Category Archives: Algeria

Fútbol y la Identidad

¿Qué es lo que define la identidad de un equipo? Es una pregunta que puede parecer sencilla, pero en realidad, es un poco difícil de formular una respuesta adecuada. Obviamente, hay muchos factores que pueden afectar la forma en que se percibe la identidad de un equipo, incluyendo el estilo de juego del equipo, las… Read More »

Le Deuxième Sexe: Les Femmes de la Rivalité France-Algérie

Nous connaissons tous la gloire 1998 dans la Coupe de Monde de la France sur son propre sol. Dirigé par Zinedine Zidane, Thierry Henry et Lilian Thuram, l’équipe a marqué une victoire pour le monde francophone, en plus de la France continentale. Zidane et ses fortes connexions vers l’Algérie, compte tenu de l’histoire, a joué un… Read More »

Soccer Politics Class Begins

This week I began teaching “Soccer Politics” here at Duke University for the third time. This blog will host the writings of students in the course in four different languages: English, French, German and Spanish. You can see the class readings here. On the first day of class we analyzed three bits of the visual… Read More »

Algeria’s Historic Victory

For the first time, Algeria moved on to the Round of 16 in the World Cup yesterday. As the game ended, a crowd hoisted a man in a wheelchair up above them to celebrate. Here is what the scene looked like from above in another plaza where a crowd waited out the final seconds of… Read More »

Remembering Algeria vs. Egypt

As we enter into several days of World Cup qualifying matches, it’s worth returning to some of the more dramatic moments of the 2010 qualifiers. This excellent short documentary (brought to my attention by Peter Alegi, editor of the blog Football is Coming Home) brings us back Algeria’s qualification. Their victory of Egypt incited mass… Read More »

Bliss, and a Belgian Spared

It has been a beautiful day. It was a perfect match, offering up everything that draws us to football. The devastation of the goal-that-was-not, the relief as the team, rather than fumbling into frustration, kept carefully building up excellent plays, defending beautifully, and pushing, pushing, pushing. Raïs M’Bohli, the Paris-born Congolese/Algerian goalkeeper — who, I… Read More »

Facing Algeria

Since last December’s World Cup draw, the Algerian team has been, to my mind, underestimated. They’ve certainly had their ups and downs, and the coach has taken risks by incorporating some new players who weren’t present in qualifying. And the goalie who played so well against England, Raïs M’Bohli, did so during his first full… Read More »

A Blue Flame

It’s strange to say, but I felt a powerful sense of relief after France’s defeat by Mexico. I’ve been rooting for France steadily since 2006, through the crash-and-burn of Euro 2008, through a qualifying campaign that constantly seemed like Waterloo (with Serbs instead the English), through the ire of Ireland, optimistic to a fault. Now… Read More »