009 ranking. In November 2009, they beat fierce rivals Egypt in a playoff to secure a place at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

Algerian football achievements

World Cups:
No history
African Competitions:
:*1 Time Champion of African Cup of Nations (Algeria 1990)
:*1 Time Runners-Up African Cup of Nations (Nigeria 1980)
:*1 Time Champion of African Youth Championship (1979)
:*1 Time Runners-Up of African Under-17 Championship (Algeria 2009)
:*1 Time Gold Medalist at All Africa Games (Algeria 1978)
Arab Competitions:


:*1 Time Bronze Medalist at the Pan Arab Games (Morocco 1985 )
Afro-Asian Cup of Nations :
:*1 Time Champion (1991)


Competitive record

World Cup record

World Cup
Year Round Position GP W D* L GS GA
1930 to 1962 Did not enter - - - - - - -
1966 Withdrew - - - - - - -
1970 to 1978 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
1982 Round 1 13 3 2 0 1 5 5
1986 Round 1 22 3 0 1 2 1 5
1990 to 2006 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
2010 Qualified - - - - - - -
Total 3/19 2 First Rounds 6 2 1 3 6 10


African Nations Cup Record

African Cup of Nations
Titles: 1

Appearances: 13
Year Position Year Position Year Position
1957 Did not qualify 1976 Did not qualify 1994 Disqualified
1959 Did not qualify 1978 Did not qualify 1996 Quarter-finals
1962 Did not qualify 1980 Second place 1998 Round 1
1963 Did not qualify 1982 Fourth place 2000 Quarter-finals
1965 Did not qualify 1984 Third place 2002 Round 1
1968 Round 1 1986 Round 1 2004 Quarter-finals
1970 Did not qualify 1988 Third Place 2006 Did not qualify
1972 Did not qualify 1990 Champions 2008 Did not qualify
1974 Did not qualify 1992 Round 1 2010 Qualified


For 2010, see 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification

1st Round



2nd Round

  • Algeria was drawn in Group 6 along with Senegal, the Gambia and Liberia. In this 2nd Round of qualifying, the group winners and the 8 best runners-up progress to the second qualifying round.


Fixtures and Results



















3rd Round



Fixtures and Results



















Arab Nations Cup 2009 (Qualification)



Friendlies

  • List of fixtures and results for the year 2008-2009. [88409]














Current Squad

The following players were called up for the World Cup qualification tiebreaker match against Egypt on 18 November 2009 in Umm Durmānmarker.

Caps and goals as of 18 November 2009, subsequent to the World Cup qualification tiebreaker against Egypt.







Recent call-ups

Kit Supplier



Manager History

Player Records

Top Goalscorers

Bold denotes players still playing or available for selection.

Most Capped



The capsand goalsfor Algeria, As of 12 August.

