Algeria will play in their 3rd FIFA World Cup tournament this year. They previously played in the 1982 FIFA World Cup tournament in Spain and the 1986 FIFA World Cup tournament in Mexico. On both occasions they were knocked out of the tournament in the first round. Algeria beat North African rivals Egypt in tiebreaker match in 2009 to qualify for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The Algerian national football team is nicknamed “Les Fennecs” (translated as “The Desert Foxes”).
Algeria has competed in 14 African Cup of Nations tournaments. They hosted the event in 1990 and won the tournament. Algeria is currently ranked at number 31 on the FIFA Rankings. Rabah Saadane is the current coach of the Algerian national football team. Algeria achieved their biggest win in 1973 by beating Yemen by 15 goals to 1. In 1976 the team suffered their biggest defeat in a match against Germany. They lost by 5 goals to 0. Mahieddine Meftah is the most capped Algerian footballer in history. He represented his country 135 times in his career. Abdelhafid Tasfaout is highest scoring Algerian footballer in history. He scored 34 goals in 62 matches for his country between 1990 and 2002. Algeria will be looking to improve their track record in FIFA World Cup tournaments.
Algeria will be playing in 3 group matches in the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa:
- 13 June 2010 – Algeria vs Slovenia @ Peter Mokaba Stadium, Polokwane – Kickoff at 13:30
- 18 June 2010 – Algeria vs England @ Cape Town Stadium – Kickoff at 20:30
- 23 June 2010 – Algeria vs USA @ Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria – Kickoff at 16:00