Sports Now

Sports news from Los Angeles and beyond

« Previous Post | Sports Now Home | Next Post »

World Cup: U.S. vs. Algeria: Desert Foxes' starting lineup

The photographers have been herded into position on the Loftus Versfeld Stadium field. The vuvuzelas are creating the usual racket. The teams are about to come onto the field, so without further ado, here is Algeria's starting lineup:

Goalkeeper: Rais M. Bohli.

Defenders: Madjid Bougherra, Nadir Belhadj, Anther Yahia and Rafik Halliche.

Midfielders: Medhi Lacen, Karim Matmour, Karim Ziani, Hassan Yebda and Foued Kadir.

Forward: Rafik Djebbour.

The 4-5-1 formation, on paper, threatens to overwhelm the U.S. midfield, which is probably why U.S. Coach Bob Bradley has elected to go with two defensive midfielders rather than employing one attacking one, such as Jose Torres or Benny Feilhaber.

The volume just rose a few notches, the teams are about to come onto the field, the anthems are next and then we are away.

In 90 minutes, we will know whether four years of experimentation and hard work pay off or we have to begin all over again.

-- Grahame L. Jones in Pretoria, South Africa

Comments  ()


Recommended on Facebook


In Case You Missed It...


About the Reporters
Sports Now is written by the entire Sports department of the L.A. Times.

Tweets and retweets from L.A. Times staff writers.



Bleacher Report | Los Angeles

Reader contributions from Times partner Bleacher Report

More on Bleacher Report »

Get Alerts on Your Mobile Phone

Sign me up for the following lists: