FIFA World Cup™ finals history
Algeria have appeared at four FIFA World Cups, including Brazil 2014 where they reached the knockout stage for the first time – representing their greatest performance. Across the four tournaments, they have recorded a total of three victories, two of which came at Spain 1982, against West Germany (2-1) and Chile (3-2). Les Fennecs’ third success was recorded in Brazil, where they defeated Korea Republic 4-2, becoming the first African or Arab team to score four goals at the World Cup in the process.

The team
After impressing at Brazil 2014, the Algerians will now be very hopeful of qualifying for Russia 2018. To achieve that goal, they will expect the best from their core of players performing in major European leagues, such as Yacine Brahimi, Sofiane Feghouli, Islam Slimani, Nabil Bentaleb and Carl Medjani.

The coach
Vahid Halilhodzic was unwilling to extend his contract with the Algerian national side, departing once their Brazilian adventure had come to an end. To succeed the Bosnian tactician, the Algerian FA selected highly regarded Frenchman Christian Gourcuff, whose remit includes capturing the 2017 CAF Africa Cup of Nations and booking a berth at Russia 2018. This is the first international appointment for the astute Breton, formerly a successful club coach, who is keen to become only the second foreigner to guide the North Africans to the World Cup.

The stat
3 – Algeria are the third Arab team to reach the Round of 16 at the World Cup, after Morocco at Mexico 1986 and Saudi Arabia at USA 1994.

The former stars
Rabah Madjer, Lakhdar Belloumi, Abdelhakim Serrar, Djamel Zidane, Rachid Mekhloufi, Moustapha Zitouni, Ali Fergani