Algeria have been known to upset the established order - they famously beat West Germany in the 1982 World Cup and infamously knocked out African champions Egypt to qualify for this year's finals - but they are unquestionably outsiders on their own continent this summer. The national team has failed to win anything bar the 1990 Africa Cup of Nations, after which they went into decline. This is their first World Cup appearance for 24 years.
A side packed with French-born players emerged bloodied but unbowed from the stoning of their team bus in Egypt to beat their bitter rivals in a World Cup play-off. They then recovered from a humiliating 3-0 defeat by Malawi, a team ranked 99th, to reach the semi-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations.
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