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Algeria Announce World Cup

Algeria coach, Vahid Halilhodzic, has announced his 30-man provisional World Cup squad.

This is Algeria’s fourth World Cup participation, with their most notable moment coming in 1982 when they beat defending champions West Germany 2-1.

However, Algeria have never made it out of the group stage and have been drawn with Belgium, Russia and South Korea this time around.

Only three Algeria-based players are in the squad, which will have to be reduced to 23 men by June 2.

Goalkeepers:

Izzedine Doukha (USM El-Harrach), Rais M'bolhi (CSKA Sofia), Cedric Si Mohamed (CS Constantine), Mohamed Lamine Zemmamouche (USM Alger)

Defenders:

Essaid Belkalem (Watford), Madjid Bougherra (Lekhwlya Club), Liassine Cadamuro (Mallorca), Faouzi Ghoualm (Napoli), Rafik Halliche (academica Coimbra), Nacereddine Khoualed (USM Alger), Aissa Mandi (Stade Reims), Carl Medjani (Valenciennes), Djamel Mesbah (Livorno), Mehdi Mostefa (AC Ajaccio)

Midfielders:

Nabil Bentaleb (Tottenham), Ryad Boudebouz (Bastia), Yasine Brahimi (Granada), Adlene Guedioura (Crystal Palace), Amir Karaoui (Entente de Setif), Medhi Lacen (Getafe), Saphir Taider (Inter Milan), Hassan Yebda (Udinese)

Forwards:

Abdelmoumene Djabou (Club Africain), Rafik Djebbour (Nottingham Forest), Sofiane Feghouli (Valencia), Nabil Ghilas (Porto), Foued Kadir (Rennes), Ryad Mahrez (Leicester), Islam Slimani (sporting Lisbon), Hilal Soudani (Dinamo Zagreb).

Algeria qualified on the away goal rule in their World Cup playoffs against Burkina Faso, losing the first match away 3-2 and winning the return leg 1-0.

Do you think Algeria can reach the second round at the World Cup in Brazil? Have your say in the comment section below.

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