Algeria 2014 FIFA World Cup Squad: Player-by-Player Guide

Ed DoveContributor IIIMay 12, 2014

Algeria 2014 FIFA World Cup Squad: Player-by-Player Guide

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    Algeria became the second African nation to release their provisional World Cup squad of 30 when, on Monday, coach Vahid Halilhodzic announced his selection.

    The Desert Foxes have been drawn into World Cup group H alongside Russia, Belgium and South Korea. They begin their campaign on June 17, at the Estadio Mineirao, Belo Horizonte, against Belgium.

    Largely, the squad chosen by the manager was as expected. The players who have served Algeria well during qualification remain in the squad.

    Six of the players who featured in the side’s disappointing Cup of Nations showing in early 2013 have missed out, while there was also no place for striker Ishak Belfodil, who has endured a disappointing campaign in Italy.

    Nabil Bentaleb and Aissa Mandi, both of whom made their debut in the recent friendly against Slovenia, make the squad, while there is a recall for SC Bastia midfielder Ryad Boudebouz, who hasn’t featured for the Maghreb side since the Cup of Nations.

    Finally, Leicester City winger Riyad Mahrez receives a first invitation after his impressive title-winning campaign in the Championship.

    Read on for player-by-player profiles of Algeria’s 30-man preliminary World Cup squad.


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    Name: Mohamed Zemmamouche 

    Date of Birth: 19/03/1985 

    Birthplace: Mila 

    Position: Goalkeeper 

    Caps: 6 

    Club: USM Alger 


    Name: Azzedine Doukha 

    Date of Birth: 05/08/1986 

    Birthplace: Chettia 

    Position: Goalkeeper 

    Caps: 5 

    Club: USM El Harrach 


    Name: Rais M’Bolhi

    Date of Birth: 25/04/1986

    Birthplace: Paris (France)

    Position: Goalkeeper

    Caps: 27

    Club: CSKA Sofia (Bulgaria)

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    Name: Cedric Si Mohamed

    Date of Birth: 09/01/1985

    Birthplace: Roanne (France)

    Position: Goalkeeper 

    Caps: 1

    Club: CS Constantine


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    Name: Carl Medjani

    Date of Birth: 15/05/1985

    Birthplace: Lyon (France)

    Position: Centre-back, Defensive midfielder

    Caps: 24

    Club: Valenciennes, on loan from AS Monaco (Both France)


    Name: Madjid Bougherra 

    Date of Birth: 07/10/1982 

    Birthplace: Longvic (France) 

    Position: Centre-back 

    Caps: 61 

    Club: Lekhwiya (Qatar) 


    Name: Rafik Halliche 

    Date of Birth: 02/09/1986 

    Birthplace: Algiers 

    Position: Centre-back 

    Caps: 27 

    Club: Academica de Coimbra (Portugal) 


    Name: Djamel Mesbah 

    Date of Birth: 02/09/1986 

    Birthplace: Zighoud Youcef 

    Position: Left-back, Left wing-back, Left midfield 

    Caps: 25 

    Club: Livorno, on loan from Parma (both Italy) 


    Name: Essaid Belkalem 

    Date of Birth: 01/01/1989 

    Birthplace: Mekla 

    Position: Centre-back 

    Caps: 12 

    Club: Watford (England), on loan from Granada (Spain) 


    Name: Liassine Cadamuro-Bentaiba 

    Date of Birth: 05/03/1988 

    Birthplace: Toulouse (France) 

    Position: Versatile Defender 

    Caps: 6 

    Club: RCD Mallorca, on loan from Real Sociedad (both Spain) 


    Name: Faouzi Ghoulam

    Date of Birth: 01/02/1991

    Birthplace: Saint-Priest-en-Jarez (France)

    Position: Left-back

    Caps: 5

    Club: Napoli (Italy)


    Name: Aissa Mandi

    Date of Birth: 22/10/1991

    Birthplace: Chalons-en-Champagne (France)

    Position: Right-back

    Caps: 1

    Club: Stade de Reims (France)


