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.
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.
Milovan Rajevac was named coach of Algeria in June 2016. The Serbian is familiar with coaching in Africa, having been in charge of Ghana in August 2008 and reaching the quarter-finals of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa with the Black Stars. He has spent time coaching a number of clubs sides in his native Serbia, including Sloboda Užice, Crvena Zvezda, Vojvodina and Borac Čačak.
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