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Find out how the Algerian team are feeling about their final game against the Ivory Coast on Wednesday in an interview with some of the team’s star players including Guedioura, Kadir, Mesbah and Medjani
Watch the Algerian National football team during an open training session during the Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa, as they prepare and train for the group stage matches.
Algeria coach Vahid Halilhodzic on Tuesday published the names of 24 players summoned to take part in the team’s final workshop ahead of the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations.
The preparations will take place as from January 2 in South Africa.
Former Rangers centre back Madjid Bougherra and Olympiacos striker Rafik Djebbour have been dropped from the list, which will also see the removal of one more player.
Algeria will open their campaign against fellow North Africans Tunisia on January 22 at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg before facing the other two members of Group D Togo and Ivory Coast.
Goalkeepers: Rais Mbolhi (Kryla Sovetov, Russie), Cedric Si Mohammed (JSM Bejaia), Azzeddine Doukha (USM Harrach).
Defenders : Essaid Belkalem (JS Kabylie), Carl Medjani (AC Ajaccio, France), Rafik Halliche (Académica Coimbra, Portugal), Ali Rial (JS Kabylie), Mehdi Mostefa (AC Ajaccio, France), Liassine Cadamuro (Real Sociedad, Spain), Djamel Mesbah (Milan AC, Italy), Faouzi Ghoulam (Saint-Etienne, France).
Midfielders : Adlene Guedioura (Nottingham Forest, England), Medhi Lacen (Getafe, Spain), Khaled Lemmouchia (Club Africain, Tunisia), Saad Tedjar (USM Alger), Hameur Bouazza (Santander, Spain), Ryad Boudebouz (Sochaux, France), Foued Kadir (Valenciennes, France), Sofiane Feghouli (Valence, Spain), Djamel Abdoun (Olympiakos, Greece).
Attackers: Hilal Soudani (Vitoria Guimaraes, Portugal), Islam Slimani (CR Belouizdad), Mohamed Amine Aoudia (ES Setif), Ishak Belfodil (Parma, Italy).
When Vahid was declared coach by the FAF I was deeply disappointed. There was a lot of talk about a top class coach and I’d never heard of him. I didn’t want any of the coaches they’d talked about anyway, i wanted a Dutch ‘total football’ coach because a lot of Algerian players can play in different positions (defenders scoring etc), also because every member of the team needed to take reponsibility and defend when not in posession – I got used to the sight of players not bothering to track back or give a damn when they lost the ball (all the worse when they were DMs – Yebda). But I followed the team and the team started playing football. I mean real football. Passes were connecting, we were shown great interplay by Feghouli and Boudebouz and the fullbacks were playing great balls into the last 3rd. Along the ground and in the air. All of a sudden other teams were on the receiving end of thrashings – from us! I felt sorry for them. The opposition didn’t know what hit them. Egypt was circling the drain and a rejuvenated young Algerian squad was wacking goals in from all angles. We all noticed a lingering problem, the strikers although an improvement were still missing chances. But they were also converting chances. We all regreted Slimani’s miss against Mali, it was painful to watch him miss an open goal that cost us all 3 points. by the Libya game it was all forgotten and Soudanis goals, and Slimanis header vindicated them in the eyes of many against a determined and physical Libyan team. Lets not forget how honourably the team played whilst they were being tackled roughly, punched and spat on by opposition players.
When he first took charge Vahid told the players off, telling them how badly they were playing. One of the team started laughing. (I guess he thought it was funny Algeria getting thrashed and humiliated). Vahid told him off and then told him he hadn’t scored for club or country in months. That was the state of the team. Belhadj and Matmour retired. Thanks for the memories, but I was glad to see them go. As much as they contributed, they could also make costly mistakes. Yahia left. That was disappointing. Even on the bench he could be a big inspiration. And he was the best reader of the game we ever had at CB. People often point to the Morocco game, but the fullbacks were getting eaten alive (Mostefa had been hit at the back of the head and ‘I don’t like to tackle hard’ Mesbah was having a torrid time). And if you’re a centre back and you’ve seen a winger glide past your left back (several times) with ease, you don’t just stand there waiting for him to take a shot, you move to close him down, which created a space down the middle. (Lemmouchia looked back at the defence in total shock during the game – doing his best to stem the tide of one way traffic). Boudebouz was on the bench that day, so was Ferradj who could have made a difference – he knows how to make a proper tackle. 4-0. Lets not forget that scoreline. What bothered me most about Bencheikha is: sitting at home, everyone in my family could see the changes that needed to be made. Even the womenfolk. So much for ‘The General’.
So here we are and everyone knows better than Vahid. The Algerian press are on his back asking why he isn’t playing certain players. Boudebouz, Ziani, Abdoun, Benmoussa, why Metref wasn’t happy, the stories never end. I would love to see any of these reporters actually manage a team. Can you analyse a situation real time and see where the threats / opportunites are? Can you be down 2 goals and hold your nerve and stick to the gameplan? Or do you make changes? You don’t need to have played the game to manage, but even in rare cases like Murinho – he was an interpreter to a great player and manager for years. And AVB was his understudy. having played buys you creadability with the players. Having been lead goalscorer 2 years on the go in France means its not luck, you’re a proven quantity. Vahid felt he was discriminated against (being Muslim) in the Yugoslav national team – not being played enough despite his high goal ratio. Lets face it, he knows how goals come about. His track record speaks for itself.
Vahid has taken anarchy and turned it into order. He does not persist with players who don’t ‘have it’ – Ghezzal, Matmour, but instead takes raw young players and takes them under his wing, builds their confidence, and improves them. We have a solid best 11, and were it not for injuries, we’d have a solid best 23 or 27 even.
I think people generally are very demanding these days of football managers, lets not forget at the world cup we were there to make up the numbers. Same way you get a call from a friend who says ‘hey man we’re a player short, can you make it tonight…’ that was Algeria in 2010. It was an honour just to be there. Only 2 prior World Cup appearances and never getting past the group stage.
I feel that in the next few months and years Algeria will become a team even top European teams will want to avoid. Inshallah all signs point to a team in ascendancy – ranked 19th in the world, as long as the coach is given time to do his job and the supporters show patience and keep their expectations in check.
Algeria moved up five places in November’s Fifa World Rankings to number 19, their highest position since the system was launched in 1993.
Their rise was helped by their 2-0 win over Libya as the Desert Foxes qualified for next year’s Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa.
Remember folks the can have not happened yet so algeria can go up further.
wouldn’t it be ironic that algeria could surpass France in Football. In past years algeria has bleed players to france. right now France is 18 algeria is ranked 19
ALGIERS – 3800 including 50 foreign athletes from 25 countries took part in the 4th International Marathon on Saturday in Algiers ran Dely-Brahim (Algiers), organized each year “International Sports Events.”
The race coincides with the 58th anniversary of the outbreak of the Algerian Revolution and festivities celebrating the 50th anniversary of the recovery of national sovereignty concerned the different age groups ranging from 12 to 76 years,
It should be noted that this fourth marathon Algiers was attended by athletes from many countries, including the United States, Japan, Ukraine, Italy and Morocco.
The Director General of “International Sports Events” Rezkane Abdelmadjid, pointed out that the marathon Algiers begins to grow, particularly in terms of foreign participation.
“From the next edition, microchips will be in accordance with international standards, provided to all athletes,” he said.
national olympic school in Setif
The effect of Vahid on the national team