Belfodil signs for Champions League bound Hoffenheim

Algerian striker Ishak Belfodil has joined German team Hoffenheim from Standard Liege, signing a contract until summer 2022.

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The Bundesliga club have just qualified for the group stage of next season’s Champions League, which surely puts the 26-year-old striker in pole position to be Algeria’s first choice striker.

Belfodil, who was born in Mostaganem, recently spent a season on loan at Werder Bremen which gives him experience in German football. He scored four league goals during this spell, although he spent a lot of time on the bench.

He came through the academy system in Lyon before making a move to Italy where he was signed by Roberto Mancini at Inter Milan.

Hoffenheim are currently managed by one of the most highly-rated managers in Europe, Julian Nagelsmann, who has been highly successful for the club.

The forward, who can also play on the wing, has two goals in 14 appearances for the Algerian national team, scoring twice in a win against Oman. We hope to see Belfodil make a return with Les Verts as a reward for his improved form this year.

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Schalke linked with Algerian forward Belfodil

Ishak Belfodil is being linked with a move to Bundesliga side Schalke, according to German media outlet Bild.

The 26-year-old, who is currently on loan in the German league at Werder Bremen from Standard Liege, has scored six goals this season in all competitions.

According to the report, Schalke manager Tedesco is keen on the Algerian due to his athleticism and all-round ability. He has scored 4 goals and made 13 starts in the Bundesliga this campaign.

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Schalke finished 2nd in the league, behind Bayern Munich, and have qualified for the group stage of next season’s Champions League.

They already have one Algerian footballer in their squad, namely central midfielder Nabil Bentaleb, which could have some weight on the potential transfer.

Hoffenheim have also been linked with Belfodil, but Schalke are said to be the favourites to sign the Algerian international forward.

Born in Mostaganem, Belfodil came through the academy system in Lyon before making a move to Italy where he was signed by Roberto Mancini at Inter Milan.

He has two goals in 14 appearances for the Algerian national team, scoring twice in a win against Oman. We hope to see Belfodil make a return with Les Verts as a reward for his improved form this year.

Sorry Slimani but it’s time to try Bounedjah and Belfodil

Islam Slimani, when fit, has dominated the striker’s position in the Algerian national team for the past few years. The fourth highest goal-scorer in the history of Les Verts, he has been a brilliant player for the North Africans.

Helping Algeria reach the last 16 of the World Cup for the first time in their entire history, he has scored some crucial goals, most notably a header against Fabio Capello’s Russia in Brazil.

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But now at 29 years of age, Slimani is struggling for game time at club level. And if you’re not in form for your club, you certainly do not deserved to be picked for your country.

And with Slimani set to receive a three game ban that will end his season, it is surely now time for Algeria to start looking elsewhere and give someone else a chance with the number nine shirt.

Baghdad Bounedjah has been scoring for fun in Qatar, and helped Al Sadd reach the Qatari Cup final as well as the next round of the AFC Champions League.

Ishak Belfodil, who currently plays for Werder Bremen, has scored six goals in Germany this season. Idriss Saadi has four goals in Ligue 1 this season for Strasbourg. Nabil Ghilas in Turkey. Even Oussama Darfalou from USM Alger.

Algeria need to make the most of international friendlies and start trying new players in the forward positions. There are players far more deserving of a place up front than Slimani.

With the Africa Cup of Nations just over a year away, Algeria need to start looking ahead to this tournament and prepare properly. There is talent that can improve the national side if you look in the right places.

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