World Cup Squads

Algeria all time record against all nations



Titles

See also



References



External links



#
Name
Career
Goals
Goals per game
Caps
1
Abdelhafid Tasfaout
1982–2002
35
0.40
88
2
Rabah Madjer
1980–1992
28
0.34
83
3
Lakhdar Belloumi
1978–1989
24
0.27
89
4
Djamel Menad
1982–1995
25
0.31
80
5
Tedj Bensaoula
1978–1986
22
?
?
6
Rafik Saifi
1999–
18
0.34
53
7
Salah Assad
1978–1988
14
0.21
67
8
Hacène Lalmas
1964–1974
12
0.35
34
9
Ali Mecabih
1995–2003
10
0.40
25
10
Billel Dziri
1993–2002
9
0.10
87
#
Player
Career
Caps
Goals
1
Mahieddine Meftah
1989 - 2002
107
4
2
Lakhdar Belloumi
1978 - 1989
89
24
3
Abdelhafid Tasfaout
1991 - 2002
88
35
4
Billel Dziri
1992 - 2005
87
9
5
Rabah Madjer
1978 - 1992
83
28
6
Djamel Menad
1980 - 1995
80
25
7
Mahmoud Guendouz
1977 - 1986
71
4
8
Salah Assad
1977 - 1989
67
14
9
Ali Fergani
1973 - 1986
66
6
Against
Played
Won
Drawn
Lost
GF
GA
GD
% Won
2 0 0 2 0 5 -5 0%
8 2 5 1 11 10 +1 25%
1 0 0 1 3 4 -1 0%
1 0 0 1 0 2 -2 0%
1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0%
1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 100%
2 0 1 1 1 3 -2 0%
6 4 2 0 16 5 +11 66.66%
4 0 0 4 0 8 -8 0%
6 1 2 3 6 9 -5 16.66%
16 7 5 4 27 13 +14 43.75%
4 3 1 0 6 2 +4 75%
7 1 3 3 9 8 +1 14.28%
4 2 2 0 6 2 +4 50%
2 1 1 0 4 1 +3 50%
1 1 0 0 3 2 +1 100%
3 1 0 2 5 4 +1 33.33%
2 1 1 0 4 1 +3 50%
3 0 3 0 2 2 0 0%
17 5 6 6 16 17 -1 29.41%
1 0 0 1 0 1 -1 0%
1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0%
23 8 9 6 30 29 +1 34.78%
4 1 2 1 3 3 0 25%
1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 100%
1 0 0 1 1 3 -2 0%
6 1 2 3 6 10 -4 16.66%
4 2 0 2 3 3 0 50%
6 2 1 3 8 15 -7 33.33%
10 4 2 4 11 11 0 40%
9 3 2 4 11 13 -2 33.33%
2 2 0 0 7 2 +5 100%
1 0 0 1 1 3 -2 0%
1 0 0 1 0 1 -1 0%
2 2 0 0 2 0 +2 100%
7 0 4 3 2 8 -6 0%
1 0 0 1 0 1 -1 0%
3 1 1 1 8 3 +5 33.33%
7 3 1 3 10 7 +3 42.85%
2 0 0 2 1 5 -4 0%
1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 100%
2 1 1 0 6 3 +3 50%
5 2 3 0 10 4 +6 40%
16 12 2 2 29 8 +21 75%
2 2 0 0 4 1 +3 100%
4 2 1 1 8 3 +5 50%
1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0%
13 6 1 6 17 17 0 46.15%
3 2 1 0 3 1 +2 66.66%
5 4 1 0 26 2 +24 80%
1 0 0 1 0 2 -2 0%
27 7 10 10 22 25 -3 25.93%
2 1 0 1 4 2 +2 50%
4 4 0 0 7 0 +7 100%
1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 100%
4 3 0 1 11 1 +10 75%
15 6 4 5 20 21 -1 40%
1 0 1 0 1 1 0 0%
2 2 0 0 2 0 +2 100%
3 2 1 0 5 1 +4 66.66%
1 0 1 0 1 1 0 0%
2 0 0 2 1 6 -5 0%
1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 100%
3 1 1 1 5 5 0 33.33%
3 1 2 0 2 1 +1 33.33%
3 1 2 0 4 2 +2 33.33%
14 8 2 4 22 13 +9 57.14%
5 2 2 1 7 4 +3 40%
1 0 1 0 1 1 0 0%
2 0 1 1 2 3 -1 0%
1 0 0 1 0 3 -3 0%
5 2 2 1 5 4 +1 40%
4 0 1 3 1 9 -8 0%
2 0 0 2 1 4 -3 0%
5 2 2 1 5 3 +2 40%
4 3 0 1 8 5 +3 75%
3 1 1 1 4 1 +3 33.33%
40 16 12 12 44 37 +7 40%
3 2 0 1 2 4 -2 66.66%
9 3 4 2 13 8 +5 33.33%
3 1 1 1 2 3 -1 33.33%
1 0 1 0 2 2 0 0%
1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 100%
2 2 0 0 7 1 +6 100%
1 0 0 1 1 2 -1 0%
1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 100%
12 7 2 3 12 5 +7 58.33%
5 2 2 1 9 6 +3 40%
Total 427 172 124 131 566 439 +127 40.28%

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