Tuesday, December 5, 2017

French Algerian Greatest All-Time Team

France vs Algeria in 2001

Please also see my All-Time World Cup Team Index.
French Black Players 
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African American PlayersGerman Americans/American Germans
German Turks 
Hispanic/Latino American Players
Polish diaspora.
Black Portuguese Players
Afro-Brazilian Players 
Surnamese-Dutch
Dutch-Indos/Indonesia-born Dutch All-Time Team

This is my selection of an All-Time Team for French-Algerians.  It is a team made up of Algerian-born players who represented for France, French-born players who represented for Algeria or French players who were of Algerian ethnicity. If there were an All-Time World Cup, this would be the 23 players I would bring to the tournament.

The French conquest of Algeria took place between 1830 and 1847.  The colonial rule lasted until 1962.  As a result, many Algerians loved in France Today.  As for the sport, As early as the first World Cup Finals in 1930, the French Algerians have represented the French national team.  Zinedine Zidane is one of the greatest French players of all-time.  Before Algeria's independence, the FLN football team, a team made up by Algerian players based in France was an unofficial national team for the colonial Algeria in its fight for independence. The team later became the basis of the first Algerian national team. Today, a large number of French-Algerians represent Algeria on the football stage.

Zidane vs Algeria

Team
GK: Raïs M'Bolhi (Algeria)
M'Bolhi was born in Paris, France to a Congolese father and Algerian mother. He started playing football (soccer) for RCF Paris. Then, he joined Olympique de Marseille, though he never made a league appearance before his release in January 2006. He played in Turkey, Bulgaria, the USA, Russia, etc. He was capped by France at the youth level before switching to Algeria.  He played in both WC Finals in 2010 and 2014.

GK: Georges Lamia (France)
Born in French Algeria, Georges Lamia played for USM Annaba in Algeria before heading to play in France for Nice, La Havre and Stade Rennais.  His main club was Nice in Southern France. For the national team, he had 7 caps. He represented France at the 1960 European Championship, where France took fourth place.

GK: Mohamed Benhamou (Algeria)
Born in Paris, Benhamou began his career as a left-back at age 7 with Red Star Saint-Ouen. Benhamou joined after one season with AS Cannes in the French Championnat National (third division). Prior to signing with Cannes in the summer of 2006, he spent five seasons with Paris Saint-Germain. He has seven caps with the Algerian national team.

RB: Aïssa Mandi (Algeria)
Aïssa Mandi started to play football at the age of 8 at Stade de Reims. On 20 August 2010, he made his professional debut as a starter for the club in a Ligue 2 match against Le Havre AC.  Since 2016, he played for Real Betis. He received his first cap for Algeria in 2014 and was on their 2014 World Cup team.

CB/RB: Mustapha Zitouni (France/Algeria)
Mustapha Zitouni was capped 4 times by France in the late 1950's.  He was on France's 1952 Olympic team.  He went on to represent the FLN football team, and then, Algeria when it became independent.  Zitouni began his career with OM Saint-Eugène. He then played in France for Cannes, Monaco and Chartres. While in Algeria, he played club football for RC Kouba.
Mustapha Zitouni (L)
CB: Madjid Bougherra (Algeria)
Madjid Bougherra began his career with Gueugnon before playing with English sides Crewe Alexandra, Sheffield Wednesday and Charlton Athletic. He moved to Scotland's Rangers in 2008. He also played for Lekhwiya and Aris. Bougherra won over 70 caps for Algeria. He served as the team's captain at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

CB: Christian Lopez (France)
Christian Lopez was a member of Michel Platini's Saint Etiene that dominated French football in the 1970's. Liked his club mate Gerard Janvion, he went to the World Cup Finals in 1978 and 1982. Lopez was born in French Algeria of Spanish-French background. He also played for Toulouse FC.

CB: Noureddine Kourichi (Algeria)
Born in France, Noureddine Kourichi chose to represent Algeria. Between 1980 and 1985, he had 30 caps for Algeria. He played in the 1982 and 1986 World Cup Finals. He played in 5 out of six games in those Finals.  For club football, he played with Valenciennes, Girondines Bordeaux and Lille in France.  

CB: Medhi Benatia (Morocco) 
Born in France of Moroccan and Algerian roots, Medhi Benatia  chose to play for Morocco. He first made a name with Udinese and then, Roma, where he was considered a top defender in the Serie A.  In the summer of 2014, he joined Bayern Munich.  In 2016, he returned to Juventus, where he played in that famous defence.  

LB: William Ayache (France)
William Ayache played for a number of clubs in France.  He won two championship teams in France in 1980 and 1983 with FC Nantes. In 1984, he participated at the Summer Olympic Games on the French national team, winning the gold medal, and was also a member of the French team that finished third in the 1986 FIFA World Cup. Altogether, he was capped 20 times for his country.
William Ayache

LB: Abdelkader Ben Bouali (France)
Born in French Algeria, Abdelkader Ben Bouali was a substitute player for France at the 1938 World Cup Finals, but he only played once for France in 1937 against Ireland. For domestic club football, he played with Emmanuel Aznar, Mario Zatelli and Larbi Benbarek for Marseilles.

DM: Yazid Mansouri (Algeria)
Mansouri began his career at Tinqueux SC, a team in the sixth division.  He later played with Le Havre AC, Coventry City, LB Châteauroux and FC Lorient. He played 67 times for Algeria.  he was their captain before the WC Finals in 2010, but he did not play a single game in the Final.

