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Aissa Mandi (1st L) and players of Algeria celebrate
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*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 Nabil Bentaleb, Yacine Brahimi, Sofiane Feghouli, Riyad Mahrez, Carl Medjani and Islam Slimani.

*The coach *Rabah Madjer was named head coach in October 2017, succeeding Spaniard Lucas Alcaraz who failed to lead Algeria to Russia 2018. Madjer, who had a decorated playing career as a forward for Algeria, coached Les Fennecs *on three previous spells (1994-1995, 1999 and 2001-2002). *

*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