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Algeria Press Service

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29/04/2017 00:42

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ALGIERS- The only candidate to the presidency of the Algerian Football Federation (FAF) Kheireddine Zetchi was elected with 64 votes in the General Elective Assembly held Monday, at the Sidi Moussa National Technical Centre behind closed doors.

A total of 103 members voted during this elective Assembly and besides those who voted for the president of Paradou AC (League 2 Mobilis), 35 voted against and four were invalid ballots.

Zetchi succeeds to Mohamed Raouraoua, whose mandate expired and who did not wish to run again to chair the Algerian Football Federation.

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ALGIERS- The participation of the Algerian football team in the African Cup of Nations (CAN 2017), from which it was eliminated the first round, will be examined during the next meeting of the Federal Bureau of the Algerian Football Association (FAF), said Wednesday its president Mohamed Raouraoua on the FAF website.

The report will be submitted to the next FAF General Assembly, he added.

Raouraoua said that "as elected president of FAF, committed to my duties, I will continue to assume my responsibilities until the next elective general assembly."

He also denied comments attributed to him by some media, adding that he would remain respectful to the laws of his country and to the FAF statutes and regulations.

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ALGIERS- Belgian Georges Leekens has sign his contract with the Algerian Football Association (FAF) on Friday, to become formally national team's coach, the body governing Algerian football has said.

No detail has been given on the contract period or the goals set to the former coach of Belgium and Tunisia, who will work with former national coach's technical staff, namely coach assistants Nabil Neghiz and Yazid Mansouri, as well as the goalkeeper coach Mickael Bolly, the source said.

The Belgian coach has taken over from Serbian Milovan Rajevac, who had coached the Desert Foxes for three months only.

Leekens, 67, had coached Algeria's national team for six months in 2003.

His first official match with the Desert Foxes will be an away game on Nov. 12 against Nigeria, in Uyo, as part of the second day of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

On the first day of the qualifiers (Group B), Algeria tied at home against Cameroon 1-1 while Nigeria won against Zambia 2-1.




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ALGIERS-Belgian Georges Leekens has officially become the new coach of the Algerian football team, announced Thursday the Algerian Football Federation (FAF).

The decision has been formalised following a meeting of FAF's Federal bureau Thursday at the National technical centre of Sidi Moussa (Algiers), in the presence of president of the federation Mohamed Raouraoua.

"After consulting several technicians, the ad-hoc committee drew up a short-list of five trainers. Members of the committee chose Georges Leekens to coach the national team. This decision was unanimously approved by members of the Federal bureau," the communiqué added. 

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ALGIERS- Serbian Milovan Rajevac has become the new coach of the national football team, announced Sunday the Algerian Football Federation (FAF) on its website.

Rajevac has succeeded French Christian Gourcuff, who left amicably in April after the Desert Foxes' second-leg match against Ethiopia, the fourth day of the African Cup of Nation 2017 qualifiers.

Milovan Rajevac, 62, will have as the main mission to make Algeria reach at least the semifinals of CAN 2017 and qualify to Russia World Cup 2018, according to the statement made by the FAF at the end of its federal bureau on 21 June.

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ALGIERS- Seychelles vs Algeria match has been officially brought forward to 2 June, while the fifth day of the African Cup of Nations (CAN 2017) qualifiers will be held on 3 and 5 June, said the Algerian Football Federation (FAF) on its website on Friday.

In its previous communiqué, the executive bureau of the FAF announced that the Fennecs would leave to Victoria on 28 May, without giving the date of the match, while according the website of the African Football Confederation (CAF), Seychelles-Algeria match was scheduled for 5 June.

The date has been changed following an agreement reached between FAF's Head Mohamed Raouraoua and his Seychelles counterpart during a meeting, held few weeks ago.

The Algerian team, coached by Nabil Neghiz, who has temporarily succeeded French Christian Gourcuff, will hold a training camp at the National Technical Centre of Sidi Moussa in Algiers, as from 21 May.

The Fennecs, who are topping Group J with 10 points, needs a draw to qualify for the CAN 2017 in Gabon, while Ethiopia ranks second with 5 points, followed by Seychelles (4 points) and Lesotho (3 points).


