Algeria

Coach:

Georges Leekens

Nickname:

Desert Wariors

Africa Cup of Nations

Appearances: 16
Titles: 1 in 1990

Road to 2017 AFCON:

Top of Group J with 16 points

Results:

Algeria 4-0 Seychelles
Lesotho 1-3 Algeria
Algeria 7-1 Ethiopia
Ethiopia 3-3 Algeria
Seychelles 0-2 Algeria
Algeria 6-0 Lesotho
 

World Cup

Appearances: 4
Best achievement: Round of 16 in 2014
 

Coach: George Leekens

Twice the national coach of his native Belgium and also previously briefly in charge of Algeria, this will be Leekens' third major tournament after the 1998 World Cup in France and the 2015 Nations Cup, where he was Tunisia manager.

He qualified Belgium for the 1998 World Cup but was fired after a disappointing tournament, returning to the post in 2010 for a second time only to quit for a job at Club Bruges when the prospects for the national side were vastly underrated.

Leekens, now 67, was Algeria coach in 2003 and has also worked at clubs in Turkey, Netherlands and Saudi Arabia. With Tunisia he reached the quarter-finals of the 2015 Nations Cup. As a player, he spent most of his career at Club Bruges, winning five championship medals and three caps for his country.

Key player: Riyad Mahrez, Age: 25.

Winger Mahrez was crowned 2016 African Footballer of the Year last week after winning the English Premier League with underdogs Leicester City.

Born in Sarcelles, France, his father hailed from Algeria. Moved to Leicester from Le Havre after a scout from the English club went to watch one of his team mates but was instead mesmerised by Mahrez's ability.

At the last Nations Cup finals, he scored in a 2-0 win over Senegal to get Algeria through to the quarter-finals.

 

FIFA world ranking Jan. 2017: 39

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Group A W D L P
Burkina Faso
1 2 0 5
Cameroon
1 2 0 5
Gabon
0 3 0 3
Guinea Bissau
0 1 2 1
Group B W D L P
Senegal
2 1 0 7
Tunisia
2 0 1 6
Algeria
0 2 1 2
Zimbabwe
0 1 2 1
Group C W D L P
DR Congo
2 1 0 7
Morocco
2 0 1 6
Cote d'Ivoire
0 2 1 2
Togo
0 1 2 1
Group D W D L P
Egypt
2 1 0 7
Ghana
2 0 1 6
Mali
0 2 1 2
Uganda
0 1 2 1