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Algeria appoint Belmadi on a four year deal

Algeria have confirmed the appointment of Djamel Belmadi as their new national team manager, signing a four-year deal until 2022.

Belmadi was not the name the FA president Zetchi promised, which will only increase the pressure on him once again with what will surely be his last chance.

The 42-year-old scored five goals in 20 games for Algeria as a player, including one against France under predecessor Rabah Madjer.

Belmadi has spent his entire managerial career in Qatar so far, and even beat Algeria in 2015 as manager of the Qatari national side.

Now he has been tasked with guiding Algeria to the next World Cup, that is in Qatar, as well as the next two Africa Cup of Nations competitions.

Madjid Bougherra, who scored the goal that sent Algeria to the 2014 World Cup, will be his assistant manager. Belmadi enjoyed a successful playing career, featuring spells at the likes of PSG and Man City.

Carlos Queiroz, Herve Renard and Vahid Halilhodzic were linked since Madjer’s departure, but it seems those links were all just fake rumours to appease the nation.

His first game in charge will be away to Gambia next month in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers in September, where Algeria already have three points.

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