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Every goal counts for Algeria when they play in Brazil

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Monday, May 19, 2014

ALGIERS - Algeria have promised to improve on an embarrassing World Cup record when they compete at the 2014 finals in Brazil.

The Desert Foxes last won a match at the tournament 32 years ago and have scored only once in six games during two subsequent appearances.

But midfielder Foued Kadir says his country can do better with a more experienced squad than that which flopped in South Africa four years ago.

"You will see a different Algeria in Brazil, with more maturity and experience than the 2010 squad," said Kadir.

"Our ambitions are to win matches and qualify for the knockout stage. So much hinges on the first game against Belgium.

"Everybody is assuming the Belgians are going to top the group, leaving the other three teams fighting for second place.

"If we can get at least a draw against Belgium our chances of making the knockout stages will greatly improve."

South Korea and 2018 World Cup hosts Russia complete Group H, which is spread over five venues.

Kadir has been loaned to Rennes by fellow Ligue 1 outfit Marseille and is among numerous France-based Algerians vying for squad places.

Football ties between France and Algeria run deep with Lille-born Tottenham Hotspur central midfielder Nabil Bentaleb opting for the Foxes.

The 19-year-old played for France at under-age level before being persuaded to represent the country of his parents.

He made his international debut during March in a 2-0 win in a friendly at home to Slovenia, who defeated Algeria at the 2010 World Cup.

It was a rare victory over European opposition and raised morale ahead of Brazil.








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