Football in Algeria
Football is clearly the number one sport in Algeria. The game is played nationwide (1st division) and at a competitive level in the nine regions and 48 provinces that make up the country. The national associations long-term objective is to introduce semi-professional football by 2005, with professional football following by 2010. Algeria have reached two FIFA World Cup? final competitions (1982 and 1986), and have also appeared at the African Cup of Nations on thirteen occasions, triumphing once (1990). The national association can also look back with pride upon two further triumphs, at the football tournament of the Mediterranean Games in 1975 and of the African Games three years later. Rachid Mekhloufi, Mostapha Zitouni, Abdelaziz Bentifour, Kader Firoud, Mustapha Dahleb, Lakhdar Belloumi, Assad Salah and Rabah Madjer were all famous Algerian players. A number of them also became successful coaches following the end of their playing careers.
Goal project
Plans for a technical centre, which were approved by the Goal Bureau in 2002, were unable to be put into practice due to a number of financial and administrative reasons. In the summer of 2005, the Goal Bureau approved a replacement project, namely the construction of association headquarters in Algier. This new building will be financed by Goal and the FIFA Financial Assistance Programme. The Algerian government will provide the land for this project, and the Algerian football association hopes for increased efficiency as a direct result of the improvement in communications and working conditions.
Use of FAP funds
Financing of Goal project
Association headquarters in Algiers
Project approved
Summer 2005
Financed by
Goal USD 400,000 FAP USD 607,500 Association USD 400,000 Government Land donation Total cost USD 1,400,500