AL­GE­RIA (28)

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - GOODPASTIMES -

AF­TER more than two decades the Al­ge­rian team will take part in the 2010 World Cup, car­ry­ing the hopes and as­pi­ra­tions of the Arab World as their lone rep­re­sen­ta­tive.

In the 1980s Al­ge­ria was one of the strong­est teams on the con­ti­nent and played in the 1982 and 1986 fi­nals and won the African Cup of Na­tions in 1990 at home.

Since then, things have gone down­hill and foot­ball fans still talk of the 1982 2-1 victory against West Ger­many. The 1990 African Cup of Na­tions was the end of a glit­ter­ing era for the Al­ge­rian team.

The Desert Foxes will go into the fi­nals as one of the weaker sides, but will be hop­ing to bring back the glory days of the 1980s.

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