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Algeria are enjoying a major revival in their football having qualified for the 2010 World Cup after a tense play-off with Egypt.
This resurgence has come mainly off the back of a change in FIFA ruling that allows players over the age of 21 who have turned out for countries in junior football, to switch allegiances if they qualify for another senior international team.
This has seen an influx of French-born players into the Algerian squad, who may well now be dark horses for the 2010 Nations Cup event.
It would be their second continental triumph following success in the 1990 tournament that they hosted, having previously been runners-up in 1980 in Nigeria.
The 1980s was very much the Golden Age of Algerian football with two World Cup appearances (1982 and 1986), as well as trips to at the very leas the semifinals of the Nations Cup in five out of six tournaments, before finally claiming that win at the turn of the 90s.
Their failure to win a place at the 2006 tournament in Tunisia ended a run of 13 qualifications in a row, though they did not get past the quarterfinals after their win in 1990.
Nations Cup Record:
1968: Qualified for the finals, did not progress past the first round
1970: Did not qualify
1972: Did not qualify
1974: Did not qualify
1976: Did not qualify
1978: Did not qualify
1980: Runners-up, lost 0-3 to Nigeria in the final
1986: Qualified for the finals, did not progress past the first round
1992: Qualified for the finals, did not progress past the first round
1994: Qualified for the finals, disqualified for using suspended player
1998: Qualified for the finals, did not progress past the first round
2002: Qualified for the finals, did not progress past the first round
2006: Did not qualify
2008: Did not qualify
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51 18 16 17 63 57
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