Algeria national football team

Nickname(s) الخُضر   "El Khadra" (The Greens) [1]
الأفناك  (The Fennecs) [2]
محاربي الصحراء  (The Desert Warriors) [3]
Association Fédération Algérienne
de Football
Confederation CAF (Africa)
Sub-confederation UNAF (North Africa)
Head coach Georges Leekens
Captain Carl Medjani
Most caps Lakhdar Belloumi (100)[4]
Top scorer Abdelhafid Tasfaout (34)[5]
Home stadium

Stade 5 Juillet 1962 rarely since 2006

Stade Mustapha Tchaker often since 2006
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 35 Steady (20 October 2016)
Highest 15 (October 2014)
Lowest 103 (June 2008)
Elo ranking
Current 48 (4 September 2016)
Highest 8 (December 1981)
Lowest 59 (July 2008)
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

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 the Serbian Milovan Rajevac. 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. A few months later, Algeria was then defeated by Egypt 0–4 in a tense match in Angola during the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations, which added to the rivalry.


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


The team was established in 1962 after gaining independence from France, as the successor of the FLN football team.[6] Under French rule, Algeria was not allowed to have a national team, the FLN football team was sort of a rebellion against the French colonization. All of their games were considered friendlies and were unrecognized by FIFA. After the Algerian national football team was officially recognized by FIFA in 1963, the team only managed to qualify to the 1968 African Cup of Nations and failed to qualify for the next five editions of the African cup until 1980, where the Algerians had a great run. After finishing first in their group, Algeria beat rivals Egypt in the semi finals and reached the final for the first time, losing only to tournament hosts Nigeria 3–0. That tournament was considered the birth of the Algerian team as one of the big teams in Africa.

The golden generation, 1980–1990

Belloumi, the legendary football player of Algeria

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.[7]

1986 FIFA World Cup 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.

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

1990 African Cup of Nations In 1990, Algeria hosted the 1990 African Cup of Nations for the first time and were strongly considered to win the competition. drawn 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. After a great start with a convincing victory against the Nigerians, they then beat Côte d'Ivoire 3–0, with goals by Djamel Menad, Tahar Cherif El Ouazzani, and Cherif Oudjani. The last game of the group, Algeria beat Egypt 2–0, with goals by Djamel Amani and Moussa Saib. After a perfect start with three wins in as many games, Algeria beat Senegal 2–1 in the semi finals after Djamel Menad and Djamel Amani scored in front of 85,000 fans in the Stade 5 Juillet 1962 to reach the final for the second time in history. 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.[8]

The dark years, 1990–2008

After winning the 1990 African Cup of Nations and barely missing out in qualifying to the 1990 FIFA World Cup, Algerian football was still at its peak and seemed to be moving towards the right direction while dominating fellow African teams with their unique north African style of play, mixed with physical but very technical football. However, with Algeria being on the brink of a civil war in the early 90s, social and political unrest started having a negative impact in every domain in the country including football. Although Algeria managed to qualify to the 1992 African Cup of Nations, the title holders were disappointing and were eliminated in the first round of the competition.

In the 1994 African Cup of Nations Algeria was disqualified from the tournament after fielding an ineligible player, and many fans back home strongly criticized the staff of the team, accusing them of being irresponsible and unprofessional. 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. Algerian football was losing its reputation and the team that was once considered one of the best and most feared teams in Africa, was no longer feared.

In the 2000 African Cup of Nations, the Fennecs managed to pass 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 in the 2004, Algeria, coached by Rabah Saadane were looking good and full of confidence, After drawing the first game of the group 1–1 against tournament favorites Cameroon, Algeria recorded a historic win against arch rivals Egypt 2–1. After a good start by Algeria, the north African side surprisingly lost the last game of the group against Zimbabwe 2–1 However, because of the 2–1 victory against Egypt, Algeria finished second in their group and advanced to the next round. Their next opponent was Morocco and after a goalless game for over 80 minutes, Algeria took the lead in the 84th minute after a goal from Abdelmalek Cherrad, nearly seconds before the final whistle Morocco managed to score which meant the two sides would have to play in extra time, where Morocco would go on to win 3–1. The loss against their North African neighbors was heartbreaking, and after that game, Algeria failed to qualify for the following two Africa Cup of Nations in 2006 and 2008 and nothing seemed to be working for Algerian football.

