The Algeria national football team, nicknamed Les Fennecs (The Desert Foxes), is the national team of Algeria and is controlled by the Fédération Algérienne de Football. It made two consecutive World Cups in 1982 and 1986.
In El Molinón in Gijon,Spain, Lakhdar Belloumi scored the winner for Algeria against the champions of Europe, West Germany. Spain 82 was littered with shocking results: Northern Ireland beating Spain, Cameroon team holding Italy, Poland and Peru to draws, Belgium beating Argentina in the opening game; but nothing beats the majesty of Algeria beating West Germany.
The Germans were in the midst of an imperious run that would see them reach three straight finals, while bowling all before them with a clinical, meticulous brand of football. Algeria were easy prey, a light "hors d’œuvre" before embarking on the serious games later on. Jupp Derwall – only West Germany’s third coach in forty years – famously said he would jump into the Mediterranean if Algeria won. They did, and he didn’t. This win was overshadowed by a later result in the same group, arguably almost as shocking.
On the brink of becoming the first African team to reach the second-phase of the World Cup, Algeria were robbed by the infamous ‘Anschluss’ game between Austria and the same West Germans. That despicable, deceitful charade that saw the Germans ‘beat’ the non-trying Austrians 1:0 eliminated Algeria, and forced FIFA to change the order games were played in. No longer would matches take place at different times, yet that was no comfort to Algeria.