Algerian youngster Bahlouli wanted by Liverpool

Algerian youngster Mohamed Bahlouli is being chased by Liverpool, according to French media outlet France Football.

The 18-year-old, who was born on 17th February 2000, currently plays for Lyon in their academy, and is one of many French-Algerian footballers to have made their way through the Lyon system such as Karim Benzema, Nabil Fekir, Houssem Aouar and Rachid Ghezzal.

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Bahlouli, who’s brother Fares plays in Ligue 1 for Lille, is catching the eyes of several big clubs around Europe but Premier League side Liverpool are reportedly leading the race for him.

If the midfielder was to make the move to Anfield, he would join fellow Algerian Yasser Larouci in their youth system and play for Steven Gerrard.

After seeing his older brother fail to make it onto the European footballing stage, Mohamed Bahlouli is said to be very keen on moving to a bigger club abroad in order to advance his career prospects.

Bahlouli is right-footed and 1.73 metres tall, and currently plays for the Lyon U19 side after being born in France. He has been at Lyon since he was a schoolboy.

Carl Medjani is the only Algerian to break into the first team squad at Liverpool, spending three years on their books between 2003 and 2006.

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Newcastle forward Slimani training in Algeria

Newcastle United forward Islam Slimani has returned to Algeria to continue his training, and spend some time closer to his family.

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Rafa Benitez had given permission to his players to have the weekend off as Newcastle are out of the FA Cup, and Slimani took the opportunity to fly to Algeria.

He took part in some training sessions on his own in Sidi Moussa; which is the training complex in Algeria where the national team trains.

Since making the move on loan from Leicester City on transfer deadline day, a thigh injury has prevented the striker from making his debut for the club.

With the Magpies out of all other Cup competitions, Slimani can only play ten matches for Newcastle, as he his unable to play against his parent club Leicester due to the loan rules.

The fact that Slimani took the initiative to go to Algeria and rehabilitate is a positive one, showing he is ready to work hard in order to get back to full fitness.

Newcastle travel to Bournemouth on Saturday, and the 29-year-old should be fit enough to be in the squad. His side are currently 13th in the Premier League table, but just two points above the relegation zone.

Aissa Mandi scores against champions Real Madrid

Algerian pair Aissa Mandi and Ryad Boudebouz both started against La Liga champions Real Madrid tonight in Real Betis’ 5-3 loss.

Lucas Vazquez had a moment to forget, after Ryad Boudebouz poked the ball through his legs with some silky skills in the opening exchanges.

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Real Madrid took the lead after just eleven minutes. Cristiano Ronaldo’s shot was beaten out by Betis goalkeeper Adan, but only as far as Marco Asensio who finished superbly from the rebound.

Aissa Mandi then went close to an equaliser. He headed Joaquin’s corner just wide of the Madrid goal after 20 minutes of the game.

But in the 34th minute, Mandi made his header count this time as he headed fantastically with a bullet header into the back of the net and scored from a brilliant ball in by Joaquin. Minutes later, the hosts were in front after an own goal by Nacho Fernandez.

Real Madrid started the second half well, and there was another defender on the score-sheet as Sergio Ramos equalised after 51 minutes. On the hour mark, Zinedine Zidane’s team restored their lead as Dani Carvajal played in Asensio for his second goal of the game and Real Madrid’s 6,000th goal of all time.

Cristiano Ronaldo then put the game out of sight. Boudebouz showed a great range of dribbling and passing throughout the match against such top opposition. A great experience for both Algerians.

Sergio Leon came on late to pull a goal back for Betis, but another substituted killed the game as Karim Benzema scored in the 92 minute.

The 23-man Algeria squad that Madjer should be picking

With the Algerian national team back in action next month, Rabah Madjer has a lot of thinking and picking to do for his 23-man squad to play against Tanzania and Iran.

So we have come up with the following squad that we believe should be named based on factors such as form and experience.

Goalkeepers: Rais M’Bolhi, Chamseddine Rahmani, Faouzi Chaouchi

M’Bolhi is undoubtedly Algeria’s number one goalkeeper. He should be backed up by Chaouchi’s experience whilst Rahmani is top of the Algerian league.

Defenders: Ramy Bensebaini, Aissa Mandi, Carl Medjani, Youcef Attal, Abderrahmane Hachoud, Mohamed Bencherifa, Mohamed Fares

It’s important to have a mix of domestic and foreign-born players in the squad. You need to have defenders that play continentally to stand a chance of winning in Africa. The full-back area is weak, but Bencherifa has been fantastic for CS Constantine, whilst Hachoud has tonnes of experience in Algerian football.