The return

World Cup 2010 qualifiers

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

On October 11, 2008, Algeria returned to the top 20 African teams in the Fifa ranking by finishing first in their group ahead of Senegal, Gambia, and Liberia for the second round In 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 group C. Egypt was widely considered the favorites to win the group and qualify for the world cup however In June 2009, Algeria beat the double African champions Egypt 3–1 which ultimately changed the teams objectives from just qualifying to the African cup, to qualifying for the world cup after a 24-year absence. The next game was against Zambia where the green foxes managed to win 2–0 in Lusaka. Algeria then again beat Zambia at home in Blida 1–0 followed by a 3–1 win against Rwanda, the Algerians ensured that the qualification for the World Cup would go down to the wire with a final encounter against Egypt in Cairo, where only a loss by three goals would stop the Fennecs from going to South Africa. Prior to the game the Algerian team bus was attacked in Cairo by Egyptian fans, leaving several team members injured. This led to a diplomatic row between the two countries. The attack prior to the game left the Algerian players in shock which resulted in a 2–0 loss in a controversial situation, conceding a goal just within a couple seconds from the final whistle. The loss would mean that the two north African sides would have a to play a play-off game in Sudan with the winner qualifying to the world cup in South Africa. Algeria won 1–0 after a stunning goal from Anthar Yahia and qualified to the world cup for their third time in history.[9][10]

African Cup of Nations 2010

After qualifying to the 2010 world cup at the expense of Egypt, Algeria was gaining back the respect that they lost in the early 90s. So they came in the 2010 tournament full of confidence. Being drawn in Group A, with Angola, Malawi and Mali, Algeria started poorly, surprisingly losing 3–0 to group outsiders Malawi. After that loss Algeria had to prove that the first game was only a mistake and in the following game against Mali they won 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 favorites. After trailing 1–0, Karim Matmour equalized in the first half, the Algerians were having a great game but as the game was heading into extra time 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 in extra time a perfect Karim Ziani cross found Hameur Bouazza who gave the Fennecs the lead. Algeria shocked the whole continent with a convincing win against a Cote Ivoire team that was considered the best in Africa. Next Algeria faced Egypt in the semi-finals, tensions were still high between the two nations after the World Cup qualification play-off incident and fans from both sides felt it was a must win game for them. Unfortunately for Algeria, things did not go as planned. After waves of controversial decisions from the referee for both sides, Algeria ended the game with 3 red cards which led to Egypt winning 4–0 which was the biggest defeat in the history of the teams' meetings. Algeria then lost 1–0 to Nigeria in the third place game and finished fourth in the competition.

FIFA World Cup 2010

Algeria vs England in the 2010 FIFA World Cup

Algeria was drawn in Group C with England, USA, Slovenia. The north African side came in the tournament in poor form, losing nearly all their world cup preparation games in friendlies. 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.[11] 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

After the World Cup, bad results were growing and growing with no wins. After a 2–1 home loss to Guinea in a friendly match and a 1 – 1 draw at home to Tanzania, veteran manager Rabah Saâdane resigned and was replaced with Abdelhak Benchikha. The newly appointed coach tried to bring in new faces to the squad to bolster their offense but poor results continued for Benchikha's side who started off with a 2–0 away loss to Central African Republic. There was a little bit of hope restored for the Algerians after they managed to beat Morocco 1 – 0 at home after a goal from Hassan Yebda but After they lost 4–0 to Morocco in the return leg, their manager resigned. Algeria failed to qualify for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations and the nightmare continued.

2011–12: The arrival of Halilhodžić

Vahid Halilhodžić at the Algeria match against Armenia

After new coach Vahid Halilhodžić was appointed, he managed to get few decent results before the start of the World cup qualifiers. The Bosnian coach's debut resulted in a 1–1 away draw against Tanzania, they then beat Central African Republic 2–0 with goals coming from Hassan Yebda and Foued Kadir. After a good game against Tanzania and a convincing win against The Central African Rep, the Algerian fans started to believe in their national team again and put all their trust in coach Vahid to revive the national team, and that is exactly what happened as the good results kept on coming, Algeria then beat Niger 3–0 in a friendly, and with the start of the 2014 Fifa World Cup qualifiers Algeria beat Rwanda 4–0 to start off brightly. Qualifying for The 2013 African cup of Nations was the next target for Les Fennecs and they started off with beating Gambia 2–1 in Banjul followed by a 4–1 victory in Blida to advance to the final qualifying round, where the Algerians would take on north African neighbors Libya. The desert warriors ended up winning 3–0 on aggregate against the Libyans to qualify for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.

