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Algeria national under-23 football team

The Algeria national under-23 football team represents Algeria in international football competitions including the Olympic Games. The selection is limited to players under the age of 23, except during the Olympic Games where the use of three overage players is allowed. The team is controlled by the Algerian Football Federation.

Algeria U-23
Nickname(s)الأفنــاك
(Fennec Foxes)
AssociationAlgerian Football Federation
ConfederationCAF (Africa)
Sub-confederationUNAF
Head coachPierre-André Schürmann
CaptainRyad Kenniche
Home stadiumStade Mustapha Tchaker
FIFA codeALG
First colours
Second colours
First international
Morocco U-23 Morocco 3–1 Algeria Algeria U-23
(Morocco; 1 November 1965)
Olympic Games
Appearances2 (first in 1980)
Best resultQuarter-finals (1980)
African Games
Appearances7 (first in 1965)
Best resultChampion Gold Medal (1978)
U-23 Africa Cup of Nations
Appearances2 (first in 2011)
Best resultChampion Silver Medal (2015)

Contents

HistoryEdit

Algeria first appeared in the final of the Summer Olympics held in Moscow in 1980.[1] They managed to reach the quarter finals of the tournament.

In 2015, the under-23 team finished runners-up in the Africa Cup of Nations tournament. They lost to Nigeria 2-1 in Dakar, Senegal where the tournament was hosted. Algeria missed an opportunity to level in the second half. Zinedine Ferhat had a penalty saved by Nigeria goalkeeper Daniel Emmanuel in the 68th minute.[2] Algeria clinched their place in the 2016 Summer Olympics men's football tournament in Rio de Janeiro by beating South Africa 2-0 in the semi-final of the Africa Cup of Nations.[3]

Kit historyEdit

1st KitEdit

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1980 OG
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2016 OG

2nd KitEdit

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1980 OG
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2016 OG

HonoursEdit

Summer Olympic Games:
U-23 Africa Cup of Nations
African Games:
  • Gold Medalists: 1978
UNAF U-23 Tournament:
Islamic Solidarity Games:
  • Bronze Medalists: 2017

Competitive recordEdit

Islamic Solidarity GamesEdit

Islamic Solidarity Games record
Appearances: 2
Year Result Position GP W D L GF GA
  2005 Quarter-finals 8th 4 2 0 2 4 7
  2013 Did not enter
  2017 Bronze medal 3rd 5 3 1 1 6 4
  2021 To be determined
Total Bronze medal 2/3 9 5 1 3 10 11

TeamEdit

Current squadEdit

The following is the Algeria squad in the men's football tournament of the 2016 Summer Olympics. The team of 18 players was officially named on 14 July.[4]

Head coach: Pierre-André Schürmann

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Abdelkader Salhi (1993-03-19)19 March 1993 (aged 23) 12 0   ASO Chlef
2 2DF Miloud Rebiaï (1993-12-12)12 December 1993 (aged 22) 0 0   ES Sétif
3 2DF Ayoub Abdellaoui (1993-02-16)16 February 1993 (aged 23) 13 0   USM Alger
4 2DF Abdelghani Demmou* (1989-01-29)29 January 1989 (aged 27) 1 0   MC Alger
5 2DF Ryad Kenniche (c) (1993-04-30)30 April 1993 (aged 23) 7 1   ES Sétif
6 3MF Mohamed Benkhemassa (1993-06-28)28 June 1993 (aged 23) 17 2   USM Alger
7 4FW Baghdad Bounedjah* (1991-11-24)24 November 1991 (aged 24) 6 4   Al Sadd SC
8 3MF Haris Belkebla (1994-01-28)28 January 1994 (aged 22) 0 0   Tours
9 4FW Mohamed Benkablia (1994-02-02)2 February 1994 (aged 22) 0 0   ASM Oran
10 4FW Abderrahmane Meziane (1993-03-07)7 March 1993 (aged 23) 13 4   USM Alger
11 4FW Zakaria Haddouche (1994-08-19)19 August 1994 (aged 21) 9 1   ES Sétif
12 3MF Raouf Benguit (1996-04-05)5 April 1996 (aged 20) 14 0   USM Alger
13 4FW Oussama Darfalou (1993-09-29)29 September 1993 (aged 22) 11 4   USM Alger
14 3MF Sofiane Bendebka* (1992-08-09)9 August 1992 (aged 23) 1 1   NA Hussein Dey
15 2DF Houari Ferhani (1993-02-11)11 February 1993 (aged 23) 13 0   JS Kabylie
16 1GK Farid Chaâl (1994-07-03)3 July 1994 (aged 22) 0 0   USM El Harrach
17 3MF Zakaria Draoui (1994-02-20)20 February 1994 (aged 22) 6 0   CR Belouizdad
18 4FW Rachid Aït-Atmane (1993-02-04)4 February 1993 (aged 23) 1 0   Sporting Gijón

* Over-aged player.

  • stats as of September 29, 2015

Notable playersEdit

Former squadsEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Moscow 1980 - fifa.com
  2. ^ https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/35084168
  3. ^ https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/35054693
  4. ^ "JO 2016 : Les 18 Algériens pour Rio" [2016 Olympics: 18 Algerians for Rio] (in French). DZFoot.com. 14 July 2016. Retrieved 15 July 2016.

External linksEdit