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Algeria seek World Cup technology boffins boost

Algeria coach Rabah Saadane
Algeria coach Rabah Saadane says he will use technology to study his opponents

Algeria plan to use computer technology to help them prepare for taking on their World Cup opponents.

Coach Rabah Saadane cannot attend all the warm-up games of Group C rivals England, USA and Slovenia.

So he will rely on reruns of the matches and make use of special software.

"We have consulted specialists who have sophisticated software to do summaries about their strengths and weaknesses," Saadane said.

"When I arrive at (Swiss base) Crans Montana, I will work on it because until now I have a lot of work and I didn't have the time to do it."

This is the third time Algeria have qualified for the finals but their previous appearances in 1982 and 1986 resulted in first-round elimination.

Saadane conceded he had no idea what his starting 11 would be for the opening game against Slovenia on 13 June.

"Friendlies against Ireland and the United Arab Emirates are 'test' matches," he said, referring to planned warm-up games in Dublin on 28 May and on 5 June in Nuremberg respectively.

"The results are not important to me. I will not be playing for the results but to note the level of my team's attacking and defending," he added.

Saadane has one other priority.

"The Algerian team was absent from the finals for 24 years. I think the most important thing is that Algeria will come back on the international stage with dignity and put on an honourable performance.

"We must represent with dignity not only Algerian soccer but also African and Arabic soccer. I will insist on that with my players," he said.

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see also
Guide to the teams at South Africa 2010
05 Dec 09 |  World Cup 2010
Who has qualified for South Africa 2010?
19 Nov 09 |  World Cup 2010

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