2013 Africa Cup of Nations: Shock results

Algeria arrived to the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations with plenty of confidence and with the emergence of Islam Slimani and El Arbi Hillel Soudani, as well as the addition to the squad of talented Valencia CF winger Sofiane Feghouli, Algeria was even considered one of the favorites to win the competition, but unfortunately for them they lacked experience and despite clear domination against their opponents, they finished last in their group after losing the first game against Tunisia 1–0 after a crucial 90'minute goal from Youssef Msakni. In their second game against Togo, Algeria was widely expected to come out with a victory but again the lack of experience was once again crucial, after dominating the game, they conceded two goals and were officially eliminated from the competition. The last game against Ivory Coast ended in a 2–2 draw. The Algerian fans were extremely disappointed with their team's early exist from the competition, and the Algerian media even speculated coach Vahid would be sacked, but the president of the Algerian Football Federation decided to maintain Vahid, arguing that the team is heading in the right direction and just needs more time to gain experience.

Road to Brazil

After a disappointing campaign in the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, and the Algerian Football Federation confirming their manager's stay. Algeria would then focus on their World cup qualifying campaign which they had a decent start to with one win and one loss, They continued their campaign winning 3–1 versus Benin at home and beating them again 3–1 away in Benin. After travelling to Kigali to face Rwanda, a 1–0 away victory guaranteed them the first-place position in their group which means they would advance to the final round of the qualifying campaign. Their last game didn't have any effect on the standings but Algeria still won 1–0 versus Mali national football team. 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 a 3–2 loss to Burkina Faso and it outraged a lot of Algerian fans as Burkina was awarded a false penalty. The second leg was a harsh game but Algeria managed to scrap a 1–0 victory to advance to the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Making history, FIFA World Cup 2014

Algeria national football team in the 2014 FIFA World Cup

Algeria were 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.[12] 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 first time.

The second golden generation 2014–present

Algeria lining up during the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations

After their successful World Cup, Algeria gained respect and were once more considered as one of the best teams in Africa, with young and exciting players playing in top teams across Europe.

After coach Vahid decided to opt out of a contract extension following their historic World Cup, long time FC Lorient coach Christian Gourcuff was appointed by FAF president Mohamed Raouraoua to help Algeria reach its goals.

2015 Africa Cup of Nations

After easily topping their 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualification group which consisted of Mali, Malawi and Ethiopia, Algeria were heavy favorites to win the 2015 edition of the tournament hosted in Equatorial Guinea. Algeria were drawn in a very difficult group that included South Africa, Ghana and Senegal. With every single team in the group being in top form, Algeria struggled in the first game against the South Africans and were a goal down before finally beating them 3–1, in the second game against Ghana, the Black stars were in desperate need of a victory after losing the first game to Senegal, while a draw for Algeria would guarantee them qualification to the next round. After 90 minutes and while the game looked like it was heading to a goalless draw with neither sides looking dangerous, Asamoah Gyan struck before the final whistle to give a 1–0 victory to Ghana. In the last game of the group against Senegal, Algeria looked much better and after goals from Riyad Mahrez and youngster Nabil Bentaleb the Foxes were through to the next round. The Desert Foxes finished second in their group behind Ghana despite their goal difference due to their head to head record. Ivory Coast awaited them, where Wilfried Bony would score twice for an eventual win for the Elephants, eliminating the Desert Foxes from the competition.

2017 & 2018 Africa Cup of Nations and World Cup qualification

New manager Christian Gourcuff was widely criticised after losing a 2–1 friendly loss against Guinea and 2–2 draw with the Tanzanians. He re-assured the FAF with a 7–0 win against Tanzania to go through to the third round of the 2018 World Cup qualification.

After a 3–3 draw against Ethiopia, Manager Christian Gourcuff resigned from his position. Interim Manager Nabil Neghiz took over while the FAF were searching for a new manager, leading them to 2–0 win against Seychelles which qualified them to the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations. On the 26 June 2016, the FAF appointed Milovan Rajevac as their new manager.

