World Cup Football Boots: Algeria

Football Boots Group C

Fifa ranking: 30

Group: C

Path to World Cup

Algeria’s strength at home helped them overcome Senegal, Gambia and Liberia in qualifying where they ended up finishing joint top of the final-stage group with Egypt. In the play-off with Egypt they narrowly avoided defeat when they conceded a stoppage time goal, but defeated Egypt in a nerve racking play off.

Key Players

Nadir Belhadj and Karim Ziani.

Belhadji will be familiar to Premier League followers having made 32 appearences at Portsmouth last term. He’s an attacking leftback who can also play on the left wing and is appreciated for his forward thinking and he’s not bad at set pieces either.

Karim Ziani is more of a creative midfield maestro for the Algerian side. Currently employed at Wolfsburg where Steve McClaren will be managing next year, Ziani has a wealth of international experience with over 50 caps.

The Gaffer

Rabah Sadane

Sadane is now in his fifth stint as manager of Algeria and is without doubt their most successful manager having guided Algeria to the World Cup finals when they last qualified back in 1986 and was part of the staff that also qualified in 1982.

Prediction – Group Stage

Algeria Squad Football Boots

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