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ALGIERS- The Algerian football team will play in the white jersey while the Ethiopian team will play in yellow Friday, at 8:30 p.m., at the Mustapha Tshaker stadium in Blida in a game counting for the third day of the African Cup of Nations 2017 qualifiers.

This decision was taken during the technical meeting held Thursday morning at the FAF headquarters in the presence of the referees of this game and representatives of both teams.

On the eve of the third day of the qualifying stage, Algeria is at the head of Group J with 6 points, ahead of Ethiopia (4 points), followed by Seychelles (1 point) and Lesotho (0 points).

Algeria and Ethiopia will play a second time on Tuesday, 29 March, in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) for the fourth day.

The first of the group directly qualifies to the final stage of the CAN 2017, scheduled in Gabon.

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ALGIERS- The Algerian Football Federation (FAF) has signed a partnership agreement with the National Sports Medicine Centre (CNMS), indicates the football body.

The contract was signed on Tuesday by the FAF president Mohamed Raouraoua and Director General of CNMS, Boulenouar Messaoud during a ceremony at the FAF National Technical Center in Sidi Moussa, said the source.

This partnership covers "providing biological, dental and cardio care for players playing in different leagues and national teams."

FAF is also bound by similar contracts with the University Hospital of Hussein Dey (Alger) and the Aspitar Centre in Qatar.

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ALGIERS- Algerian Football Federation (FAF) on Thursday awarded the Order of National Football Merit to former national team's captain, Madjid Bougherra, for his efforts within the Desert Foxes throughout his long and rich carrier.


The Order of Merit was handed over to the football player's brother, at a ceremony held before the beginning of the ordinary meeting of FAF general assembly, by the president of the body governing g football in Algeria, Mohamed Raouraoua, the chairman of the Algerian Olympic and Sports Committee, Mustapha Berraf, and Major General Megueded Benziane, head of the Sports Department at the People's National Army.


Madjid Bougherra has gone into international retirement just after the Africa Cup of Nations (CAN-2015), which took place in Equatorial Guinea (January 17 - February 8).


ES Setif football club also received the Order of National Football Merit, from the Algerian Football Federation, for its crowning African League Champion and winning of the CAF Super Cup 2015.


The award was handed over to the club's chairman, Hacene Hamar.


The coach of ES Setif, Kheireddine Madoui, who won with his team two African titles, also received the Order of National Football Merit. 


In addition, Major General Megueded Benziane, head of the Sports Department at the People's National Army, has been honoured by the FAF, at the ceremony, for his support to national football, and especially the national team.


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MONGOMO (Equatorial Guinea)- The Algerian football team is getting ready to make its great debut in the African Cup of Nations 2015 which is taking place in Equatorial Guinea, with South Africa as first opponent Monday at the Mongomo stadium (8:00 p.m. local time), group C’s host city in which also play Ghana and Senegal.

An important but non decisive game which is a test for the Desert Foxes who are more than ever determined to spawn a way leading to at least the semi finals of this competition, a goal assigned by the Algerian Football Federation (FAF) to coach Christian Gourcuff.

Sofiane Feghouli’s teammates who played a reassuring preparation game against Tunisia (1-1) will enter the field to win.

“My philosophy is the same: impose our game to our opponents in all the matches in which we are engaged. It is with this spirit that we will play this CAN in which my goal is to win all the games,” said the national coach in a press briefing held in Algiers.


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ALGIERS- Algeria has officially applied for the organization of Africa Football Cup of Nations (CAN 2017), one week from the deadline for the application submission at the Confederation of African Football (CAF), the ministry of Sports told Aps on Tuesday. 

Algerian Football Federation (FAF) submitted Monday its application at the continental body governing African football, the source said.

After it failed to get selected for the organization of the CAN 2019 or that of 2021, won by respectively Cameroon and Ivory Coast, Algeria seeks to organize the African Cup of Nations 2017.

The CAN 2017 was due to be held in Libya, which announced later its withdrawal for security reason.

In addition to Algeria, several countries are applying for the CAN 2017, namely Egypt, Kenya, Ghana, Ethiopia, Tanzania and Zimbabwe.

Algeria hosted the Africa Cup of Nations in 1990, the first and only CAN tournament organized in this country.

The vote for the country to host the major African tournament in 2017 will be held in the first quarter of 2015.

