Algerians in Europe: 26th-28th August

We will be looking at the Algerians in Europe performances on the weekend ahead of the national team’s African Cup of Nations qualifier against Lesotho, on the 01/09/16.

Portugal – Liga NOS

Islam Slimani scored the first goal in Sporting’s 2-1 win over rivals Porto. At the end of the match we saw an emotional Slimani, which could only mean that this would be the Algerians last game for the Leões, as defending Premier League Champions, Leicester City, are very close to signing him.

Yacine Brahimi did not start for Porto in the Leões vs Dragões (Lions vs Dragons), which is a sign that he is probably on his way out of Portugal. There are currently speculations that he could be making a move very shortly to the Premier League, Everton are heavy favourites to get their hands on the Algerian international.

Okacha Hamzaoui came on as a substitute in the 75th minute for Nacional in their 3-1 defeat against defending Portuguese champions, Benfica.

England – Premier League:

Riyad Mahrez played the full match in Leicester City’s 2-1 win over Swansea. Unfortunately Mahrez was unable to convert a penalty in the 56th minute, as Swansea’s Lukasz Fabianski guessed the right way to deny a comfortable 3-0 lead.

Adlene Guedioura played 46 minutes in Watford’s 3-1 loss to Arsenal on Saturday in the Premier League.

Sofiane Feghouli is currently still injured and is expected to come back on the 10th of September, due to this he will be missing Algeria’s qualifying match in midweek.

Belgium – Pro League

In the Belgian League, Sofiane Hanni played the full 90 minutes for Anderlecht in their 2-2 draw against Gent.

Idriss Saadi played 83 minutes in Kortrijk 2-1 victory over St.Truiden, the Algerian was unable to score but did contribute towards the victory.

Italy – Serie A

Faouzi Ghoulam played the full 90 minutes for Napoli in their 4-2 win over AC Milan. This match was Ghoulam’s 100th game for the Azzurri.

Saphir Taider played 76 minutes and scored a superb solo goal for Bologna in their 5-1 defeat away at Torino. There are rumours that the Algerian could be making a move to Serie A rivals, AS Roma.

NurPhoto/Getty Images
NurPhoto/Getty Images

France – Ligue 1

Ryad Boudebouz played the full 90 minutes and got an assist in Montpellier’s 1-1 draw against Rennes.

Ramy Bensebaini also played the full 90 minutes and against his national teammate Boudebouz. Bensebaini played a different role for his team than usual, he played as a central midfield rather than a centre back.

Yassine Benzia got an assist in Lille’s 1-1 draw away at Nice, the Algerian played 83 minutes.

Still no sign on Lyon’s Rachid Ghezzal, however according to Lyon’s owner Jean-Michel Aulas, Rachid Ghezzal will be going nowhere and may even extend his contract with Lyon.

Mehdi Mostefa played the full 90 minutes in SC Bastias’s 2-0 defeat against Caen.

Zinedine Machach started and played 72 minutes in Marseille’s 2-0 win over Lorient.

Fellow Algerian Walid Mesloub played the full 90 minutes for Lorient.

Spain – La Liga

Aissa Mandi played 90 minutes and kept a clean sheet for Real Betis in their 0-0 draw vs Deportivo.

Still no official playing time for Carl Medjani after confirming a few weeks ago his move to newly promoted
La Liga side, Leganes. Medjani watched from the sidelines as his team drew 0-0 with La Liga giants Atletico Madrid.

Foued Kadir will be leaving Seville after confirmation that Real Betis have terminated his contract, there are rumours circulating of a return for the Algerian to Ligue 1.

Germany – Bundesliga

It was confirmed in midweek that Nabil Bentaleb was making a move on loan from Tottenham Hotspur to Schalke 04, and he made his debut against Eintracht Frankfurt, despite coming on in the 74th minute, the young Algerian made a huge impact as he denied the opponents to get a second goal, after a last ditched tackle inside the penalty box.


El Arbi Hillal Soudani scored the winner in Dinamo Zagreb’s 2-1 away victory against NK Istra 1961.


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