Algeria’s first match of 2018 is confirmed
Algeria’s first match of the calendar year has been confirmed and they will face Iran on the 27th of March 2018. The game, which will take place in the Austrian capital city of Vienna, will be a good opportunity for manager Rabah Madjer to test his team against a side going to the World Cup.
Iran wanted to play against Algeria as they were drawn with fellow North African side Morocco in the group stage of the World Cup, and the match will also be a nice opportunity to see Les Verts play against non-African opposition.
The two teams have met three times before, with Algeria winning two and losing one. Next month’s match will be the first game between the Algeria and Iran since 1991.
Carlos Quieroz’s team are currently 34th in the FIFA World Rankings, which is 23 places above Algeria so it should be a good encounter. Madjer has also said that Algeria hope to confirm a second friendly in March, which is expected to be against fellow African side Gabon.
Algeria have a good record against teams from Asia, outlined with their 1-0 win in 2010 against the United Arab Emirates, and a thumping 4-2 win in the 2014 World Cup in which they became the first ever African team to ever score four goals in a World Cup match.