Yazid Mansouri is the captain of the Algerian team and is the most capped player on the squad with 65 appearances under his belt. Born in France, he started out his club career at the age of 16 in 1994 with sixth division side Tinqueux SC. A year later, he moved to Le Havre, who were at the time playing in the first division, where he stayed until 2003 when he was loaned to English outfit Coventry City. However, he parted ways with the club after competing in the CAF Africa Cup of Nations in 2004, and he remained without a club until the end of the season.
The veteran midfielder currently plays for French side Lorient since 2006 and has appeared in 104 games. He made his official international debut in 2001 against France in a friendly that ended with a 4-1 victory for the Les Bleus. Ever since he has played a key role with the Desert Foxes, participating in every game at the Cup of Nations in Angola earlier this year.