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ALGERIA - Rabah Saadane has returned as a World Cup coach more than two decades after taking his country to their last finals appearance in Mexico in 1986.
An ex-international, Saadane has had an intermittent coaching career but was offered the job when a series of French bosses departed without much success. The 63-year-old has worked in several Arabic countries over the past two decades.
Algeria's key players:
Karim Ziani (VfL Wolfsburg). Age: 27. Position: midfield. French-born Ziani is representative of the vast majority of Algeria players, who are born in France to immigrant parents and have opted to play for the north African nation.
The diminutive Ziani threw in his lot with Algeria before coming to prominence at Lorient, where he was voted Ligue 2's best player, and later Sochaux and Olympique Marseille.
Nadir Belhadj (Portsmouth). Age: 27. Position: full-back. Not many can boast scoring twice against Argentina but Belhadj achieved the feat in a 4-3 loss in a friendly in Spain two years ago to make a strong statement about his ability, particularly down the left wing where he keenly moves forward from his full-back position.
Mourad Meghni (Lazio). Age: 25. Position: midfield.
A recent change to the Fifa statutes has allowed this former French Under-21 international to play for Algeria. He made his debut in August and helped in the key qualifying matches.
How they qualified:
A dramatic playoff triumph over Egypt was overshadowed by violence and has strained relations between the nations, which finished tied at the top of their group.
Prospects: Algeria exceeded all expectations in qualifying for the 2010 finals, overcoming a decade in the doldrums that has included failing to even qualify for the last two African Nations Cup finals. Their battle against Egypt in the qualifiers was a veritable World Cup final for them. - Reuters