Kit history

Kit manufacturer

Period Kit providers
1980–1986 Algeria Sonitex
1990–1992 Germany Adidas
1996–2001 Algeria Cirta Sport
2002–2004 France Baliston
2004–2009 France Le Coq Sportif
2010–2014 Germany Puma
2015–present Germany Adidas

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

1st Kit

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 WCQ
1990 AFCON
2004 AFCON
2010 AFCON
2010 WC
2013 AFCON
2014 WC
2015 AFCON

2nd Kit

1962–67 Away
1968 AFCON
1975 MG
1978 AG
1980 AFCON
1980 OG
1982 AFCON
1982 WC
1982 WC[13]
1984 AFCON
1986 WC
1986 AFCON
1988 AFCON
1990 AFCON
2004 AFCON
2010 AFCON
2010 WC
2013 AFCON
2014 WC
2015 AFCON

Coaching staff

ManagerBelgium Georges Leekens
Assistant Manager Serbia Switzerland Kristian Cvijetic
Algeria Yazid Mansouri
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 France Jean-Marc Nobilo
A' Manager Algeria Ali Fergani
A' Assistant Manager Algeria Nabil Neghiz
Women's Manager Algeria Azzedine Chih
U-17 Manager Algeria Sabeur Bensmail


Current squad

The following players were called up for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification group B against Nigeria in November 12, 2016.[14]
Caps and goals updated as of 9 October 2016 after the game against Cameroon.[15]

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Raïs M'Bolhi (1986-04-25) 25 April 1986 49 0 Turkey Antalyaspor
1GK Chamseddine Rahmani (1990-09-15) 15 September 1990 0 0 Algeria MO Bejaia
1GK Malik Asselah (1986-07-08) 8 July 1986 0 0 Algeria JS Kabylie

2DF Carl Medjani (captain) (1985-05-15) 15 May 1985 54 3 Spain Leganés
2DF Faouzi Ghoulam (1991-02-01) 1 February 1991 29 5 Italy Napoli
2DF Aïssa Mandi (1991-10-22) 22 October 1991 25 1 Spain Betis
2DF Liassine Cadamuro-Bentaïba (1988-03-05) 5 March 1988 11 1 Switzerland Servette
2DF Hicham Belkaroui (1990-08-24) 24 August 1990 9 0 Tunisia ES Tunis
2DF Mehdi Tahrat (1990-01-24) 24 January 1990 2 0 France SCO Angers
2DF Mohamed Khoutir Ziti (1989-04-19) 19 April 1989 2 0 Algeria ES Sétif
2DF Houari Ferhani (1993-02-11) 11 February 1993 0 0 Algeria JS Kabylie

3MF Sofiane Feghouli (1989-12-26) 26 December 1989 42 11 England West Ham United
3MF Saphir Taïder (1992-02-29) 29 February 1992 37 5 Italy Bologna
3MF Adlène Guedioura (1985-11-12) 12 November 1985 34 2 England Watford
3MF Yacine Brahimi (vice-captain) (1990-02-08) 8 February 1990 31 7 Portugal Porto
3MF Riyad Mahrez (1991-02-21) 21 February 1991 27 6 England Leicester City
3MF Ryad Boudebouz (1990-02-19) 19 February 1990 24 2 France Montpellier
3MF Nabil Bentaleb (1994-11-24) 24 November 1994 21 4 Germany Schalke 04
3MF Rachid Ghezzal (1992-05-09) 9 May 1992 7 1 France Lyon
3MF Mehdi Abeid (1992-08-06) 6 August 1992 3 0 France Dijon

4FW Islam Slimani (1988-06-18) 18 June 1988 46 23 England Leicester City
4FW El Arabi Hillel Soudani (1987-11-25) 25 November 1987 39 21 Croatia Dinamo Zagreb
4FW Sofiane Hanni (1990-12-29) 29 December 1990 1 0 Belgium Anderlecht

Recent call-ups

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

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up

DF Mehdi Zeffane (1992-05-19) 19 May 1992 11 0 France Rennes v.  Cameroon, 9 October 2016
DF Nacereddine Khoualed (1986-04-16) 16 April 1986 4 0 Algeria USM Alger v.  Cameroon, 9 October 2016
DF Brahim Boudebouda (1990-08-28) 28 August 1990 1 0 Algeria MC Alger v.  Seychelles, 2 June 2016
DF Abdelghani Demmou (1989-01-29) 29 January 1989 0 0 Algeria MC Alger v.  Seychelles, 2 June 2016
DF Rafik Halliche (1986-09-02) 2 September 1986 37 3 Qatar Qatar SC v.  Ethiopia, 29 March 2016
DF Ramy Bensebaini (1995-04-16) 16 April 1995 0 0 France Rennes v.  Ethiopia, 29 March 2016

MF Walid Mesloub (1985-09-04) 4 September 1985 7 0 France Lorient v.  Cameroon, 9 October 2016
MF Sofiane Bendebka (1992-08-09) 9 August 1992 1 0 Algeria NA Hussein Dey v.  Seychelles, 2 June 2016


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

Algeria national football team on 31 May 2014


The caps and goals for Algeria, correct on 4 September 2016.
Bold denotes players still playing or available for selection.