The Confederation of African Football has set September 30 as the deadline for application submission.

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ALGIERS- Algerian team "should have now the ambition to make more progress and achieve further success," the Desert Warriors' new coach, French Christian Gourcuff, said in his first meeting with the players Monday at Sidi Moussa Technical Centre in Algiers, the Algerian Football Association (FAF) posted on its website.

Gourcuff, who had been coaching Lorient FC (Ligue 1, France) until the end of the last season, signed early August a three-year contract with the FAF to coach national team.

He has taken over from Bosnian Vahid Halilhodzic, who managed to qualify Algeria for the last 16 at Brazil's FIFA World Cup in June, for the first time in Algerian football history.

At his first meeting with the players, on the sidelines of a training camp ahead of the African Cup of national (CAN 2015) qualifiers, Gourcuff presented, before the players, his working method and the programme of the training camp, which kicked off Monday, the source said.       

He also stressed the importance of discipline, rigour and mutual support, the source added.

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ALGIERS-All the matches of the Algerian professional and amateur championship, scheduled on 29 and 30 August, are postponed to a later date in homage to the Cameroonian attacker of JS Kabylie, Albert Ebossé, who died Saturday after being fatally struck by a projectile, the Algerian Football Federation (FAF) announced on Sunday evening.

"All the matches of the championship of amateur and professional leagues, all classes scheduled nationwide for the weekend of August 29 and 30 are suspended and postponed until a later date, in homage to the Albert Ebossé and also to protest against the irresponsible actions of some fanatics and hooligans who make violence in stadiums. This violence reached unacceptable proportions," FAF said on its website.

This decision was made by FAF's president, Mohamed Raouraoua who consulted with members of the Federal Bureau, the same source added.

Besides, FAF announced that it will "shortly discuss other coercive measures that may disqualify the offending club from any competition."

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ALGIERS- The players of the Algerian football team and the Algerian Football Association (FAF) decided to give a DZD10 million (USD100.000) donation to the children of Gaza (Palestine) announced Sunday the FAF in its official website.

The same source added that the team and the FAF officials wish to express their "support and solidarity" to these kids.

The Gaza strip has been subject, for the thirteenth day, to horrible aggressions from Israel resulting in thousands of victims, including a large number of kids.

The Gaza population expressed its support to the Algerian team during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, manifesting its joy following the good results achieved in this tournament by the Desert Warriors, who qualified for the last 16 for the first time in history.

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ALGIERS- Bosnian technician Vahid Halilhodzic announced, Sunday, his official departure as a coach of the Algerian national football team, after his contract with the Algerian Football Federation (FAF) expired.

Less than one week after the elimination, with honours, in the last 16 of the 2014 World Cup against Germany (2-1 after over time), Halilhodzic sent a communiqué to the FAF, which published it on its website, announcing his departure after three years as head of the national team.

“I leave proud of my record after having completely respected my contract with the FAF,” said Halilhodzic, explaining his decision by “family obligations and the appeal of new sports challenges” which “have affected (his) decision.”

Often criticized by the national press, the former coach of the national team ensured that he will “never” forget nor forgive the behaviour of some of the journalists who “stigmatised” his work.

Halilhodzic also hailed the “great” Algerian fans that supported him “from the first day I arrived and remained faithful.”

“I will always keep a fond memory of the great welcome that was reserved for us upon our return from Brazil.”

The former Paris SG player did not speak of his next destination but according to the specialized press, he will be in the Turkish club of Trabzonspor and will take up his post from July 18.

To succeed him, Mohamed Raouraoua chose former Lorient coach, the French Christian Gourcuff.

The Desert Foxes will be back in competition in September for the 2015 African Cup qualifiers (ACN 2015).

The final phase of the ACN 2015 will take place in Morocco.

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TIPAZA (Algeria)- The chairman of the Algerian Football Association (FAF), Mohamed Raouraoua, said Thursday in Tipaza (50-km west of Algiers) that all the Algerian team players "have joined the training camp, which is going well at the Sidi Moussa training centre in Algiers.”

The training “is going well and all the necessary conditions have been met,” said Raouraoua on the sidelines of a “fair play” awarding ceremony organized by the General Directorate of National Police (DGSN).

