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Bouzid defends Gers' Bougherra

Hearts defender Ismael Bouzid
Bouzid is hoping to gain World Cup revenge over the Germans

Ismael Bouzid has sympathy for Madjid Bougherra after the Rangers defender was criticised for arriving home late from World Cup duty with Algeria.

Hearts defender Bouzid is still hopeful of making the international squad for the finals in South Africa.

"After the game, it was a fantastic day for the squad," Bouzid said of the vital win over Egypt.

"Afterwards, the players must go to visit the president and it was not an easy situation for Madjid."

Bouzid is desperate to force his way into Algeria's World Cup plans - so he can help them avenge 28 years of hurt against Germany.

The draw for the 2010 finals in South Africa takes place on Friday and Bouzid is praying his country are paired with their nemesis from the 1982 tournament.

The 27-year-old was not even born when Bouzid's nation had pulled off a huge upset by beating the West Germans in their opening group game in Spain.

I want to believe in my objective. We have six or seven months and all is possible in seven months in football

Hearts defender Ismael Bouzid

But, with qualification on a knife edge, West Germany and Austria seemingly fixed the result of their last match to ensure they both progressed and Algeria crashed out.

The outcome led to Fifa changing the scheduling of final group games to ensure they all kicked off at the same time.

Algeria played in the 1986 tournament but have had to wait almost a quarter of a century for their next crack at the finals.

And they have never forgotten, or forgiven, their treatment at the hands of the Germans.

"People don't forget the story and they wait for the next revenge," said Bouzid, who would also like Algeria to draw France, the country of his birth.

"I hope if we can play against Germany, we can win the game and change the story because the people were very angry about the story."

Bouzid would love nothing more than to help his country gain revenge, but he has been out of favour at international level for some time.

"In football, all is possible," said Bouzid, who has 12 caps. "I was in the team in the last years.

"Maybe it's not easy, but I try to be always positive. I play, I try to do my best and I wait - this is what I can do.

"I want to believe in my objective. We have six or seven months and all is possible in seven months in football."


Bouzid is still hopeful of making Algeria's African Cup of Nations squad, which could lead him to miss the Co-operative Insurance Cup semi-final with his club.

However, the summer signing from Ankaragucu knows that, in order to be in South Africa as anything other than a spectator, he will need to help Hearts climb the Scottish Premier League.

Despite last weekend's first away win of the SPL season at Kilmarnock, they are still five points off a top-six berth.

"The first objective is not to be in the World Cup - the first is to play very well with the club and come back in the league.

"Because, if you don't have the good performance with your club and you stay in seventh, ninth or 10th position, I think it's more difficult for you."

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