Most Caps[4][16]
# Player Career Caps Goals
1 Lakhdar Belloumi 1978–1989 100 27
2 Rabah Madjer 1978–1992 86 29
3 Billel Dziri 1992–2005 81 9
4 Djamel Menad 1980–1995 79 25
Abdelhafid Tasfaout 1990–2002 79 34
6 Mahieddine Meftah 1989–2002 77 4
7 Mahmoud Guendouz 1977–1986 74 4
8 Madjid Bougherra 2004–2015 70 4
9 Salah Assad 1977–1989 68 15
Fodil Megharia 1984–1992 68 0
11 Yazid Mansouri 2001–2010 67 0
12 Moussa Saïb 1989–2001 65 6
13 Ali Fergani 1972–1986 64 5
Rafik Saifi 1998–2010 64 18
15 Karim Ziani 2003–2011 62 5

Top goalscorers[5][17]
# Player Career Goals Caps Goals per game
1 Abdelhafid Tasfaout 1990–2002 34 79 0.43
2 Rabah Madjer 1978–1992 29 86 0.34
3 Lakhdar Belloumi 1978–1989 27 100 0.27
4 Djamel Menad 1980–1995 25 79 0.32
5 Islam Slimani 2012–present 23 45 0.51
6 El Arbi Hillel Soudani 2011–present 21 39 0.54
7 Tedj Bensaoula 1979–1986 19 50 0.38
8 Rafik Saifi 1998–2010 18 64 0.28
9 Salah Assad 1977–1989 15 68 0.23
10 Hacène Lalmas 1963–1974 14 42 0.33

Algeria football team managers

Fixtures and results

Algerian national team results and fixtures for 2015, 2016, 2017.[18]




Competitive record

World Cup record

FIFA World Cup
Appearances: 4
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
Uruguay 1930 Part of  France
Italy 1934
France 1938
Brazil 1950
Switzerland 1954
Sweden 1958
Chile 1962
England 1966Withdrew
Mexico 1970 Did not qualify
West Germany 1974
Argentina 1978
Spain 1982Group Stage13th320155
Mexico 198622nd301215
Italy 1990 Did not qualify
United States 1994
France 1998
South Korea Japan 2002
Germany 2006
South Africa 2010Group Stage28th301202
Brazil 2014 Round of 1614th411277
Russia 2018 To be determined
Qatar 2022
TotalRound of 164/20133371319

Olympic Games record

Olympic Games
Appearances: 1
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
United Kingdom 1908Part of  France (FRA)
Sweden 1912
Belgium 1920
France 1924
Netherlands 1928
Germany 1936
United Kingdom 1948
Finland 1952
Australia 1956
Italy 1960
Japan 1964Did not enter
Mexico 1968Did not qualify
Germany 1972
Canada 1976
Soviet Union 1980Quarter-finals8th411245
United States 1984Did not qualify
South Korea 1988
1992 – presentSee Algeria national U-23 team

Africa Cup of Nations record

Africa Cup of Nations
Appearances: 16
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
Sudan 1957Part of  France
Egypt 1959
Ethiopia 1962
Ghana 1963Did not enter
Tunisia 1965
Ethiopia 1968Group Stage6th310256
Sudan 1970Did not qualify
Cameroon 1972
Egypt 1974
Ethiopia 1976
Ghana 1978
Nigeria 1980Runners-up2nd522167
Libya 1982Fourth Place4th521256
Ivory Coast 1984Third Place3rd532081
Egypt 1986Group Stage6th302123
Morocco 1988Third Place3rd513144
Algeria 1990Champions1st5500132
Senegal 1992Group Stage10th201114
Tunisia 1994Disqualified after qualification
South Africa 1996Quarter-Finals5th421153
Burkina Faso 1998Group Stage15th300325
GhanaNigeria 2000Quarter-Finals6th412154
Mali 2002Group Stage15th301225
Tunisia 2004Quarter-Finals8th411257
Egypt 2006Did not qualify
Ghana 2008
Angola 2010Fourth Place4th6213410
GabonEquatorial Guinea 2012Did not qualify
South Africa 2013Group Stage13th301225
Equatorial Guinea 2015Quarter-Finals6th420265
Gabon 2017Qualified
Cameroon 2019To be determined
Ivory Coast 2021
Guinea 2023
Total1 Title17/29572017206767

African Games record

African Games
Appearances: 3
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
Republic of the Congo 1965Fourth Place4th520365
Nigeria 1973Group Stage5th311166
Algeria 1978Gold Medal1st541092
Kenya 1987Disqualified 1
1991 – presentSee Algeria national U-23 team
TotalGold Medal3/4137242113
  • ^1 Algeria withdrew in protest at CAF's decision to order a replay of the first leg against Tunisia; CAF had made this decision following Tunisia's protest that Algeria had fielded two ineligible players.

