Algeria will end a 24-year absence from football’s greatest event when they kick their first ball at the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa. South Africa will mark Algeria’s third appearance at a FIFA World Cup Final, and they will be looking to graduate from the group stage for the first time in their history. World Cup oddsmakers at BODOG.com have Algeria listed as 500/1 odds underdogs to win FIFA World Cup 2010 . Be sure to get your World Cup Predictions in at BODOG.com . Here is your FIFA World Cup 2010 Odds: Algeria Preview
Algeria won all six of their home games in the second and third qualifying rounds but lost three of their away visits, while drawing twice and winning the other game. As a result, they’ve made the big dance. They sit in Group C with England, USA, and Slovenia.
The current crop of players feel stronger than ever, with enough belief to put in a historic performance. Antar Yahia is one of the pillars at the back for his team, a status he shares with Madjid Bougherra, Nadir Belhadj and goalkeeper Lounes Gaouaoui, although back-up custodian Fawzi Chaouchi is now making serious claims on the gloves. Midfield is Algeria’s strength , meanwhile, with captain Yazid Mansouri spreading the ball around and forward-thinkers Karim Ziani and Mourad Meghni the most likely players to spark danger. Lastly, striker Karim Matmour has steadily been proving himself more than useful on the right wing.
Rabah Saadane will coach his squad, after a modest playing career in his homeland and briefly in France. He led the national team for a short while in 1999, then from 2003 to 2004 and began his current stint in 2007. In the club game, the veteran trainer notably lifted the CAF Champions League with Raja Casablanca in 1989 and the Arab Champions League title with ES Setif in 2007.
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The Bottom Line: With England and USA in their groups, I don’t see them making it out. Be sure to get your FIFA World Cup 2010 Odds: Algeria in early at BODOG.com and receive a 10% sign-up bonus on your initial deposit.