Yacine Brahimi and Safir Taider joined the national team on Wednesday, currently on a training camp ahead of the 2014 World Cup.

 “All the organizational measures have been taken for the two friendly matches, to be played before the departure for Brazil,” underlined Raouraoua.

The preparations will continue until May 29, the date Desert Foxes take off for Switzerland where they will carry out a training camp in which two friendly games are scheduled against Armenia (May 31) and Roumania (June 4), he added.

The national team will be in Sorocaba on June 7th, located 100-km southeast of Sao Paulo.

Algeria will play in group H along with Belgium, Russia, and South Korea.

The Desert Foxes will start the competition June 17th against Belgium. They will then play South Korea on June 22nd before playing their last pool stage game against Russia on June 26th.

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ALGIERS- Algerian Football team will play its three games in the first round of the Brazil 2014 World Cup in white gear, the Algerian Football Association (FAF) said Wednesday.

Algeria’s other three opponents in Group H will be dressed as follow: Belgium in a red gear, South Korea in red jersey and blue shorts and Russia will play in dark red jersey and shorts.

The International Football Association (FIFA) revealed, Wednesday, the gear colour of the 32 teams competing in the 2014 World Cup (pool stage) in Brazil (June 12 - July 13). 

In the 2014 World cup, the Algerian team will start the competition against Belgium on June 17 in Belo Horizonte, before playing against South Korea June 22 in Porto Alegre and Russia June 26 in Curitiba.

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ALGIERS- Algerian national football team will fly to Sao Paulo, Brazil, Saturday evening on June 7th, from Algiers, aboard a special plane of national airline Air Algerie , ahead of the 2014 World Cup (June 12 - July 13), the Algerian Football Association (FAF) told APS.

The national team was due to travel to Brazil via Paris, before the FAF changed the flight plan.

The Desert Foxes will benefit from a two-day rest on the 5th and 6th of June at the end of the training camp scheduled in Switzerland, which will include two friendly games, May 31st against Armenia in Sion and June 4th against Romania in Geneva.

The 23 players will regroup from June 7, before joining Brazil in the evening for a 10-hour flight.

The Algerian team, coached by Bosnian Vahid Halilhodzic will be in Sorocaba (100-km from Sao Paulo) which will serve as a base camp during their stay in the host country.

In the 2014 World Cup, Algeria will play in group H along Belgium, Russia and South Korea.

Their first game will be played June 17 against Belgium in Belo Horizonte, before facing South Korea June 22 in Porto Alegre then Russia in Curitiba on June 26.

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ALGIERS- The friendly match between Algeria and Armenia is to be played May 31st in Sion (Switzerland), the Algerian Football Federation (FAF) announced Monday.

The FAF did not elaborate on the reasons behind the change of the venue for this game, which is part of Desert Foxes’ preparations for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Before playing the friendly game, the Algerian team will complete a training camp in Algiers in May.

The FAF, who held a meeting Sunday, confirmed it has taken special measures for a better preparation ahead of the 2014 World Cup.

According to the source, the preparation for the world major sporting event is being held under Coach Vahid Halilhodzic.

At the 2014 WC, Algeria will compete in group H along with Belgium, Russia and South Korea. Desert Foxes’ first match will be against Belgium on June 17, before playing South Korea on June 22, in Porto Alegre, and Russia on June 26 in Curitiba. 

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ALGIERS- French experts will lead training sessions for Algerian coaches in Algeria, within the framework of cooperation between the Algerian Football Association (FAF) and its French counterpart, FFF, the body governing football in Algeria told APS on Monday.

An Algerian Football Federation delegation, led by its President Mohamed Raouraoua was received Thursday at the FFF headquarters in Paris to discuss the possibilities of cooperation between the two sides.

During the visit, FFF National Technical Director Francois Blaquart presented the training scheme for the “Youth Elite” coaches and the trainers.

The first training session under the agreement between FAF and FFF should take place before the end of the season, the source added.

A training camp organized by the FAF for more than 100 physical trainers was ensured by French Georges Cazorla, a member of the FFF research unit.

In addition to the coaches’ training, the two associations agreed on forging cooperation in refereeing.

In its last meeting, the FAF decided to withdraw the prerogative of the designation of referees from the Refereeing Federal Committee, by creating a special committee in charge of the matter.  

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