DM: Alexandre Villaplane (France)
Villaplane was the first ever player of Northern African origin to represent France.  He captained France at the 1930 WC Finals.  During the WW Two, he helped the Nazi Germans' occupation of France and was a SS officer.  He was executed as a Nazi collaborator at the end of the War.

AM/CM:  Ali Fergani (Algeria)
Fergani was capped 66 times. He was the playmaker for Algeria at World Cup in 1982.  He also went to the Olympics in 1980. On the same year, he went to the African Nations of Cu, where Algeria finished second. He was the runner-up at the African Player of the Year award in 1981. Fergani played club football for NA Hussein Dey and JE Tizi-Ouzo.
Ali Fergani

AM: Karim Ziani (Algeria)
Ziani is considered to be a national hero by many Algerians, he assisted the goal that put them into their first World Cup Finals since 1986. He has participated in the 2004 and 2010 Africa Cup of Nations, the latter in which Algeria finished fourth, and the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. Overall, he has 62 caps.  For his club career, he played in France, Germany and Qatar.

AM: Zinedine Zidane (France)
He was named the best European footballer of the past 50 years in the UEFA Golden Jubilee Poll, and has been described as one of the greatest players in the history of the game.  He won the FIFA World Player of the Year award three times.  He led France to victory at  the World Cup in 1998 and the European Championship in 2000.  With Real Madrid, he also won the Champions League in 2002, where he scored one of the greatest goals in history at the Final. 
Zinedine Zidane 
AM:Samir Nasri (France)
Since he was young, Nasri was often compared to Zidine due to his Algerian background.  He started his  his career with Marseille, and reached stardom in England with Arsenal and Manchester City.  He was voted French Player of the Year in 2010.  He played 41 times for France. He was a member both 2008 and 2012 European Championship team.

RW: Riyad Mahrez (Algeria)
Born in France, he joined Leicester from La Harve in 2014.  He helped Leicester Town to win the Premiership in 2015-2016.  He won the PFA Players' Player of the Year, and was a member of the Premier League PFA Team of the Year as he helped Leicester City win the Premier League.  He was selected to play for Algeria at Brazil 2014, but only played in one match. 
Riyad Mahrez
LW: Yacine Brahimi (Algeria)
Brahimi began his career with Rennes. While in the club's youth academy, he achieved several club honours. After spending the previous season there on loan, he moved to the La Liga club Granada CF in 2013, and then to Porto for €6.5 million one year later. An Algerian international, Brahimi is a former France youth international having represented the country at all youth levels. He played in 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations for Algeria.


FW:  Abdelaziz Ben Tifour (France/Algeria)
Abdelaziz Ben Tifour played for France at the 1954 World Cup Finals.  He had a notable career in the French league, especially with Nice.  He was one of the founding member of FLN Algeria national team.  He played for Nice. He moved to Troyes AC after six seasons with Nice in 1954 and then signed for AS Monaco in 1956.


ST: Rachid Mekhloufi (France/Algeria)
Rachid Mekhloufi is the all-time leading scorer for Saint-Etienne.  He won 4 Ligue 1 titles with them in the 1960's.  Liked many French-Algerian of his generation, he was capped by France.  He played 4 times for France.  He later played for FLN Algeria national team and then, Algeria after it gained independence. He was the co-manager of the Algeria national football team in the 1982 World Cup.
Rachid Mekhloufi 
ST: Said Brahimi (France)
Born in French Algeria, Said Brahimi started his club football in Algeria, but his club career was mainly with Toulouse in France. He won Coupe de France 1957 with them.  He had represented  the French national team twice and scored a single goal in 1957, but also with FLN Algerian national team over 40 times.

ST: Karim Benzema (France)
Benzema was billed as one of the best young players in Europe when he played for Lyon.  In 2009, he made a dream move to Real Madrid on the same summer that Kaka and Cristano Ronaldo joined the club.  He won the Champions' League in 2014, where he formed the BBC line with Ronaldo and Gareth Bale.  For the national team, he played in the 2014 WC Finals.
Karim Benzema

Honorable Mention
Mario Zatelli, Cédric Si Mohamed, Nadir Belhadj, Antar Yahia, Yuri Berchiche, Carl Medjani, Sofiane Feghouli, Faouzi Ghoulam, Medhi Lacen.

Squad Explanation
-- I do not know the ethnicity of some of the players.  
-- I am including Pieds-Noirs(Europeans who settled in French Algeria). 
-- I included any Algerian-born players who represented France or French-born Algerians who played for Algeria. 
--  Georges Lamia was born in  Algeria and he is listed as a Pieds-Noir.  I also included Christian Lopez who was also born in Algeria. He is of Spanish background.
-- Cédric Si Mohamed would be the third keeper if Lamia is not selected.
-- I excluded a few Algerians who played in the French league because I do not know if they are considered to be French-Algerian. For example, Abdelhamid Kermali is an Algerian who played in the French league, but I do not know if he is eligible to play for France. I am opened to his inclusion later on. 
-- Rachid Mekhloufi was capped by France, despite being born in Algeria.
-- I have several good left backs: Ghoulam and Nadir Belhadj, but I do not have a good rightback.  So I took Aïssa Mandi.
-- Alexandre Villaplane was the captain of the French national team.  Despite of his history, I selected him based on his football career.
-- Medhi Benatia played for Morocco, but he was born in France and his mother is Algerian. 
-- Kylian Mbappé's mother is Algerian.  At the time of writing, he is still too young to be considered, but I expected great things from him very soon.

Formation








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