    Name: Mehdi Mostefa 

    Date of Birth: 30/08/1983

    Birthplace: Dijon (France)

    Position: Defensive midfielder, Versatile midfielder/defender

    Caps: 22

    Club: AC Ajaccio (France)




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    Name: Nacereddine Khoualed

    Date of Birth: 16/04/1986

    Birthplace: Biskra

    Position: Defensive midfielder, Central midfielder, Right-back

    Caps: 4

    Club: USM Alger


    Name: Amir Karaoui

    Date of Birth: 07/03/1987

    Birthplace: Amneville (France)

    Position: Defensive midfielder

    Caps: 1

    Club: ES Setif


    Name: Mehdi Lacen

    Date of Birth: 15/05/1984

    Birthplace: Versailles (France)

    Position: Defensive midfielder

    Caps: 28

    Club: Getafe (Spain)


    Name: Adlene Guedioura

    Date of Birth: 12/11/1985

    Birthplace: La Roche-sur-Yon (France)

    Position: Central midfielder, Defensive midfielder

    Caps: 27

    Club: Crystal Palace (England)


    Name: Saphir Taider

    Date of Birth: 29/02/1992

    Birthplace: Castres (France)

    Position: Central midfielder, Right midfielder

    Caps: 9

    Club: Internazionale (Italy)


    Name: Nabil Bentaleb

    Date of Birth: 24/11/1994

    Birthplace: Lille (France)

    Position: Central midfielder

    Caps: 1

    Club: Tottenham Hotspur (England)


    Name: Hassan Yebda

    Date of Birth: 14/05/1984

    Birthplace: Saint-Maurice (France)

    Position: Central midfielder

    Caps: 24

    Club: Udinese (Italy), on loan from Granada (Spain)


    Name: Foued Kadir

    Date of Birth: 05/12/1983

    Birthplace: Martigues (France)

    Position: Attacking midfielder, Right winger, Right-sided midfielder

    Caps: 23

    Club: Rennes, on loan from Olympique Marseille (both France)


    Name: Yacine Brahimi

    Date of Birth: 08/02/1990

    Birthplace: Paris (France)

    Position: Attacking midfielder, Winger

    Caps: 4

    Club: Granada (Spain)


    Name: Ryad Boudebouz

    Date of Birth: 19/02/1990

    Birthplace: Colmar (France)

    Position: Right-winger, Attacking midfielder

    Caps: 16

    Club: SC Bastia (France)


    Name: Riyad Mahrez

    Date of Birth: 21/02/1991

    Birthplace: Sarcelles (France)

    Position: Winger

    Caps: 0

    Club: Leicester City (England)


    Name: Sofiane Feghouli

    Date of Birth: 26/12/1989

    Birthplace: Levallois-Perret (France)

    Position: Playmaker, Attacking midfielder, Right-winger

    Caps: 17

    Club: Valencia (Spain)


    Name: Abdelmoumene Djabou

    Date of Birth: 31/01/1987

    Birthplace: Setif

    Position: Attacking midfielder, Left-winger, Striker

    Caps: 6

    Club: Club Africain


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    Name: El Arbi Hillel Soudani

    Date of Birth: 25/11/1987

    Birthplace: Chlef

    Position: Striker, Left-sided forward

    Caps: 20

    Club: Dinamo Zagreb (Croatia)


    Name: Islam Slimani

    Date of Birth: 18/06/1988

    Birthplace: Algiers

    Position: Striker

    Caps: 18

    Club: Sporting Clube de Portugal (Portugal)\


    Name: Rafik Djebbour

    Date of Birth: 08/03/1984

    Birthplace: Grenoble (France)

    Position: Striker 

    Caps: 33

    Club: Nottingham Forest (England), on loan from Olympiacos (Greece)


    Name: Nabil Ghilas

    Date of Birth: 20/04/1990

    Birthplace: Marseille (France)

    Position: Striker

    Caps: 4

    Club: FC Porto (Portugal)