The Algeria national football team represents Algeria in association football and is controlled by the Algerian Football Federation. The team plays its home games at the Stade 5 Juillet 1962 in Algiers.
Algeria joined FIFA on 1 January 1964, a year and a half after gaining independence.
Algeria have qualified for four World Cups in 1982, 1986, 2010 and 2014. Algeria won the African Cup of Nations once in 1990, when they hosted the tournament. At the 2014 World Cup, Algeria became the first African team to score four goals in a match at the World Cup against South Korea.
The traditional rivals of Algeria have been Morocco, Tunisia and Egypt. However, more recently, Egypt has become the main rival after a number of incidents involving the two teams, most recently during the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification, in which Algeria defeated Egypt 1–0 in a tense tiebreaker in Omdurman in Sudan to qualify to the World Cup. A few months later, Algeria was then defeated by Egypt 0–4 in a tense match in Angola during the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations, which added to the rivalry.Close