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Algiers, Algeria - Football - Football-mad Algeria erupted into euphoria after the country's national team won the final of the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt. Algerian fans were out on the streets of the French city after the national teams qualified for the 2015 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, the continent's biggest football tournament, with a brilliant last-minute free-kick goal. Algeria's economy, once the world's second-largest after France's, was on the brink of collapse because of an unprecedented and severe financial crisis, but the African Cup of Nations was preceded by a political victory.

Believing that they would be a successful team, they began recruiting leading Algerian footballers from the country's top clubs, such as Algiers FC and Al-Ahly, believing that they would be able to stop Germany's path to Algeria. Algeria had not played against France since October 2001, and FIFA's intervention prevented the FLN from testing itself against the 1954 World Cup winners. The friendly was abandoned when mainly French people - born and raised in France's poor banlieue settlements - stormed onto the pitch. In an attempt to defuse the situation, the government allowed all "Algerian subjects" to become French citizens, granted them parliamentary representation and encouraged their football clubs to play in the city, even though the FLN had attacked targets in Algiers, thereby triggering the Franco-Algerian war.

Saed said: 'I met a lot of Egyptians in the stadium who were cheering for the team that played against Algeria. Algerian fans cheered for Aboutrika when they saw the martyrs Ahly and Zamalek. We took pictures with his mother and told her how we loved him and how he gave us sleepless nights when Algeria played against Egypt, "Mehdi said.

Nadia Belala, who is now a member of the women's Under-20 national team at the African Women's Cup of Nations, was one of the participants and was seen as a starting point for the development of Algerian women footballers. After her club's success, the Algerian Football Federation asked her to train with the women's U20 national team. It was also the first international match she had seen on television. Chants of "Allahu Akbar" could be heard throughout the stadium as Algeria advanced to the final of this year's Africa Cup of Nations in Nigeria.

Bosnia's coach, who had a successful playing career in France and led Algeria's team to the round of 16 at the 2014 World Cup. The rivalry began in the qualifying rounds for the 1990 World Cup, when Algeria, which had qualified for the tournament in 1982 and 1986, was crushed by an Egyptian team. Algeria knocked Egypt out in the quarter-finals in 1990 and the final qualifying round in 1992.

At the time, football fans in Algeria's largest province called on sports officials to gather as many players as possible to attend a friendly tournament in Annaba. The new Algerian leadership organised a series of friendly matches between the two teams and even offered free tickets to all Algerian fans once in Cairo.

Tensions between Franco and Algeria were far from resolved, however, and Zidane did not mention other players such as Thierry Henry, Yaya Toure and N'Golo Kante. The situation prompted French-Algerian coach Belmadi to urge Algerians and supporters in France to celebrate their country's victory over France at the end of the season.

Algeria has always had football chants, but in the last 15 years it has developed into a distinct musical culture. The French authorities forced them to accept quotas of "European" players to prevent the game from becoming a conduit for anti-colonial sentiment. But football is a complex sport, overshadowed by various forms of corruption, and it goes far beyond stadium culture and has become a cultural and political phenomenon in its own right.

Looking back, the 2019 Afcon victory underscores how long the Algerian regime has been able to mobilize victories for its own agenda. King Charles I invaded Algeria, claimed it from the Ottoman Empire, defeated the Dey troops, and hoped that victory against a foreign power would rally support for the monarchy in France. When militarism met modernity, Algeria experienced its most successful phase as an independent nation - as a state.

Hirak's 22nd Friday protest took place at the airlift linking Algiers to Cairo. In 1997, during a period of instability in the country, the then president of the Algerian Football Federation, Abdelkader Abboudi, proposed a plan for the development and organisation of women's football in Algeria. It was an attempt to overcome the differences between the Algerian national team and its national football team and to prove that the team really belonged to the nation and not just to a small group of wealthy businessmen.

The AFF is also a member of the Confederation of African Football and is responsible for organizing the FIFA Women's World Cup and the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON). Algeria hosted the World Cup for the first time in 2002 under the leadership of Abdelkader Abboudi, then president of the Algerian Football Federation. Algeria Championship, which is also a member of the Confederation of African Football.

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