POVISIONAL ALGERIAN WORLD CUP ROSTER
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GENERIC USER - Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Fans of France's Ligue 1 and Germany's Bundesliga will be very familiar with the selections made by Algerian coach Rabah Saadane who submitted to FIFA last week his provisional list of 25 players that will then be pared down by two before beginning Group C play in next month's World Cup.

Among the list are five players who play against US team captain Carlos Bocanegra in France including Charlie Davies' Sochaux teammate Riad Boudebouz.

Should Maurice Edu and DaMarcus Beasley make the final cut for the US 23 man roster, they will see a familiar face in fellow Rangers teammate Madjid Bougherra who anchors the Algerians' back line.

Michael Bradley is also likely to face off against Moenchengladbach teammate Karim Matmour who serves as one of the Arab country's leading playmakers.

Before playing the United States in the third and final group stage match on June 23rd, Algeria will open with Slovenia on June 13th before taking on Fabio Capello's England on June 18th.

Algeria gained entry into the World Cup for the first time in 24 years after defeating Egypt in a pulsating one game playoff last fall.

Goalkeepers

Gaouaoui, Lounes ASO Chlef (Algeria)
Chaouchi, Fawzi ES Setif (Algeria)
Zemamouche, Mohamed Liamine MC Alger (Algeria)
Ouhed, M'Bohi Rais Slavia Sofia (Bulgaria)

Defenders

Laifaoui, Abdelader ES Setif (Algeria)
Bougherra, Madjid Rangers (Scotland)
Medjani, Carl Ajaccio (France)
Halliche, Rafik Nacional Madeira (Portugal)
Yahia, Anther Bochum (Germany)
Belaid, Habib Boulogne (France)
Belhadj, Nadir Portsmouth (England)
Mesbah, Djamel Lecce (Italy)

Midfielders

Tebda, Hassen Portsmouth (England)
Lacen, Medhi Racing Santander (Spain)
Mansouri, Yazid Lorient (France)
Guedioura, Adlane Wolverhampton (England)
Boudebouz, Riad Sochaux (France)
Abdoun, Djamel Nantes (France)
Kadir, Fouad Valenciennes (France)
Meghni, Mourad Lazio (Italy)
Ziani, Karim Wolfsburg (Germany)
Matmour, Karim Moenchengladbach (Germany)

Forwards

Ghezzal, Abdelkader Siena (Italy)
Djebbour, Rafik AEK (Greece)
Saifi, Rafik Istres (France)
Francois
Sunday May 23, 2010 8:12 pm
They aren't more talented than our squad. I've followed pretty much every midfielder and forward on this roster since the draw. Not as many players get playing time, and in terms of finishing, they are not as skilled as players like Clint. I beg to differ that Abedekher Gheezzkal is better than anyone Demerit has seen. Jonas Guiterrez who plays for Newcastle as a left-winger, and is a main stay in the Argentine midfield is a much better player and has a tendency of drifting toward the middle of the park. Despite Watford being atrocious defensively, Jay shut him down for most of the game that I watched. Don't build their team up to be something they're not.
doc
Tuesday May 18, 2010 6:13 pm
these guys play on alot better teams than our guys and they get playing time. Even Abedekher Gheezzkal is a better finisher than anyone we have. he finished in the best defensive league in the wolrd and is a serious threat. he is better than anyone demerits seen this year. owenyu will have trouble keeping up, and if boca plays center back i think that would be a better fit.
Bill
Thursday May 13, 2010 10:03 pm
Ok I will admit they play on better teams than I originally thought but I still have never heard of these guys! I'm not going to underestimate them, but I still like our chances.
eurofan
Thursday May 13, 2010 1:55 am
Damn this is actually a really good squad that Algeria is taking at least more talent the usa is taking...I think they could be like Ghana in 2006
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