Midfielders: Sofiane Bendebka, Yacine Brahimi, Riyad Mahrez, Zinedine Ferhat, Ismael Bennacer, Sofiane Hanni, Nabil Bentaleb, Sofiane Feghouli, Idir Ouali

Taider should be nowhere near the team after moving to play amateur teams in Canada. The midfield needs to be built around Bennacer; such a bright talent dominating Serie B and top of the league there too. Some great options on either wing with Brahimi, Mahrez, Feghouli and Ferhat. That is where Algeria’s main goal threat should come from.

Forwards: Hilal Soudani, Baghdad Bounedjah, Islam Slimani, Lamine Abid

Soudani and Bounedjah have been in great scoring form. Although Slimani has had very little game time, he is still a big threat. Abid deserves to be rewarded for being the leading scorer domestically.

Mandi and Boudebouz welcome Real Madrid in La Liga

Algerian duo Aissa Mandi and Ryad Boudebouz face European powerhouse Real Madrid this Sunday in La Liga, with kick-off at 7.45pm in Andalucia.

Real Betis are currently 8th in the Spanish league table; just four places and nine points behind their opponents Real Madrid who have really struggled domestically this campaign.

Zinedine Zidane’s team will be in high spirits following their Champions League victory over Paris Saint-Germain, but they did lose at home at the Bernabeu this season to Betis who can now complete the double over them.

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Hosts Betis also come into the match with a win, after securing a win in Deportivo La Coruna last Monday where central defender Mandi kept a clean sheet.

The match represents a brilliant opportunity for Mandi and Boudebouz to play against one of the best teams in the world, as well as one of the best managers on the planet.

Betis are fighting for a place in the Europa League, whereas reigning champions Real Madrid are battling it out for a finish in the top four.

The eyes of the world will be on the Algerian pair, and you can follow live updates of the match on the DZ Football twitter account; @DZFootball_en.

Ounas scores but Hanni loses in Europa League

Algerian winger Adam Ounas made the most of his opportunity for Napoli in the Europa League with a brilliant goal for the Italian league leaders against RB Leipzig.

The 21-year-old has been struggling for game time in Serie A, but proved tonight that he has got what it takes to start for Sarri’s side.

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Ounas scored a fantastic goal, picking up the ball on the right-hand side of the box and finishing brilliantly into the bottom left corner of the net after 52 minutes.

With the second leg in just one week’s time, Ounas will be hoping to start once again when the Neapolitan outfit travel to East Germany. He came off in the 60th minute for midfielder Allan in a defensive switch.

However, two goals for RB Leipzig late on have put Napoli in a real dangerous position in the tie, with a 3-1 loss.

Napoli dropped into the Europa League after finishing third in their Champions League group, behind England’s Manchester City and Ukraine’s Shakhtar Donestk.

Elsewhere in the last 32 of the competition, Sofiane Hanni suffered a home defeat with Spartak Moscow against La Liga team Athletic Bilbao. The Algerian midfielder came on in the 75th minute for Denis Glushakov, but failed to make a real impact in their 3-1 defeat.

Brahimi’s Porto suffer Champions League defeat to Liverpool

Yacine Brahimi and FC Porto suffered a disappointing 5-0 defeat at home to Liverpool in the first leg of their Champions League last 16 encounter. The Algerian winger was making his 28th appearance in Europe’s elite club competition.

Sadio Mane broke the deadlock in the 25th minute for the Premier League side. Although it was a tame effort at goal from the Senegalese winger, Porto goalkeeper Jose Sa made a real mess of the shot as it bounced off of him into the back of the net.

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Just four minutes later, Mohamed Salah doubled the lead for the visitors after James Milner’s curling strike came off the post and into the path of Liverpool’s number 11 who finished from two yards out and doubled the lead.

As Porto pushed forward and looked to get back into the tie, Liverpool countered and Roberto Firmino’s shot was parried poorly by Sa into the path of Mane for his second goal in the 53rd minute.

Brahimi was then substituted just after the hour mark. He failed to get the better of defender Alexander-Arnold and then tried to attack Liverpool from a more central position, but eventually ran out of steam.

Roberto Firmino piled on the misery for Porto as he scored a fourth goal in the 70th minute, and Mane got his hat-trick with a super strike from long range late on. Porto and Brahimi will travel to Anfield for the second leg in three weeks time, with the winner advancing to the quarter-finals of the competition.

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