June 17, 2019 / 2:01 AM / 7 months ago

FACTBOX-Soccer-Profile on Algeria team for 2019 Africa Cup of Nations

June 17 (Reuters) - Factbox on Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers Algeria:

Africa Cup of Nations record:

Previous appearances in finals: (17) 1968, 1980, 1982, 1984, 1986, 1988, 1990, 1992, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2010, 2013, 2015, 2017.

Best performance: Winners 1990

Drawn in Group C with Kenya, Senegal and Tanzania.

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Coach: Djamel Belmadi

The 43-year-old French-born midfielder was on the books of Paris St Germain, Olympique Marseille, Manchester City and Southampton during his playing career and captained Algeria at the 2004 Cup of Nations finals.

His managerial career began at club level in Qatar and he took charge of their national team for a year but was fired after Qatar finished bottom of their group at the 2015 Asian Cup finals in Australia.

Algeria handed him a four-year contract last July.

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Key player: Riyad Mahrez. Age: 28. Winger

The 2016 African Footballer of the Year was born in France but his father hailed from Algeria and he was invited to play for the north Africans at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, making a rather inauspicious start to his international career.

He has since participated at the last two Nations Cup finals but made more of a impact at club level, a key player in Leicester’s shock 2016 Premier League triumph.

Two more league titles have followed with Manchester City, despite his not being a regular in Pepe Guardiola’s team. - - - -

FIFA world ranking June 2019: 68

How they qualified: Top placed team in Group D, ahead of Benin, the Gambia and Togo.


Goalkeepers: Azzedine Doukha (Al Raed), Rais Mbolhi (Al Ittifaq), Alexandre Oukidja (Metz)

Defenders: Youcef Atal (Nice), Djamel Benlamri (Al Shabab), Ramy Bensebaini (Stade Rennes), Mohamed Fares (SPAL), Rafik Halliche (Moreirense), Aissa Mandi (Real Betis), Mehdi Tahrat (Lens), Mehdi Zeffane (Stade Rennes)

Midfielders: Mehdi Abeid (Dijon), Ismail Bennacer (Empoli), Hicham Boudaoui (Paradou), Andy Delort (Montpellier), Sofiane Feghouli (Galatasaray), Adlene Guedioura (Nottingham Forest), Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City)

Forwards: Youcef Belaili (Esperance), Yacine Brahimi (FC Porto), Baghdad Bounedjah (Al Sadd), Adam Ounas (Napoli), Islam Slimani (Fenerbahce). (Compiled by Mark Gleeson; Editing by Nick Mulvenney)

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