Halilhodzic appointed Algeria coach
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Vahid Halilhodzic has been named as the new coach of the Algeria national team, the country's football federation announced today.

The former Yugoslavia striker, who takes over on 1 July, has signed a three-year contract taking him up to the 2014 FIFA World Cup™ in Brazil.

The 55-year-old replaces Abdelhak Benchikha, who was sacked after Algeria's 4-0 thrashing by Morocco in the fourth round of qualifying for the 2012 CAF Africa Cup of Nations.

Halilhodzic already has some experience of African football, having been in charge of Côte d’Ivoire between 2008 and 2010. He also has a vast amount of experience in French club football, where he has coached Lille, Rennes and Paris Saint-Germain.