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Burkina Faso have pitted themselves against their continental rivals in six previous FIFA World Cup™ qualifying campaigns without ever reaching the finals. Their South Africa 2010 bid was their most successful, the Stallions topping their second-round group ahead of Tunisia and beating Guinea and Malawi home and away in the following stage, only to be pipped by Côte d’Ivoire following a pair of losses to the Elephants.
The current crop
Since Burkina Faso (which can be translated as “the home of men of integrity”) began emphasising the importance of developing young players, results have improved dramatically. Burkina Faso have excelled in youth tournaments both in Africa and on the world stage, while the senior team’s impressive displays on the road to South Africa 2010 suggest genuine strides have been made. The 2013 CAF Africa Cup of Nations confirmed the rise of the Burkinabés, who reached the final of the continental tournament.
The key players
Top scorer in Africa during qualifying for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, Moumouni Dagano provides the side’s main attacking threat, while Jonathan Pitroipa, Alain Traoré and Charles Kabore have emerged as leaders in midfield thanks to the experience they have picked up in Europe.
Coach: Paul Put
Best performance in a FIFA competition: FIFA U-17 World Cup Trinidad and Tobago 2001 (Third place)
Former stars: Alassane Ouedraogo, Seydou Traore
Algeria booked their place at the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ after a fiercely contested final qualifying round that culminated in a showdown with long-time rivals Egypt. The third and final phase finished with the two teams level on points and goal difference at the top of Group C, necessitating a play-off on 18 November 2009 in Omdurman, Sudan. Following a tense build-up to the encounter, Algeria eventually prevailed 1-0 thanks to an Anthar Yahia strike, heralding their return to the world stage after a 24-year absence. Algeria’s first bid to reach the showpiece tournament came ahead of the 1970 edition, although it would not be until 1982 that the Desert Foxes made it through to the finals. The side repeated the feat at the next edition in 1986, crushing fellow north Africans Tunisia 7-1 over two matches in the final qualifying round.
FIFA World Cup finals history
Algeria have played in a total of three FIFA World Cup finals. They got off to the best possible start at the 1982 edition in Spain, beating West Germany 2-1 in their opening game and in the process becoming the first African team to win a match in the competition. Despite a 3-2 victory over Chile in their final group game, an earlier 2-0 loss to Austria meant that while level on points with the latter, they were eliminated on goal difference. Mexico 1986 was less memorable for the north African side. Drawn in Group D with Brazil, Spain and Northern Ireland, two defeats and a draw left them bottom of the table and on the first flight home. Nor were things much better at South Africa 2010. Pitted against England, USA and Slovenia, they lost twice and drew their other fixture, departing the competition without a goal to their name.
The current crop
The qualifying phase of the 2012 CAF Africa Nations Cup was hugely disappointing for the Desert Foxes. They finished qualifying in third place and now must look ahead to the 2014 FIFA World Cup and African Cup of Nations 2013 under the new leadership of Bosnian coach Vahid Halilhodzic.
The key players
Among those aiming to make their mark in the preliminaries will be Karim Ziani, Madjid Bougherra, Anthar Yahia, Rafik Saifi and Ryad Boudebouz.
Coach: Vahid Halilhodzic
Best performances in a FIFA competition: FIFA World Cup Spain 1982, Mexico 1986, South Africa 2010 (Group stages)
Former stars: Lakhdar Belloumi, Rachid Mekhloufi, Mustapha Zitouni