African Nations Championship record

African Nations Championship
Appearances: 1
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
Ivory Coast 2009Did not qualify
Sudan 2011Fourth Place4th623174
South Africa 2014Did not enter
Rwanda 2016Disqualified 1
Kenya 2018To be determined
Ethiopia 2020To be determined
TotalFourth Place1/3623174

^1 The CAF disqualified Algeria from the CHAN 2016 because the team have abandoned the qualifiers of the previous edition, the CHAN 2014.[19]

Mediterranean Games Record

Mediterranean Games
Appearances: 10
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
Egypt 1951Part of  France
Spain 1955
Lebanon 1959
Italy 1963Did not enter
Tunisia 1967Group Stage6th310246
Turkey 1971Did not qualify
Algeria 1975Gold Medal1st6600143
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 1979Bronze Medal3rd522176
Morocco 1983Group Stage6th210133
Syria 1987Group Stage8th300317
TotalGold Medal5/101910272925
Greece 1991Group Stage8th200215
France 1993Silver Medal2nd421164
Italy 1997Group Stage8th303044
Tunisia 2001Group Stage8th200237
Spain 2005Quarter-finals6th311134
Italy 2009Did not qualify
Turkey 2013
Spain 2017To be determined
Algeria 2021Qualified
TotalSilver Medal5/7143561724
TotalGold Medal10/1733137134649

Arab Nations Cup record

Arab Nations Cup
Appearances: 2
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
Lebanon 1963Did not enter
Kuwait 1964
Iraq 1966
Saudi Arabia 1985
Jordan 1988Group Stage 15th412133
Syria 1992Did not enter
Qatar 1998Group Stage 210th201103
Kuwait 2002Did not enter
Saudi Arabia 2012
TotalGroup Stage2/9613236
  1. ^ Algeria participated with the national University team
  2. ^ Algeria participated with the national U-23 team

Pan Arab Games record

Pan Arab Games
Appearances: 1
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
Egypt 1953Part of  France (FRA)
Lebanon 1957
Morocco 1961
United Arab Republic 1965Did not enter
Syria 1976
Morocco 1985Bronze Medal 13rd520346
Syria 1992Did not enter
Lebanon 1997
Jordan 1999Withdrew
Algeria 2004No tournament
Egypt 2007Did not enter
Qatar 2011
TotalBronze Medal1/11520346
  1. ^ Algeria participated with the B team

Other records

Year Position
Greece 1969 World military Cup 2nd
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
Mali 2004 African Military cup 3rd
Germany 2005 World military Cup 2nd
Uganda 2008 African Military cup 2nd
Brazil 2011 World military Cup 1st
South Korea 2015 World military Cup 1st
Total3 titles

All-time record against FIFA recognized nations

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

See also


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.[20]


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 


  1. 16 November 2014
  2. 25 March 2010
  3. 23 June 2014
  4. 1 2 Appearances for Algeria National Team
  5. 1 2 Goalscoring for Algeria National Team
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  9. "Yahia sends Algeria to World Cup". BBC Sport. 18 November 2009. Archived from the original on 19 November 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-19.
  10. "Yahia cracker seals play-off win". ESPN. 18 November 2009. Archived from the original on 23 November 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-19.
  11. "Video of Police intervention at Champs-Élysées gathering". Retrieved 2014-06-30.
  12. Grohmann, Karolos. "Algeria end 28-year wait for World Cup goal". Reuters. Retrieved 17 June 2014.
  13. Worn in the 2nd half of the match against West Germany in 1982
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  15. "Algeria".
  16. "Classement des joueurs les plus capés" (in French). DZFootball. Retrieved 2011-12-31.
  17. "Classement des meilleurs buteurs" (in French). DZFootball. Archived from the original on 26 February 2012. Retrieved 2012-12-26.
  19. "CHAN-2016 : L'Algérie disqualifiée". El Watan. Tarek Aït Sellamet. January 16, 2015.
  20. Courtney, Barrie (23 April 2010). "Algeria – List of International matches". RSSSF. Retrieved 10 November 2010.

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