Madjid Bougherra anchors the back
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.


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


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)


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)


Ghezzal, Abdelkader Siena (Italy)
Djebbour, Rafik AEK (Greece)
Saifi, Rafik Istres (France)