Magharebia (Washington DC)

9 June 2014

Algeria Gets Ready for World Cup

Photo: Barry Aldworth/Backpagepix
Madjid Bougherra of Algeria celebrates scoring during Africa Cup of Nations 2010.

E in Sao Paulo — The Algerian squad arrived in Brazil at dawn on Sunday (June 8th) in order to finish their preparations for the World Cup.

The Desert Warriors will play in Group H alongside Belgium, South Korea and Russia in the cup that will take place in Brazil June 12th through July 13th.

The plane carrying the Fennecs landed at 6am at Viracopos International Airport, 80 kilometres from the city of Sorocaba, where the team will be residing.

Upon their arrival, they were surrounded by unprecedented security reinforcements due to a wave of protests that have rocked Brazil lately.

As part of Magharebia's on-the-scene coverage of the Greens in Brazil, we were at the airport for the team's arrival.

Algerian Football Federation President Mohamed Raouraoua, the Algerian ambassador to Brazil, Djamel-Eddine Omar Bennaoum, as well as some representatives of the local authorities greeted the players at the airport.

After breakfast in the VIP hall, the footballers headed to their residence amid tight security.

No one was allowed to approach the Algerian delegation, save some of the reporters. The exit of the airport saw the activity of many journalists; they were Algerian, Korean, Brazilian and even French, as well as fans of the Fennecs.

One such supporter was Brazil resident Mohamed Nimer, who arrived in the early hours of the morning at the airport accompanied by his Brazilian wife, Jacqueline Dos Santos Oliveira. He wore the Algerian flag while waiting eagerly to meet the players.

"I am very happy to meet a lot of my compatriots here; still, I was also disappointed because I was not able to meet the players," he told Magharebia.

"Even so, I encourage them all from the bottom of my heart," he added.

His wife said, "I am proud of my husband because he loves his country madly. I promised him to encourage the Algerian national team in the World Cup, however if they happen to play against Brazil, then I will encourage my country of course."

The Greens reached their residence an hour later in the "NRC Sport" Sorocaba centre.

They were greeted by a group of children who chanted welcoming songs. Some citizens also lined the curbs of the road to greet the players.

The footballers then went to their rooms to rest, before a light training in the evening, followed by another one on Monday in the presence of fans.

The Desert Foxes held a training camp at home May 8th-29th with the participation of 25 players. The camp witnessed the exclusion of goalkeeper Azzedine Doukha followed by that of teammate Adlene Guedioura after the match against Armenia.

The Greens won their friendly against Armenia on May 31st in Switzerland. The same team defeated Romania 2-1 in another friendly on June 4th before flying to Brazil for the World Cup.

Algeria will play against Belgium on June 17th, then South Korea on June 22nd and Russia on June 26th.

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