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USM Alger officials unconcerned by Saddam Hussein chants

Officials of Algerian club USM Alger have played down chants from the side's fans about Saddam Hussein at a match over the weekend that prompted a political crisis.

The Iraqi Air Force side, Nadi Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya Al-Riyadhi, abandoned the Arab Club Champions Cup quarterfinal against USMA at Omar Hamadi Stadium in Algiers on Sunday, walking off the pitch with 18 minutes to play, after the home sides' fans repeatedly chanted the name of the late Iraqi leader and reportedly also delivered anti-Shiite...

Rachid Ghezzal makes Algerian history for Leicester vs. Liverpool

Rachid Ghezzal made Premier League history on Saturday when he netted his first Premier League goal in Leicester City's 2-1 home defeat by Liverpool.

The 26-year-old's 63rd-minute strike, following an error by Reds stopper Alisson, wasn't able to turn the tide of the contest following opening goals from Sadio Made and Roberto Firmino.

However, Ghezzal's goal saw Leicester become the first team in the history of the Premier League to have had three Algerian players score for them in the tournament.


Algeria announce Djamel Belmadi as new national coach

Algeria have appointed former international Djamel Belmadi as their new national coach, the country's football federation announced on Thursday.

The former Manchester City midfielder will travel to Algiers to sign a contract replacing Rabah Madjer, who resigned in June, the Algerian Football Federation said.

French-born Belmadi, 42, played for Algeria between 2000 and 2004, including a quarter-final place at the 2004 African Nations Cup finals.

His club career started at Paris St Germain and included...


World Cup 2030: Algeria considering joint bid with Morocco and Tunisia

The United States, Mexico and Canada earned a 134-65 vote win over Morocco to earn the right to host the 2026 World Cup.

Algeria are considering a joint bid with Tunisia and Morocco for the 2030 World Cup, the country's sports minister has said.

Morocco recently bid for the 2026 tournament, but were beaten by a North American coalition of United States, Canada and Mexico. However, Algerian sports minister Mohamed Hattab told reporters that the Maghreb countries are "studying the possibility" of making an immediate offer for the next World Cup.

"An application from the Maghreb with Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia can...

 By Reuters

Algeria, Tunisia and Morocco plan joint bid to host 2030 World Cup

The United States, Mexico and Canada earned a 134-65 vote win over Morocco to earn the right to host the 2026 World Cup.
Despite having Spain and Portugal in their group, Ed Dove highlights some of the key reasons Morocco could surprise a few people at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Algeria and Tunisia are consider joining Morocco in a joint North African bid to host the 2030 World Cup, government officials have said.

Last month, Morocco missed out to a joint bid by the United States, Mexico and Canada in the vote for the 2026 finals and signalled their intention to try again despite having bid unsuccessfully five times.

"Algeria will study a possible candidacy of the Maghreb countries for the organisation of the World Cup," Algeria sports minister Mohamed Hattab told reporters.