Join Now  | 
Home About Contact Us Privacy & Security Advertise
Soccer America Daily Soccer World Daily Special Edition Around The Net Soccer Business Insider College Soccer Reporter Youth Soccer Reporter Soccer on TV Soccer America Classifieds Game Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalk Soccer America Confidential Youth Soccer Insider World Cup Watch
RSS Feeds Archives Manage Subscriptions Subscribe
Order Current Issue Subscribe Manage My Subscription Renew My Subscription Gift Subscription
My Account Join Now
Tournament Calendar Camps & Academies Soccer Glossary Classifieds
Reclusive Lacen responds to Algeria's call
by Paul Kennedy, February 17th, 2010 1:37PM
Subscribe to Soccer America Daily

MOST READ
TAGS:  african nations cup, men's national team, world cup

MOST COMMENTED

[WORLD CUP COUNTDOWN] Most players would jump at the chance to join their national team. French-born Mehdi Lacen, based at Spanish club Racing Santander, took almost three weeks to respond to calls from the Algerian national team that he had been called up for the Desert Foxes' game against Serbia Wednesday in Algiers.

When Lacen didn't respond to calls on his cell phone, the Algerian federation resorted to having the Algerian media pass on messages asking Lacen to get in contact with federation president Mohamed Raouraoua or national team coach Rabah Saadane.

When he did respond, Lacen's message was short and sweet, sent via text message.

Other players not at the Africa Cup of Nations getting callups included Rafik Djebbour of Greek club AEK Athens and Chadli Amri of Germany's Mainz.

Out of the team are goalie Lounes Gaouaoui, red carded in the semifinal loss to Egypt, and Khaled Lemmouchia, who quit in the middle of the Africa Cup of Nations.

The Serbia game is the first of three the Fennecs, who will play the USA at the World Cup, will play before heading to South Africa on June 6.

Other games will be against Dublin on May 29 and an opponent to be determined on June 5 in Algiers.

Saadane will take the Desert Foxes to the Italian national training center in Coverciano for eight days of training, beginning May 20.

Algeria Roster:
Goalkeepers:  Faouzi Chaouchi (ES Setif), Mohammed Zemmamouche (USM Algiers), Mohamed Ouserir (CR  Belouizdad)
Defenders: Slimane Raho (ES Setif), Anthar Yahia (Bochum, Germany), Nadir Belhadj (Portsmouth, England), Madjid Bougherra (Glasgow Rangers), Samir Zaoui (ASO Chlef), Rafik Halliche (Nacional de Madeira, Portugal), Reda Babouche (MC Algiers)
Midfielders: Yazid Mansouri (Lorient, France), Karim Ziani (Wolfsburg, Germany), Karim Matmour (Borussia M'Gladbach, Germany),  Mourad Meghni (Lazio, Italy), Hassan Yebda (Portsmouth, England), Djamel Abdoun (Nantes, France), Medhi Lacen (Racing Santander, Spain).
Forwards: Abelkader Ghezzal (Siena, Italy),  Rafik Djebbour (AEK Athens), Chadli Amri (Mainz, Germany).



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
What They're Saying: Chapecoense mourner Claudiane Penegalli     
"It creates indignation because it was a human failure. It wasn't a problem with nature, with ...
What They're Saying: Simon Grayson    
"You expect it in the playground between 4- or 5-year-olds, not from two professionals who've been ...
MLS Moves: Quakes decline options on nine players    
Former U.S. national team defender Clarence Goodson, former U.S. U-20s Marc Pelosi and Tommy Thompson and ...
MLS Moves: Former Xolos sign with Atlanta and SKC    
Two Americans who began their pro careers at Mexico's Tijuana have signed contracts with MLS clubs. ...
Video Pick: Pulisic's pocket warmer    
Both had a laugh when Christian Pulisic entered Borussia Dortmund's 4-1 win over Borussia Moenchengladbach and ...
U.S. U-17 boys crush competition at Nike Friendlies    
The USA won the U-17 Nike International Friendlies competition in convincing fashion, clinching with a 3-0 ...
U.S. Abroad: Arena watches Pulisic and Johnson    
New U.S. national team coach Bruce Arena watched Christian Pulisic play at Borussia Dortmund as he ...
U.S. U-17s boys romp again, beat Turkey, 5-1     
After opening the Nike International Friendlies with a 7-1 win over Portugal, the U.S. U-17 boys ...
U-20 WWC: USA badly outplayed in third-place game loss    
Japan outshot the USA 29-3 while beating the Americans 1-0 in the third-place game at the ...
U.S. Abroad: Alvarado headed to Santos for Torneo Clausura    
Ventura Alvarado is back in the starting lineup at Mexican giant Club America, which tied Necaxa, ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives