Algeria managed to qualify in the 1982 and 1986 World cup. The 1982 FIFA World Cup saw one of the great World Cup upsets on the first day with the 2–1 victory of Algeria over reigning European Champions West Germany. This famous result for the Algerians put the Germans in grave danger of failing to qualify for the next round. This led to many people believing that the final match in the group between West Germany and Austria was fixed, as Algeria had already played their final group game the day before, West Germany and Austria knew that a West German win by 1 or 2 goals would qualify them both, while a larger German victory would qualify Algeria over Austria, and a draw or an Austrian win would eliminate. At last Germany qualified and Algeria did not reach the second round.In Mexico, at the 1986 World Cup, the Algerians were not able to pass the first round once again in a group that included Northern Ireland (1–1 draw), Brazil (1–0 loss), and Spain (3–0 loss). Only one Algerian managed to score during this competition: Djamel Zidane. From thereon, Algeria failed to qualify for
another World Cup until 2010.
On 11 October 2008, Algeria returned to the top 20 African teams by finishing first in their group ahead of Senegal, Gambia, and Liberia for the second round on the combined 2010 World Cup and 2010 African Cup of Nations qualifications.
In the third and final round of the qualifiers, Algeria was joined by Zambia, Rwanda, and Egypt. In July 2009, Algeria made their return amongst the world’s top fifty after a 3–1 win against the double African champions Egypt and a 2–0 away win against Zambia.
Beating Zambia in Blida 1–0 followed by a 3–1 win against Rwanda, Algeria ensured that the qualification for the World Cup would go down to the wire with a final encounter against Egypt in Cairo, where nothing less than a loss by three goals would stop the Fennecs from going to South Africa.
This run of results also saw Algeria move to the 29th position in FIFA ranking – one place behind Egypt in the October 2009 ranking. Prospects: Algeria which is ranked 11th on FIFA ranking, Qualification for the World Cup marked a dramatic upturn in fortunes after their failure to reach the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations and becoming the first side to be knocked out of this year's edition.
Algeria were bottom of their group at their last two World Cup finals, and any improvement is dependent on the successful integration of emerging players such as Inter Milan pair Saphir Taider and Ishak Belfodil. It also three years since they played outside Africa.
Algeria exceeded all expectations in qualifying for the 2010 finals held in South Africa. Their battle against Egypt in the qualifiers was a veritable World Cup 2010 final for them. This time during the qualification, Algeria were the last African qualifiers, beating Cup of Nations finalists Burkina Faso 1-0 in the second leg of their play-off to advance on away goals after a 3-2 first-leg defeat. They won all but one game in the previous group stage. COACH: Bosnian Vahid Halilhodzic, 61, took charge in July 2011 and the disciplinarian has cast aside several established players in favour of a new generation, many of whom represented France at youth level. Brazil will be his World Cup bow as a coach, having been sacked by Ivory Coast three months before the 2010 finals. Key Player: France-born Sofiane Feghouli, 23, is an attacking midfielder or winger who was described by Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger a year ago as "exceptional" and "a physical beast". Karim Ziani (VfL Wolfsburg): Aged 31 and plays in the midfield. French born Ziani is representative of the vast majority of Algerian players, who are born in France to immigrant parents and have opted to play for the north African nation. The diminutive Ziani threw in his lot with Algeria before coming to prominence at Lorient, where he was voted Ligue’s 2nd best player, and later Sochaux and Olympique Marseille Mourad Meghni (Lazio): Aged 29 and plays in the midfield. A recent change to the FIFA statutes has allowed this former French Under-21 international to play for Algeria. You can download Free 2014 World cup Guide